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The University of Vienna was founded in 1365 by Duke Rudolf IV. It is the oldest university in the German-speaking world and one of the largest universities in Central Europe. In 2015, the University of Vienna celebrates its 650th anniversary.

The University of Vienna is one of the oldest and largest universities in Europe: 20 faculties and centers employ about 10,400 people, including about 7,500 scientists.

The University of Vienna is thus the largest research institution in Austria as well as the largest educational institution: Approximately 88,900 national and international students are currently enrolled at the University of Vienna. With 184 regular degree programs, it has the most diverse range of courses in the country. The University of Vienna is also an important institution for continuing education in Austria. Founded in 1365, the Alma Mater Rudolphina Vindobonensis celebrated its 650th founding anniversary in 2015 with a diverse annual program.