The Philipps University of Marburg , was founded in 1527 by Philip I, Landgrave of Hesse as one of Germany's oldest universities, dating back to a Protestant foundation. As a state university it no longer has any religious affiliation.
It was the main university of the principality of Hesse and remains a public university of that state. It now has about 25,000 students and 7,500 employees, making Marburg, a town of 72,000 inhabitants, the proverbial "university town" . Though most subjects are grouped, the University of Marburg is not a campus university in the broader sense. About 12% of the students are international, the highest percentage in Hesse. It offers an International summer university programme every summer and has an awarded ERASMUS programme.
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