The University of Konstanz is a university in the city of Konstanz in Baden-Württemberg, Germany. It was founded in 1966, and the main campus on the Gießberg was opened in 1972. The University is situated on the shore of Lake Constance just four kilometers from the Swiss border. The university has been successful in all three funding lines of the Excellence Initiative, both in 2007 and in 2012, and is therefore considered one of Germany's elite universities. The University of Konstanz is consistently ranked among the global top 250 by the Times Higher Education World University Rankings . In 2016 it was ranked 7th globally by the Times Higher Education 150 under 50 rankings. It is often referred to as "small Harvard" by the German media.
Almost 12,000 students from close to 100 countries are enrolled at the university, while over 220 links to European partner universities and numerous exchange programmes facilitate global networking. Students may choose from more than 100 degree programs. Moreover, Konstanz University cooperates with a large number of renowned universities such as Johns Hopkins University, Yale University, the University of Chicago, UC Berkeley and the University of Zurich. Its library is open 24 hours a day and has more than two million books.
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