Model Konstanz: 50 Years of Reform

A journey through 50 years of university history.

Our film shows you how the University of Konstanz started as an idea and has continued to develop since then - from its founding in 1966 until its anniversary year 2016. 

University of Konstanz: 50 Years of Reform

The motto points to several defining aspects of the University of Konstanz:
it incorporates the founding idea of the University of Konstanz as a "reform university", striving to be a model for a new kind of university. This model idea holds true to the present day, as the university's continued success in the German Excellence Initiative demonstrates.
The English spelling of “model” in the German motto highlights the university's international focus and global interconnection. Just as a fashion “model” displays a unique creation in a captivating manner, its use in the motto plays on the attractivity of this extraordinary institution of higher education in both national and international rankings.

Greeting from the Rector

Dear Sir or Madam

Dear friends of the University of Konstanz

On 21 June 1966, the foundation stone of the University of Konstanz was laid on the Gießberg and the first university lecture was held in Konstanz. In 2016, the University of Konstanz celebrated its anniversary.

We joined together with you, our university staff, students, friends and supporters as well as Konstanz natives to commemorate this momentous occasion. The celebration included a party for students and staff, an exhibition on 50 years of university history, a re-interpretation of the first lecture held at the university, a concert, a commemorative ceremony and a summer party.

You have all helped turn these 50th anniversary events for the University of Konstanz into true highlights, unforgettable experiences and wonderful memories. I sincerely hope you enjoyed being our guests on this historical occasion. I was very happy and honoured to celebrate with you.

I invite you to browse through the following pages to relive and learn more about our university's 50th anniversary. Enjoy!

Yours faithfully