The Leuphana University of Lüneburg is a public university in Lüneburg, Lower Saxony, Germany. The University of Lüneburg was founded in 1946 as a college of education (Pädagogische Hochschule). Leuphana established a unique university model within the German academic landscape that has previously received several awards. The university is designated as a ‘foundation under public law’.
The name Leuphana is derived from an ancient settlement on the Elbe river, that was mentioned in the geographical world atlas by Ptolemy in the 2nd century.
The Leuphana College concentrates its bachelor’s degree studies into eight departments and two teacher training courses. In 2008 a graduate college was opened that integrates master’s degree and doctorate programmes. In addition there is a pan-departmental research centre and a professional school for advanced study courses like business cooperation.