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Logo: HOT – Hanover Centre for Optical Technologies
Logo Leibniz Universität Hannover
Logo: HOT – Hanover Centre for Optical Technologies
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About the university

Founded in 1831, the Higher Trade School of Hannover started with only 64 students. Today, 25,000 students are enrolled at Leibniz Universität Hannover. It is an international university with currently more than 3,000 international students and about 400 partner universities worldwide. Leibniz Universität Hannover has an academic staff of 2,000 at nine faculties with more than 160 institutes. It is a member of TU9, the nine outstanding German universities with an excellent spectrum of engineering, technology and science in teaching and research. More than 60 subjects from the fields of engineering, science, law, economics and management, humanities and social sciences are waiting for you at Leibniz Universität Hannover. Amongst these are plant biotechnology, mechatronics, water resources and environmental management, nanotechnology, European legal practice, environmental planning and European studies. Optical technologiesn are one of the research conerstones of the Leibniz Universität Hannover. The activities in optical technologies and the Master Course Optical Technologies are coordinated by the Hannover Centre for Optical Technologies HOT (see www.hot.uni-hannover.de). Leibniz Universität Hannover is named after the universal scholar and scientist Gottfried Wilhelm Leibniz (1664-1716) who lived and worked in Hannover.


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About the city

Hannover smiles better...

Hannover, the capital of the federal state of Lower Saxony, has just over half a million inhabitants and is centrally located: Berlin, Hamburg and Göttingen are easy to reach by bus or train. The Harz mountain range, once divided by the German-German border, is about an hour away.

As host to several fairs, Hannover is very open and welcoming to international guests and partners. You will find that most information is also available in English and often in further languages also. And if you can't find your way you can always ask Hanoverians as they will be glad to help you.

Hannover has a large pedestrian area in the city centre, stretching from the central station down to Steintor. For your first look around you can use the famous do-it-yourself tour called "Der rote Faden". All you need to do is buy the Red Thread Guide at the tourist information across from the central station and follow the red painted line along the sidewalks around the city centre. This 4.2 km tour will give you a first impression of Hannover's main highlights.

Hannover is a very "green" city with many parks, which are inviting places to barbecue or to relax. The "Eilenriede" is one of Europe's largest city-forests and is an ideal place for running or going for walks. Those who want to relax can also do so at Maschsee lake. The Maschsee festival takes place here every year in August.