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Study like royalty – in Mannheim, a reality in the most literal sense. After all, the University and Mannheim Business School are largely based in the baroque palace in the center of the city that was built between 1720 and 1760 by Charles Theodore, Elector of Bavaria. With its 450 meter long façade and six hectares of enclosed space, its dimensions exceed even those of the Palace of Versailles.
In October 2017, our new study and conference center has been opened. It is located in the west wing of the courtyard (Ehrenhof) at Mannheim Palace and serves as an impressive calling card for the university and MBS, both architecturally and functionally. The new construction has been built in the disused boiler room and coal cellar of Mannheim Palace. But MBS participants are not learning and working in a subterranean environment isolated from campus life. On the contrary: the study and conference center with its two semicircular lecture halls, an additional flexible-use conference area, ten breakout rooms and a large foyer, faces the palace garden at the back of the west wing from behind a large glass façade. The building has been planned by the renowned Frankfurt architectural firm schneider+schumacher.
The extraordinary ambiance of Mannheim Palace and its adjacent buildings offers an ideal space for an outstanding educational experience: The facilities, such as the libraries and the IT infrastructure, meet the very highest standards. Everything is within close proximity – both on the campus itself and in the neighboring city center, with its rich variety of shopping and cultural offerings.
The University of Mannheim itself, of course, also has much to offer: the wide range of sporting activities; the university choir, orchestra and various theater groups invite participants to join in the fun; and countless initiatives and groups formed by students give participants the opportunity to get involved. And naturally, there's no shortage of nightlife: The parties at legendary Schneckenhof or in the catacombs of the palace are well-known and popular throughout the region.
Mannheim is at the heart of the German and European economy and is regarded as the birthplace of many world-changing ideas. Indeed, the first bicycle, the car and the first rocket-powered aircraft were invented in the city. 50% of the most important German companies are located within a 250-kilometer radius of Mannheim. Global leaders such as BASF and SAP are headquartered in the Rhine-Neckar Metropolitan Region, whose center is Mannheim. The financial capital of Frankfurt, like Stuttgart, the center of the German automotive industry, are just a short trip away by car or train.
The economic success of the Rhine-Neckar Metropolitan Region is associated with an outstanding scientific environment. The University of Heidelberg, for instance, enjoys a strong global reputation in the field of medicine, and the University of Mannheim is one of the top institutions in Europe in business and economics-related fields. The quality of the 21 universities with just under 83,000 students and numerous other research institutes makes the region a leading cradle of innovation.
In addition to its dynamic economy and world-class research, the region combines a high quality of life, rich in history and culture. Residents and visitors alike enjoy the beautiful landscape as well as the cultural, culinary and sporting delights of a region rich in opportunities.
Please find further information on the Rhine-Neckar Metropolitan Region here