The University of Cologne is located in the Rhineland – a mega-urban region in the heart of Europe. Cologne lies at the River Rhine with the famous Cologne Cathedral (Kölner Dom) at its centre. The University of Cologne (Universität zu Köln) is one of Europe‘s oldest universities. Cologne is a major cultural centre of the Rhineland and has a vibrant art scene. It is well known for its openness and international flair. This region has excellent working and living conditions and is one of Europe’s most developed research and economic areas, making it highly attractive for students and researchers alike, and enabling a multitude of close collaborations and strategic partnerships to be forged.