Heidelberg University, founded in 1386, is Germany's oldest university and has one of the strongest research profiles in Europe. The successes in both areas of the Excellence Initiative and in international rankings prove its leading role in the scientific community. In terms of educating students and promoting young academics, Heidelberg relies on research-based teaching and a well-structured training for doctoral candidates. Heidelberg University is a comprehensive university with the full spectrum of subjects, including medicine. The University aims to strengthen individual disciplines, to further interdisciplinary cooperation and to make research results usable for society and industry. Heidelberg also draws its strength from its cooperation with local non-university research institutions and is tied into a worldwide network of research and teaching collaborations which demonstrates its distinct global interconnectedness.