Münster is an independent city in North Rhine-Westphalia, Germany. It is in the northern part of the state and is considered to be the cultural centre of the Westphalia region. It is also capital of the local government region Münsterland. The city is best known as the location of the Anabaptist rebellion during the Protestant Reformation, as the site of the signing of the Treaty of Westphalia ending the Thirty Years' War in 1648, and as the bicycle capital of Germany. Münster gained the status of a major city with more than 100,000 inhabitants in 1915. Currently there are around 270,000 people living in the city, with about 48,500 students, only some of whom are recorded in the official population statistics as having their primary residence in Münster.
The University of Münster is a public university located in the city of Münster - part of the Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft, a society of Germany's leading research universities. With almost 40,000 students and over 130 fields of study in 15 departments, it is Germany's third largest university and one of the foremost centers of German intellectual life. The university offers a wide range of subjects across the sciences, social sciences and the humanities. Several courses are also taught in English, including PhD programmes as well as postgraduate courses in geoinformatics, geospational technologies or information systems. Professors and former students have won nine Leibniz Prizes, the most prestigious as well as the best-funded prize in Europe, and one Fields Medal. In a ranking conducted by the École des Mines de Paris, it was ranked as one of the top German universities
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