The WWU was founded in 1771 and today is one of Germany’s most renowned and popular universities. It is located in the centre of Münster and shapes the life of the city.
The WWU is Germany’s third largest university and consists of fifteen faculties with 5,000 staff and 40,000 students. It also attracts over 200 visiting academics each year and its foreign students make up almost 10 percent of the student population. Its various departments are at the forefront of research in Germany and very well funded (their budget in 2005 amounted to 280 million Euros). The Law Faculty of Münster University enjoys a particularly high reputation and in 2009 was rated second in Germany by the journal “Handelsblatt, WirtschaftsWoche und Junge Karriere”.
The WWU is a founding member of the International Network of Customs Universities (INCU). This organization was founded in 2005 under the auspices of the World Customs Organization. It aims to create a comprehensive database of universities and other institutions involved in Customs research, education, development and capacity building activities.