The only German university of its size, JGU unites nearly all of its institutions on one metropolitan campus, including large, unique research facilities such as the TRIGA research reactor or the MAMI electron accelerator, which draw scientists from all over the world. JGU's excellent facilities are enhanced by the infrastructure of numerous extra-university partner institutes on its campus or in the direct vicinity, such as the Max Planck Institute for Chemistry, the Max Planck Institute for Polymer Research, the Helmholtz Institute Mainz and the Institute for Molecular Biology. The mutual use of the facilities is guaranteed by their close vicinity and through close cooperation. The campus of the Mainz University Medical Center is only a short walk away and houses central research and teaching institutions of supraregional importance, such as the Interdisciplinary Center for Clinical Studies (IZKS), the Biomaterial Bank of the Mainz University Medical Center (BMBM) or the Rudolf Frey Teaching Clinic (RFLK).
Fundamental Rejuvenation of the Campus
Constant modernization means constant improvement of the basis for excellent research and teaching; currently, this is occurring in the construction of the innovative MESA electron accelerator and the configuration of the high-performance computer Mogon II. The latter will be operated by JGU's Data Center as part of the Alliance for High Performance Computing of Rhineland-Palatinate (AHRP). These projects are part of the fundamental renovation and urbanistic further development of the JGU campus happening currently. This is not only a place of lively academic culture, there are also student residences and child day care centers, sports facilities and cultural establishments, restaurants and cafes. Since 2005, the state of Rhineland-Palatinate has invested nearly 600 million euros in construction projects. Additionally, in recent years the JGU has been successful in winning federal financing for research buildings on numerous occasions. These include the new building for the Paul Klein Center for Immune Intervention and the general renovation of JGU's Biomedical Research Center, half of which was financed by the federal government.
Creation of a Virtual Research Environment
The JGU is also focusing particular attention on its current modernization of the research infrastructure of its humanities and social science programs. It already offers nearly 30 scientific collections, as well as the Mainz University Library with its central library, its new departmental libraries and the university archive, providing exceptional conditions for research and teaching. The goal is to create a virtual research environment enabling researchers to work together independent of fixed locations and opening hours. This involves the modernization of the Mainz University Library, including the establishment of opportunities for digital long-term archiving.