The Haus der Universität is operated by Heinrich Heine University, but it could not exist without the extremely generous initiative of its supporters.
This former banking building was acquired in 2011 by the van Meeteren Foundation and extensively renovated for its new usage as an information and event centre. Since 2013, the Foundation has allowed the building to be used by the university free of charge.
Udo van Meeteren, honorary senator of Heinrich Heine University, is one of Germany’s most important patrons. He has been distinguished multiple times for his commitment, for example with the German Founder’s Prize as well as with an honorary citizenship of the city of Düsseldorf. Heinrich Heine University is deeply obliged to him for his support and his invaluable endowment of the Haus der Universität.
The building’s interior was also facilitated by the generous contributions of other benefactors:
- Mechthild and Dr. Frank Wichelmann
- the Haubrich-Stiftung
The operation of the building is supported by the specially founded Stiftung Haus der Universität, whose considerable endowment fund was provided in 2014 by
- the state capital Düsseldorf (under Mayor Dirk Elbers)
- Irmel and Udo van Meeteren
- the Gesellschaft von Freunden und Förderern der Heinrich-Heine-Universität e.V.
This foundation is administered by the Gesellschaft von Freunden und Förderern der Heinrich-Heine-Universität e.V. Among other things, the foundation’s support enables
- the development of innovative dialogue formats
- the acquisition of professional technical equipment, e.g. for video recordings and live streams
- the expansion of public relations
We are always happy to hear from others who are interested in playing a supporting role. If you would like to e.g. support our work through a longer-term contribution, please contact the Gesellschaft von Freunden und Förderern der Heinrich-Heine-Universität e.V.