One of the world’s oldest universities (and Germany’s second oldest) opened its doors on this day in 1409. The University of Leipzig was founded by Frederick I, Elector of Saxony and his brother William II, Margrave of Meissen and counts the likes of Goethe, Nietzsche, Angela Merkel and Tycho Brahe as alumni. The university has remained open for over 600 years, never closing its doors to the pursuit of academia. Yes, during World War II The University of Leipzig kept the lights on, even as some of its buildings were destroyed. To say the university has grown is an understatement. The original four faculties of Arts, Theology, Medicine and Law are now joined by 10 others and has a student body of over 29,000.