Charité – University Hospital Berlin

Charité – University Hospital Berlin

Top medicine in Berlin

The Charité is spread across four locations with more than 100 clinics and institutes, around 3,750 scientists and doctors, and an annual turnover of approximately a billion euros. It is the largest university hospital in Europe, as well as one of Berlin’s largest employers; it stands for first-class medicine. Its particular strength is the close relationship between research and clinical applications.

The Charité was founded in 1710 by King Friedrich I as a quarantine station for victims of the plague. Following the establishment of the University of Berlin in 1810, it developed in the 19th century to a famous hospital and a noted centre of teaching and research. It is now the most popular medical faculty in Germany and, as part of the “excellence initiative”, is the only university to run two “excellence clusters” and two graduate schools, with around 7,000 students, 30% of them from abroad. The Charité has around 130,000 in-patients and 500,000 out-patients a year. In 2003, the two university clinics Charité of the Humboldt University and Benjamin Franklin of the Free University, formed a joint “Charité – University Hospital” belonging jointly to both universities.