About us

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The University Computing Centre (in German: Universitätsrechenzentrum or URZ) is the central IT service provider for all aspects of information and communication technology at Heidelberg University. Our clients are the university’s students, researchers, and employees: We offer them access to a wide range of IT services and support them in the use of these services. Additionally, we help them in the procurement of hardware and software and assist in the installation of new computer systems. The URZ is the place to go for questions about IT or to report IT-related problems.

As a driving force of  IT innovation, the URZ tests and promotes pioneering technologies that support and facilitate the research of present and future scientists at Heidelberg University.

Cornerstones of this innovation process are projects focused on the following issues, among others:

  • Energy efficiency of IT infrastructure
  • Cloud computing for the development of a visualized server concept for institutes
  • Provision of premium petabyte-sized storage
  • Constant optimisation of our data backup services and our communication network

In cooperation with research institutes and industry partners, we strive to improve the basic IT conditions for research and teaching at Heidelberg University as well as on a state-wide, national, and international level.

Under the direction of Prof Vincent Heuveline, more than 120 employees work at the URZ. It is made up of four distinct service areas: “Cloud Computing & Application”, “Future IT - Research & Education”, “Service, Support & Security” and “Smart Campus Solutions”, all of which offer a wide range of IT expertise and services. A central office is responsible for the institution’s internal and external business processes. Several dedicated administrative units support the URZ management in the areas of IT security, strategy, planning, communication, change management and data protection.

Learn more about our services and projects on this website and consult our IT service team if you have any questions.