Residual current technology in everyday university life More security, maximum availability and cost-effectiveness in data centres Friedrich-Alexander-University (FAU) Erlangen - Nuremberg, Germany The Friedrich-Alexander-University (FAU), located in Erlangen-Nuremberg, Germany, is one of the largest, research-focussed and internationally oriented universities in Germany. The university was named after two noblemen: the Franconian margraves: Friedrich von Brandenburg-Bayreuth, who founded the univer- sity in 1743, and Karl Alexander von Brandenburg-Ansbach, who significantly promoted the university. Today, the university consists of five faculties, has more than 14,200 employees, about 4,000 academic staff, including 579 professors and has almost 40,000 students. The university is the third largest of its kind in Bavaria, and thus about the tenth largest university in Germany. For historical reasons, the University's locations are spread over the neighbouring cities of Erlangen and Nuremberg, with about two- thirds of students studying in Erlangen and one-third studying in Nuremberg. In the 2017/2018 winter semester there were 39,780 students. Of these, 19,663 were female students; 4,890 students come from abroad. Currently, FAU offers 265 degree programmes, providing a compre- hensive range of subjects, of which 80 are Bachelor's programmes, 94 Master's and 91 State examination programmes (e.g. teaching, law, medicine). | MONITOR | 2/2018 28 TECHNICAL APPLICATION