With the election of Michael von Preußen to the chancellorship of Germany in 2007, the University saw its name changed to the "Germanic University of Heidelberg", the first alteration made to the facility's name since Karl Friedrich's name was added in 1803. Although a number of technology-focused courses were cut from the University's programme upon the Unification of Germania in 2008, several research facilities were maintained for use by the Imperial Military of Großgermania, making the University of Heidelberg one of the few locations in Großgermania where technological studies can still be pursued. In addition to this, three new political science and history courses focused on Germanic studies and National Unionist governance were added.
Köhler was born in Heidenstein, Großdeutsches Reich, on 22 February 1943. His parents fled the advancing Soviet military with him in 1944, settling in Leipzig. Moving to the Federal Republic of Germany in 1953, his family was forced into refugee camps until 1957. Joining the German military for two years, and remaining on as a reserve officer since, Köhler earned a doctorate in economics and political sciences in 1976.