University of Excellence
Roughly 23,000 people are currently active as students, teachers, researchers, or employees of the University of Bremen. It has become one of Germany`s eleven top universities of excellence. It is the science center of Northern Germany, renowned for its strengths in the sciences and engineering disciplines, as well as the humanities and the social sciences.
The work carried out by its researchers, many of whom of international repute, provide important stimuli for the development of innovative ideas and the resolution of problems facing society in general. Visiting guests from all over the world enrich campus life at the University of Bremen, which is well-known in the student community as a cosmopolitan venue for studying and research. Always open for new ideas and on the lookout for ways to adapt and improve, the university administration and academic stuff have been interacting with the public and working with community groups for the past forty years.
The exceptional quality of research in Bremen is due, among other things, to the university’s close collaboration with numerous independent research institutes, both on campus and around the region. Their competence and vitality have attracted more than four hundred research and business
ventures to the technology park around campus, creating a nationally recognized hub of high technology.
Strength in Research
For many years now, the University of Bremen has been among the top league of German universities in the area of research. Since June 2012, the University of Bremen is entitled ‘University of Excellence’. The Excellence Initiative was passed for the first time in 2005 by the German federal and state governments. And the latestFörderatlas [funding atlas] published by the Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft (DFG) puts Bremen right at the top among German universities in several categories.
Research conducted at the University of Bremen is interdisciplinary. In other words: Bremen research transcends the borders of traditional disciplines and is embedded within six research concentrations, also known as high-profile areas:
- Ocean and Climate Research
- Materials Science
- Social Sciences
- Health Science
The University of Bremen numbers among the most successful universities in Germany with regard to acquiring external funding for research projects. In 2010 the University’s scholars and scientists acquired some 91 million euros of research funding ― almost one third of the University’s entire budget.
Focus on Teaching Excellence
Ever since it was founded, the University of Bremen has purposefully pursued a policy of creating close links between its teaching and research activities. A good example is its approach to studying in projects (“Bremen Model“), which fosters elements of independent research-based learning oriented to societal issues. Today, this is underscored in a number of study elements, the strong orientation to interdisciplinary studies, and the University’s guiding principles. Various surveys, measures, and discussion processes illustrate and confirm that both teaching staff as well as students share a high level of willingness to participate in research-based learning: implementation is facilitated by this culture of internal consensus. Especially characteristic for its teaching profile is the University’s focus on research-based learning at an early stage of studies, the anchoring of a comprehensive program of General Studies in the curriculum, and the supportive integration of e-learning components.
Intercultural and international
Wherever you look, the student body, research work, or life on campus – at the University of Bremen there is truly an abundance of international and intercultural diversity. The University is particularly proud of the support it offers to its international members – whether temporary visitors, students or permanent staff. Round about twenty thousand students from 120 different countries have chosen to study here. And large numbers of young and renowned scholars and scientists have already come to Bremen to teach and carry out research. Following the University’s success in the Excellence Initiative, this welcome development will certainly now receive an additional boost.