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Alliance for Innovative Research and Teaching

The great challenges of our time cannot be resolved by one institution. Whether it is clímate change, the threat of terrorism, or the opportunities and risks arising through digitization – the solution of complex, global problems and the search for answers to pressing social issues require the expertise of many specialists from different disciplines.

In Berlin researchers are already successfully working together in numerous projects. With this new alliance of three major universities and the medical school Charité – Universitätsmedizin Berlin, this cooperation will be strengthened and supported at the institutional level. The aim is to consolidate strengths to open up opportunities for new innovative research projects and to shape the future together. It is an alliance with great potential to benefit all: research and teaching, Berlin and its economy, society and individuals

Statement of the presidents of the three major Berlin universities and the Chief Executive Officer of Charité

Three universities of international repute with strong research activities and a medical school that is highly regarded all over the world form an institutional alliance that charts the path forward into Berlin’s future as a research hub. Freie Universität Berlin, Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin, Technische Universität Berlin, and Charité – Universitätsmedizin Berlin already work together at the project level in a variety of ways today. They have deepened their ties even further over the past decade, so conditions are optimal for the further development and evolution of an impressive alliance strategy with an international draw. Each of the institutions contributes its own specific strengths to the alliance, which offers greater security than before in terms of competition in the global research sector. 

The alliance has six main fields of action where it works: appointment strategy, support for junior researchers, research initiatives, resource and infrastructure use, knowledge transfer, and digitization. The goal of these activities is to combine strategic processes, support each other in bringing the best and brightest to Berlin as a research hub, and leverage optimization during joint development of resources to create ideal overall conditions for research – and thus also for teaching. As much internal competition as necessary, as much cooperation as possible – that is the motto of the alliance, linking the utmost in individual benefit to an overarching idea that cuts across all the institutions. Close institutional cooperation is intended to take the quality of the working relationship to a new level, thereby creating added value for all concerned.

The association among Berlin’s universities represents a successful city that acts as a hub of research and academic endeavor, a place whose diversity, cosmopolitan nature, and tolerance offer an ideal setting for dynamic research. By forming this alliance the universities in Berlin are embarking on a new chapter in their history. All of them firmly believe that this is an optimum way to secure the future with an eye to free, innovative, and creative academic and research activities.

Prof. Dr. Günter M. Ziegler, President, Freie Universität Berlin

Prof. Dr. Sabine Kunst, President, Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin

Prof. Dr. Christian Thomsen, President, Technische Universität Berlin

Prof. Dr. Heyo K. Kroemer, Chief Executive Officer, Charité – Universitätsmedizin Berlin

During his time as president of Freie Universität Berlin up to 2018, Prof. Dr. Peter-André Alt was a member of the leadership committee responsible for the development of the joint application of the Berlin University Alliance within the framework of the German Excellence Strategy.

Prof. Dr. Karl Max Einhäupl played an essential role as Chief Executive Officer of Charité in developing the alliance proposal between the three major Berlin universities and Charité. The proposal proved successful in receiving approval as part of the German Excellence Strategy. In August 2019, Prof. Dr. Einhäupl served his last month as CEO of Charité.