Global challenges call for shared solutions.
Four strong academic and research partners in Berlin have joined forces to find answers to complex, pressing questions together, across the boundaries of individual disciplines and institutions: Freie Universität Berlin, Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin, Technische Universität Berlin, and Charité – Universitätsmedizin Berlin.
The research performed by this university alliance is already a key factor making Berlin one of Europe’s leading hubs of knowledge and research. These institutions draw well-known scholars, researchers, and scientists from all over the world while also serving as a breeding ground for outstanding next-generation talent in science, research, and academia. More than 100,000 students study here. Through numerous partnerships, some of them having grown up over decades, each of the four institutions has forged global networks with other top academic and research institutions, and all of them regularly hold excellent positions in international rankings.
Freie Universität Berlin
Freie Universität Berlin was founded in 1948 by students, scholars, researchers, and scientists, with support from the American Allied forces and Berlin politicians. The principles of freedom and internationality have guided the university’s development ever since.
Today, Freie Universität, with its motto of Veritas, Justitia, Libertas (Truth, Justice, Freedom), is among Germany’s strongest higher education institutions in terms of research. Some 41,000 students from more than 130 nations study on the university’s park-like campus in the Dahlem district and at facilities in adjacent city districts. There are currently nearly 180 degree programs with 550 professors teaching here.
Freie Universität won overall distinction in the Excellence Initiative in 2007 and 2012 for its institutional strategy, “Veritas – Justitia – Libertas. International Network University,” which made it the first university in Berlin to earn the status of a university of excellence. Freie Universität cooperates with about 180 international academic institutions. The university has seven liaison offices and six strategic partnerships with some of the most renowned universities worldwide. Together with Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin, it is one of the host institutions of the Topoi cluster of excellence, and it is involved in the NeuroCure and UniCat excellence clusters and in seven graduate schools.
Website of Freie Universität Berlin
Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin
Humboldt-Universität is the oldest higher education institution in Berlin. Ever since it was first founded at the start of the 19th century, the university has engaged in teaching and research activities in all of the fundamental academic disciplines in the humanities, social and cultural sciences, law, life sciences, mathematics and natural sciences, medicine, agricultural sciences and sustainability research, and ancient civilizations. Today, nearly 41,000 young people from over 100 countries are enrolled in 180 bachelor’s and master’s degree programs at Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin, supervised by some 480 professors.
Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin received distinction in the Excellence Initiative jointly sponsored by the German federal and state governments in 2012 for its institutional strategy, “Educating Enquiring Minds. Individuality – Openness – Guidance.” Together with Freie Universität Berlin, it has been one of the hosts of the Topoi cluster of excellence since 2007. Another cluster, “Image Knowledge Gestaltung,” was added in 2012. Humboldt-Universität is also involved in the UniCat and NeuroCure clusters and in eight graduate schools.
Website of Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin
Technische Universität Berlin
The roots of Technische Universität Berlin and its predecessor institutions stretch back to the time of Frederick II, King of Prussia, during the 18th century. In its current form, Technische Universität Berlin was founded in 1946. Almost 33,000 young people from 147 countries are enrolled in over 120 bachelor’s and master’s degree programs here, where they pursue their educations through close interaction between engineering and natural sciences, planning, social sciences, economics, and humanities with an eye to industry and the wider society. With its approximately 370 professors and some 20 spinoffs each year, Technische Universität Berlin is also an important economic driver and incubator of innovations in the German capital city region.
TU Berlin obtained support for the UniCat cluster of excellence in the field of chemistry in the Excellence Initiative jointly sponsored by the German federal and state governments. Together with Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin and Freie Universität, it maintains the Berlin Mathematical School, a graduate school of mathematics.
Website of Technische Universität Berlin
Charité – Universitätsmedizin Berlin
Charité – Universitätsmedizin Berlin has maintained ties with teaching and research activities since 1810 as a university medical center. In 2003, it became the joint medical school of Freie Universität and Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin. About 6,000 future physicians and dentists are enrolled here, educated by about 280 professors. With more than 3,000 beds, it is also one of Europe’s largest university medical centers. The areas of research, teaching, and patient care are closely interconnected, and researchers, scientists, and physicians work together on an interdisciplinary basis.
The NeuroCure cluster of excellence and two graduate schools from the Excellence Initiative are based at Charité. The institution is also involved in other clusters and graduate schools. Researchers and scientists from Charité also contribute to research projects that are not specifically dedicated to medicine, such as the UniCat excellence cluster.
Website of Charité – Universitätsmedizin Berlin