Freie Universität Berlin performed successfully three times in the German government’s Excellence competition for universities. As a result of the latest competition, the German Excellence Strategy, the university receives long-term funding as part of the <link https://www.berlin-university-alliance.de/en/index.html - external-link-new-window "Opens external link in new window">Berlin University Alliance</link>, which is made up of Freie Universität Berlin, Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin, Technische Universität Berlin, and Charité – Universitätsmedizin Berlin. Freie Universität was the only university in Berlin and one of six universities nationwide to be recognized as an excellent university in both rounds of the previous competition, the German Excellence Initiative, in 2006/2007 and 2012.
It is a leading research institution and offers outstanding conditions for international doctoral researchers, scholars, and scientists. The traditional research campus in Dahlem, which has been home to Freie Universität Berlin since it was founded in 1948, has strongly influenced the city of Berlin. Such luminaries as Albert Einstein, Otto Hahn, and Lise Meitner conducted research here. Freie Universität’s dense network of scholarly and scientific institutions provides ideal conditions for research and teaching.
Networking in research – both internationally and across disciplines – is one of the core principles underlying the university’s current research activities and its strategy for the future. Freie Universität’s objective is to attract the best doctoral candidates, scholars, and scientists from all over the world. To this end, it has developed bilateral and international doctoral programs in recent years that offer excellent working conditions for doctoral candidates from abroad.
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