The Future of a Prominent and Closely Networked Mid-sized University

The concept developed to shape a sustainable future for the University of Bremen is entitled: “Ambitious and Agile: Institutional Strategy for a prominent mid-sized university [PDF] (1.8 MB)”. It was with this concept that the University scored its success in the Excellence Initiative launched by the Federal Government and the Federal States.

The aim of the Excellence Initiative is to promote outstanding research projects and institutions at German universities and to provide a boost to the overall development of a select group of hosting universities. In this way, the Excellence Initiative seeks to strengthen top-level research and enhance Germany’s international standing as a center of science and research.

By focusing its research capacity on the manageable number of six high-profile areas, the University of Bremen created the conditions that enable it to play in the top league of national and international research universities. However, the University has not lost sight of the need for innovative development. It provides the freedom of scope necessary for scientific inquiry to find solutions to the pressing research issues of our time. On Bremen’s “campus for young talent”, outstanding young researchers from all over the world find the creative location they seek to further their academic career in an atmosphere of intellectual freedom, critical reflection and interdisciplinary communication.

By pursuing the nine measures contained in the Institutional Strategy, the University of Bremen intends to continue its successful development—but now in leaps and bounds.


Excellence in Figures

To implement the Institutional Strategy “Ambitious and agile” for the complete university, the University of Bremen will receive additional funding in an amount of 50 million Euros. This sum will be spread over the next five years.

For the Excellence Cluster “The Ocean in the Earth System – MARUM”, the funding from funds of the Excellence Initiative amounts to 39 million Euros in total over the next five years. Almost 9 million will go the Graduate School “Bremen International Graduate School of Social Sciences”  

The Excellence Project and the funding starts on November 1, 2012. A detailed brochure will inform all scientists in time on chances, funding possibilities and decision making.