Institutional Strategy

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The Institutional Strategy

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A mid-sized university with 250 professorships and some 20,000 students, the University of Bremen hosts a broad range of subjects and outstanding internationally renowned research.

The Institutional Strategy “Ambitious and Agile [PDF] (1.8 MB)”[PDF] (1.8 MB)“ is a strategy for the development of the whole of the University. The nine measures it contains have been designed to enable the University to pursue its guiding principles and to strengthen the whole of the University.

The underlying idea is:

  • to reinforce networking and strategic coordination between the high-profile areas and non-university research partners (strengthening the high-profile areas),
  • to support new research ideas and creative groups in all subjects with suitable offers of funding (support for new ideas),
  • to provide innovative young researchers with attractive career opportunities (promoting talent).

The University’s Institutional Strategy has been successful in acquiring the funding needed to continue its work of profile building even more energetically, enabling it to become even more firmly established in the arena of top-notch international research and to strengthen the innovative capacity of the whole University.

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Research strength also entails:

  • interdisciplinary approaches
  • close international cooperation
  • exploiting academic potential
  • awakening students‘ enthusiasm for research.


Thinking beyond the borders of disciplines and adopting an interdisciplinary approach to research issues are the hallmarks of science made-in-Bremen. For the pressing societal and research issues of today can often only be resolved by disciplines working together. The University takes this into account by establishing Bridge Professorships between subject areas, Cooperative Junior Research Groups and  innovative Creative Units.


An additional goal pursued by the measures anchored in the Institutional Strategy is to promote international networking on the part of our scholars and scientists. Above all, we intend to attract more international research talent to Bremen. Within this context, the foreseen strategic partnerships with leading international universities will create spaces for mutual research, the promotion of young researchers and advancement of academic teaching. This will facilitate student exchange, joint Master degrees, PhD studies and research projects. On-campus support is provided by the Welcome Centre. Fostered by the Bremen International Student Internship Program (BISIP), international students can work together on research projects with Bremen students.

Gender Equality

The University of Bremen is among the most successful universities in the implementation of the DFG standards for gender equality in research. This is our incentive to continue along the path we have already trodden. A number of Programs and funding instruments are already in place and these will be further developed in the years to come. Some things are new: Mentoring programs, the program to attract female doctoral candidates, and measures of gender-awareness training will be expanded. The measures contained in the Institutional Strategy will make a major contribution towards attracting more female scholars and scientists on all levels to Bremen:

  • More female professors M9
  • More female post-docs M8
  • More female leaders of junior research groups M3
  • More female doctoral candidates: "Perspective PhD"

The Institutional Strategy itself was co-authored by the University of Bremen’s Management Working Group on Gender Equality.

Research-based learning

The Institutional Strategy injects elements of research-based learning across the board in all study programs. All areas of the University that receive support through any measures of the Institutional Strategy will be under obligation to introduce additional research-based teaching in their Bachelor and Master programs. There is to be a particular emphasis on courses for undergraduate students so that enthusiasm for top-notch research can be awakened at an early stage of studies. Besides this, there will be extra support for research-based learning in curricular projects. Teaching staff will be given more time and facilities for curricula development and didactic training.