Institutional Strategy

The Institutional Strategy

As a mid-sized University with 330 professorships (50 of these in cooperation) 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” is a strategy for the development of the whole University. The strategy's nine measures have been designed to enable the University to pursue its guiding principles and to strengthen the University as a whole.

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 and female researchers with attractive career opportunities (promoting talent).

Since the start of the Institutional Strategy in 2012, the University has funded numerous projects. It thereby established a top position in the international research arena and developed the University's innovation capacity.

For the University of Bremen, research strength entails interdisciplinarity, international cooperation, equal opportunity and research-based teaching


Thinking beyond the borders of disciplines and adopting an interdisciplinary approach to research issues are the hallmarks of science made-in-Bremen. The pressing societal and research issues of today often can only be resolved by disciplines working together. The University takes this into account by establishing Bridge Professorships (M2) between subject areas, Cooperative Junior Research Groups (M3) and innovative Creative Units (M5).


An additional goal pursued by the measures anchored in the Institutional Strategy is to promote international networking on the part of our scholars and researchers. Specifically, we intend to attract more international research talent to Bremen. Strategic partnerships with leading international universities will create spaces for mutual research, the promotion of junior researchers and advancement of academic teaching. This facilitates student exchange, joint Master degrees, PhD training 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. The University is determined to continue its efforts in this regard and to recruit and retain a high ratio of female researchers at all career levels. For this purpose three measures were implemented in the Institutional Strategy: the Female Professor Program (M9), the Postdoc Initiative (M8) and the ProUB PLUS Graduate Center (M7).

Research-based learning

The Institutional Strategy implements elements of research-based learning across all study programs throughout the University. All areas of the University that received support through any measures of the Institutional Strategy have introduced additional research-based teaching in their Bachelor and Master programs. A particular emphasis is put on courses for undergraduate students. This aims at stimulating interest in research at an early stage of studies. Beside this, extra support for research-based learning in curricular projects is provided. Further, teaching staff are given extra time and facilities for curricula development and didactic training.