Strategic Partnerships

The University of Bremen’s internationalization strategy focuses on a few carefully selected regions, and within these regions, on a small number of strategic partner universities. Beside the intensive cooperation with its established partners in Europe, these regional priorities are: USA/Canada, China, sub-Saharan Africa, and Turkey. It is foreseen sometime in the future to develop strategic partnerships within a second group of countries, maybe to include India. The strategic cooperation with our partner universities takes place across the disciplines and at all levels. It ties in usually, but not necessarily, with our regional priorities.

Strategic partnerships are possible under the following circumstances: 

  • Extensive cooperation already takes place in a number of disciplines in respect of research AND teaching, and/or there are advantages accruing for both sides from a deepening of relations with the objective of promoting mutually beneficial activities: a cooperation agreement is either already in place or it has been decided to enter into such an agreement as result of the large number of existing contacts
  • The two sides are comparable in respect of their size, mission, and facilities;
  • The existence of favorable political and national parameters (availability of support programs for specific countries and regions).

Additional selection criteria may include the desirability of projects within the frame of development policy, which is the case, for instance, in the region of sub-Saharan Africa.

We aim to invest our resources in order to foster the development of our regional priorities. Currently, we are revising the internationalization strategy. Once approved, the current strategic partnerships will be evaluated and adapted. We aim at 6-8 strategic partner universities worldwide, supplemented by further departmental strategic partners.

On a European level we are member of the Young European Research Universities Network (YERUN)