In November 2013 the Foreign Language Center of the Universities in the Federal State of Bremen (FZHB) was awarded the “European Language Label 2013”. The title is awarded jointly by the German Academic Exchange Service, the Federal Ministry for Education and Science and the European Commission. The Foreign Language Center won the award for an initiative called “Promote Academic
Multilingualism!” The aim of this is above all to improve the academic language skills of the University’s students with migrant biographies.
The Verein Arbeit und Zukunft presented the University of Bremen with the “Trommel 2013” (Trommel = drum) for the model project “INWi – Inclusion in academia”. The project is the only one of its kind nationwide, and it currently enables a total of twelve severely physically challenged young researchers to undertake doctoral studies at the University of Bremen. The positions are funded 70 percent by the Federal Ministry of Labor and the Agency for Integration. One of the aims of the project is that the PhD students lead independent and self-reliant lives. The award symbolizes “beating the drum”
for equal opportunity.
The University of Bremen once again belongs to the small number of German universities and colleges that are officially entitled to call themselves an environmentally friendly institution. This is the tenth time in a row it has managed to obtain the so-called EMAS certification. EMAS stands for an environmental management system pursuant to the European norm “Eco Management and Audit Scheme”. Especially valuable elements of the environmental management system are the many measures undertaken in research and teaching, for example the experimental wind turbine generator named “UNI Bremen”. An example in the area of academic teaching is the offering “FIT in MINT” – Women Innovation Technology. This program enables female researchers as well as non-academics to reenter working careers. The main subjects are renewable energies, the environment, and sustainaility.
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The German Research Society (Die Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft – DFG) has once again placed the University of Bremen in the highest category for achieving equal opportunity in research. According to the DFG, the existing structures at the University of Bremen are exemplary and the policy measures are systematically put into practice. The Society singles out the numerous programs designed to promote women in all stages of their careers, and the steps undertaken to attract young women to the science and engineering disciplines. The targeted cooperation between the Faculties and the University Management also come in for praise as examples of good practice. Moreover, the DFG expressed its satisfaction at the way funding made available from the Excellence Initiative is also being used for the special Female Professor Program.