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University Cooperation

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    Building Bridges

    The University cooperates with universities in the region and worldwide not only in research, but also in teaching.

Of course the universities in Bremen are important partners, but also universities in the surrounding region such as the University of Oldenburg, the University of Hamburg and other North German universities. We coordinate our course program with them, implement joint degree programs, and cooperate in developing quality assurance procedures.

Worldwide, our partnership network encompasses several hundred universities inside and outside Europe – including some with which we have strategic partnerships. In Europe, we support student exchanges with over 300 Erasmus partner universities. Information about the University of Bremen’s international partnerships, how the network helps to promote the University’s interests in Europe, and what internationalization means to you as a University member can be found here.

The Region as an Opportunity

Association of North German Universities

The Association of North German Universities, Nordverbund or VNU for short, is an association of eight universities in the federal states of Bremen, Hamburg, Mecklenburg-Vorpommern, Lower Saxony and Schleswig-Holstein. The Universities of Bremen, Hamburg, Greifswald, Rostock, Lüneburg, Oldenburg, Kiel and Lübeck have been cooperating for over 20 years, especially in the quality assurance of teaching and studying. The University of Groningen is an associated member. Both the number of Nordverbund member universities and the topics within its brief are being steadily expanded. The Nordverbund is currently testing a joint instrument called Nordaudit for the further development of internal quality assurance procedures.

The Nordverbund is also focusing on establishing a superregional research network and the joint positioning of university leaders in university policy issues, including its working groups (WG Quality Assurance and WG Research) as well as the General Assembly of Presidents and Rectors of member universities.


Carl von Ossietzky University of Oldenburg

The close geographical proximity has led to a number of linkages and different forms of cooperation among the universities in the North of Germany in many areas of research and academic education. For certain subjects and school types, they can now offer cooperative studies. This makes additional subject combinations possible, especially for students of teacher education.

In the field of law, there are the joint courses offered by the Hanse Law School:the bachelor’s program “Comparative and European Law” and the consecutive master's program “Transnational Law”. With its innovative teaching methods, a European education, and the internationally recognized degrees “Bachelor of Laws (LL.B.)” and “Master of Laws (LL.M.)” the Hanse Law School offers students modern degree programs with strong international orientation.

Then there is the master’s program Physical Geography: Environmental History (M.Sc.), in which students can take elective modules in the field of Soil Science at the University of Oldenburg.


Universities in the state of Bremen

Bremen's four public universities – the University of Bremen, the Hochschule Bremen - City University of Applied Sciences, the University of the Arts and the University of Applied Sciences Bremerhaven, are connected by much more than their geographic location. The co-ordination of degree programs in the frame of the Science Plan of the federal state of Bremen and diverse cooperation agreements strengthen the science location Bremen as a whole.

The Foreign Language Center of the Universities of Bremen (FZHB) is a joint institution of the four universities. The courses offered in numerous languages encompass general as well as subject-specific content across the disciplines. It supports the universities in their internationalization strategies and promotes student mobility with language training prior to a stay abroad.

The University of the Arts offers support to students and the other universities especially in the area of music education and musicology, and the joint bachelor's and master's programs Digital Media link the main focuses of Media Informatics (University of Bremen) and Media Design (University of the Arts).
The USP of study programs lies in the interplay between science and art, design and technology, intuition and formalism. The State Rectors’ Conference (LRK), chaired by the President of the University of Bremen, Bernd Scholz-Reiter, influences the science policy and overall social development of the state of Bremen. It represents the interests of the public Bremen universities at the level of the federal-state and the federal government.


Jacobs University

The University of Bremen and the private Jacobs University in Bremen-Nord are successfully developing new paths of cooperation with the joint master program “International Relations: Global Governance and Social Theory” and the graduate school Bremen International Graduate School of Social Sciences. Students and doctoral candidates benefit from the two universities’ different institutional cultures and wide range of research topics.