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.more