Our current strategic partners
Cardiff University in Wales was ranked 5th amongst UK universities in the 2014 Research Excellence Framework (REF) based on quality, and is a member of the Russell Group, a group of 24 leading UK research intensive universities. It provides an educationally outstanding experience for its 31,500 students.
The University of Bremen has long-established research links with Cardiff University, including through the Centre for Marine Environmental Sciences (MARUM) and Cardiff’s School of Earth and Ocean Sciences, and the Fiction Meets Science group (FMS) in Bremen and the cross-disciplinary ScienceHumanities initiative at Cardiff University.
The Bremen-Cardiff Alliance reflects shared strategic priorities and, whilst open for all areas to develop new collaborations in, will initially focus on complementary research strengths in three specific areas: media and communication sciences; marine and environmental sciences; and literary, social and historical studies.
A unique aspect of the Bremen-Cardiff Alliance is the affiliation of academic staff members from one university to the other so as to enable staff to engage in long-term collaborative research activities on site, to supervise PhD students and apply for external funding through the respective national systems of the partner institution.
The Bremen-Cardiff Alliance includes a provision for staff and PhD student mobility through the establishment of a dedicated collaborative fund. The fund will be open for the development of joint research between the two institutions in all disciplines, as well as the mobility of teaching, technical and professional services staff to share best practice.
An Executive Committee oversees the partnership, made up of the Vice-Chancellor and Pro Vice-Chancellor International & Europe of Cardiff University, the President and Vice-President International and Diversity of the University of Bremen, and two further members from each institution.
The University of Guelph, Ontario, was founded in 1964 through the merger of an agricultural college and a veterinary college and is thus only a few years older than the University of Bremen. With about 28,000 students, it is of comparable size. The spectrum of subjects ranges from the humanities and social sciences, through economics, natural sciences and engineering, to agriculture and veterinary medicine.
The strategic partnership encompasses student exchange between the institutions, research contacts, the exchange of lecturers and doctoral candidates and joint third-party funded projects in several Faculties as well as current plans for a comparative research project on diversity management issues at German and Canadian universities.
In 2017, the Bremen Guelph Lecture Series was launched. Each semester, a guest lecture takes place alternately in Guelph and Bremen. In summer semester 2017, Jade Ferguson, an Associate Professor at the University of Guelph's College of Arts, kicked off the series with a lecture on the topic “Seeking Sanctuary: Mob Violence, Black Citizenship, and Anti-Lynching Activism in Canada.” In September 2017, Dr. Serge Autexier from the DFKI in Guelph held the second event and introduced the Bremen Ambient Assisted Living Lab.
Prof. Don Bruce, former Dean of Arts of the University of Guelph, has been appointed Research Ambassador of the University of Bremen.
The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill is a public university that is strong in research. It is the most prominent campus of the University of North Carolina system. Founded in 1789, it is one of the three oldest universities in the United States. Together with Duke University and numerous research institutes in the region, it forms the so-called “Research Triangle”. Our Research Ambassador Prof. Krishnendu Chakrabarty is Chair of the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering (ECE) at Duke University. The research-centered cooperation with the UNC focuses primarily on two of the University of Bremen’s high-profile research areas: the marine sciences and the social sciences. In addition to numerous joint research projects and mutual guest research stays, the double degree “Transatlantic Master Social Policy” is of note.
Our longstanding cooperation with the Cameroonian University in Ngaoundéré was initiated by an alumnus who went back to his homeland as a lecturer. Today, this alumnus, Prof. Kolyang, works at the University of Maroua and is a Research Ambassador of the University of Bremen. The Université de Ngaoundéré has about 30,000 students and is located in the north of the country.
Joint research with the University of Ngaoundéré focuses on biology and the environmental sciences, bee research, cultural studies, logistics, and computer science. Cameroon doctoral students regularly complete part or all of their doctoral studies in Bremen. After their return, they contribute to the expansion of the network and mutual cooperation. Emanating from the University of Ngaoundéré, a cooperation network is gradually being established with other universities in Cameroon, Nigeria, and Chad. As part of our cooperation, we are encouraging the University of Ngaoundéré to play a coordinating role and to pass on its experience to the new partners in the inner African network.
Funded by the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD), several projects have been carried out in recent years to establish master's programs in ecology and logistics and to design a language center. Further project applications are in the planning stage.
The Qingdao Ocean University of China is a top-ranked marine science university. It was founded in 1924 and today belongs to those Chinese universities which were not only funded in the so-called 211 and 985 programs, but since the end of 2017 are also among the almost 40 universities in the Chinese excellence program.
Together with other partners, the OUC and the University of Bremen form the network of “Sino-German Cooperation in Marine Sciences”, a joint research project that also organizes summer schools, workshops and symposia on marine and climate science topics.
For several years now, the OUC and the University of Bremen have been offering both a double degree program for master as well as doctoral students.