In only forty years, the University of Bremen – founded in 1971 – has made it to a “University of Excellence”. Together with ten other German universities, in 2012 it received this acknowledgement of merit for its institutional strategy concept for cutting-edge research. What some have called “the Weser miracle” was the result of high motivation, close cooperation, and clear profiling over several decades. The University continues to pursue this path of excellent research. This remains the case, even though it was unable to acquire the requisite two clusters of excellence in the current round of the Excellence Initiative and is therefore no longer eligible to apply in the funding program “Excellence University” in the period after 2019.
However, in the current round of the Excellence Strategy, the University of Bremen is still in the running with the MARUM proposal “Ocean Floor”. An excellence cluster is already working there. The social science graduate school BIGSSS, which received funding in two phases of the Excellence Initiative, has been jointly put on a permanent basis by the University of Bremen and Jacobs University, as there was no longer a funding line for graduate schools in the excellence competition.
Nevertheless, at the present time the University currently has more DFG Collaborative Research Centers than ever before: This is mainly owing to its high-profile research areas and profiling strategy that began over twenty years ago. The University of Bremen is now system-accredited, and thus able to conduct its own independent quality management in the area of teaching. The current focus is on research-based learning and setting up innovative new master's programs – these are also characteristics of an Excellent University. At the same time, it is establishing new, dependable career paths with a tenure perspective in addition to the professorship. The whole University was involved in developing the future perspectives formulated in “Strategy 2018-2028”.