Freie Universität Berlin, an international network university, is a leading research institution. It is a drawing card for international researchers and students. Roughly 18% of its students and 15% of its researchers come from abroad. For a brief introduction to the university, see At a Glance.
Three Latin words encircle the seal of Freie Universität Berlin – veritas, justitia, and libertas. They are Latin for truth, justice, and freedom. These terms reflect the values defining the scholarly and scientific ethos of the university today, just as they did at its founding in December of 1948.
The founding of Freie Universität Berlin was facilitated through international support, and international impulses have shaped its research ever since. What began as a necessity rapidly evolved into a successful strategy.
Freie Universität Berlin makes every effort to establish the best conditions for scientific and academic thinking and working for its researchers and students. It emerged from the German national Excellence Initiative as the most successful university in the competition.