In April 2017, Freie Universität Berlin and the University of Zurich (UZH) signed a contract to collaborate in the form of a strategic partnership. As part of this alliance, both new and existing cooperations between the two universities will be systematically promoted and expanded.
The new agreement between the University of Zurich and Freie Universität Berlin aims at intensifying the collaboration on all levels: the promotion of young researchers, the initiation of innovative research collaborations, the development and establishment of sustainable teaching, and the structured exchange of researchers and students as well as administrative staff. In order to achieve these goals, specific funding programs will be set up, coordinated jointly by both universities.
Strategic partnerships are characterized by their comprehensive cooperative character and the close integration into the university's main strategy. At Freie Universität Berlin, the development and implementation of strategic partnerships is part of the internationalization concept “The International Network University,” which allowed Freie Universität to succeed in the German government's Excellence Initiative in 2007 and 2012.
For Freie Universität Berlin, the agreement with the University of Zurich is the sixth strategic partnership. Further strategic partnerships are in place with The Hebrew University of Jerusalem, The University of British Columbia (UBC), UC Berkeley, Peking University and the St. Petersburg State University.
With more than 25.000 enrolled students, the University of Zurich (UZH) is Switzerland's largest university. UZH is one of the foremost universities in the German-speaking world. Since the founding of the university in 1833, the Nobel Prize has been conferred on twelve UZH scholars. Numerous distinctions highlight the University's international renown in the fields of medicine, immunology, genetics, neuroscience and structural biology as well as in economics.
In order to expand existing cooperation and to initiate new joint research projects, both universities offer funding opportunities within the framework of a competitive Joint Seed Funding Call.