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Research Oriented and Regional: Freie Universität Calls for Proposals for Teaching Award

Award Recognizes Outstanding Teaching Projects to Be Implemented in 2014/15 Academic Year, Together with External Partner Institutions

№ 261/2014 from Jul 08, 2014

Freie Universität Berlin is calling for proposals for a Teaching Award in 2014. It will be awarded for project proposals that incorporate members of partner institutions from the Berlin-Brandenburg research hub. The Teaching Award, which is being given for the second time, aims to express esteem for outstanding commitment in the field of research-oriented teaching. The goal is to more firmly integrate cutting-edge research into teaching at Freie Universität. The prize money is 10,000 euros. The application deadline is October 15, 2014.

The Teaching Award of Freie Universität Berlin is not intended for individual faculty members, but rather for the development of innovative teaching concepts and formats. Students as well as faculty members of all status groups are welcome to apply. Each year the Teaching Award is devoted to a main theme. Proposals submitted this year should focus on teaching projects that are "research oriented and regional." They should be submitted by members of Freie Universität and incorporate members of partner institutions in the Berlin-Brandenburg region.

By emphasizing various aspects each year, the Teaching Award combines the implementation of research-oriented teaching (Forschungsorientierte Lehre, FoL) with a second fundamental component of the university's development strategy that won funding for the second time in 2012 in the German Excellence competition for universities. The call for proposals for the Teaching Award in 2014 addresses the numerous forms of cooperation that Freie Universität maintains with non-university partners in its regional research network.

The Berlin-Dahlem Research Campus, which is characterized by a concentration of numerous research institutions in the southwestern part of Berlin, forms the nucleus of Freie Universität's regional research network. In addition to Freie Universität Berlin itself, there are several Max Planck Institutes as well as institutes in the Helmholtz Association, specialized research institutions, and numerous smaller facilities. Starting with the Berlin-Dahlem Research Campus, Freie Universität maintains close ties with numerous Leibniz Institutes and other research institutes in the region. During the second phase of implementation of the university's institutional development strategy, even more emphasis is being placed on joint activities in the training of young researchers in cooperation with the regional institutions.

The Teaching Award in 2014, with its focus on projects that are "research oriented and regional," aims to support outstanding teaching concepts and projects that integrate the findings of joint research projects in university teaching and that give students an opportunity to participate in collaborative research projects in the region.

In 2013 the Teaching Award, with an emphasis on projects that were "research oriented and international," went to a German-Israeli exchange project for students learning to become history teachers. The project is headed by Martin Lücke, a professor of the didactics of history at Freie Universität Berlin.

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Dr. Nina Diezemann, Office of News and Public Affairs, Freie Universität Berlin, Tel.: +49 30 838-73190, Email: