Freie Universität Berlin is a dynamic university and one of eleven universities in Germany awarded Excellence status in the Germany-wide competition to promote top research at German universities (DFG Excellence Initiative). Freie Universität was selected not only for its future development concept "International Network University." With five graduate schools and three clusters in addition to the development concept, it was the most successful university to win funding in this prestigious national competition.
Freie Universität has been internationally oriented since its founding in 1948, and the university works systematically to expand its global networks. These include more than 100 world-wide partnerships with academic institutions and seven liaison offices on four continents. Its main campus is located in Berlin-Dahlem, a district with a long tradition of outstanding science. Where Nobel Prize winners such as Albert Einstein and Otto Hahn conducted pioneering research, scholars from Freie Universität work closely together with regional, national, and international partners from the academic world, industry, politics, and society.