Building up on the successful cooperation between both universities in the past few years, the new agreement responds to the high level of interest on both sides among students and faculty. Future initiatives will focus on the development of collaborative teaching activities and joint study programs, the promotion of junior researchers, particularly on the doctoral and postdoctoral level, as well as joint research projects and the commercialization of technology. In support of these goals, both universities are establishing a joint seed money funding scheme and will appoint specific partnership coordinators.
“This new transatlantic alliance has the potential to become an exemplary German-Canadian partnership,” said Prof. Dr. Peter-André Alt, the president of Freie Universität Berlin. “The teaming up of two highly dynamic world-class universities will open up new exciting opportunities to our students and researchers alike,” he added. “With today’s signing, Freie Universität and UBC affirm our joint commitment to world class research and to deliver an enriched student experience,” underlined Prof. Dr. Stephen Toope, the president of the University of British Columbia.
Freie Universität Berlin and the University of British Columbia share a strong international outlook in research and teaching. Their internationalization concepts include strategic partnerships with select universities and research institutions abroad. Freie Universität’s current network of strategic partnerships includes institutions in China, Russia and Israel, with new initiatives being developed with European partners. The strategic partnerships network of the University of British Columbia currently features Sciences Po, the University of Tokyo, and Peking University, as well as the Max Planck Society and Freie Universität Berlin in Germany.