Freie Universität Berlin was selected as a university of excellence in the German government’s national Excellence Initiative in 2007. During the second funding round, in June 2012 Freie Universität was again selected as a university of excellence, making it one of six universities in Germany to have gained this seal of approval in both rounds. The award is connected with extensive grant money through 2017. Overall Freie Universität will receive roughly 121 million euros over the next five years to implement its institutional development strategy as well as to set up or continue to operate three clusters of excellence and seven graduate schools where the university is either the host university or one of the involved partners.
Freie Universität’s institutional development strategy entitled “Veritas – Justitia – Libertas. International Network University” evolved out of the network tradition that is firmly anchored in the university’s founding history. Building on the structures put in place during the first funding period from 2007 to 2012, the existing networks in the areas of research, early-career training, and internationalization will be developed further with the help of the new funding through 2017, and a new regional component will be added. The university will work more closely with partners in the Berlin-Brandenburg region.
Of the seven graduate schools offering doctoral training, five have already been funded under the Excellence Initiative since 2006/2007, as they were approved in both rounds. Three of them are based at Freie Universität Berlin:
Freie Universität is a partner in two others:
The proposals for two new graduate schools were accepted:
The following clusters of excellence will be able to continue their successful work: