Berlin is a leading location for research. With four universities, four art academies, seven universities of applied sciences, 23 private colleges, and more than 70 independent research institutions, it has the largest concentration of research in Germany. Freie Universität Berlin is thus part of one of the most productive research environments in Europe.
Freie Universität is located on the Berlin-Dahlem Research Campus in the southwestern part of the city. The Berlin-Dahlem Research Campus is characterized by a high density of universities and independent research institutions such as institutes of the Max Planck Society and the Helmholtz Association. Almost 9,000 people are employed there. It is the fourth largest research hub in Germany and is unique in many ways. Where once Albert Einstein and Otto Hahn conducted their research, today scientists and scholars at different institutions and disciplines work together, addressing issues of importance for the future. The multitude of opportunities for research contacts across institutions, and the numerous parks and green areas provide an ideal environment for concentrated academic work.
During the second phase of its institutional development strategy, lasting through 2017, Freie Universität Berlin aims to place more emphasis on its regional networks and the development of new formats of cooperation and exchange. Under the Career-path Model, Freie Universität and seven independent research institutions – four Max Planck Institutes, two Helmholtz Centers, and the Social Science Research Center Berlin – will work together to provide additional opportunities for early-career researchers. There will also be more intensive collaboration in the areas of internationalization, communication, and research management.