Awards and Distinctions

Die Freie Universität gehört zur Spitzengruppe der Universitäten im deutschsprachigen Raum
Freie Universität Berlin is one of the best universities in the German-speaking countries. Source: Benjamin Wierzoch

Freie Universität Berlin ranks near the top in all of the major German and international university rankings. Factors including considerably enhanced achievements have earned the university a lasting place among the top higher education institutions in the German-speaking countries.

Outstanding Research

With nine projects approved in the German Excellence Initiative, Freie Universität emerged as the most successful university in the competition during 2006 and 2007. During the second phase, in 2012 funds were committed through 2017 for the university’s future development concept “Veritas – Justitia – Libertas. International Network University” along with three clusters of excellence and seven graduate schools based at Freie Universität Berlin or with participation by Freie Universität.

The increase in external funding from 57.1 million euros in 2007 to 106 million euros in 2010 is an indicator for the positive performance development of Freie Universität Berlin.

Excellent Scholars and Scientists

The students, instructors, and researchers at Freie Universität include a large number of award winners, who hold distinctions including prestigious academic awards, individual honors, and prizes for theses and dissertations.

First-rate Transfer of Knowledge and Technology

The commercialization of research results is important. It is based on collaboration with industry and an optimum start-up support. In the Berlin-Brandenburg business plan competition, Freie Universität was the most successful German university in 2007, 2008, 2009, and 2011. Nationwide, it has taken first place in attracting EXIST founding scholarships from the German Federal Ministry of Economics and Technology ever since the program was started.

Recognition for Gender Equality and Family Friendliness

For its successful equality policies, Freie Universität was certified as a family-friendly higher education institution (2007, 2011) and has earned the Total E-Quality Science Award (TEQ) numerous times (2002, 2005, 2008, and 2011).

The audit berufundfamilie® is a tool to promote family-friendly human resources policy. It was set up in 1999 on behalf of the Hertie Foundation and is supported by, among others, the German Federal Ministry for Family Affairs, Senior Citizens, Women, and Youth.

The Total E-Quality Award – awarded by Total E-Quality Association and funded by the German Federal Ministry for Education and Research – pays tribute to universities and academc institutions for their exemplary policies encouraging gender equality.

Awards for Climate Protection Measures

Since 2000 Freie Universität has drastically reduced its energy consumption through comprehensive technical and structural changes in its approximately 200 properties as well as through incentives to its employees. In May 2011 it was the first university in the German capital to sign a climate protection agreement with the State of Berlin, in which the university committed itself to further mitigation measures by 2015.

Recognition for Informing the Public

The “Schools at University for Climate and Energy” program organized by Freie Universität Berlin's Environmental Policy Research Centre (FFU), was commended in 2009/2010 and 2011/2012 by the German UNESCO Commission. The project was praised as a model for the United Nations Decade of Education for Sustainable Development global education initiative.

Last Update: Mar 10, 2014

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