Ever since Freie Universität was first founded in 1948, the idea of a free university has found broad-based support from abroad, paving the way for a broad array of international contacts that have grown into dense networks since then. The Division of International Affairs, the Center for International Cooperation and international liaison offices are among the bodies currently contributing to the growth and development of these networks.
In addition to a large number of active cooperative arrangements such as those in place at the department level, Freie Universität works especially closely with a number of outstanding universities around the world. The basis for the global university partnerships is interdisciplinary research projects, joint master’s degree programs, doctoral programs, and exchange agreements as well as targeted external fundraising activities.
One aim of the strategic partnerships is to expand upon the university’s close historical connections with leading universities in North America and Europe. At the same time, Freie Universität also plans to develop relationships with universities in countries with emerging research sectors, including China, India, and Brazil. Areas of focus are based on existing cooperative arrangements and research interests such as those shown in the strong disciplines in area studies.