The New York liaison office supports and fosters Freie Universität Berlin’s close ties to partner institutions in the U.S. and Canada. It promotes Freie Universität Berlin as an outstanding place to study and do research and an institution with a strong international network.
News from Apr 18, 2016
The New York liaison office advertises degree and exchange programs, offers support for academic cooperation, and provides information for scholars and students about funding options in Germany and North America. Another focus in the New York liaison office is creating a strong network between the university and its numerous alumni in academia and the business community in Canada and the US.
The New York liaison office has very close links to the University of British Columbia, which is the fourth university with which Freie Universität concluded a strategic partnership. The university works particularly closely with its strategic partners in all areas of cooperation.
Freie Universität's ties with North America are most visible in the humanities and social sciences. Dahlem Humanities Center (DHC), for example, has an outstanding reputation among scholars in the US and Canada. Since 2014, a research network based at DHC has been exploring the dynamics of cultural changes. Researchers at both Johns Hopkins University and Harvard University are involved in the network.
A special grant program of the Volkswagen Foundation and the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, one of the largest private foundations in North America, regularly provides support for junior researchers from the US to attend DHC. There are also cooperation programs in the natural sciences and political science.
Other examples of the very strong ties between Freie Universität and the United States and Canada are the University of California Education Abroad Program at Freie Universität Berlin and the Berlin Consortium for German Studies.
These and other programs are the reason for the steadily increasing number of North American students and scholars at Freie Universität Berlin.
The New York liaison office, the German University Alliance, is a strategic alliance between Freie Universität Berlin and Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität München. It works closely with the German Center for Research and Innovation New York founded in 2010, whose main goal is to showcase Germany’s excellence in research.
The liaison office is located in the German House in Midtown Manhattan. It is headed by Dr. Katja Simons.
The international network of Freie Universität encompasses seven offices that offer scholars and scientists from Freie Universität regional expertise and contacts at the local level. Specific areas of focus vary by location.