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Jun 26, 2018

Professor Günter M. Ziegler Elected President of Freie Universität Berlin

Mathematics Professor Günter M. Ziegler (right) elected  president of Freie Universität Berlin (with President Peter-André Alt, left).

Extended Academic Senate Voted for Successor to Long-term President Prof. Dr. Peter-André Alt

The mathematician Prof. Günter M. Ziegler, a professor at Freie Universität Berlin, was elected president of Freie Universität. During a session of the Extended Academic Senate on Wednesday, Ziegler received 39 of 61 votes cast in the first ballot, as the Central Election Committee announced.

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QS Ranking 2018/2019: Freie Universität Berlin Remains One of Six Best Universities in Germany

Freie Universität Berlin is one of the best universities in Germany.

Freie Universität Ranks 130 Globally

According to this year’s QS World University Ranking, Freie Universität remains one of the six best universities in Germany. As Quacquarelli Symonds (QS) Ltd. announced on Thursday in London, Freie Universität ranks 130 worldwide, a similarly strong position as in the previous year (2017/2018: 125). The university’s good academic reputation and an increase in the number of citations by the university’s scholars and scientists were important factors.

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Little Hope for the Colorful Paradises

A unique habitat: Pristine coral reefs like this one, in the Raja Ampat islands off the coast of Indonesia, also act as nurseries and feeding grounds for many species of fish.

The search for salvation: Geobiologist Reinhold Leinfelder and his team study the adaptability of reefs.

Time has already practically run out for the shallow-water reefs of the tropics. These fascinating ecosystems face increasing stress due to rising water temperatures.

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Mapping the Mines

Industrial goldmine in Burkina Faso.

Researchers from Freie Universität develop an online map providing an overview of mine conflicts in Burkina Faso

The West African nation of Burkina Faso is the fastest-growing producer of gold on the African continent. Still, the country is among the poorest in the world. Many new mining licenses have been granted to multinational corporations and domestic ones alike in Burkina Faso since the mid-2000s.

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Freedom for research

Judith Butler said that Universities that don’t defend themselves against attacks from outside lose their integrity.

American philosopher and literary scholar Judith Butler and Turkish sociologist Nil Mutluer delivered the opening speeches at the international Scholars at Risk network conference at Freie Universität.

In January 2016, Nil Mutluer was the head of the Institute of Sociology at Nişantaşı University, in Istanbul. Just one month later, she lost her position as a professor by presidential decree because she had joined more than 2,000 other members of the Turkish academic and research community in participating in the “Academics for Peace” petition. The group had called on the Turkish government – peacefully, but in clear terms – to end the war in the Kurdish areas of Turkey.

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Building Bridges between Germany and Egypt

Hoda El Mahgoub on her visit to the university management of Freie Universität.

Hoda El Mahgoub is in charge of the liaison office of Freie Universität in Kairo.

Freie Universität operates seven liaison offices worldwide to help its scholars and scientists build and maintain international networks. The office in Cairo was established in 2010, with the goal of strengthening the exchange of students and scholarly and scientific cooperation between Freie Universität and higher education institutions in Egypt and expanding these activities in the wider region, including Jordan, Lebanon, the Gulf states, and in some cases Morocco, Algeria, and Tunisia.

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70 Years of Freie Universität – Time to Celebrate!

Desk, bed, bookcase – a student’s room at Studentendorf Schlachtensee (dormitory) 1960 and today.

Lecture Series on Academic Freedom / Wanted: More International Alumni Memories!!

This year we are reflecting on the founding of Freie Universität in December 1948 and the many changes the university has undergone since then. How has the campus changed? Plus: Do you have memories from your time at Freie Universität?

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