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New Incentive: Freie Universität Invites Proposals for Teaching Award

Award for Outstanding Teaching Projects That Integrate Findings of Interdisciplinary Top-level Research into University Teaching

№ 278/2013 from Sep 25, 2013

Freie Universität Berlin is inviting proposals for its new Teaching Award, which aims to support teaching projects that integrate the findings of interdisciplinary top-level research into university teaching. The first call for proposals is currently open. A selection committee made up of members of the university as well as the International Council of Freie Universität will decide which of the submitted proposals can be supported. The projects are expected to be implemented during the 2014 summer semester. This award was set up as part of the development strategy of Freie Universität Berlin, which was selected in the German national Excellence Initiative. The objective of the award is to more firmly integrate top-level research in university teaching. The grant money amounts to 10,000 euros. The application deadline is November 18, 2013.

The Teaching Award of Freie Universität Berlin is not intended for individual faculty members, but rather for the development of innovative teaching concepts and formats. Each year it will be devoted to a particular topic. Proposals submitted this year should focus on teaching projects that are "research oriented and international." Anyone submitting a proposal should currently be a faculty member or student at Freie Universität.

In addition, the introduction of the new award is intended to encourage communication about good teaching at Freie Universität Berlin and to focus more attention on teaching. "We want to create spaces at the university that offer more opportunities than are currently available for talking about teaching, where we can animate and inspire each other to try out new ideas and possibilities," said Professor Peter-André Alt, the president of Freie Universität Berlin. The award ceremony will take place during a "Day of Teaching" during the 2014 summer semester.

Research-oriented teaching is a key component of the university's development strategy entitled "Veritas – Justitia – Libertas. International Network University." With this strategy Freie Universität Berlin won excellence status in the German national Excellence Initiative for the second time in 2012.

For more information about the Teaching Award, see the interview in campus.leben with the president of Freie Universität Berlin, Prof. Dr. Peter-André Alt.

Further Information

Dr. Nina Diezemann, Office of News and Public Affairs, Freie Universität Berlin, Tel.: +49 30 838 73190, Email: nina.diezemann@fu-berlin.de