Unity between Research and Teaching
The research-oriented teaching program also includes the central Teaching Award of Freie Universität, which is granted annually with a thematic emphasis. Viewing research and teaching as forming a single unit is part of how Freie Universität Berlin views its own identity. To the extent that research shapes distinct and often interdisciplinary organizational structures such as Focus Areas or collaborative research centers, the challenge of living up to this sense of identity grows. The research-oriented teaching program is geared toward putting this challenge to productive use.