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Research-oriented teaching is a key element of the profile of Freie Universität Berlin, which is among Germany’s strongest universities in terms of research. As part of its institutional strategy, with which the university was successful in the German Excellence Initiative in 2007 and again in 2012, the research-oriented teaching program was established in order to give a systematic structure and approach to initiatives aimed at linking ressearch and teaching activities and to promote the ongoing and sustained integration of top research within large-scale alliance projects into teaching.

Universities are the most important sites of learning within society when it comes to acquisition of research competencies. They ensure that junior scholars and scientists have the training they need in research methods and that they are prepared for evidence-based expert professions.