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Success in the Excellence Initiative and the Excellence Strategy

In 2007 Freie Universität Berlin first won excellence status in the German government’s first Excellence Initiative competition for universities. This status was re-confirmed in June 2012, when the university won special funding for its future development strategy, “Veritas- Justitia - Libertas. International Network University.”

On July 19, 2019, the Berlin University Alliance won funding as a group in the Universities of Excellence funding line of the German government’s Excellence Strategy. The four Berlin partners – Freie Universität Berlin, Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin, Technische Universität Berlin, and Charité – Universitätsmedizin Berlin – had submitted a joint proposal entitled Crossing Boundaries toward an Integrated Research Environment.

The four institutions had previously performed very well in the decisions in the first funding line. On September 27, 2018, seven Clusters of Excellence were approved for funding. The Berlin alliance is the first and only university consortium with excellence status in Germany.


Strong Networks in Research and Teaching

Freie Universität’s institutional strategy focuses on systematically refining its networks in the areas of research, support for early-career researchers, and internationalization.

Excellence Clusters

Cutting-edge Research in Alliances

Freie Universität Berlin participates in four clusters of excellence, where cutting-edge research topics are investigated in interdisciplinary groups together with partners in the Berlin-Brandenburg region.

Graduate Schools

Good Prospects for Early-career Researchers

Graduate schools with their structured doctoral programs provide young researchers with an outstanding research environment and facilitate early integration into the academic community.

Berlin University Alliance