With 250 professors and 17,000 students, the University of Bremen is a mid-sized university offering a large spectrum of subjects; 100 different study programs organized in 30 academic disciplines. The University was quick to introduce the new structure of Bachelor and Master studies and was awarded the title “Bologna University” by the Standing Conference of the Länder Ministers of Education.
The University of Bremen was founded in 1971. In the course of its relatively short history it has developed into the science center of North West Germany. When it was founded it broke new ground in many ways, earning the label “Bremen Model”. Some of these breakthroughs have now become standard features of modern universities. For instance: interdisciplinarity, research-based learning in projects, and social commitment.
Strength in Research
For many years now, the University of Bremen has been among the top league of German universities in the area of research. The University performed extremely well in the first two rounds of the Excellence Initiative supported by the German Ministry of Education and Research and the federal states, being awarded recognition for the excellence of three of its institutions: Two graduate schools and a cluster of excellence.
Research conducted at the University of Bremen is interdisciplinary. In other words: Bremen research transcends the borders of traditional disciplines and is embedded within six research concentrations, also known as high-profile areas:
- Ocean and Climate Research
- Materials Science
- Social Sciences
- Health Science
The University of Bremen numbers among the most successful universities in Germany with regard to acquiring external funding for research projects. In 2009 the University’s scholars and scientists acquired some 86 million euros of research funding ? almost one third of the University’s entire budget.
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Open for New Ideas
The young University of Bremen is always open to new developments. For example, within the context of support for young researchers, in 2001 it was the very first university in Germany to introduce a so-called tenure track for "junior professors" (assistant professors), which became known as the “Bremen Perspective”. Junior professors are sure in the knowledge that after six years they will be shortlisted with other external candidates for a full professorship.
Science and Research in the interest of society
Research and finding solutions to pressing social issues has a long tradition at the University of Bremen. This encompasses both fundamental as well as applied research. The University meets its commitment to education and research in the interest of society by entering into close cooperation with public institutions and enterprise, as well as by offering a broad spectrum of services to the community. These open offers range from asthma training for children, through genetic advice, up to public access to its socio-political archives.