With 290 professors and 19,000 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. Since June 2012, the University of Bremen is entitled ‘University of Excellence’. The Excellence Initiative was passed for the first time in 2005 by the German federal and state governments. And the latest Förderatlas [funding atlas] published by the Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft (DFG) puts Bremen right at the top among German universities in several categories.
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 2010 the University’s scholars and scientists acquired some 91 million euros of research funding ― almost one third of the University’s entire budget. More on our research pages
The Universty of Bremen is a mid-sized University with a broad array of disciplines. Its research profile is shaped to a great extent by marine and climate research in the natural sciences, engineers in the field of production and manufacturing technology, and the social sciences. These main areas encompass four collaborative research centers, the DFG research center ‘Ocean Margins’, a cluster of excellence, two graduate schools of excellence and several research training groups. Two further collaborative research centers are located in the fields of logistics and spatial cognition – in both these areas, computer science is particularly prominent. In the humanities, smaller research networks work alongside individual scholars excelling in their respective fields of studies.
The designation of six high-profile areas further enhances the University’s profile, which is rounded off by cooperation with the non-university institutes belonging to renowned research societies (Max-Planck, Helmholtz, Fraunhofer, Leibniz). Hardly any other university can boast in relation to its size so many non-university research institutions in its immediate neighborhood: This close proximity opens up possibilities for intensive cooperation on research projects and there are currently around 30 joint professors working both within and outside the University walls. This impressive research infrastructure is attracting more and more enterprises to locate in the technology park which encircles the campus. Some 400 high-tech corporations have already located here. Last not least, the close cooperation with other universities throughout the North West of Germany leads to a mutual strengthening of the institution's potential. Since 1997, for instance, the Hanse-Wissenschaftskolleg (HWK) – Institute for Advanced Study – has been making a major contribution to international networking as well as to regional cooperation.
The University of Bremen has always had a strong focus on the promotion of young talents and outstanding research across the whole spectrum. The University had already established doctoral research groups long before the DFG research training groups came into existence. It created the competitive tenure track for "junior professors" (assistant professors) which became known as the "Bremen Perspective". The most recent development is the University’s Graduate Center, an umbrella unit set up to support all aspects of doctoral studies. And finally, the University’s Central Research Development Fund is based on competitive calls in accordance with DFG standards and offers a total of 60 full-time research positions for innovative research projects in all its faculties. This type of innovative model has become the hallmark of the University.