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Mission statement of the University of Freiburg

The University of Freiburg has published its new mission statement following a co-creative development process.

Quality, responsibility, openness – these three values are at the heart of the new mission statement the University of Freiburg has composed as a basis for its identity, actions, and activities. The mission statement was developed by a working group appointed by the Senate in a one-and-a-half-year process and was approved by the Senate in summer 2023. Around 20 university members representing all status groups came together in the working group. The mission statement process was managed by the Office of the Vice Rector for University Culture under Prof. Dr. Sylvia Paletschek. It was coordinated by Silvio Fischer.

The mission statement is to be published exclusively online, in German and English. Terms are accompanied by additional information, and the interactive functions invite all members of the university to make an active contribution: Everyone can submit ideas for exemplary stories from the university. Thus, the mission statement is not intended to remain a static product but should rather provide an innovative framework in which the university can address its successes, challenges, and values. It is therefore meant to embody the University of Freiburg’s traditions and its capacity for renewal.

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The new mission statement can be accessed at