Dialogue is the lifeblood of research and instruction. Everyone profits from exchange on the national and international level.
The University of Freiburg, at the intersection of the German, the French and the Swiss educational landscape, is predestined to exemplify transnational networking in the sense of positive diversity in teaching and research. In regard to our strategic development, we place our emphasis on internationalisation in concentric circles: the region, Europe, and the world.
Trinational: Eucor – The European Campus
Together with the universities of Basel, Haute-Alsace and Strasbourg as well as the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology, the University of Freiburg forms “Eucor – The European Campus”. Founded on February 24th, 2016, it is the first European Grouping of Territorial Cooperation (EGTC) that consists entirely of universities. This enables a common strategy in teaching and research, and the development of comprehensive structures for science in the Upper Rhine area.
European: European Partnership for an Innovative Campus Unifying Regions (EPICUR)
In its pilot phase (until 2022), this association of eight European universities is focusing on the development of innovative teaching formats inspired by the approach of Liberal Arts and Sciences Education (LAS). Further goals and fields of action are the promotion of multilingualism, the digital transformation of teaching and the facilitation of mobility of students and teachers between the locations of the members. Starting in 2021, funds from the EU research funding program “Horizon 2020” will also be available to the association for three years, which will be used to develop a joint research agenda. Under the motto “Shaping European Society in Transition”, EPICUR will thus organize its activities taking into account all dimensions of the knowledge quadrangle, i.e. research, teaching, innovation and social responsibility.
European: League of European Research Universities (LERU)
The aim of this network consisting of 23 research-focused European universities is an active exchange in the areas of excellent teaching and internationally competitive research. These topics are approached by creating best-practise models for mutual exchange and providing input for higher education politics. LERU regularly publishes reports and recommendations for stakeholders in politics, higher education institutions, and research.
Global: Comprehensive Partnerships and beyond
In addition to the Université de Strasbourg (France), which is already a close partner via “Eucor – The European Campus”, the University of Freiburg has the following “Comprehensive Partners”, all of which it shares especially broad and deep connections with, and which enhance our strategic goals:
- Penn State University (USA)
- Nagoya University (Japan)
- Nanjing University (China)
- University of Adelaide (Australien)
Academic Consortium 21 (AC21)
Aiming at a closer collaboration between worldwide research-focused universities, with a special focus on the Asian-Pacific region, AC21 was founded by Nagoya University, one of the University of Freiburg’s Comprehensive Partners. The consortium includes more of our Comprehensive Partners: the Université de Strasbourg, Nanjing University, and the University of Adelaide. Since 2015, the University of Freiburg is one of the six members of the network´s Steering Committee. AC21 regularly organises workshops for leadership, young researchers, and students.
More information on further European and international partnerships of the University of Freiburg is provided by the Hochschulkompass of the German Rectors Conference (HKR):
In the Upper Rhine Region
- European Confederation of Universities on the Upper Rhine (EUCOR)
- Arnold Bergsträsser Institute (ABI)
- Carl Schurz House
- German Real Estate Acadamy at the University of Freiburg Ltd.
- Forstwirtschaftliche Versuchs- und Forschungsanstalt Baden-Württemberg (FVA)
- Fraunhofer Gesellschaft
- Hahn-Schickard-Gesellschaft für angewandte Forschung e.V.
- Leibniz Association
- The Max Planck Society
- Staatliches Weinbauinstitut Freiburg
- Walter-Eucken-Institut (WIE)