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1 Freie Universität Berlin Germany Musterbild

2 What‘s New at the FU? Fulbright Seminar for U.S. Administrators in International Education 2007 Oct. 27 – Nov. 10 Dr. Wedigo de Vivanco Freie Universität Berlin Musterbild

3 3 Freie Universität Berlin Dr. Wedigo de Vivanco Where is Berlin?

4 4 Freie Universität Berlin Dr. Wedigo de Vivanco Founding of the Freie Universität Berlin  1948 Founding of the first politically free university in Berlin by students and professors, therefore the name „Freie Universität Berlin“ Henry-Ford-Building, 1954Philological Library, 2005

5 5 Freie Universität Berlin Dr. Wedigo de Vivanco What does it look like?

6 6 Freie Universität Berlin Dr. Wedigo de Vivanco Campus in Berlin-Dahlem

7 7 Freie Universität Berlin Dr. Wedigo de Vivanco What does it look like?

8 8 Freie Universität Berlin Dr. Wedigo de Vivanco Architectural Diversity Otto Hahn Building Botanical Garden The University Board’s “Golden Room” Henry Ford Building Habelschwerdter Allee 45 Philological Library Charité, Benjamin Franklin Campus Düppel Campus Lankwitz Campus

9 9 Freie Universität Berlin Dr. Wedigo de Vivanco Scientists, Guests and Honorary Doctors Kofi Annan Jutta Limbach Hans-Dietrich Genscher Joschka Fischer John F. Kennedy Umberto Eco Marcel Reich-Ranicki Roman Herzog Richard von Weizsäcker Theodor W. Hänsch Sandra Maischberger Annette Schavan Roman Herzog Kenzaburo Oe (li.), Salman Rushdie (2. v. re.), Günter Grass (re.)

10 10 Freie Universität Berlin Dr. Wedigo de Vivanco Facts and Figures  students in Winter term 2007, thereof 60% women, 15,3% foreign students  390 full and associate professors (and 102 at the Medical school Charité)  research assistants and assistant professors  other personnel

11 11 Freie Universität Berlin Dr. Wedigo de Vivanco 11 Departments and a Joint Medical School  Joint Medical School with Humboldt Universität  Veterinary Medicine  Biology, Chemistry, Pharmacy  Physics  Mathematics and Computer Sciences  Earth Sciences  Political Science and Social Anthropology  Psychology and Educational Science  Economics  Law  Philosophy and Humanities  History and Cultural Studies

12 12 Freie Universität Berlin Dr. Wedigo de Vivanco International Character  130 partner universities world-wide  30 partner universities in the US, e.g. Columbia, Cornell, Duke, Emory, Johns Hopkins, NYU, Princeton, Stanford, Tulane, UC System, U of Maryland, U. of Pennsylvania, Yale  Five partner universities in Canada in Ontario and Quebec  Five partner universities in Australia of the Group of Eight  711 SOCRATES agreements with about 2,000 exchanges (for the year 2006/2007)  1,851 FU students going abroad  1,655 international program students hosted by FU  Over all number of foreign students 5430

13 13 Freie Universität Berlin Dr. Wedigo de Vivanco Gender Equality High quota of women: 60 % students/graduates 43 % academic staff and assistant lecturers 32 % junior professors 21 % professors Awards for efforts towards equality, most recently: First place in the CEWS university rankings (Center of Excellence Women in Science and Research) Total E-Quality Science Award for the Promotion of Women in Science two years in succession

14 14 Freie Universität Berlin Dr. Wedigo de Vivanco Excellence Initiative - Update The Excellence initiative by the German federal and state governments to promote science and research at German Universities Some facts in short Goals of the 3 funding lines:  To promote 30 Clusters of Excellence  To promote 40 Graduate Schools (PhD Programs)  To identify approx. 10 Elite Universities in Germany

15 15 Freie Universität Berlin Dr. Wedigo de Vivanco Freie Universität Berlin – An International Network University Excellence Initiative Results for Freie Universität: Freie Universität Berlin was successful in each of the 3 funding lines: 1.Cluster of Excellence:  Topoi. The Formation and Transformation of Space and Knowledge in Ancient Civilizations (together with the Humboldt-Universität)  Languages of Emotion  NeuroCure - towards a better outcome of neurological disorders (Charité – FU/HU Medical School)

16 16 Freie Universität Berlin Dr. Wedigo de Vivanco Freie Universität Berlin – An International Network University 2. Graduate School (PhD Program):  North American Studies  Friedrich Schlegel Graduate School of Literary Studies  Muslim Cultures and Societies: Unity and Diversity  Berlin-Brandenburg School for Regenerative Therapies (Charité – FU/HU Medical School)  Berlin Mathematical School (together with HU and TU) 3. Institutional Strategy to promote top-level research: Freie Universität Berlin – An International Network University

17 17 Freie Universität Berlin Dr. Wedigo de Vivanco FU and the Bologna Process  The traditional „Magister“ and „Diplom“ courses of study are successively being replaced by new BA and MA degrees  Exception to the rule Medicine, Pharmacy and Law  we have changed to the BA all undergraduate education  we will have introduced all Master courses by 2009

18 18 Freie Universität Berlin Dr. Wedigo de Vivanco German University System Hauptstudium Vordiplom / Zwischenprüfung Grundstudium Magister, Diplom (five years) old system Bachelor (three years) Master (two years) new system

19 19 Freie Universität Berlin Dr. Wedigo de Vivanco Advantages of the new FU system  More structured curriculum, introduction of modules  Modules, consisting of two different courses (for example, a lecture and a seminar on the same topic)  Exact module structure and credits for each subject can be found in the study and examination regulations  One semester is worth 30 credits (ECTS)  1 FU credit equals 30 hours workload  Accumulative Grade Point Average

20 20 Freie Universität Berlin Dr. Wedigo de Vivanco Realization of Bologna In the Future  Our exchange students will have to use our online platform Distributed Campus to register courses  You will see graded transcripts with ECTS points  We will also document the contact hours taken to facilitate the transfer of credits/workload  We hope to continue seeing happy and engaged international students despite the hiccups caused by the Bologna “revolution”

21 21 Freie Universität Berlin Dr. Wedigo de Vivanco Dahlem Research School  Dahlem Research School offers PhD programs  Covers all academic areas  Highly selective admission  Scholarships for PhD students  Program lasts three years

22 22 Freie Universität Berlin Dr. Wedigo de Vivanco Thank you for your attention. Many happy returns to Berlin!


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