The Freie Universität Today
The founding motto of the Freie Universität Berlin - "Truth, Justice, Freedom"- has shaped its history since 1948. With 42,700 students in approximately 90 different programs of study, 4,000 graduates and 1,000 doctoral candidates each year, the FU Berlin is the largest university in Germanys capital, and one of the largest in the nation. Owing to its internationally recognized achievements in both teaching and research, the FU exerts a strong attraction on students from Germany and beyond. In a report concerning external funding published recently by the Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft (German Research Council), the FU was ranked a 5th place among German institutions of higher learning. The universitys research activities in the Humanities and in the Social and Natural Sciences are distinguished by their international orientation, as well as by the interdisciplinary and collaborative character of work carried out by a number of research networks: the FU Berlins eleven Collaborative Research Centers, seven Research Training Centers, five DFG Research Units and the participation in a DFG Research Center are ample evidence of this.
Today, about 490 professors, almost 90 of them in Medicine and Dentistry, are engaged in teaching and in research at the Freie Universität. More than 10 percent of professorships are occupied by women. Altogether, the Freie Universität employs more than 8,000 individuals, making it one of the regions largest employers.
The FU’s Academic Profile
Within the Humanities and Social Sciences, the university’s teaching and research profile is characterized by the classical subjects in Languages and History, as well as in Law and Economics. Unique to the Freie Universität is its comprehensive ensemble of "little subjects", as well as its three central institutes for interdisciplinary area studies (the John F. Kennedy Institute for North American Studies, the Institute for Eastern European Studies, and the Institute for Latin American Studies). Political Science (Otto Suhr Institute) and Media and Communication Studies enjoy a strong tradition, and are to be found in Germany in this form only at the Freie Universität. Topic areas such as "Internationalization and Globalization", "Research in Transition Processes", and "Environmental Research" increasingly shape the university’s profile. Within the Natural Sciences, the traditionally strong areas of Physics, Chemistry, and Mathematics/Computer Science are complemented by a special emphasis on the Geo and Biological Sciences, as well as by excellent programs in Medicine and Veterinary Medicine. "Interdisciplinary Centers" in East Asian Studies and in the field of Near Eastern Studies, joined by a "Bio-Center", further strenghten the university’s research profile.
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