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Universität Bremen

The science center of North West Germany

The University of Bremen is the science center of North West Germany. It is place for research for 1.427 scientists (full-time), place of study for some 19.000 students and workplace for 910 employees (full-time).


Though Bremen became a university city only recently, higher education in Bremen has a long tradition:

1584 the Bremen Latin School was upgraded to "Gymnasium Academicum".

1610 it was transformed into "Gymnasium Illustre", where the four classical disciplines Theology, Law, Medicine and Philosophy were taught until 1810

1811 under Napoleonic rule the institution of a "French-Bremen University" was considered.

1948 plans for an "International University of Bremen" were discussed.

1971 the University of Bremen opened its doors - today the University of Bremen is the science center of North West Germany

In the founding surge of new universities in Germany in the 1970s the University of Bremen, among many others, was considered a reform university in its pursuit of new approaches to teaching and research. These first reform ideas - known as the ’Bremen Model’ - evolved into an attractive educational concept, characterised by interdisciplinary and practice-oriented project studies which enjoy a high reputation in the academic world as well as in business and industry. From 1996 until 2001 the University of Bremen (along with six other universities in Germany) has been participating in a pilot scheme for structural reform of university administration, funded by the Volkswagen Foundation. This project has improved the co-operation and communication between the university’s administrational, teaching and research units. By the realization of a "Notebook University" the University of Bremen has become a leading University in the field of digital media teaching in Germany.


Universität Bremen
Bibliothekstr. 1
28359 Bremen
Tel: +49 (0)421 2181

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