The Freie Universität Berlin is one of the leading universities in the world and distinguishes itself through its modern and international character. It is also one of the largest universities in Germany, offering degree courses in more than a hundred subjects for 35 500 students – of which 15 per cent come from other countries. For many foreign scientists, too, such as fellows of the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation, the Freie Universität is the university of preference while they are staying in Germany.
Without including Medicine the Freie Universität is currently lead university for eight collaborative research centres of the German Research Foundation DFG (Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft) and also has four DFG research units. Because of the wide variety of subjects it offers, the Freie Universität also has two collaborative research centres in the humanities – for the first time in Berlin. Thirteen scientists of the Freie Universität have to date been awarded a Leibniz Prize of the DFG, the most important German prize for scientific achievements. The level of external funding acquired rose to more than EUR 55 million. This means that the Freie Universität canvasses a significant proportion of its income from third party funds.
A strategic alliance has been concluded with the Ludwig-Maximilians Universität in Munich. In addition, the Freie Universität cooperates closely with international companies such as BMW, Schering, Siemens, Deutsche Telekom and Pfizer.over 6 years ago