New International Graduate School in Berlin

Freie Universitaet Berlin founds new International Graduate School

"Dahlem Research School" at Berlin University combines doctorate programs in humanities and social and natural sciences

New York/Berlin, August 8, 2022 - In a major step in its ongoing strategy to step up its international competitiveness, Berlin's leading university Freie Universitaet has founded a new graduate school called the Dahlem Research School. Especially designed to meet the growing international need for interdisciplinary research, the new institute will combine all the university's doctorate programs.

Under a single roof, Dahlem Research School is bundling together the research institutes of the natural sciences, the humanities and the social sciences. Focusing on inter- und transdisciplinary research, the Dahlem Research School will offer a research and scholarship facility especially attractive to international students. With this in mind, the Dahlem Research School has been structured to conform to the requirements of other international graduate programs, making it more attractive for the many international doctoral candidates who want to study and research in Berlin. The new programs will provide graduates with training specifically tailored to qualify them for international work.

The Dahlem Research School is the latest in a long series of major changes that the university has undertaken to improve its international competitiveness. Earlier this year, the university founded the Dahlem Humanities Center, which combines all humanities programs under a single roof in order to better facilitate interdisciplinary research as well as more efficient cooperation with outside institutions.

In a recent study performed by the Berlin Senate for Science, Research and Culture, the Freie Universitaet was recognized as Berlin's leading university in efficiency and productivity, and is one of Germany's ten best academic institutions for research.

Commenting on the results of the study, Professor Dieter Lenzen, president of the Freie Universitaet, said, "The results prove that the course taken by the Freie Universitaet continues to show success. The reform of the university in all areas and the high level of competence and productivity on the part of the scholarly and non-scholarly staff are the basis for our success."

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