DAAD Sound Understanding

DAAD Sound Understanding"Sound Understanding" is DAAD and the DAAD Alumni Association's annual concert showcasing the young, talented DAAD music fellows from Germany who have spent the past year studying at music schools in the US and Canada. The music fellows are selected in a national competition among the best students of Germany's renowned music colleges.

On Thursday April 12, 2023 "Sound Understanding" took place at the Weill Recital Hall, Carnegie Hall in New York City. 

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Times Higher Ed. Ranking

According to the World Reputation Ranking compiled by the Times Higher Education Magazine, LMU occupies the top position among universities in Germany. Rated 48th in the world, LMU is regarded as one of the most renowned universities on the European continent - after the ETH Zürich, which is ranked 24th overall. The new ranking, which is appearing for the first time this year, evaluates the standing that universities enjoy among their peers for the quality of their teaching and research. The list is based on the results of a survey of experienced and highly regarded academics from all over the world. 

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The Embassy Model in HEI

Andrea Adam Moore, Executive Director, GUA chaired a panel at AIEA in February 2011. An article in HEI quotes the panel discussion, describing, among other things, FUB's liaison office model presented by Herbert Greishop, Director, Center for International Cooperation, Freie Universitat Berlin. 

"An alternative to the internationalisation model of building bricks-and-mortar campuses around the world is establishing overseas offices or 'embassies'. This approach was described by two universities, one American and the other German, at the Association for International Education Administrators conference in San Francisco.

In an increasingly globalised world, universities are adopting ambitious internationalisation strategies to keep apace. Ohio State University and Freie Universitat Berlin are among very many institutions embracing a more global outlook.

"Diversity in the population leads to a diversity in perspective," said Andrea Adam Moore, executive director of the German University Alliance, who chaired the session in which the two universities presented their internationalisation models."

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QS Ranking

The prestigious QS World University Ranking puts Freie Universität in 66th place worldwide. In the latest ranking published on Monday in London, Freie Universität improved its position from the previous year by four places. Among German universities Freie Universität Berlin is in fourth place, following the universities of Heidelberg (place 53), TU Munich (54), and LMU Munich (62). According to this ranking, only four of the nine universities selected in the German government's Excellence Initiative are among the 100 best universities in the world. Freie Universität is the only university in Berlin to be included in the top 100. The university's success can be attributed to the high academic level of its disciplines and by its increase in prestige among employers.

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FUB Ranking

According to the new ranking by the prestigious Times Higher Education (THE), Freie Universität Berlin is one of the six best universities in Germany. As announced by THE in London, Freie Universität is ranked 151 in the global comparison, and within Europe 61. It is one of 12 German universities among the best 200 globally. Only four of the other eight universities selected in the German government’s Excellence Initiative achieved higher rankings than Freie Universität.

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LMU Ranking

In the latest Times Higher Education World University Ranking, LMU Munich tops the list of German contenders, and is placed 45th overall. This represents an improvement of 16 places relative to last year’s listing. Among European universities LMU now occupies the 8th slot.

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Prof. Leitgeb

Eight Alexander von Humboldt Professorships will be formally conferred on their recipients at a ceremony to be held in Berlin today. One of those honored is LMU's Hannes Leitgeb. Leitgeb, a mathematician and philosopher has been working at the University‘s Faculty of Philosophy, Philosophy of Science and the Study of Religion since last autumn. "With Professor Leitgeb we have been able to enlist a much sought-after scholar and provide him with a very attractive research environment," says LMU President Professor Bernd Huber. "His appointment will further enhance LMU‘s traditional strengths in Philosophy, and enables us to establish the first university-based Center for Mathematical Philosophy in Europe." This will allow Munich to play a leading role in the future development of this booming area of research. Leitgeb joins systems biologist Ulrike Gaul and astrophysicist Georgi Dvali to become the third Humboldt Professor at LMU.

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Future of Contact Sports

LMU's Dr. Inga Katharina Koerte along with Boston University School of Medicine's Prof. Robert Stern and New York Times National Correspondent Alan Schwarz presented the Future of Contact Sports: Sports Related Head Injuries and Their Effect on Memory at the German House in New York City on June 3rd

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Still in Good Shape?

FUB GCRI Apr 3 2012 eventRole of Humanities in Higher Education and Society in New York

On April 3rd, 2012, FUB President Alt lead the discussion with international experts. The event was a huge success with an audience of experts, scholars, university heads and deans. For Press Release Click Here

Chronicle Articles

The Chronicle of Higher Education's Academic Destination features Germany and highlights the Faces of Research and  an article on doctoral research. In Faces of Research, researchers from FUB and LMU are featured.
Faces of Research Slideshow

In the article on doctoral research one American doctoral student's - Chris Popeney who's research took him to FUB - experience is highlighted. The article is able to provide insight for others who may want to follow in his footsteps.
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IIE's Open Doors

The Institute of International Education (IIE) together with the Department of State's Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs released the latest news on international students in the United States and U.S. students studying abroad. The Open Doors findings were the topic of a briefing at the National Press Club in Washington, DC, with Assistant Secretary of State (R) Ann Stock and IIE President Allan Goodman, in conjunction with the worldwide observance of International Education Week.

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Fiction(s) of the Human

Munich-Berkeley Joint Workshop organized by LMU and UC Berkeley. On September 1 - 3, a joint workshop on the topic of "Fiction(s) of the Human: The Reinvention of Man Since the Enlightenment" took place at UC Berkeley. The conference is part of the LMU-UC Berkeley cooperation in the humanities and has been organized by the German  Departyments at LMU and UCB and has been sponsored by LMUexcellent, and at UC Berkeley the Division of the Humanities, the Division of Social Sciences, the Townsend Center for the Humanities, the Department of English, the Department of German and the Department of Rhetoric. 

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FUB Funding

The German Research Foundation (DFG) has announced the funding of a new Priority Programme at Freie Universität Berlin in the amount of nearly 11 million euros. This new national research network aims to design innovative synthetic methods for the production of proteins with special functions of particular importance for biology and pharmaceutics. Techniques from synthetic organic chemistry and molecular biology will be combined to obtain the proteins required for specific functional investigations. The coordinator of the "Chemoselective Reactions for the Synthesis and Application of Functional Proteins" project is Prof. Dr. Christian Hackenberger, a professor of chemistry at Freie Universität. The goal is to establish a national interdisciplinary network of researchers from chemistry, biochemistry, and biophysics.

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FU-BEST Evaluation

The semester program Berlin European Studies (FU-BEST) at Freie Universität is the first of its kind in Germany to be successfully evaluated by the American Forum on Education Abroad. The quality of teaching, support for students, academic environment, and the quality of preparation for the learning environment abroad were all included in the evaluation. The officially licensed Forum on Education Abroad is one of the most important professional organizations in the United States for educational programs abroad.

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Goethe Institute

The eLibrary is the virtual library of the Goethe-Institut New York for the USA. This service allows you to borrow digital media, such as ebooks, audio and video files, and electronic newspapers and magazines, for a predetermined period of time, by downloading them from our eLibrary.
Returning media isn't necessary - at the end of the loan period, media automatically becomes unavailable.
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NAFSA 2011

The 2011 NAFSA Conference held in Vancouver, Canada wrapped up in early June. German University Alliance hosted our annual luncheon at Five Sails restaurant to celebrate our long-standing partnerships in North America (United States and Canada). Please Click Here to view the Photo SlideShow.