German Universities Excellence Initiative

German Universities Excellence Initiative

The Excellence Initiative of the German Federal Ministry of Education and Research and the German Research Foundation aims to promote both cutting-edge research and the quality of higher education at German universities, to encourage the scientific community, and to enhance the international visibility of German universities. It is the result of lengthy negotiations between the federal government and the German states. [ German Science Council: The Excellence Initiative.] ]

Altogether 1.9 billion euros of additional funds will be distributed over the coming five years, most of this coming from the federal government.

More than 40 research schools for young scientists and PhD candidates will receive one million euros each, and thirty so-called Excellence Clusters will be created connecting universities with leading German research institutes and businesses. More than 30 universities have been founded. These clusters will receive around 6.5 million euros each to fund their work.

Nine universities received funding for their future concept.

* Free University of Berlin
* Ludwig Maximilian University of Munich
* RWTH Aachen University
* Technical University of Munich
* University of Constance
* University of Freiburg
* University of Göttingen
* University of Heidelberg
* University of Karlsruhe

The funding for a future concept does not mean that the funded university receives superior money. For example, the universities in Karlsruhe or Constance don't receive more money than some other universities have without a funded future concept. The University of Constance does not even get with this funding in the top 20 funded universities in Germany.

Federal Education Minister Annette Schavan said following the awards ceremony, "The excellence initiative is writing scientific history. Research at German universities finds itself on a successful, international course." [ [ Comment of Anette Schavan on the results of the Excellence Initiative] ]


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