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The Strategic Process for the Universities of Excellence Funding Line

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The Strategic Process for the Universities of Excellence Funding Line

The University of Freiburg is drafting its new structural and development plan for the years 2019–2023. In line with the theme Connecting Creative Minds – Trinational, European, Global, the plan will focus on structures and measures for enabling tighter integration among all of the creative minds engaged in research, teaching, and administrative work at our university. This structural and development plan will also form the basis for the university’s proposal in the institutional funding line of the Excellence Strategy.

Already in 2017, the University of Freiburg formed eight working groups on key performance dimensions and spheres of activity, each under the responsibility of a member of the Rectorate, in order to promote the university’s overall strategic development.

1. Research (Prof. Dr. Gunther Neuhaus)

2. Teaching/Continuing Education (Prof. Dr. Juliane Besters-Dilger)

3. Innovation/Transfer (Prof. Dr. Margit Zacharias)

4. Human Resources Development (Dr. Matthias Schenek)

5. Academic Career Paths (Prof. Dr. Dr. h.c. Hans-Jochen Schiewer)

6. Networking/Internationalization (Prof. Dr. Dr. h.c. Hans-Jochen Schiewer)

7. Gender/Diversity (Prof. Dr. Gisela Riescher)

8. Management/Finances (Dr. Matthias Schenek)

Composed of experts from various status groups and academic departments at the university, the working groups serve as open think tanks for generating innovative ideas and building on existing concepts.

On the basis of an analysis of strengths and weaknesses, the working groups have named key spheres of activity and targets for further development at the university and identified suitable measures for their implementation.

On this basis, the University of Freiburg submitted a declaration of intent for its planned proposal in the “Universities of Excellence” funding line on 21 February 2018. The declaration of intent includes a description of the university’s current profile and a rough outline of the projects to be described in detail in the subsequent proposal. The purpose of providing this information is to enable the German Council of Science and Humanities to appoint suitable experts to evaluate the proposal. The declaration of intent itself will not be subject to evaluation.

The task in the coming months will be to further develop the overall strategy for the competition and formulate it in concrete terms and to work out the specifics of the measures for its implementation. A key component of the overall strategy will be to create a European university together with our European Campus partners.

The university will ultimately be allowed to submit a proposal in the Universities of Excellence funding line if it is successful with both of the cluster initiatives with which it has entered the competition. This decision will be announced on 27 September 2018. Proposals for the institutional funding line must then be submitted by 10 December 2018. An on-site evaluation is planned for 20 and 21 March 2019.