Partnering Institutions

Freie Universität Berlin

Winner in the Excellence Initiative
Freie Universität Berlin is an internationally renowed research institution. It is one of only nine German universities that were successful in securing funding for its institutional strategy though the German federal “Excellence Initiative”. Freie Universität has established a strategic institutional focus on three areas in particular: research cluster development, international exchange, and graduate education. Major ongoing and future research projects are oriented around three primary academic fields: transregional area studies, humanities, and life sciences. The university’s successful performance in the Excellence Initiative has also established funding for several multidisciplinary research clusters and graduate schools, including the Dahlem Research School (DRS) and the Graduate School of East Asian Studies. The DRS provides a comprehensive platform that supports the development of innovative PhD programmes and coordinates existing initiatives across multiple departments.


Hertie School of Governance

The Hertie School was founded in 2003 as one of the first German professional schools for public policy. The school, established by the Hertie Foundation, prepares exceptionally talented students and young professionals for leadership roles in today’s rapidly changing world. Globalisation, the changing role of states, and many other factors are redefining modern governance at a tremendously rapid pace. As a result, any meaningful understanding of contemporary leadership demands new approaches to these issues. Thanks to its innovative teaching and research programmes, the Hertie School is uniquely positioned to address the complexities of an increasingly globalised world.


WZB Berlin Social Science Center

The WZB Berlin Social Science Center is a non-university research institute and a member of the Leibniz-Association. About 150 international sociologists, political scientists, economists, legal experts, and historians conduct basic research with a focus on problems of modern societies in a globalized world. The research is theory-based, problem-oriented, often long-term, and mostly based on international comparisons. The main research focus areas are Western societies, Central and Eastern Europe, and China, with particular emphasis on questions of globalisation. The WZB’s main fields of research are:

  • Education, skill formation, and labour markets
  • Social inequality and the welfare state
  • Democracy and civil society
  • Intercultural and international conflicts

The WZB closely cooperates with Berlin universities. Its research directors also hold chairs at universities in Berlin and beyond.

Freie Universität Berlin
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