The Excellence Initiative at HU

Since 2006, the German federal and state administrations give additional funding to universities that are leading in science and research through the Excellence Initiative. The funding is divided in three formats: Clusters of Excellence, Graduate Schools and Institutional Strategies. With the latter, universities have the opportunity to plan their development towards world-wide leading research over a longer period of time. The funding of an Institutional Strategy is therefore the highest achievement in the Excellence competition. Humboldt-Universität was able to reach this goal in the funding decision in June 2012.

Since November 2012, Humboldt-Universität’s Institutional Strategy “Educating Inquiring Minds: Individuality - Openness - Guidance" is funded as one of only eleven universities to receive this recognition. Equally convincing are also HU`s  Clusters of Excellence and Graduate Schools.

"2017 Humboldt-Universität, through its many funding formats, wants to have seen to an advance of a new generation of excellent researchers. Those researchers will have made international experiences and benefited from an inspired and stable environment during their education."
Prof. Dr. Jan-Hendrik Olbertz., former President of Humboldt-Universität

In order to achieve its goals, Humboldt-Universität has developed a wide range of funding formats and institutions. In addition to the Clusters of Excellence and the Graduate Schools, the university uses funds to establish three Integrative Research Institutes (IRI), at which young researches find a perfect work environment. Competitive funding lines assure that the money reaches the persons and institutions who need it most.

Additionally, Humboldt-Universität has set up three boards to help the President’s Office with the execution of the funding process.

For additional information concerning the Excellence Initiative, please also visit the websites of DFG and the Wissenschaftsrat.