International AffairsInternational Profile
Heidelberg University is tied into a worldwide network of research and teaching collaborations. Exchange programmes have been established with around 450 universities worldwide. Heidelberg’s marked global interconnectedness is also evidenced by its 25 university partnerships and two international Research Training Groups as well as its member- ship in European networks such as the league of European Research Universities (lERU), the Coimbra Group and the European University Alliance 4EU.
A myriad of research and teaching collaborations are also established at the faculty, institute and chair levels. Additionally, Heidelberg has a satellite campus in latin America as well as liaison offices in North America and Asia. The university also offers courses in Eastern Europe.
Heidelberg’s international prominence is reflected in its student population: nearly 20 percent of Heidelberg’s students and a third of the enrolled doctoral candidates come from abroad. According to a survey by the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD), Heidelberg is the favoured German university for international doctoral candidates.
Foreign branch offices increase Heidelberg University’s international visibility. Located in specific core regions, these centres create greater awareness of the university around the world.
League of European Research Universities (LERU)
The League of European Research Universities (LERU) is an association of 21 leading research universities that share the values of high-quality teaching within an environment of internationally competitive research.
European University Association (EUA)
The European University Association (EUA) is the largest association of European universities. It enables its 850 members from 47 countries to closely cooperate and to keep pace with the latest trends in higher education and research policy.
The German-Japanese University Consortium HeKKSaGOn was founded in July 2010 as an association of three German and three Japanese universities. The rectors and presidents of Heidelberg University, Göttingen University and the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology and three of Japan’s leading universities – Kyoto, Osaka, and Tohoku – signed a joint declaration in Heidelberg in July 2010.