Institutional Strategy I

The concept of the comprehensive university is a central component of the university’s institutional strategy, “Heidelberg: Realising the Potential of a Comprehensive University”, which proved successful in Excellence Initiative I (2007) of the federal and state governments. Institutional Strategy I is particularly concerned with dialogue across traditional disciplinary boundaries and the development of new forms of cooperation across fields of expertise.

Institutional Strategy I (2007)


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Global Networks & Joint Appointments (Archive)

Intensifying International Exchange

Netzwerke 160x200Heidelberg University has a tradition of maintaining strong ties to scientific institutions all over the world. The University uses Excellence funds to support measures that contribute to an even greater internationalisation. Its objectives are to recruit outstanding researchers and to promote exchange with excellent research collaborations.

The University is offering an increasing number of international study programmes in English language, maintains exchange programmes with more than 350 universities and is a member of 17 international university partnerships and five international research training groups and research schools. Foreign offices in selected locations (Santiago de Chile, New York, New Delhi and Budapest) strengthen the presence of Heidelberg University in Europe and in the world.


Global Networks

The Global Networks funding programme provides travelling funds and short-term scholarships to postdoctoral researchers and doctoral candidates in order to promote mobility in international research collaborations and the sustainability of these networks. To date, the programme has supported 36 research collaborations in 17 subjects with 88 partner institutions in 29 countries around the world. [More...] (Ger)


Joint appointments

The University uses joint appointments to integrate an increasing amount of external expertise. Five professors were invited to Heidelberg University for recurring terms in order to conduct research and teach in strategically important subjects. During their term in Heidelberg, the professors retained their position at their home universities. The Welcome Centre was established to help international scientists settle in and integrate themselves in Heidelberg.


Prof. Dr. Carl Bender
Washington University, St. Louis/USA; appointed to the Department of Physics and Astronomy and the Graduate School of Fundamental Physics in Heidelberg

Prof. Dr. Ralph Mathisen
University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign/USA; appointed to the Centre for Studies of the Ancient World (ZAW) of the Faculty of Philosophy in Heidelberg

Ass. Prof. PhD Harish Naraindas
Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi/India; appointed to the South Asia Institute (SAI) of the Faculty of Philosophy in Heidelberg

Prof. Dr. David Schmeidler
Tel Aviv University, Israel; appointed to the Alfred Weber Institute for Economics (AWI) of the Faculty of Economics and Social Sciences in Heidelberg until 2010

Prof. Dr. Jeremy Smith
University of Tennessee, USA; appointed to the Interdisciplinary Center for Scientific Computing (IWR) in Heidelberg

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