Participating Institutions

SCIoI is a joint project of the Technische Universität Berlin and the Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin, but also includes research groups located at our partner institutions, the Universität Potsdam, Freie Universität Berlin, the Charité – Universitätsmedizin Berlin and the Max Planck Institute for Human Development.

Applying Universities

Technische Universität Berlin (TU Berlin)

With almost 34 000 students, circa 100 course offerings and 40 Institutes, the historic Technical University is one of Germany’s largest and most internationally renowned technical universities. It is rich in tradition and is characterized by its distinctive combination of natural and engineering sciences with planning, economic, and social sciences, as well as humanities. This spectrum of subjects forms the basis of its strong interdisciplinary research and teaching. In close cooperation with partners from science and industry, ideas for the future are developed by applying transdisciplinary approaches. With a strong commitment to open science, the TU secures the dissemination of knowledge beyond discipline-specific groups and for the benefit of society. As a university that fosters entrepreneurial activities, TU Berlin promotes knowledge and technology transfer in the center of the German capital through strategic global partnerships and numerous start-up activities.

Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin (HU Berlin)

Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin (HU Berlin) is considered one of the best universities in the country, and has consistently been ranked among the top 100 universities worldwide according to international rankings such as the Times Higher Education World University Rankings. Its founding principles, the Humboldtian model of higher education, have informed the academic education both in Germany and beyond for the past 200 years. The university embraces all major scientific disciplines in the arts and humanities, in social and cultural sciences, natural, life and agricultural sciences as well as in mathematics. The HU aims to promote young talents and to positively influence society and economy outside the university framework. It can also pride itself on Charité – Universitätsmedizin Berlin (Charité), its joint medical faculty with Freie Universität Berlin (FU Berlin).

Partner Institutions

Charité – Universitätsmedizin Berlin

The Charité is one of the largest university hospitals in Europe, and it prides itself on having delivered more than half of all German Nobel Prize winners in Physiology or Medicine, including Emil von Behring, Robert Koch, and Paul Ehrlich.

The Charité also has an international reputation for excellence in training. It extends over four campuses with more than 100 clinics and institutes bundled under 17 CharitéCenters.  With 13,000 employees, the Charité generates about 1.2 billion euros in sales per year and is one of the largest employers in Berlin. In 2010, the Charité  joyously celebrated its 300-year anniversary.

Freie Universität Berlin (FU Berlin)

Freie Universität Berlin (FU Berlin) was founded in 1948 with the support of the American allied forces and politicians in Berlin, who wanted the new university to offer free learning and teaching without being subject to the political influences of the time. The FU is consistently ranked among Germany’s best universities, with particular strengths in political science and the humanities, and it is recognised as a leading university in international university rankings. Freie Universität is one of the eleven universities to have been successful in all three lines of funding in the German government’s Excellence Initiative in 2012.

Universität Potsdam

Since its founding 29 years ago, the University of Potsdam has excelled in research and teaching and is well positioned both on a national and international scale. Embedded in Potsdam’s unique cultural landscape, in close proximity to the Prussian palaces and gardens, the still relatively young University of Potsdam has established itself at three locations. The campus Am Neuen Palais, which is in the immediate proximity of the Park of Sanssouci, is home to the Faculty of Arts. In rural Golm, where one of the largest science parks of the region has grown, there are the Faculty of Science and the Faculty of Human Sciences. The Faculty of Economics and Social Sciences, the Law Faculty and Faculty of Digital Engineering are in Griebnitzsee, not very far from Babelsberg with its historical film studios.

The Max Planck Institute for Human Development (MPIB)

The Max Planck Institute for Human Development (MPIB) is dedicated to the study of human development and educational processes across the lifespan and historical time. Researchers from diverse disciplines—including psychology, sociology, history, computer and information science, medicine, mathematics, and economics—work together on interdisciplinary projects.


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