Founded in 1809, the Humboldt University (HU) was the first institution of higher education in the city of Berlin and an European centre for research and education in the heart of the continent. Today the university is home to more than 30.000 students and about 400 scientists, hence, it is one of the largest and most prestigious universities in Europe. In total, seventeen Collaborative Research Centres, twelve Research Training Groups and eleven Interdisciplinary Centres are under the auspices of the HU. The Humboldt-University is ranked among the top ten universities in Germany receiving grants from the German Research Foundation (DFG).
The Berlin University of the Arts was founded in 1696. Nowadays, it is one of the largest and most traditional universities of the arts in Europe. In addition, it is one of only a few art colleges in Germany with full university status. Its aspiration is to accumulate all arts and arts-related science under one roof. More than 4000 students attend this institution for higher education today. Further, the Berlin University of the Arts is a pool for cultural activities, organizing more than five hundred events every year.
In total, around 160 national and international scientists work at the WZB. This interdisciplinary team conducts research with a focus on problems of modern societies in a globalised world, including subjects such as social inequality and problems of the welfare state, democracy and civil society or science policy. The centre’s research is theory-based, problem-oriented and mostly based on international comparisons. The WZB, which was founded in 1969, is member of the Leibniz-Association.
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For more than 50 years, the Hans-Bredow-Institute has conducted research in the fields of mediated public communication. The research of this institute based in Hamburg focuses on the influences, developments and risks of media. Its focus is to work with interdisciplinary standards and to be internationally comparing. In 2007 the HBI was ranked for the second time in a row among Germany’s most renowned research institutes by the Wissenschaftsrat (Council of Science and Humanities).