High standards and an attractive environment for research and teaching
The University of Göttingen has a strong research basis, maintaining high standards in research and teaching and a top-level international reputation. In order to safeguard this status and to build on it for the long term, the University, together with its partners on the Göttingen Campus, places particular emphasis on innovation and enhancement of profile, fostering early career researchers and expanding research and information infrastructure.
Göttingen's vibrant research and teaching environment attracts excellent scientists and scholars from within Germany and abroad. Significant factors are the interdisciplinary research conducted on innovative research topics and the optimal support provided for up-and-coming early career researchers, making it possible for the University to retain excellent early career researchers and scholars who have trained here, or to send them out into the world as ambassadors. Göttingen University ensures that its researchers and lecturers have the time and space required for creative work by gearing its administration, advisory support and services specifically to the needs of academics, and providing family-friendly working and living conditions. In addition, the Göttingen Campus makes available the necessary research and information infrastructure to facilitate outstanding performance in science and scholarship over the long-term.
Göttingen University and its partners on the Göttingen Campus pursue the research-based teaching approach. The University seeks to provide its students with wide-ranging methodological knowledge, develop their capacity for analytical thought, and grant them space for creativity. It also supports student mobility, and is pressing ahead with the internationalisation of all curricula.
Strategic development since 2007
The University's strategy has been continuously developed in close collaboration with the campus partners from 2007 onwards. The most important measures are the Lichtenberg-Kolleg as an Institute for Advanced Study for research in the humanities, an institutional internationalization strategy, and instruments to attract and keep the best scientists and scholars. One particular achievement of these measures has been the successful recruitment of early career researchers, by offering them independent positions in research and teaching, either as free floaters or as junior research group leaders in one of the Courant Research Centres. Many of these researchers have in the meantime been appointed to tenured professorships. Similarly, projects funded in the last round of the Excellence Initiative, the Göttingen Graduate School for Neurosciences, Biophysics, and Molecular Biosciences (GGNB) and the Cluster of Excellence 'Nanoscale Microscopy and Molecular Physiology of the Brain' (CNMPB), have contributed positively to the strategic development. These successful measures and research foci will find continuation in the ongoing strategic planning.
In 2011, two major strategic measures were added; first, Göttingen University developed a strategy to make yet better use of the numerous academic collections for research and teaching and as an opportunity for knowledge transfer into the public domain. The collections are overseen by the newly formed Centre for Collection Development, which closely interacts with Göttingen State and University Library (SUB). Second, a vision for e(nhanced)Research was conceptualized and open access strategies were outlined resulting in the Göttingen eResearch Alliance. The Göttingen eResearch Alliance and the affiliated institutions support all aspects of digitization, data management and publications on the Göttingen Campus
In January 2019, the funding started for the Cluster of Excellence “Multiscale Bioimaging: from Molecular Machines to Networks of Excitable Cells” in the Excellence Strategy by the German Federal and State Governments. The Cluster has the goal to understand the structural and functional properties of excitable cardiac and neural cells at many different scales. To decipher disease-relevant nanoscale functional units in these cells innovative imaging methods will be developed and applied. The biomedical insights gained from the multiscale analysis shall then be used to devise novel diagnostic and therapeutic approaches for diseases of the heart and brain. Spokespersons are Professor Tobias Moser, neuroscientist at the University Medical Centre Göttingen, Professor Claudia Steinem, chemist at Göttingen University and Professor Patrick Cramer, molecular biologist at the Max Planck Institute for Biophysical Chemistry.
An integrated campus-wide graduate school concept ensures high-level graduate education. A further focus area is the promotion of early career researchers, especially the postdoctoral fellows. The University is a founder member of the Innovation Campus of Southern-Lower-Saxony (SNIC) for knowledge and technology transfer into the region, and plans to open the 'Forum Wissen' for knowledge and innovation transfer into society in late 2019. Furthermore, the University directorate and management are promoting interface areas such as quality assurance, equal opportunity and diversity management, internationalization in research and teaching, science communication, and public outreach.