On the occasion of his second term (2016-2022), the president of the University of Hamburg, Prof. Dr. Dieter Lenzen, assessed the development of the University of Hamburg in the past six years. Despite adverse conditions, Lenzen said, the university was able to drive its key performance values forward with joint efforts.
Reputation and Global Appreciation of Hamburg’s Scientists Increased
In the reporting period of 2010 to 2015, external funds rose by 32 per cent. The number of doctorates grew by 12.5 per cent, the number of graduates by 31 per cent, the number of publications by 32 per cent and the citations of scientists and researchers in scientific publications even by 58 per cent. During this period, the University of Hamburg was able to place eight collaborative research centres with its own speaker team, ten DFG research groups, seven DFG Research Training Groups, and two clusters of excellence.
Through these services, the university has its rank among German universities in the so-called meta-ranking improved (cumulative calculation of all places in various rankings) from 16th (2010) at No. 9 (2015).
University of Hamburg is one of Germany’s Top Ten
“The University of Hamburg is pleased with this development, which is likely to make it impossible in future to speak of the University of Hamburg as a mediocre university, as it is among the country’s the top ten, and successfully competed against Germany’s more than 100 universities”, rejoiced Lenzen.
The Mission: Sustainability
The results are the product of a consistent strategic management, based on a clear vision (sustainability) of the university, excellent appointments, including two Alexander von Humboldt Professorships. It was fostered by a strategic networking with international universities and start-ups of key facilities for the development of the university, ranging from the Competence Centre Sustainable University (KNU), the University College (UK), the Hamburg Centre for Curricular Teaching and Learning (HUL), the Centre for Natural History (CeNak), the Hamburg Graduate Academy (HGA), and the founding of a new Alumni association, which reported nearly 1,000 members in no time.
EU Strengthens Support for Hamburg Researchers
The excellence of individual scientists has been honored with Leibniz prices, handed to Prof. Dr. Christian Büchel (Cognitive Neuroscience), Prof. Dr. Brigitte Röder (Biological Psychology and Neuropsychology), and Professor Henry Chapman (Coherent X-ray imaging). In the reporting period, the European Union granted a total of 17 EU ghrants to scientists at the university, all endowed with with seven-figure sums. Thus, recognition has increased sevenfold compared to the period before of 2010.
Commitment to Hamburg and its Citizens
The university also maintains close ties and stimulates exchange with the city and its citizens – from the Night of the Knowledge to the Children’s University, the Girls ‘and Boys’ Day, the student holiday internships, the contact study for older adults, the University of concerts and the university ball. The university also maintains strong relations with Hamburg’s cultural scene through joint offers, for instance with Ernst German Theater, Deutsches Schauspielhaus, the Hamburg State Opera, Thalia Theater, as well as with radio and television stations.
100 Reform Projects
In recent years, also some hundred reform projects have been successfully implemented both for the management and the scientific community. An equal number of projects has been set for the next term. This includes the intensive participation in the next Excellence Initiative, the implementation of a future concept of service-oriented university management, the acquisition of other top professors from abroad, the construction of a boarding house for international guests and numerous other construction projects and the completion of the international partnership networks. All this is done with regard to the big event for the University of Hamburg: its anniversary in 2019, when it will be 100 years old.
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