Both Old and Young
The University of Bamberg is both old and young. Its current structure and facilities create the appearance of a newly founded institution, but it also remains committed to the traditions of its long history.
Prof. Dr. Dr. habil. Godehard Ruppert,
President of the University of Bamberg
An Introduction to the University of Bamberg in Seven Chapters
1. Answering Ancient Questions Using Modern Methods
"House of Wisdom"
Since the 17th century, the historic Academia Ottoniana, and present-day University of Bamberg, has seen itself explicitly as a "House of Wisdom." It was founded in 1647 by Prince-Bishop Melchior Otto Voit von Salzburg as a center of contemporary humanistic education.
The "domus sapientiae" of past centuries is now home to programs offered by the university's four academic faculties: Humanities; Social Sciences, Economics and Business Administration; Human Sciences; Information Systems and Applied Computer Science.
Academic Faculties of the University of Bamberg
The academic disciplines are closely linked to the focal areas of our overall profile:
- Education & Life Planning
- The Individual & Society
- Languages & Cultures
- Business & Markets
Academic learning is a method-driven process. The methods employed in our applied computer sciences, for instance, range from digital editions of medieval texts and cognitive modeling used in psychology to reconstructive 3D imaging for building and architectural research.
The excellent support and mentoring of our young academics throughout the course of their studies and research careers is central to our philosophy.
The Trimberg Research Academy (TRAc) and the Scientific Career Service provide these young scholars with structured academic support.
2. Academic Support and Real-World Education
Time spent pursuing a university degree is a special phase in a person's life, and that is why our instructors not only give seminars but also mentor and assist students throughout their studies and encourage them to challenge themselves both while at the university and beyond. This approach stems from our sense of tradition and our historical roots:
We are truly committed to the ideal of comprehensive education.
Comprehensive education, as we understand it
It is our belief that quality university education is defined by qualification programs and opportunities that motivate and inspire students to individually pursue their interests. For this reason, students in our more than 100 predominantly accredited bachelor's, master's and teaching degree programs are encouraged to work as independently as possible. The application of theoretical knowledge to practical experience is ensured by curricula featuring practice-based seminars, training courses, and degree-related internships.
Comprehensive education, as we understand it, takes time. Our flexible course offering allows for the necessary individual freedom and is our answer to both changing living conditions in a globalized world and to increasingly flexible life and career paths. Nearly every degree offered in Bamberg can be pursued part-time, and our multi-subject bachelor's programs invite students to take advantage of unique subject combinations, in order to create an academic profile based on individual interests.
A Place of Experience and Discovery
Furthermore, we provide an environment in which the humanistic notion of man's place in the world can be experienced and explored holistically. This includes numerous literary readings, concerts, theatre productions, exhibits, or the university's poetics professorship, which was established in 1986.
We see it as our responsibility to encourage our students to play an active role in molding both their own living environments and society itself. Opportunities are provided by university clubs and organizations dedicated to social, political, journalistic or religious involvement, and by our numerous student committees, societies and working groups.
3. A Commitment to Social Responsibility
The University of Bamberg in the Currents of Time
Regular university meetings for parents and children help parents to form networks with other families
The mandate to diligently and dutifully address and engage "the intellectual currents of the day" was laid down for us in the university's foundational
charter of 1647.
The social responsibility implied in this philosophy has characterized our self-conception throughout the years and is expressed today as much in family-friendly working structures and our commitment to equal opportunity as in a course offering that is carefully tailored to ever-changing, ever more diverse academic developments and the increasing demands placed on continuing education.
Establishing and maintaining values like comprehensive equal opportunity and sustainable family-friendly policies for employees and students demands a great deal of effort, but we are happy to put in the time to make them a reality. Our commitment to family issues has been rewarded since 2005 with certification as a family-friendly university. The initial steps towards this distinction were a series of structural improvements including the deregulation of core working hours, the expansion of childcare availability, and the establishment of the Family Services Office.
The most recent re-certification (2012) specifically honors the increased flexibility of study programs: it is currently possible to pursue almost every degree offered in Bamberg either as a part-time student or in modular study programs, and the availability of online courses has been greatly expanded.
Lifelong learning is a reality at the University of Bamberg.
A further milestone on the path to fulfilling our centuries-old commitment is represented by the establishment of the KinderVilla which provides day care and kindergarten education for the children of both university students and staff.
Our Gender & Diversity Portal provides an overview of our efforts in this area.
Our commitment to addressing matters of ethical import is reflected not least of all in our numerous research projects which are presented to the community in a series of public events. Among these are the Bamberger Hegelwoche (Hegel Week) and our humanities faculty lecture series. At these events, friends and guests of the university are invited to participate in discussions on current social and political topics.
4. Regionally Rooted – Partners and Networks
Cooperation between academia, commerce, culture, and society benefits all parties: scholars investigate concrete issues and, together with their students, contribute to the regional implementation of potential solutions.
With its various cooperative projects, the University of Bamberg is a considerable regional influence and is also a source of knowledge and specialists ideally suited for the local labor market. In this way, the university contributes significantly to assuring the competitiveness of the Upper Franconian region and to meeting demands for generations of qualified staff.
The cornerstone for the only alliance of its kind in Germany was laid by the cooperation agreement of the Technology Alliance of Upper Franconia. For the first time, all universities in one region – in this case, Bamberg, Bayreuth, Hof, and Coburg – joined forces to promote their common interests and strengthen their expertise in the areas of research, teaching and continuing education. The alliance's core areas of focus are energy, mobility, raw materials and information technology.
5. Internationality As A Way Of Life – Open-Minded & Open To The World
As an internationally renowned research center, the University of Bamberg is committed to the academic exchange of knowledge and ideas, and it promotes networking and partnerships with foreign universities and research institutions. For years, foreign exchange opportunities, special degree programs, and interuniversity partnerships have drawn foreign students to Bamberg and led Bamberg students abroad.
At the University of Bamberg, internationality is more than a mere formality; it is desired, promoted and is indeed a way of life. Following in the footsteps of the world traveling Jesuits who founded the Academia Ottoniana in 1647, Bamberg's researchers and academics share their knowledge and skills worldwide. The University of Bamberg has cooperated with partner institutions in Budapest, Sarajevo, and Tirana, to create joint master’s degree programs in economics. Currently, a joint master's program in political science is being planned with the University of Tbilisi. And conversely, guest professorships facilitate the intensive transfer of knowledge and ideas from abroad to Bamberg.
Our university's Welcome Center, which was founded in 2010, provides support and assistance for our foreign guests. One example of the many academic endeavors in which networking, exchange, and cooperation are coordinated from Germany is the interdisciplinary "Monuments and Context in Bukhara" project.
Exchange Programs, International Study Programs, and International Cooperation
Each year, over 500 students take advantage of opportunities to pursue foreign studies, complete an internship or teach at a school abroad.
Looking only at the EU's popular Erasmus Program, an average of approximately 25 percent of the students in each year's class participate in an exchange, making the University of Bamberg the most active of Bavaria's universities. Degree programs like the European Joint Master's Degree in English and American Studies promote cross-cultural competence and prepare graduates for positions of leadership both at home and abroad.
Exchange programs and inter-university partnerships ease both the placement of Bamberg students abroad and the accommodation of foreign students in Bamberg.
The university's first international cooperation, with the University of South Carolina in Columbia (USA) in 1983, has been followed by 300 similar programs in 60 countries. With a view to tradition, the main focus has been placed on institutions in Southern and Eastern Europe, as the Academia even welcomed 250 Bohemian students to Bamberg between 1648 and 1803.
Members of our university experience international culture as an integral part of academic life, and German and foreign-language theatre productions, literary readings and exhibits are just a few examples of this. Both the International Office and Language Centre function as key supporters of this cultural cooperation and exchange.
6. High-Tech Resources, Service and Individual Support
Technology connecting people
Thanks to the comprehensive modernization of all university service processes and the expansion of information systems in recent decades, studying and working at the University of Bamberg is faster and more flexible than ever – but not less personal.
7. University and City - Two Habitats in Harmony
Among the Most Livable German Cities
According to survey data, the quality of life and general beauty of the city of Bamberg are consistently rated among the highest in Germany – and not just since the 1993 addition of the 70,000-inhabitant cathedral city to the list of UNESCO World Heritage sites.
Even at first glance, Bamberg's old quarters reveal extensive evidence of university influence and academic life, and the university itself also profits from the flair of the historic city center. But the university is also aware of the responsibility that comes with the concept of a "university in the city."
The University of Bamberg profits from its location in a world cultural heritage site and acts as the region’s academic hub. It fulfills an academic mandate which extends far beyond its local roots. Short distances, both literally and figuratively, facilitate good advisory services, personal communication and interdisciplinary research, teaching and learning.
The University has made it a goal to offer all its members equal opportunities. Success can be seen in the university’s family-friendly certification and in the high number of appointments for female professors. The University bears a societal responsibility and is committed to the concept of life-long learning.
Bamberg’s historic old city offers exceptional living and working conditions, and the university itself contributes to the diversity of cultural and social life in the city.
The University of Bamberg is a middle-sized University with an academic focus on the humanities, social and economic sciences, as well as human sciences rounded out by application-oriented computer sciences. Interdisciplinary research activity and the ability to combine degree programmes contribute to the university’s distinguished status in Germany’s academic community.
At the University of Bamberg, research and teaching are treated as one entity; service facilities and administration foster innovation and productivity. Success can be seen not only in exceptional individual research projects but also in larger-scale cooperative research.
The university is committed to quality teaching, and the high rankings that the university has received are an incentive to continue to strive toward that goal.
The University of Bamberg, with its tight network of partnerships with foreign universities, facilitates internationally oriented degree programmes and research. The University is a leader in international student mobility. The promotion and development of young academic talent are of particular importance to the university. With services like the Trimberg Research Academy (TRAc), and with its well structured doctoral programmes, the university is able to provide the next generation of academics with valuable support networks.
The University’s internationalization concept is not limited only to research and foreign studies, but rather encompasses all aspects of research and teaching, for both university members and their foreign guests.
An alumni network has established a bond with the university that extends beyond time spent as a student, and it also provides opportunities for cooperation with regional and trans-regional business.
(Resolution of the Extended University Administration from 26 July 2010 and of the University Administration from 6 September 2010)
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