Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin

Introduction

Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin


The Humboldt University of Berlin (German: Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin) is one of Berlin's oldest universities, founded in 1810 as the University of Berlin (Universität zu Berlin) by the liberal Prussian educational reformer and linguist Wilhelm von Humboldt, whose university model has strongly influenced other European and Western universities. From 1828 it was known as the Frederick William University (Friedrich-Wilhelms-Universität), and later (unofficially) also as the Universität unter den Linden after its location. In 1949, it changed its name to Humboldt-Universität in honour of both its founder Wilhelm and his brother, geographer Alexander von Humboldt. In 2012, the Humboldt University of Berlin was one of eleven German top-universities (also known as elite universities) to win in the German Universities Excellence Initiative, a national competition for universities organized by the German Federal Government.


History


The first semester at the newly founded Berlin university occurred in 1810 with 256 students and 52 lecturers in faculties of law, medicine, theology and philosophy under rector Theodor Schmalz. The university has been home to many of Germany's greatest thinkers of the past two centuries, among them the subjective idealist philosopher Johann Gottlieb Fichte, the theologian Friedrich Schleiermacher, the absolute idealist philosopher G.W.F. Hegel, the Romantic legal theorist Friedrich Carl von Savigny, the pessimist philosopher Arthur Schopenhauer, the objective idealist philosopher Friedrich Schelling, cultural critic Walter Benjamin, and famous physicists Albert Einstein and Max Planck. Founders of Marxist theory Karl Marx and Friedrich Engels attended the university, as did poet Heinrich Heine, novelist Alfred Döblin, founder of structuralism Ferdinand de Saussure, German unifier Otto von Bismarck, Communist Party of Germany founder Karl Liebknecht, African American Pan Africanist W. E. B. Du Bois and European unifier Robert Schuman, as well as the influential surgeon Johann Friedrich Dieffenbach in the early half of the 1800s. The university is home to 29 Nobel Prize winners.


The structure of German research-intensive universities, such as Humboldt, served as a model for institutions like Johns Hopkins University. Further, it has been claimed that "the 'Humboldtian' university became a model for the rest of Europe [...] with its central principal being the union of teaching and research in the work of the individual scholar or scientist."

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Euromasters

Campus Full time October 2017 Germany Berlin Region

Euromasters is a unique, international masters program that prepares graduates for careers in business, administration, diplomacy, policy formulation and research. The full-time program consists of four semesters, during which students study at up to three of the program's partner universities: [+]

Euromasters Euromasters is a unique, international masters program that prepares graduates for careers in business, administration, diplomacy, policy formulation and research. The full-time program consists of four semesters, during which students study at up to three of the program's partner universities: University of Bath | Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin | Freie Universität Berlin | Univerzita Karlova v Praze | Sciences Po, Paris | Università degli Studi di Siena |University of Washington Seattle The Department of Social Sciences of the Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin and the Freie Universität zu Berlin's Otto Suhr Institut für Politikwissenschaft operate the Berlin modules of the program. Program Overview Euromasters prepares students for careers in business, administration, diplomacy, policy formulation and research. The program focuses on the comparative analysis of European polity, politics and policy. It is operated by the European American University Consortium (EAUC). This vast network of renowned universities gives students the unique opportunity to complete the program at a minimum of two and up to three different universities in Europe. Therefore, students do not simply pursue a European Studies degree, but experience Europe from the perspective of multiple countries, their (academic) cultures and languages. After the successful completion of all study requirements students are awarded a Joint Degree (MA in Contemporary European Studies) by the University of Bath on behalf of the EAUC. The Berlin Modules cover: Module I Comparative European Government Systematic comparison of liberal Western democracies concerning typologies of institutional settings, decisionmaking structures and the processes and various types of actors involved in modern mass democracies. Foreign and Security Policy in Europe Analysis of EU foreign policy, including the comparison of nation-state, supranational and inter-governmental approaches. Facets of Europeanization Elective chosen from the course catalogues of either Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin or Freie Universität Berlin. Module II Democracy and Democratization in Europe Investigation of social, economic and political changes as an outcome of democratization processes in Europe, by reflecting on examples from Western, Central and Eastern Europe. Europe’s Borders and Neighbors Discussion of EU-enlargement regarding policies and consequences. Analysis of instruments such as the European Neighborhood Policy or regional EU-initiatives. Facets of Europeanization Elective chosen from the course catalogues of either Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin or Freie Universität Berlin. [-]

German Turkish Masters in Social Sciences - GeT MA

Campus Full time October 2017 Germany Berlin Region

GeT MA – the German Turkish Masters Program in Social Sciences – is a unique, interdisciplinary, two-year masters program, which offers an excellent education in Europe’s two vibrant capitals: Berlin and Ankara. [+]

German Turkish Masters in Social Sciences - GeT MA GeT MA – the German Turkish Masters Program in Social Sciences – is a unique, interdisciplinary, two-year masters program, which offers an excellent education in Europe’s two vibrant capitals: Berlin and Ankara. GeT MA is designed for students from all over the world who aim to pursue an international career in government agencies, NGOs, administration, journalism or research. The program is taught at the Middle East Technical University Ankara, Turkey and the Humboldt Universität zu Berlin, Germany. GeT MA is part of the Ernst-Reuter-Initiative of the German and Turkish Foreign Ministries and is supported by the DAAD with funds from the Federal Ministry of Education and Research. Program Overview The GeT Ma program is operated by two top universities: the Department of Social Sciences of Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin and the Graduate School of Social Sciences of the Middle East Technical University (METU) in Ankara. Students spend the first year of study at METU before coming to Berlin to finalize their studies. Graduates receive a Dual-Master of Arts in Social Sciences from both universities. Due to the international profile of GeT MA the language of instruction for courses is English. However, students take additional language classes in Turkish or German or a third language throughout the academic year in Ankara and may choose additional language courses in Berlin. The program helps students to enrich their academic experience by providing them with the opportunity to undertake a 3-month internship during the summer break before the second year. Thereby, students gain valuable insight into the professional life in Germany, Turkey or abroad. Curriculum GeT MA – the German Turkish Masters Program in Social Sciences – is an interdisciplinary two-year program and offers academic teaching in a large variety of topics in the field of social sciences such as modernization and democratization, Europeanization and migration. Students deepen their empirical knowledge of political processes using Germany, Turkey and other regions of Europe as examples. Courses The courses of the study program offer a specialized perspective on current academic and political debates in these fields by using the examples of Turkey and Germany. Looking at the interplay of politics and society in German-Turkish relations as well as the European dimension of domestic and foreign politics in both countries will help students to cultivate the theoretical and methodical tools used in comparative politics, integration studies, and analyses of social and political change. Teaching and Research Teaching and research aim at integrating the perspectives of different sub-disciplines of social sciences. In addition to approaches from Political Science and Sociology, cultural and economic questions are also incorporated in the courses. This approach becomes manifest through the participation of highly qualified professors from different academic disciplines and backgrounds. Furthermore, students can take courses with a specific academic focus within the elective module, thereby strengthening their understanding of subjects related to a variety of disciplines. [-]

TransAtlantic Master

Campus Full time October 2017 Germany Berlin Region

TransAtlantic Masters is a unique, international master program that prepares graduates for careers in business, administration, diplomacy, policy formulation and research. The full-time program consists of four semesters, during which students study at up to three of the program's partner universities: [+]

TransAtlantic Master TransAtlantic Masters is a unique, international masters program that prepares graduates for careers in business, administration, diplomacy, policy formulation and research. The full-time program consists of four semesters, during which students study at up to three of the program's partner universities: University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill |University of Bath | Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin | Freie Universität Berlin | Univerzita Karlova v Praze | Sciences Po, Paris | Università degli Studi di Siena The Department of Social Science of the Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin and the Freie Universität zu Berlin's Otto Suhr Institut für Politikwissenschaft operate the Berlin modules of the program. Should you have any questions, please contact us. Program Overview TransAtlantic Masters prepares students for careers in business, administration, diplomacy, policy formulation and research. The program is operated by the European American University Consortium (EAUC). This vast network of renowned universities gives students the unique opportunity to complete the program at a minimum of two and up to three different universities in the United States and Europe. Therefore, students do not simply learn about transatlantic relations, but experience the US and Europe from the perspective of multiple countries on both sides of the Atlantic, their (academic) cultures and languages. TransAtlantic Masters focuses on the policy, politics, and society of the transatlantic region. Students have the choice between two degree options, after the successful completion of all study requirements. Choices are either a master’s degree in political sciences awarded by the University of North Carolina or a master’s degree from one of the European Partner sites. In the case of the Berlin site, this would be a Master of Arts in Social Sciences. In addition, students will receive a TransAtlantic Masters certificate. The choice of degree option has an influence on the application process.... [-]


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Unter den Linden 6

Berlin, Berlin Region, 10099 DE