University College Freiburg
University college freiburg

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University College Freiburg (UCF) was founded in 2012 at the University of Freiburg and is situated in the historical buildings of the Alte Universität. Here, the Artes Liberales were taught centuries ago as a cornerstone of university education. Today, the Alte Universität is the site for exciting new explorations in higher education.

As the three main parts of its mission, UCF facilitates interdisciplinarity, internationalization, and didactic-methodological innovation in higher education. It provides a platform for projects that support and complement existing initiatives within the university or break new ground in areas from which the whole university can benefit. It is thus part of the university's self-understanding as an internationally competitive research and teaching institution.

The four-year, English-taught Bachelor program in Liberal Arts and Sciences (LAS) is UCF's major offering. It emphasizes a broad interdisciplinary education, while at the same time providing for individualized academic concentrations on a high academic level. In order to provide a framework and didactic guidance for interdisciplinary higher education, the University of Freiburg has established two new chairs: Epistemology and Theory of Science and Science and Technology Studies. Together with UCF Teaching Staff and Teaching Fellows from within and beyond the university, these professorships are the backbone of the first Liberal Arts and Sciences study program in Germany.

Liberal Arts and Sciences programs and University Colleges are new to German higher education. By taking up concepts from the North American and Dutch contexts and adapting them to Germany and Freiburg, the University is breaking new ground. Our initiative is not isolated, but part of a larger debate on the future of higher education in Germany after the Bologna Process. Documentation and publications on the development of UCF and on its context in higher education can be found under Media & Publications.

We invite you – prospective and current students, colleagues, and anybody interested in higher education – to explore our website and to learn more about UCF and our colleagues, programs, and projects

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paul sterzel

Paul Sterzel - Managing Director of University College Freiburg

  • since 2012 Managing Director of University College Freiburg
  • since 2010, engaged in science management and university governance, e.g., as personal consultant to the Vice-President for Academic Affairs at the University of Freiburg
  • research background in the field of science and technology policy and globalization
  •  studies in Political Science, Economics, and History in Germany and France
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