About the University

University of Oldenburg: Mission Statement 2010

The mission statement defines the framework for the university’s internal development up to the year 2010. It is the result of an extensive process of consultation within the university and it gives form to the overarching structures which shall be creatively built upon by the faculties and the organisational units in the ongoing strategic process. The framework of the mission statement, especially as formulated in the key objectives, will be fi lled with content and implemented through future target agreements. The result of this goal-oriented process will give the university its concrete content-supported profile.

Oldenburg University 2010 

Carl von OssietzkyThe Carl von Ossietzky University Oldenburg, in the tradition of its name giver, professes a commitment to an active social responsibility of the academy. As a place of excellence in research and teaching, the university must account for the importance of its practices in a social context. The principle of lifelong learning takes on a special signifi cance in its mission. The university is deeply rooted in the region, yet it communicates with a wider national and international community. In the year 2010 the university will have established itself as a medium-sized, independent research university which is well equipped for the future, with

  • convincing top-level research and accompanying support of junior researchers,
  • teaching which is research oriented, interdisciplinary, and marked by a commitment to intensive supervision,
  • Prof. Damm
  • an increase in third-party funding,
  • a leading national position in basic and further teacher training,
  • a strong commitment to service and consulting for the region,
  • intensive use of modern information and communication technology,
  • a sustained equal-opportunities policy for both men and women and a family-friendly environment.


Top-level research through interdisciplinarity

Oldenburg University is a centre of research with national and international appeal. Every department has developed clear criteria for excellence, organised according to quality, effec-tiveness, effi ciency and originality and in compliance with international standards. The university creates space for scientific networking within the university and beyond. Interdisciplinarity and social orientation are identity-forming hallmarks of research in Oldenburg, which in turn infl uence the development of the methods and quality criteria that are necessary for this kind of research. Networking also means that teaching staff transfer their research results into into their teaching.

MikroskopFocal points of top-level research have become established in every faculty. The university has a large number of research groups and is involved in several National Research Centers and European Research Clusters. It has taken on a leading role in establishing non-university research institutes within the region and in forming regional and national research networks. It integrates local research-related institutions and supports the knowledge transfer to industry and society.

Because the university is highly attractive for young researchers, many outstanding academic careers start in Oldenburg. Oldenburg University has many successful junior research groups and internationally-oriented graduate research groups. The excellent research environment at the university, a highly professional appointment system and family- oriented working and living conditions allow the university to recruit top-level researchers, who are distinguished by their high level of identification with the university.

Research-oriented studying with
Bachelor/Master study structures

Oldenburg University is a nationally, and increasingly internationally appealing place to study. The basis of studies is the close interrelationship between research and teaching. The research-oriented approach is used at the Bachelor level, and increasingly for Master’s-level and postgraduate programmes. In this way, not only academic qualifications for a career are imparted, but also the ability to address complex problems methodically and with a sound theoretical background. This becomes especially visible in the part of studies devoted to professionalization, where, in addition to practical career training, comprehensive knowledge about conceptual, social and methodical competences is imparted.

A great deal of attention is given to the students’ personality development. The flexibility of the Bachelor/ Master system is used to implement attractive interdisciplinary study courses. Based on solid core curricula, these study programmes offer a multitude of interdisciplinary connections and innovative teaching procedures. A wide variety of advanced continuing education opportunities underline the university’s character as an institution for lifelong learning. The university also expects and supports teaching staff training. Because of this research and teaching profile, Oldenburg University attracts a large proportion of committed students, who are active participants in the university’s academic and political life. The close contact between teachers and students is the foundation for intensive individual tutoring and support and it leads to a closeknit student network. The campus atmosphere, the agreeable size and the family-friendly environment all add to the attractiveness of Oldenburg for students.

 Prof. Hanft

Modern university management

The university management is marked by a close and fruitful interaction between the university’s different central and peripheral managing bodies. The purpose of this cooperation is to provide the foundations for excellent research, teaching and professional training.

Allocation of funds is strictly oriented to responsibilities and achievements. The university’s management structures are cooperative and encourage employee participation in decision-making processes, as well as the input of active students. In this way the University has established an open and transparent culture of communication. The delegation of responsibilities has become the standard management policy. By means of continued human resources development and professional training, employees are enabled to manage their tasks on their own responsibility. This ensures high levels of employee motivation and satisfaction. For this reason, Oldenburg University has become one of the most attractive institutions for ambitious young professionals, as well as for more senior scholars, in Germany.