German universities are public—that is to say, paid for mainly through taxes. As a result, there is no Ivy League in Germany, and schools tend to conform to a high, and generally egalitarian standard. But in order to raise the international visibility of German schools while simultaneously supporting cutting-edge research and international cooperation, the German Federal Ministry of Education and Research and the German Research Foundation created the Excellence Initiative.
The Excellence Initiative consists of three funding tracks. One track established more than 40 research schools for young scientists and PhD candidates. Each school will receive funding of 1 million Euros annually. Another track, called “Clusters of Excellence,” works to connect universities with research institutes and businesses to the tune of 6.5 million Euros annually. Finally, the Universities of Excellence track involves the selection of 11 schools who will receive funding for their strategies to promote high-level research and academic excellence.
So which schools made the top eleven?
Click on the university name for an in-depth profile of each school and the city each is located in.
If you would like to learn more about the Excellence Initiative, visit their website or take a look at the video by clicking on "video" under the photo at the top of this article.