University description (as per official university website)
In Bielefeld, the very special character of the research university reform is maintained. Interdisciplinarity, research and international orientation, shape the nature of the university, which has been prescribed for the pursuit of excellence in the breadth of the humanities and social sciences to science and technology. Who looks behind the scenes notes below the surface of everyday academic work an extensive network that provides naturally for a surprising and exciting results, because it goes beyond the boundaries of the disciplines on principle.
At the University of approximately 17,500 students studying in 82 programs in 13 faculties. More than 2000 employees have their jobs. A unique feature is the architectural concept of the university main building on the edge of the Teutoburg Forest: This is all found under one roof.
The special feature of the University of Bielefeld is their interdisciplinary self - both in research and in teaching. Outstanding thereby the Centre for Interdisciplinary Research, the international experts from various disciplines for joint research projects is merges.
In the Excellence Initiative of federal and state, the University of Bielefeld, 2007 was twice successfully. For the time being shall be five years of the cluster "Cognitive Interaction Technology" (man-machine communication) € 6.5 million per year for funding from the pot edge research. The Graduate School Bielefeld Graduate School in Sociology and History "is sponsored in the same period of more than one million euros per year.
In the Donors' Association for German Science and the Standing Conference a competition "Excellent Teaching" in 2009, the University was also among the winners. It receives 1 million euros to her concept of "Towards a new study and teaching culture" to implement.