The University of Bern (UniBE) is committed to internationalization across the organisation and maintains a wide network of international partners from which researchers and students benefit. International collaboration takes place in a variety of ways in both research and teaching. These range from collaborations in research projects and cooperation and exchange agreements to the operation of joint competence centers, among others.
Internationalization’s main objective is that UniBE enhances its international network while remaining a reliable collaboration partner for national and regional cooperation. Furthermore, Strategy 2030, UniBE’s latest strategy, states the following goals:
- UniBE offers its students an international campus. Optimal conditions and a modern concept for promoting early career researchers allow young academics to achieve their career goals in Switzerland and abroad. Bern’s researchers successfully apply for international research grants (e.g., ERC grants). The University acts as a key partner in major international research cooperations and programs, particularly within its research priority areas.
- UniBE will continue to raise awareness of its performance and reliability within the international higher education and research sector
- While studying at UniBE, students can supplement their studies by acquiring intercultural and foreign language skills. The availability and application of various languages in teaching, research, administration and advisory services are systematized as part of a language policy. The international student exchange program is designed to be sustainable with the help of innovative formats.
- Science policy plays an important role at UniBE. In particular, UniBE is actively involved in European discussions on developing the university of the future via The Guild of European Research-Intensive Universities’ network.