One of Europe’s oldest universities and founded in 1477, Eberhard Karls Universität Tübingen boasts a large international student population and has been recognized by the German Federal Ministry of Education and Research as a University of Excellence.
UNC’s partnership with Tübingen began in 1986 when a student exchange program was initiated. Over 100 students have spent a semester or year at the partner campus. Faculty and students in biology, Germanic languages and literature, and American studies have long been engaged in collaborations. The partnership is expanding to include communication and humanities, as well as areas in the health affairs and sciences, with joint research and student engagement developing in epidemiology, environmental sciences and engineering, geosciences, infectious diseases and malaria, microbiology and immunology, nutrition, oncology, pharmacy/pharmacology, and psychology.
Tübingen President Bernd Engler previously spent a year at UNC as a research fellow in American studies. Former UNC Chancellor Carol Folt was a member of Tübingen’s International Advisory Board, initiated in 2014 to help the university shape its future by focusing on international benchmarking, peer-reviewing and long-term strategic planning.
Funding for Collaborations with Tübingen
In order to help expand collaborations with UNC, President Engler and Tübingen have generously provided funding for faculty, researchers and doctoral students from UNC and Tübingen to travel to the partner campus to meet their counterparts, share ideas and undertake joint initiatives. Examples of potential initiatives include exchanges/lab rotations of professors, postdoctoral researchers and graduate students; collaborative research projects and joint publications; joint training initiatives; and short-term visits to initiate partnership development.
For more information, please contact:
International Liaison Officer, UNC Global