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Eberhard Karls Universität Tübingen

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-Chapel Hill’s partnership with Tübingen began in 1986 with the launching of a student exchange, and more than 100 students have spent a semester or year at the partner campus. More than 15 Carolina faculty and students have also participated in the Teach@Tübingen Program.

Faculty and students in biology, Germanic languages and literature, and American studies have long been engaged in collaborations, and the partnership is expanding to include Classics, communication and media, data science, digital humanities, education, exercise & sport science, information & library science, law, linguistics, and philosophy, as well as areas in the health affairs and sciences, with joint research and student engagement emerging in biochemistry & biophysics, epidemiology, environmental sciences and engineering, geosciences, genetics, infectious diseases, microbiology and immunology, nutrition, oncology, pharmacy and pharmacology, and psychology.

In order to help expand collaborations with UNC-Chapel Hill, former Tübingen Rector Bernd Engler generously provided funding for faculty, researchers and doctoral students from Carolina and Tübingen to travel to the partner campus to meet their counterparts, share ideas and undertake joint initiatives. Engler previously spent a year at Carolina as a research fellow in American studies. From 2014 to 2018, former UNC-Chapel Hill Chancellor Carol Folt was a member of Tübingen’s International Advisory Board, established to help address international benchmarking of peer institutions and assist with strategic planning.

UNC-Tübingen Seed Fund for Collaborations in Data Science

To spark new collaborations addressing shared challenges and build on institutional research strengths, UNC-Chapel Hill and the University of Tübingen have established a joint seed fund to support multidisciplinary collaborations that relate to the use, application or impact of data on democratic societies, as well as projects broadly connected to data science and machine learning. Applicable fields are not limited and can range from emerging technologies to bioinformatics to humanities to sciences. UNC-Chapel Hill’s portion of the fund is provided by the Office of the Vice Provost for Global Affairs and the Office of the Vice Chancellor for Research.

The next application deadline will be announced in Spring 2024. Please contact Melissa McMurray, Associate Director of Global Partnerships (melissa_mcmurray@unc.edu) for information.


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