Excellence Strategy

Excellence Strategy

Goals & Measures

The University will continue to be one of Germany’s excellent research locations in the future. Its Research – Relevance – Responsibility concept, which enabled the University to achieve excellence status in the Excellence Initiative back in 2012, has been expanded and now includes Open to New Challenges and a Global Scope of Action. This underlines the University's aim of continuing on the path it has taken while also pursuing new strategic goals in an international research context. Our culture of cooperation and commitment guiding principles continue to form the basis of cooperation within the University and with our non-university partners at the Tübingen Research Campus and around the world – and are intended to ensure that Tübingen can maintain its position as an outstanding research location with an international profile in the long term.


The University has set itself five main goals for the upcoming funding period of the Excellence Strategy:

1. Strengthening research excellence

We want to embed the spirit of excellence across the University and recruit internationally-renowned researchers. That way, the University of Tübingen will establish itself in the long term as one of the foremost research institutions in the world.

2. Further developing a collaborative research environment

The University will expand its first-class infrastructure and form networks in order to increase the competitiveness of our research areas.

3. ChangeAbility

We want to keep the University flexible and capable of acting in order to be able to engage rapidly and effectively with selected new research paradigms as well as with technological and social developments.

4. Promote global awareness in research and teaching

We want to offer all members of the University and especially our students the opportunity to acquire a high degree of intercultural and problem-solving skills. This will be necessary to face the enormous environmental and social challenges of our time so as to act responsibly in a globalized and connected world.

5. Expanding social commitment

The University seeks to make relevant contributions to current debates and promote new forms of research communication, public relations and knowledge transfer.


In order to implement its strategic goals, the University will take measures to continue and expand existing structures as well as to establish new ones.


After five years of successful work, the four established Platforms will be realigned.

Core Facilities

The three existing Core Facilities Quantitative Biology Center (QBiC), Center for Light-Matter Interaction, Sensors and Analytics (LISA+) and Digital Humanities Center (formerly eScience Center) will be supplemented by two new core facilities: Tübingen Structural Microscopy (TSM) and the Center for Methods in Empirical Research.

College of Fellows

The University established a College of Fellows for international academics, promoting innovative teaching and research. The college is aimed at postdoctoral students and professors and is intended to complement existing interdisciplinary programs.

Global Awareness Education Program

The University extends its interdisciplinary curriculum for employees and students with courses for acquiring intercultural competence. The Oecologicum program will also be expanded to take into account the environmental and social challenges of climate change. That way, we seek to meet the requirements of an increasingly globalized world.