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Strategic development since 2007

The University of Göttingen is a comprehensive university committed to the spirit of the Enlightenment, in the context of which the University was founded. The great diversity of subjects and vibrant collaboration on the Göttingen Campus allows interdisciplinary and highly innovative research. Fundamental strategic objectives of the University comprise high-level basic research with a suitable interface for knowledge transfer, highly advanced infrastructures and reliable governance to provide academic freedom.

The University's strategy has been continuously developed in close collaboration with the campus partners from 2007 onwards. The most important measures are the Lichtenberg-Kolleg as an Institute for Advanced Study for research in the humanities, an institutional internationalization strategy, and instruments to attract and keep the best scientists and scholars. One particular achievement of these measures has been the successful recruitment of early career researchers, by offering them independent positions in research and teaching, either as free floaters or as junior research group leaders in one of the Courant Research Centres. Many of these researchers have in the meantime been appointed to tenured professorships. Similarly, projects funded in the last round of the Excellence Initiative, the Göttingen Graduate School for Neurosciences, Biophysics, and Molecular Biosciences (GGNB) and the Cluster of Excellence 'Nanoscale Microscopy and Molecular Physiology of the Brain' (CMNPB), have contributed positively to the strategic development. These successful measures and research foci will find continuation in the ongoing strategic planning.

In 2011, two major strategic measures were added; first, Göttingen University developed a strategy to make yet better use of the numerous academic collections for research and teaching and as an opportunity for knowledge transfer into the public domain. The collections are overseen by the newly formed Centre for Collection Development, which closely interacts with Göttingen State and University Library (SUB). Second, a vision for e(nhanced)Research was conceptualized and open access strategies were outlined resulting in the Göttingen eResearch Alliance. The Göttingen eResearch Alliance and the affiliated institutions support all aspects of digitization, data management and publications on the Göttingen Campus

The research fields of the proposed Clusters of Excellence are firmly established in the development plans of the faculties, will have a substantial impact on research-oriented teaching, and play a central role in the University's strategy development. An integrated campus-wide graduate school concept ensures high-level graduate education. A further focus area is the promotion of early career researchers, especially the postdoctoral fellows. The University is a founder member of the Innovation Campus of Southern-Lower-Saxony (SNIC) for knowledge and technology transfer into the region, and plans to open the 'Forum Wissen' for knowledge and innovation transfer into society in late 2019. Furthermore, the University directorate and management are promoting interface areas such as quality assurance, equal opportunity and diversity management, internationalization in research and teaching, science communication, and public outreach.