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Jacobs University Bremen
Jacobs University Bremen logo.svg
Logo of Jacobs University Bremen
Motto Inspiration is a Place
Type Private
Established 2001 (2001)
President Prof. Dr.-Ing. Michael Hülsmann
Administrative staff
437 academic/research staff (of which 78 are Professors)
Students 1399 (WS 2017/18)
Location Bremen, Germany
Campus Urban, 80 acres (0.32 km2)
Website www.jacobs-university.de

Jacobs University Bremen (previously International University Bremen, IUB) is an international, private residential university in Vegesack in Bremen-Nord, Bremen, Germany. It offers study programs in engineering, humanities, and natural and social sciences, in which students can acquire bachelor and master’s degrees or a PhD. On top of this, there are preparatory programs for degree courses. With students from more than 100 countries, it is one of the most international universities in Germany.[1]

History, Organization and Mission[edit]

Jacobs University Bremen Campus Center

Back in 1996, the International University Bremen was founded with the support of the University of Bremen, Rice University in Houston, Texas, and the Free Hanseatic City of Bremen, with study programs beginning in 2001. [2] After the university faced some financial problems, the Jacobs Foundation invested € 200 million in the institution in November 2006, thus taking over a two-thirds majority of the partnership share. Following this, the university changed its name to Jacobs University Bremen at the beginning of 2007.[3]

The university is managed by a limited company recognized as not-for-profit. In line with the statutes, it is composed of four organs: the Councilors, the Board of Trustees, the Board of Governors and the Executive Board, which comprises the Managing Director and the President. The Board of Governors is the central decision-making committee for all the fundamental questions of the university’s development, including the appointment of the president and the professors. Christian Jacobs, the eldest son of the entrepreneur and patron Klaus J. Jacobs (1936–2008), is a member of the board of trustees of the Jacobs Foundation.[4][5]

The central guidelines for research and teaching are the internationality and interculturality of the students and lecturers, a transdisciplinary approach, i.e. oriented towards problem-solving and spanning different specialist areas, and interactivity. Intensive support and social networking of students and lecturers is considered part of this. By offering the opportunity to live and learn in a community defined by diversity, Jacobs University aims to contribute to its students’ own character development. It sets the highest standards in terms of research and teaching. [6][7]

The university[edit]

The approximately 34-hectare site of the campus university is home to four colleges, buildings for administration, lecturing and research, an Information Resource Center (IRC) with a library and digital resources, sport, leisure and park facilities, and apartments for guest academics. The campus is on the site of the former Roland Barracks in Bremen-Grohn. The site was erected in 1938 during the National Socialist period, but after the Second World War a refugee camp was set up there by the International Refugee Organization under the management of the American forces. It was later taken over by the Bundeswehr. The armed forces left the site in 1999, making way for the university. [8][9]


Both teaching and research are divided into three thematic areas.

Mobility: Understanding the global movement of people, goods and information.

Health: Development of solutions for a healthier world.

Diversity: Deciphering a modern, global world.[10]

Within these focus areas, 16 bachelor programs and seven graduate programs (master/PhD) are offered. In addition, Jacobs University also offers a preparatory and orientation year, the Foundation Year Program. This serves to support students in deciding on their future path of study and to meet international admission criteria. With the one-year Medical Preparatory Program (MedPrep) for German students and the Medical Natural Science Program (MedNat) for international students, Jacobs University offers young people targeted preparation for the study of medicine in Germany and other European countries. [11]

The degree can be completed to the academic levels of Bachelor of Arts, Bachelor of Science, Master of Arts, Master of Science and Doctor of Philosophy (PhD). Courses are taught in English. The study fees for a bachelor degree are 20,000 euros per semester plus costs for accommodation and meals. A system of grants and loans aims to ensure that all applicants admitted for bachelor programs are able to take up their places. The costs of the graduate and preparatory programs vary. [12]


Excellence in research is an important element of Jacobs University, and its academics have made a name for themselves through numerous national and international research projects[citation needed]. They are very successful in acquiring third-party funding. In 2017 every professor acquired an average of 209,500 euros in third-party funding. [13] Mathematics professor Dierk Schleicher alone acquired EU research funding amounting to more than 2.3 million euros. It is one of the highest funding amounts ever awarded to a mathematician, according to details from the European Research Council (ERC). [14] On top of this, the professors are strongly engaged in fostering up-and-coming academics, and students are involved in the research work from the first semester onwards.


Jacobs University continues to achieve the top grades in national and international rankings. In 2017 the university was included in the renowned World University Rankings of the Times Higher Education (THE) magazine for the first time and immediately positioned itself as one of the 300 best universities worldwide. [15] In the CHE University Ranking 2017, the university achieved top places in business sciences and business engineering, and the previous year it scored highly in biology, chemistry, electrical engineering, IT and psychology. In 2015 the subjects of earth sciences, IT, mathematics, physics and political science achieved top grades. [16] In the international university ranking U-Multirank too, Jacobs University was ranked highly. Aspects that were particularly praised here were the international orientation, the high citation rate of the academics and the quality of teaching in terms of both content and organization. [17]


The international nature of the student body is one of the defining characteristics of Jacobs University. Currently 1,399 students from 110 nations are matriculated at the school (status as of December 2017). [18] Exchange programs with a total of 26 international partners help to foster this international atmosphere. [19]


The Jacobs University Alumni Association was founded in 2004. It comprises around 2,400 members; around 70 percent of graduates have joined the Alumni Association. In 2008 a limited company was founded as Jacobs University Bremen Alumni & Friends GmbH, laying the legal foundations to give the alumni a say in the university’s development. The limited company, which is 99-percent owned by the Alumni Association, with one percent owned by the university, is one of three shareholders in Jacobs University and owns a sixth of the shares in the school. [20]

University Leadership[edit]

On January 15, 2018 Prof. Dr. Michael Hülsmann took over as President of the University from Prof. Dr.-Ing Katja Windt. She succeeded Heinz-Otto Peitgen, who announced his early resignation as University President on November 6, 2013. [21] The Chairman of the Board of Governors is Prof. Dr. Antonio Loprieno, Präsident of the All European Academies (ALLEA) und former rector of the University of Basel (Switzerland). Further members of the Board of Governers are among others: Prof. Dr. Patrick Aebischer, Foundation Board Member of Jacobs Foundation and former President of the ETH Zurich (Swiss Federal Institute of Technology in Zurich), Dr. Jörg Dräger, Board Member of the Bertelsmann Stiftung and former Senator for Science and Research of the Free and Hanseatic City of Hamburg, Martin Günthner , Senator for economy, work and ports Bremen, Lavinia Jacobs, President of the Jacobs Foundation, Dr. Philipp Rösler, CEO of the Hainan Cihang Charity Foundation in New York und former Vice-Chancellor of the Federal Republic of Germany. [22] 

Jacobs University gGmbH is led by Prof. Dr. Michael Hülsmann (Chairman of the Management Board) and Dr. Ing. Michael Dubbert (Managing Director).[23]

Financing and restructuring[edit]

At the end of a four-year plan (2014-2017) for realignment, Jacobs University generated revenues of € 50.2 million in fiscal year 2017, an increase of € 2.8 million (5.9 percent) over the previous year.[24]Compared to the reference year 2012, Jacobs University was able to continuously reduce its losses.[25]As part of its restructuring, the university cut a total of 65 jobs in 2014. [26]

The long-term financing of Jacobs University is a subject of heated debate in Bremen in particular. It gets its income from various sources, including study fees, donations, third-party funding and contributions from the Jacobs Foundation. The funding from the state of Bremen, which amounts to three million euros a year, expired in 2017. [27][28]

In June 2018, the Jacobs Foundation decided to support the private university until 2027 with a maximum of another 100 million Swiss francs. Also in June 2018, the city of Bremen decided that they would take over a loan from the start-up phase of the university in order to strengthen the financial abilities of the institution permanently.[29]

Cooperation with Business[edit]

Part of the new orientation is enhanced networking with business. Jacobs University offers companies various opportunities for cooperation, which include long-term research collaborations, the provision of scientific services as part of short-term research and development projects, or training of younger and managerial staff. This gives students an early connection to practical applications.[30]


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Coordinates: 53°10′N 8°39′E / 53.167°N 8.650°E / 53.167; 8.650