Jacobs University Bremen

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Jacobs University Bremen
founding 2001
Sponsorship Private
place Bremen
state Bremen
country Germany
president Antonio Loprieno
Students 1570 (WS 2019/20)
Employee 421 (WS 2019/20)
including professors 76 (WS 2019/20)
Website www.jacobs-university.de
Campus Center of Jacobs University Bremen 2006
Former logo

The Jacobs University Bremen (partly also Jacobs University Bremen) is a private , state-recognized university in Bremen . The carrier is Jacobs University gGmbH. It offers study programs in the fields of engineering, natural sciences, humanities and social sciences leading to a Bachelor , Master and Ph.D. on. There are also preparatory programs for the degree. With students from over 120 nations, the English-speaking campus university is one of the most international universities in Germany.

History, organization, self-image

In 1999, the International University Bremen was founded with the support of the University of Bremen , Rice University , Houston , Texas , and the Free Hanseatic City of Bremen . After financial problems at the university, the Jacobs Foundation invested € 200 million in the university in November 2006 and took over a two-thirds majority of the shares. The university then gave itself its current name in early 2007. According to its statutes, the university has four organs: the councilors (patrons), the board of trustees (shareholders' meeting), the board of governors (supervisory board) and the managing director, who is also the president of the university. The Board of Governors is the central decision-making body for all fundamental questions of university development, including the appointment of the president and professors. Christian Jacobs , the eldest son of the entrepreneur and patron Klaus J. Jacobs (1936–2008), is the Honorary President of the Board of Trustees.

According to its mission statement, Jacobs University pursues “the goal of using academic education, intensive support and living together on an international campus to transform young, talented people into global citizens, regardless of nationality, religion and material requirements, who are capable of leading and responsible people To take on roles in the context of a future sustainable and peaceful development of mankind. ”The institution was recognized by the State of Bremen in 2018 until 2027.

The University

On the approximately 34 hectare site of the campus university there are four colleges , buildings for administration, teaching and research, an Information Resource Center (IRC) with library and digital resources, sports, leisure and green areas as well as apartments for visiting scholars. The campus is located on the site of the former Roland barracks in Bremen-Grohn . The site was built in 1938 during the National Socialist era . After the Second World War , a refugee camp ( Camp Grohn ) was set up there under the leadership of the American armed forces by the International Refugee Organization ; It was later taken over by the Bundeswehr , which left the site in 1999.

The general planning and the planning of individual buildings was carried out by Böge Lindner Architects from Hamburg and the landscape and green planning by the office of WES ( Wehberg und Partner) from Hamburg. In 2006 the planning of the central building was awarded the Bremen BDA Prize.

Course offer

Both teaching and research are divided into three thematic focuses, comparable to faculties at other German universities.

  1. Mobility: Understanding the global movement of people, goods and information.
  2. Health: Developing solutions for a healthier world.
  3. Diversity: deciphering a modern, global world.

15 Bachelor programs and seven graduate programs (Master / PhD) are offered in these focus areas. There is also the possibility of completing a preparatory and orientation year. It serves to support students in their decision about their future study path and to meet international admission criteria. The language of instruction is English. The courses are practice-oriented. The students are involved in the research work of their professors from the first semester, and in the fifth semester there is the possibility of a stay abroad.

The course can be completed with the academic degrees Bachelor of Arts, Bachelor of Science, Master of Arts, Master of Science, Executive Master / Master of Business Administration and Doctor of Philosophy (Ph. D.). The tuition fees for a bachelor's or master's degree are between € 10,000 and € 28,000 per academic year, depending on the study program. A system of grants and loans is designed to ensure that all approved applicants for undergraduate programs can begin their studies. According to the motto “Study now, pay later”, Jacobs University and the “Brain Capital” education fund are offering a new financing model for tuition fees.


Research in the three focus areas is an important pillar of Jacobs University. Its scientists have made a name for themselves through a large number of international and national research projects. In 2017, each professor raised an average of 205,900 euros in third-party funding. Research projects at Jacobs University are funded by the German Research Foundation or the framework program for research and innovation of the European Union, as well as by leading global companies.


Jacobs University of Bremen

In national and international university rankings, Jacobs University repeatedly takes top positions. According to the Times Higher Education (THE) World University Rankings 2020, it is among the 25 percent of the best universities in the world and is the most international university in Germany. In the THE Young University Rankings 2019, Jacobs University is ranked 26th among young universities worldwide and is among the top 5. In the global THE ranking of the best small universities, Jacobs University is the only German university represented and occupies tenth place .

In the 2019 CHE university ranking, the university achieved top positions in the subjects of electrical engineering, information technology and psychology, in 2018 in geo, social and political sciences, and in 2017 in economics and industrial engineering. Jacobs University also achieved top placements in the international university ranking U-Multirank. The international orientation, the high citation rate of the scientists and the content-related and organizational quality of the teaching were particularly recognized.


Jacobs University Bremen

1570 students from more than 120 nations are enrolled at the university (as of January 2019). Most come from Germany (18 percent), followed by India (8.7 percent), Pakistan (5.8 percent), Nepal (6.6 percent), China (4.8 percent), and the USA (4.2 percent) ), Albania (3.8 percent), Ethiopia (2.7 percent), South Korea (2.5 percent) and Morocco (2.2 percent). Exchange programs with 26 international partners promote internationality.


The Alumni Association was founded in 2004. It has around 2400 members; around 70% of the graduates have joined the Alumni Association. In 2008, the founding of Jacobs University Bremen Alumni & Friends GmbH created the legal requirements for alumni to have a say in university development. The GmbH, which is 99% owned by the Alumni Association and 1% by the University, is one of three shareholders of Jacobs University and owns a sixth of the university's shares.

University management

Antonio Loprieno has been the new President since December 2019 . He succeeded Michael Hülsmann, previously Katja Windt held the office. The current Chair of the Board of Governors is Claudia Schilling , Senator for Justice and Constitution and Senator for Science and Ports. Other members of the Board of Governors include: Antje Boetius , Director of the Alfred Wegener Institute Helmholtz Center for Polar and Marine Research, Jörg Dräger , Board Member of the Bertelsmann Foundation and former Senator for Science and Research of the Free and Hanseatic City of Hamburg, Philipp Rösler , CEO of the Hainan Cihang Charity Foundation in New York.

Jacobs University gGmbH is led by Antonio Loprieno (Chairman of the Management Board), Michael Dubbert and Thomas Auf der Heyde (Managing Director).


In the 2017 financial year, at the end of a four-year plan (2014-2017) for realignment, revenues of EUR 50.2 million were achieved, an increase of EUR 2.8 million (5.9 percent) compared to the previous year. Compared to the reference year 2012, Jacobs University was able to continuously reduce its losses. As part of its restructuring, the university cut a total of 65 jobs in 2014.

The financing of Jacobs University is the subject of controversy, especially in Bremen. It generates income from various sources such as tuition fees, donations, third-party funds and grants from the Jacobs Foundation . The funding from the State of Bremen in the amount of three million euros annually expired in 2017.

In June 2018, the Jacobs Foundation decided to support the private university with a maximum of another 100 million Swiss francs until 2027. Also in June 2018, the city of Bremen decided that it would take over a loan from the university's founding phase.

Cooperation with the economy

Jacobs University's Business Solutions division offers companies a variety of cooperation options. This includes long-term cooperation in research projects, the provision of scientific services in the context of short-term research and development projects or the training and further education of young professionals and executives.

Extracurricular Activities

Supervised by resident mentors, the vast majority of students live on campus in one of four colleges. They pursue their sporting, social, political or cultural interests in more than 50 student clubs. The students organize a series of recurring events such as the Art Fest, a hackathon or the annual startup competition on their own initiative.

See also

Web links

Commons : Jacobs University Bremen  - Collection of images, videos and audio files

Individual evidence

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