Since its refoundation in 1994, the University of Erfurt has firmly established itself in the national and international university landscape with an explicit cultural and social science profile. With its focus on religion, the humanities and cultural studies, society and teacher training, it is a centrally located education and research institution with around 6,000 students, around 100 professorships and around 400 academic staff and 300 administrative staff.
Certified as "family-friendly", the University of Erfurt, as a reform university with its attractive and sometimes unusual teaching and research profile, has from the outset focused on Bachelor and Master courses and interdisciplinarity. It addresses the major social challenges of our time and is committed to international scientific cooperation with a view to global participation in knowledge and science.
On its campus in the state capital, close to the city centre, the University of Erfurt enables direct communication through its short distances and promotes intensive study and interdisciplinary research. And with its mentoring system, the "Studium Fundamentale" and an orientation on professional fields, it is also a model for other universities. It also has two professional schools based on the American model: the Willy Brandt School of Public Policy and the Erfurt School of Education, which is responsible for coordinating the nationwide exemplary teacher training.
Today, the University of Erfurt sets standards in basic research and at the same time strives to transfer its scientific findings to society. In doing so, the four faculties – Faculty of Philosophy, Faculty of Education, Faculty of Economics, Law and Social Sciences and Faculty of Catholic Theology –, the Max Weber Centre for Advanced Cultural and Social Studies and the Gotha Research Institutes contribute their structural and task-related diversity to the overall concept, thus enabling interdisciplinary, international and cooperative research.
Against this background, the University of Erfurt also attaches particular importance to academic freedom and the promotion of young researchers.
The attractive and in part unusual profile of the University of Erfurt is also reflected in its research activities within the three main areas of focus "Education, School, and Behaviour", "Religion, Society, and World Relations." and "Knowledge, Spaces, and Media.".
In the sense of an "Erfurter Modell", the university will continue to underline its role as an unusual profile university in the future, thus enhancing its attractiveness and special recognizability. In addition to its accentuation as an innovative reform university, it will also expand its original idea of internationality in the direction of interculturality and diversity of cultures as a "mission statement" for the entire Erfurt Model.