To provide optimum support for top-level research and ensure excellence in teaching and in the promotion of young researchers, a modern university needs governance suited to academia and a service-oriented administration.

As a response to the ever-increasing demands placed on academic institutions today, Humboldt-Universität’s Institutional Strategy aims to improve the institutional framework for research and teaching. To this end, the University is developing its governance structures and, in the spirit of its culture of enablement, is expanding its administration with a focus on services suited to academia.

To achieve these goals, Humboldt-Universität set out priorities in its Institutional Strategy:

Reform of the Faculties

The reform of its faculties is an integral part of Humboldt-Universität's Excellence Project. The faculties will get a new layout in order to promote profile building and synergy effects. Additionally, faculties get the possibility to make decisions autonomously. To achieve this, the university will strengthen the position of the deans and improve the communication between faculties and the university's headship.
Three new faculties took up their work in early 2014 after HU's University Senate decided on implementing the reform in December of 2013. Established were the Faculty of Life Sciences, including the Departments of Biology, Psychology and the former Agricultural Faculty. The Departments of Mathematics, Chemistry, Information Sciences, Geography and Physics now constitute the Faculty of Mathematics and Natural Sciences. The former Philosophical Faculties III and IV were merged into a new Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences. More new layouts will follow in 2015.

Administrative reform through organisational and personnel development

The Institutional Strategy places high demands on existing administrative structures and processes at Humboldt-Universität. At the same time, it should act as a motor of change for the University – and that supports its administration. As part of its culture of enablement, the Institutional Strategy therefore includes reform of the administrative departments. The aim is to develop the University administration so that it can work in a more competent, service-oriented way and thus better serve the needs of academia. To this end, Humboldt-Universität is currently taking the following steps:

  • Implementing specific personnel development measures such as team building, staff rotation, coaching, and best-practice studies
  • Turning administrative units into service units