Jacobs University Bremen

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Jacobs University Bremen (previously International University Bremen, IUB) is a highly selective independent, private university in Bremen, Germany.

Jacobs University is an English-speaking higher education institution. Jacobs University combines aspects from the American, British and German academic systems to form an environment with a "transdisciplinary" approach between diverse disciplines and subject areas.



Jacobs University was founded in 1999 as the 'International University Bremen (IUB)' but changed its name early in 2007 in recognition of the philanthropist Klaus Johann Jacobs, whose donation allowed IUB to avoid bankruptcy.

The university developed from an initial collaboration between the local government of the city-state of Bremen, the University of Bremen and Rice University, USA.

On November 1, 2006 the current President, Joachim Treusch, announced a donation to university by the Jacobs Foundation of 15 million per year during the next 5 years. The Jacobs Foundation plans to make another donation of 125 million in 2011. This donation is conditional on the university's achievements up to this point.

Jacobs University has been certified as a family-friendly institution by the Hertie Foundation since 2005 for introducing measures for university members with family obligations. [1]

Jacobs University Bremen was recently the focus of a five-part television series produced by Deutsche Welle titled "Leaders of Tomorrow." [2]


There are currently 1245 students from 102 countries pursuing Bachelor’s, Master's, and PhD degrees. The students and the academic staff demographic are proportionally more international than at other German universities.

Jacobs University has established student exchange programmes with Universidad de Murcia Spain, Rice University, Washington State University, Carnegie Mellon University in the USA, Sciences Po in France, Lafayette College in the USA, Thammasat University in Thailand, Università degli Studi di Cagliari and Università degli Studi di Roma "La Sapienza" in Italy, and more recently with the University of Aberdeen in Scotland and Instituto de Empresa in Spain.

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