Universität Bielefeld

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Information for Refugees

Bielefeld University - interdisciplinary - diverse -sustainable

Since the University was founded in 1969, it has observed and followed social change and political development within and outside of Germany with keen attention. The fate of people who have fled their country and seek protection in Germany not only poses a unique challenge to our society but also presents a unique opportunity. Bielefeld University feels it has a responsibility to makes its own contribution to help address this societal task.

Our aim is to enable potential students, graduates and colleagues who have fled their country to successfully integrate into higher education, the workplace and society through a wide range of measures, which are outlined in the following pages. Bielefeld University has a long history of showing solidarity to people who sought refuge from war, dictatorships or other unjust regimes. Testimony to this, for example, is the striking mural about Chile in the main university building, created in 1976 as a symbol of opposition to the Augusto Pinochet regime.

Where complex problems do not allow easy solutions, it is even more important to provide an open scientific space for reflection within society. Bielefeld University, where flight and migration are researched in and across many disciplines, provides such a space. Our primary aim is to follow societal change scientifically, gain new insights and findings and to make this information available to the public.

As an academic community we strive to anchor diversity as a positive value in society. The long-term integration of refugees is an important step to achieve this and is something that everyone in society can benefit from.

Vice-Rector for International Affairs and Diversity
Angelika Epple

At the core of the University's long-term strategy is a focus on coordinated regional measures and local projects specific to the University as well as structural adjustments based on need. The University has developed a master plan for the region in collaboration with the four other institutions of higher education in Ostwestfalen-Lippe, called Campus OWL: international (in German).