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Mission statement of the University of Konstanz

Preamble

The University of Konstanz is a research-oriented reform university that meets its social responsibilities by providing high-quality research and educational opportunities. It is committed to the basic idea behind a university, that in order to generate scientific knowledge, close links between research and teaching have to be established and maintained. The university strives to play an important role in addressing contemporary and future social challenges through its research and study programmes.

The principle of independence in research and teaching ensures that the University of Konstanz can help empower society to enlighten itself. The ethical reflection of science on its methods and the consequences of its findings on human beings and their environment is an integral component of this principle.

The university strives to provide its researchers and academics the best conditions for internationally recognised top-level research. It seeks to advance the personal development of highly qualified students, junior researchers and employees.

The University of Konstanz encourages its members to play an active role in research, study, teaching and self-administration. Sustainability is key to its social and institutional processes.


The institution

In order to achieve its aims, the University of Konstanz fosters a culture of creativity in its research and research-supporting institutions. Decision-making processes in its academic self-administration are to be transparent and participatory and should ensure clearly defined responsibilities. The administration supports the researchers at the university in their research and teaching as well as in their self-administration.

Interdisciplinary collaboration is viewed as an essential precondition for top-level research and innovative teaching. The university promotes such interdisciplinary cooperation to the best of its ability. For this reason, the university is divided into departments and faculties and has professorship as its fundamental unit. The unique campus environment with its short distances, together with the open-door policy across the entire university, support this process. The University of Konstanz attaches great importance to performance and functionality within its flat hierarchies. According to its tradition as a reform university, its bodies hold continuous and open discussions on its structures and profile development. Current research areas defining the university's profile are Chemical Biology and Ecology, Decision Sciences, Cultural Sciences as well as Molecular Nano and Materials Sciences.

The University of Konstanz combines top-level research and teaching and introduces students to research early on in their studies. Studying at the university allows for both knowledge transfer and personal development.

The university sees itself as a world for and of learning, working and living. It provides excellent and reliable working conditions in the Konstanz area.


Supporting junior researchers

Through its Code of Practice for Academics between Doctoral Studies and Professorship, the University of Konstanz has strongly committed itself to supporting junior researchers. The university promotes their early independence and provides a working environment in which they can concentrate on their scientific qualifications. An important objective for its institutions is the advancement of new talent.


Internationality and regional interconnection

The University of Konstanz promotes the international cooperation of its researchers and other staff members as well as the international orientation of its teaching. When building and maintaining its partnerships and collaborations, the university follows the principles stated in its mission statement and the German Basic Law (Grundgesetz) – especially scientific freedom and intellectual property.

The University of Konstanz is committed to the city of Konstanz and the surrounding areas and intends to act as an international bridge connecting it to other regions and nations.


Equal opportunity, family support and diversity

In accordance with its Code of Practice on Gender Equality, the University of Konstanz is committed to implementing equal opportunity and family friendliness in all of its institutions and decision-making processes. It supports the career development of women, working couples, and the compatibility of study and research with family life. It identifies and removes discriminating barriers and provides a working environment and scientific culture that are free from prejudice and stereotypes. This is how the university ensures that all its members are appreciated – irrespective of gender, nationality, ethnic origin, religion or belief, disability, age, sexual orientation and identity.


Knowledge transfer and public dialogue

The University of Konstanz makes the results of its research available to the general public. Creating knowledge and understanding and conveying it to the public is seen as a task of particular relevance. The University supports and promotes the participation of its members in public discussions and strives for free access to scientific information.


Relations with alumni, friends and sponsors

Building and maintaining relationships with its alumni is important to the University of Konstanz. It intends to keep them involved and connected to the university as much as friends and sponsors of the university.