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The Rector’s Christmas Message

Hans-Jochen Schiewer looks back at a year of contradictions and forward to 2020

Freiburg, Dec 20, 2019

Success in the European Universities Initiative, top places in every major national and international ranking, the first Gottfried Wilhelm Leibniz Prize for a decade: these and many more successes were highlights of 2019 at the University of Freiburg – but at the same time the university was affected by the decision not to include it as one of the eleven Universities of Excellence. In his Christmas Message, the Rector Prof. Dr. Hans-Jochen Schiewer reports on this year of contradictions as it comes to an end, and looks ahead to 2020: in the coming year, the University of Freiburg will continue to pursue its overall strategy with conviction, in order to further strengthen its culture of creativity and openness. The Rector wishes every member of the university and its alumni a peaceful festive season and a Happy New Year.



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Annual Review (PDF)

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