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Source: Charite – Universitatsmedizin Berlin Joint press release of the Free University of Berlin, the Humboldt University of Berlin, the Technical University of Berlin and the Charité – Universitätsmedizin Berlin as well as the Senate Chancellery – Science and Research The Excellence Network of the Free University of Berlin, the Humboldt University of Berlin, the Technische Universität Berlin and Charité – Universitätsmedizin Berlin are setting up a cooperation platform in the form of a corporation under public law (KöR). With the central administrative unit, the Berlin University Alliance (BUA) offers the joint projects an efficient, stable and legally secure framework. The Berlin House of Representatives approved the law by a majority on Thursday. For research into complex societal challenges, the Excellence Network needs stable, joint support structures. The cooperation platform facilitates the provision, operation and use of research infrastructures beyond the borders of the network partners and thus creates the administrative prerequisites for the creation of a joint Berlin research area. With the start of a cooperation project in which several partners are involved, the researchers are granted family status. This status allows, for example, large scientific equipment, collections, services, social and information technology infrastructures of the network partners to be used as if one were a member of the other organization. Michael Müller, Governing Mayor of Berlin and Senator for Science and Research, underlines the importance of the law for the innovation location Berlin: “The law passed today is unique in Germany and groundbreaking for all innovative science locations that rely on cooperation and use of synergies. The cooperation platform will not only significantly advance the cooperation between the Berlin University Alliance, it is also a quantum leap on our common path to an integrated Berlin research area. ”Prof. Dr. Günter M. Ziegler, spokesman for the Berlin University Alliance and President of the Free University of Berlin, assesses the decision of the Berlin House of Representatives as an “important milestone” for the association: “The law creates a structure that simplifies work processes and the collaboration between the partners in the association will be enormous in the future With a view to the involvement of the Academic Senate and the other committees of Freie Universität in the process leading up to the vote, Ziegler adds: “The intensive discussions have helped to improve the original draft significantly. This clarifies the future role of the new corporation as the office structure of the Berlin University Alliance, and the structure of the network as a whole has been sharpened. ”“ One of the most important tasks of the platform is to create permeability between the institutions. As a partner, we want to use existing infrastructures for research and operate new structures together. This gives us a completely new quality of cooperation at the science location Berlin. And precisely this approach was an important component and focus in the joint application for the Excellence Strategy Competition. Our goal is to minimize the administrative workload for our researchers. With the passed law we will succeed ”, is Prof. Dr.-Ing. Dr. Sabine Kunst, President of the Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin, confidently: “With the corporation, we have created a legal framework that facilitates the design of individual measures within the Berlin University Alliance. It strengthens the shared vision of the partners by facilitating cooperation and supporting future projects, ”says Prof. Dr. Angela Ittel, Vice President for Strategic Development, Young Talent and Teacher Training at TU Berlin and member of the Executive Board of BUA. Dr. Heyo K. Kroemer, Chairman of the Board of Charité – Universitätsmedizin Berlin emphasizes: “Charité – Universitätsmedizin Berlin and its network partners will benefit to a large extent from the public corporation, among other things because it creates new and unbureaucratic opportunities for the joint use of resources. The provision of shared infrastructures and services not only makes our scientists’ day-to-day research much easier, it also helps to make Berlin’s research location even more attractive for renowned people from Germany and abroad. “

The Berlin University Alliance is the association of the three Berlin universities Freie Universität Berlin, Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin, Technische Universität Berlin and Charité – Universitätsmedizin Berlin for the joint organization of science in Berlin. The four partners have come together to develop Berlin as a scientific location into a joint research area that is among the best in the world. The focus of the cooperation is on joint research into major societal challenges, strengthening the exchange with society, promoting young talent, questions about the quality and value of research and overarching projects in research infrastructure, teaching, diversity, equal opportunities and internationalization. The Berlin University Alliance is funded by the Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF) and the State of Berlin as part of the federal and state government’s excellence strategy.

ContactChristina CamierPress SpokeswomanBerlin University AllianceTel .: +49 170 590 06 21

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