Teaching Mission Statement of Ulm University

(as passed by the Senate of Ulm University on 12 June 2019 )

The Teaching Mission Statement asserts Ulm University's claims towards the quality and goals for teaching. Besides an outstanding subject-specific education, Ulm University is obligated to a holistic educational ideal in the tradition of Humboldt. Research- and tranfer-oriented teaching are our important focal points which attest the interlocking between Ulm University's range of subjects. Our aim is to enable all students at Ulm University to develop their potentials and skills. Graduates from Ulm University distinguish themselves by their excellent qualification and make, as experts and responsible leaders, valuable contributions to science, economy,  society, and healthcare.

High-quality teaching plays a central role at Ulm University.  The Teaching Mission Statement writes up Ulm University's aims and goals. It being passed by the Senate  emphasises and documents that all members and the administrative bodies are committed to these.  

Mission Statement Teaching

  • Our Understanding of University Teaching

    Ulm University provides an academic education to its students from undergraduate to doctoral level. Teaching is geared to its excellent international “state-of-the-art” research. From highly qualified graduates, outstanding and responsible leaders and experts in research, society and industry will emerge. We are part of a prospering and entrepreneurial region. As promoters of excellence in research, we facilitate the start-up culture at our university and integrate it into our teaching.

  • Educational Standards

    We provide an attractive course offer in a learning atmosphere of mutual trust and respect. Students are considered as partners at our University that are afforded a sound, highly topical and challenging education with clear reference to applications in research facilities, industry and health care. We use the advantages of innovative education and learning formats in a didactically meaningful and effective way, also in broad experimental training. Faculties, student representations and interdisciplinary institutes work together to continuously evolve and sustainably improve teaching at Ulm University.

  • Individual Profile Development

    We stimulate our students’ willingness and determination to learn and work as well as their enjoyment of their subject. We focus on strengthening their motivation, orientation towards their study objectives and on individually promoting their self-reflection, confidence and gain of insight. Graduates of Ulm University shall stand out due to their curiosity, “out-of-the box” thinking and their independence. Through their ability to connect, work independently and think interdisciplinary, they develop innovative solutions for the future. We encourage them to ask questions, but also to admit weaknesses and accept offers of support. 

  • Lifelong Learning

    Like modern society, university teaching is constantly facing new challenges. We fully subscribe to the concept of lifelong learning. We therefore teach our students how to independently acquire long-term knowledge. We offer tailored further training to people within and outside our University and especially to our teaching staff members.

  • Internationalization

    We see internationalization as an integral part and critical success factor for our overall orientation, development planning and future viability. Ulm University has the objective to strengthen intercultural competencies. The combination of digital teaching and learning forms with study-related international mobility creates new possibilities for co-operations with partner universities. Networks with innovative co-operation approaches open up new perspectives for both students and researchers and are crucial for a university strong in research. People from more than 100 countries study, research and work at Ulm University. Students are presented with an environment introducing them to the structures and realities of the international scientific world and preparing them for the demands of an increasingly globalized job market.