Bielefeld University combines classical academic tradition with innovative research and teaching. It was founded as a new type of university in 1969 with the aims of re-establishing the unity between research and teaching advocated by Humboldt, and of opening up the frontiers between the disciplines. The university has succeeded in maintaining and developing essential elements of this reform concept despite a considerable increase in student numbers. Bielefeld University has attained an outstanding position among national and international academic institutions on the strength of its research achievements and unique courses of studies, its technology transfer and further education programmes.
The Center for Biotechnology (CeBiTec) at Bielefeld University focuses on interdisciplinary, industrial relevant life science projects. Its mission is to encourage and support the development of innovative projects crossing discipline boundaries. Nowadays, the CeBiTec consists of four Institutes (Institute for Bioinformatics, Institute for Genome research and Systems Biology, Institute for Biophysics and Institute for Biochemistry and Bioengineering) as well as two interdepartmental units (Bioinformatics Resource Facility and the Graduate center). Thus this Research Department offers scientists from biology, chemistry, biochemistry, physics and bioinformatics the possibility to work in top-level international interdisciplinary teams.
Center for Biotechnology (CeBiTec)