FAU is one of the leading research-focused universities in Germany. We work actively to build on this position and strive to guarantee freedom in research as a prerequisite for scientific advancement. FAU is committed to the unity of research and education. The research we undertake is oriented towards both theory and its practical applications. At FAU we are constantly developing new areas of expertise of particular significance for the future of science and society.
Established scientific and ethical standards guide our research: methods are transparent and newly gained knowledge is discussed and debated in open exchanges with the academic community and the wider public. FAU recognises its social responsibility and continually strives to optimise teaching and learning at the University. A key focus is placed on providing our students with an education based on knowledge and the methods required to apply this knowledge. We educate our students to be critical, independent individuals. FAU advocates the principle of lifelong learning. Our goal is to enable people to update, enrich and extend their knowledge at any stage in life through a structured and expanding range of professional development courses.