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Consistently interdisciplinary – this is the “Stuttgarter Weg”

Having complementary disciplines work together opens unique possibilities for posing new questions and jointly coming up with new answers. The guiding concept of networked disciplines, captured in the phrase the "Stuttgarter Weg" (Stuttgart Way), stamps the University of Stuttgart’s distinctive profile with one of its signature features.

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This visualization of Twitter tweet data here symbolizes the principle of networked disciplines known as the "Stuttgarter Weg".

Top level research by discipline, with interdisciplinary integration

Everyone does research differently. Bring the expertise of complementary disciplines and partners together and you have an approach that opens totally new avenues to solving pressing contemporary societal questions and problems. This is why the University of Stuttgart fosters networking in both research and teaching between different scientific subjects and methodological approaches by integrating the engineering, natural, social sciences and humanities. This special principle of interdisciplinary integration on a foundation of top level research in all disciplines is anchored in our university’s mission statement as the "Stuttgarter Weg.”

The University of Stuttgart acts on this principle by initiating and supporting cooperative projects and department-spanning research centers, erecting infrastructure for cooperative research undertakings and cultivating relationships with solid regional and global partners.


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A world renowned research university

The „Stuttgarter Weg” of cross-linked disciplines combined with cooperation with leading international partners have earned the University of Stuttgart a global reputation as a research university at the cutting edge of scientific-technological progress. This is reflected, among other facets, in two Clusers of Excellence funded under a joint Federal and state Excellence Strategy as well as in many specialty research fields and research groups. Standout research efforts focus on topics like simulation science, manufacturing technologies, quantum technologies, digital humanities and architecture and adaptive building. Also witnessing to the University of Stuttgart’s strength in research are numerous prestigious awards and prizes won by our scientists.

We can cite national and international rankings that confirm the University of Stuttgart’s leading position. To name just two examples: The Funding Atlas of the German Research Foundation (DFG) ranks the University of Stuttgart as one of Germany’s strongest universities in terms of raising outside funding. In the 7th European Research Framework Program, hardly any other European university attracted as much project funding and, last but by no means least, the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation for years has attested to the University of Stuttgart’s pronounced popularity with foreign guest scholars.

The University of Stuttgart attaches the utmost importance to international exchanges.
The University of Stuttgart attaches the utmost importance to international exchanges.

Internationally engaged and networked

Cultural diversity enriches research with fresh ideas. By its international orientation, the University of Stuttgart thus promotes different ways of thinking. This makes it attractive both for students and leading scientific figures from throughout the world and lets experts come to the fore that know how to perform responsibly in various contexts both in Germany and abroad. Intercultural perspectives and cooperation with international partners are therefore solidly entrenched in research as in all other types of activities at the University of Stuttgart.


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Prof. Dr.

Jan Knippers

Vice Rector for Research

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