Strategy and objectives

A tradition of cutting-edge research and innovation ... since 1743

Knowledge in motion is our university motto. We at FAU therefore strive to generate knowledge to shape the future responsibly and openly share knowledge with all stakeholders in society to drive prosperity and create value, as well as using knowledge to improve our world for future generations.

Three key values guide how we think and act at FAU.

Innovation: the process and the result of creating, sharing and using knowledge.

Diversity: the source and the basis for creating, sharing and using knowledge.

Passion: the driving force and the motor behind creating, sharing and using knowledge.

With these common values, FAU is the perfect location for people who wish to shape the future with their curiosity, drive and sense of responsibility.

  • 275 years of FAU


    Handover of keys to the Himbeerpalast

    Group picture in front of Himbeerpalast.

    (Image: Siemens AG)

    Bavarian Minister President Dr. Markus Söder:

    Today, the cabinet has passed historic resolutions underlining the importance of Nuremberg and Erlangen not only as home to a leading university but also as an important location for science and research. … The move to new premises marks a significant change in the structure of Friedrich-Alexander-Universität Erlangen-Nürnberg. … This is a decisive signal that will have a major impact in Bavaria and beyond!

  • 100 years of the School of Business, Economics and Society

    A large X has been attached to the façade of the Ludwig Erhard building in the Findelgasse in Nuremberg.

    image: FAU/Giulia Iannicelli

    The School of Business, Economics and Society can be traced back to the Nuremberg Commercial College which had just 180 students when it opened in Findelgasse 7, in the centre of Nuremberg, in 1919. A lot has happened since then. Today, the School of Business, Economics and Society is part of FAU with more than 6,000 students and a strong reputation in research.

  • Opening of Zollhof 7


    In 2017, FAU launched ZOLLHOF, the digital start-up centre for Middle Franconia, together with a number of strong partners. The centre provides national and international start-ups with a launching pad for their innovative ideas. This year, the start-up centre is due to move into its new premises in ZOLLHOF 7, the new home for Germany’s digital hub in Franconia.

  • A new home!


    It is 2024 and the long-awaited event is finally upon us – the Faculty of Humanities, Social Sciences, and Theology is moving into the Humanities Centre in the Himbeerpalast in Erlangen, as planned by the State Ministry. Originally the Siemens headquarters in Erlangen, the buildings with their distinctive red facade are now home to seminar rooms, libraries, offices, lecture halls, cafeterias, advisory centres – and that is not all.

    The Humanities Centre offers students and scholars an inspiring academic environment together with cutting-edge facilities for studying and research, where innovation, diversity and passion come to life in line with the guiding principles of FAU and to the benefit of Erlangen as a location for research.

  • Promoting internationalisation


    Internationalisation has long been a priority at FAU. 15 years ago, FAU successfully participated in the ‘Internationalisation of Universities’ Audit organised by the German Rectors’ Conference (HRK) and has completed the reauditing process several times since. The significance of internationalisation at FAU is also underlined by the fact that more Bachelor’s degree programmes are now offered in English and that numbers of international students have grown steadily over the years. Nearly 20 years ago, Vahid Sandoghdar was the first Alexander-von-Humboldt professor at FAU. Several more have since followed in his footsteps. It is also 12 years since we started to take a new approach towards networking with international alumni, commencing with an FAU alumni get-together in Vancouver.

  • Innovator #1

    It is now twenty years since FAU was voted the most innovative university in Germany in the Reuters Top 100 Ranking. Since then, FAU has systematically continued to develop its role as an innovator in the regional ecosystem, at a national level and in the international market for innovation. Innovators at FAU know that whilst rankings may set the benchmark, the true measure of success is how successfully innovative ideas are put into practice with strong partners in research, industry and society as a whole. This is what drives research at FAU.

  • 75 years of the Faculty of Engineering

    Approximately 1500 visitors flooded to the southern campus for the open day held in celebration of the 50th anniversary of the Faculty of Engineering, where they enjoyed the wide range of presentations, exhibitions and tours on offer. (Image: Erich Malter)

    Happy birthday! The Faculty of Engineering is 75 today. Compared to the other faculties, it may still be a youngster, but even at the age of 50 it had accumulated an impressive track record. ‘Thanks to its project initiatives, the Faculty of Engineering sets the standard on an international scale,’ said Science Minister Dr. Ludwig Spaenle at the 50th anniversary celebrations. ‘Its compact structure has definitely also had a role to play in its success. The fact that core engineering subjects are all able to cooperate within one faculty is one special feature of this Faculty.’ Thanks in no small measure to this unusual structure, the Faculty even managed to win four Leibniz awards before its 50th anniversary.

  • 300 years of FAU

    FAU was established 300 years ago. That is worth celebrating! An extensive and varied anniversary programme reflects the passion for research, teaching and learning which reigns at FAU, leading to a constant stream of innovative ideas. Here’s to the next 300 years of knowledge in motion!

    Innovation goes hand in hand with tradition