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JACOBS UNIVERSITY BREMEN

 


 

Welcome Schaffhausen Institute of Technology

Jacobs University Bremen welcomes the Schaffhausen Institute of Technology!

Founded in February 1999 with the support of the Free Hanseatic City of Bremen, the University of Bremen and Rice University, the “International University Bremen” (IUB) started its first academic year in 2001. Since its founding, the private, English-speaking, campus university has been committed to its core principles: excellence in research and teaching, being a driver of innovation, maintaining a broad portfolio of academic programs, fostering a vibrant community, and hosting a campus that is a home away from home for its international student body.

Currently, its more than 1,500 students come from more than 110 countries with around 80% having relocated to Germany for their studies. Jacobs University’s research projects are funded by the German Research Foundation, or the EU Research and Innovation program, as well as by global leading companies. The high quality of research and teaching at Jacobs University Bremen has been repeatedly confirmed by renowned national and international university rankings. In the “Young University Rankings 2021” of the British magazine “Times Higher Education” (THE) for universities under the age of 50, Jacobs University placed 27th among 475 universities from 68 countries participating worldwide. In a Germany-wide comparison, it is among the top two young universities.

In 2006, the Jacobs Foundation in Zurich announced an investment of 200 million euros, at that time being the largest donation in Europe ever made to a university. To honor this commitment, the name of the university was changed in early 2007: International University Bremen became Jacobs University Bremen.

After a long, trusting and successful partnership, the Jacobs Foundation gave up its role as Jacobs University’s majority shareholder at the end of 2020, with the intention to undertake a strategic realignment and set new thematic priorities for its future work, as per its “Strategy 2030.” Despite exiting the university’s shareholder structure, the Jacobs Foundation honored its financial commitments to the university by advancing a payment of 63 million Swiss Francs ahead of schedule, thus ensuring Jacobs University's liquidity and continued operations for the upcoming years.

The Jacobs Foundation transferred its majority shares in Jacobs University gGmbH to the "Verein zur Förderung der wissenschaftlichen Forschung in Bremen e.V." (VFwF – Society for the promotion of scientific research in the Free Hanseatic City of Bremen) as of the end of 2020.

Based on a resolution of the Senate of the Free Hanseatic City of Bremen, the sale of the majority shares held by the VFwF in Jacobs University gGmbH to a new investor is to take place by the end of September 2021.

Intensive negotiations between Jacobs University, the Free Hanseatic City of Bremen and various investors began in late 2020, with the strategic aim of enabling Jacobs University to operate independently – both financially and academically – at the Bremen-Nord site in the long term.

Jacobs University has experienced many phases in its young history, while maintaining its core principles and its mission: To be a place of inspiration and above all to provide excellent education. Studying in an international community, obtaining a qualification to work on responsible tasks in a digitized and globalized society, learning, researching and teaching across academic disciplines and countries, strengthening people and markets with innovative solutions and advanced training programs: This is what Jacobs University Bremen has stood for during the past 20 years – and this is what the university will continue to stand for in the future together with its new majority shareholder, the Schaffhausen Institute of Technology Genossenschaft.

 

FAQs

ABOUT OUR NEW MAJORITY SHAREHOLDER, THE SCHAFFHAUSEN INSTITUTE OF TECHNOLOGY

The new majority shareholder is a not-for-profit company (called a “Genossenschaft”) registered in Switzerland, which owns the Schaffhausen Institute of Technology (SIT), a higher education institution also based in Switzerland. SIT was interested in securing a partner to expand the scope and scale of its academic and scientific activities, and saw significant potential in JUB in this regard.

The Schaffhausen Institute of Technology (SIT) is a research-led institute that focuses in the areas of Computer Science, Physics, and Business. SIT is located in Schaffhausen, Switzerland, and was founded in 2019 by Dr. Serguei Beloussov. For in-depth information about SIT, please visit the SIT information on our page.

The founder and major investor of SIT is the businessman Dr. Serguei Beloussov, who is beside other functions the owner and founder of the software company for IT security and cloud solutions "Acronis" with which he has worldwide entrepreneurial success. Dr Beloussov is a very successful IT entrepreneur who has established and built many enduring businesses over three decades of commercial activity.

The aim SIT’s concept is to make JUB one of the leading universities in the EU in research and teaching in the medium term. This is to be achieved primarily through close cooperation between JUB and SIT in research and teaching, including the establishment and use of joint research facilities. JUB will continue to operate as a not-for-profit company, but will be developed into a self-sustaining business through a range of innovative changes and adaptations in its operating and academic environments.


WHAT DOES A NEW MAJORITY SHAREHOLDER MEAN FOR JACOBS UNIVERSITY

Currently there have been no discussions regarding a change in Jacobs University’s name.

The overall shareholder structure of Jacobs University will not change due to the new majority shareholder transition. The Schaffhausen Institute will acquire 66% of the shares of Jacobs University from the "Verein zur Förderung der wissenschaftlichen Forschung in Bremen e.V." The rest of the university shares belong to the Jacobs University Bremen Alumni and Friends Stiftung GmbH and the Reimar Lüst Foundation.

The new majority shareholder, SIT, has the intention to increase the focus both on study program offers and research opportunities at Jacobs University. SIT plans on offering study opportunities in person, online, and in a hybrid setting, allowing a significant increase in student numbers. An increase in the number of students up to 4,500 is expected and thus a stable economic basis should be achieved in the future. Around one third of the students are to study on campus and the rest digitally or hybrid.

No university exists outside its context – this is and always has been true of Jacobs University, and will continue to be so; interaction between JUB and its environment is certain and essential. Due to Jacobs University’s new focus, there are excellent opportunities for links with Bremen's universities and research institutions, both in teaching and for research cooperation. Corresponding partnerships are expressly desired by SIT and are to be expanded in the next years.


OUR ACADEMIC CONCEPT

The focus of the future offerings and the "content bracket" across the entire range of offerings of Jacobs University should be in the STEM area, especially in the subject areas of AI, human-machine interaction and "quantum computing". With regard to the existing study programs, it is planned to maintain them as far as possible, but at the same time to further develop their content in such a way that interfaces to the aforementioned topics are created. In addition, the area of master's programs is to be significantly strengthened and expanded.

The campus idea will continue to be a priority. With the help of the further developed program structure as well as the cooperation with SIT and the access to the digital teaching and learning platforms tested there, an increase in the number of students up to 4,500 is expected and thus a stable economic basis should be achieved in the future. Around one third of the students are to study on campus and the others digitally or hybrid.

The aim of SIT’s concept is to make JUB one of the leading universities in the EU in research and teaching in the medium term. This is to be achieved primarily through close cooperation between JUB and SIT in research and teaching, including the establishment and use of joint research facilities.

A change in the university name has not been discussed at this point in time. As a reference to this question, in 2007, Jacobs University experienced a name change (previously known as International University Bremen). During this transition, rankings were retained and certificates remained valid, as would happen in the future in case a name change is discussed.


STUDENTS / FUTURE STUDENTS / ALUMNI OF JACOBS UNIVERSITY

As previously confirmed, all students will be able to finish their programs. Legally, the state warrants that students enrolled in any university in Germany are assured of being able to complete their studies. In this case, SIT is specifically bound to provide this assurance in regard to all students registered for the start of the 2022/2023 academic year.

Regardless of the majority shareholder transition process, costs are constantly subject to change as operational conditions develop. New programs and activities will eventually alter some of the cost structures of the university in the interest of financial sustainability.

Yes! The university will continue to focus on and prioritize a high level of diversity as a unique selling proposition and one of its core values.

Together with the Reimar Lüst Foundation the Jacobs University Bremen Alumni and Friends Stiftung GmbH hold 1/3 of the shares of Jacobs University Bremen. As such they have been closely involved in the entire process of finding a new shareholder for the remaining 2/3 of the shares. It is both organizations’ goal to ensure the founding principles of the university are adhered to. Above all, ensuring the university remains a real university with a focus on interdisciplinary research, and a campus university where students of diverse backgrounds come to live and study together. With the new investor taking up the majority shares, the role and the mission of the Reimar Lüst Foundation and the Jacobs University Bremen Alumni and Friends Stiftung GmbH remain unchanged.