The scientific profile of the University of Bayreuth (UBT) is characterized by interdisciplinarity, individuality, innovation and internationality. Teaching and research at the intersection of disciplines, as well as traditional and modern degree programmes in the humanities and social sciences, in law and economics, in the natural and engineering sciences lead to generally recognized degrees including the doctoral degree. The six faculties are assigned to the following disciplines granting standard degrees (Diploma, Magister Artium, State Examination, Bachelor, Master, PhD, Habilitation); Faculty I (Mathematics & Physics), Faculty II (Biology, Chemistry & Geosciences), Faculty III (Law, Business Administration & Economics), Faculty IV (Linguistic & Literary Studies), Faculty V (Cultural Studies), Faculty VI (Applied Sciences).
In research and development, the University of Bayreuth is increasingly opening itself to product-oriented applied research, and is cooperating as partner with commercial companies as well as non-academic research institutions with affinities to application and development. The UBT enjoys partnerships with over 40 universities and research institutions across the globe, and is particularly active in European mobility programmes.
The specific Centre of Math & Science Education (Z-MNU) provides the school-relevant training scenario for pre-service teachers in Mathematics and Science and is the focal point for frequent teacher enhancement courses. There are approximately 14.000 students on the campus, many of whom are trained to become a teacher. Students aspiring to become teachers study three subjects: Two major scientific subjects as well as Pedagogy/Psychology. The courses also include structural teaching programmes for secondary teachers.
Furthermore, in-service teacher training courses are offered for qualified teachers. The pre-service teacher Education of Mathematics and the Natural Science subjects is concentrated in the Z-MNU, an institution founded to optimize especially the education and enhancement of teacher training. Within the 10 Bavarian universities, the Z-MNU is the only institution of this specification.
UBT under the coordination of Prof. Bogner has worked for many years in various EU-projects in the field of Science Education and will contribute to the success of the project with his specific expertise in the fields of inquiry-based science education, informal learning environments, professional development and e-learning. Besides the long-term engagement of Prof. Bogner and his research group at the chair of Biology Education in many projects funded by the EU as project partner, UBT and the group of Prof. Bogner coordinated the large scale PATHWAY-project (2011-2013), which succeeded to train over 10.000 science teachers all over Europe and was selected as a “Best Practice” by the European Commission. Currently, UBT and the team of Prof. Bogner is coordinating successfully the H2020 project CREATIONs with 16 partners.