Zeppelin University ZF Campus| Picture: ZU/Florian Gehm
University (ZU) sees itself as an open, inspiring, research-oriented think-tank
that breaks new ground in university education, pursues an entrepreneurial
approach, and combines a discipline-specific grounding with an interdisciplinary
way of thinking and working.
This includes ensuring freedom with regard to
research and teaching while making a voluntary commitment to uphold academic
standards, as well as a focus on critical reflection and the advancement of
scientific methods and practice.
ZU was founded in 2003 to develop innovative opportunities in research and teaching in the tradition of Humboldt’s educational ideal, which are adapted both programmatically and in accordance with the university’s own ethos to the major societal changes of the twenty-first century. In the spirit of the Enlightenment ideas espoused by Humboldt, ZU is committed both to gaining knowledge for its own sake and – especially in teaching – to disseminating and communicating the value of a scientific world view.
its activities in the areas of pure and applied research, ZU aims to contribute
to resolving society’s most pressing future issues on an international,
national, and regional level.
In doing so, the highest priority is always given to maintaining the independence and neutrality of the research. As a driver of educational innovation, ZU sees itself as a laboratory for the conception and organization of a future-focused university education that responds to societal transformation processes.
Prof Dr Klaus Mühlhahn, President of Zeppelin University | Picture: ZU/Ilya Mess
times of rapidly growing bodies of knowledge and eroding certainties, ZU aims
to educate cross–border commuters who are entering new territory with a
willingness to take responsibility for their actions.
As future leaders, our graduates should be able to deal with uncertainty and operate successfully in changing environments. ZU therefore endeavors to instill in them the conviction that economic, ecological, social, and cultural concerns as well as institutional, organizational, and individual goals can be combined in a way that promotes sustainable societal development. Against this backdrop, the university also strives to train young academics who are capable of networking nationally and internationally thanks to their specialist expertise and interdisciplinary profiles.
In pursuit of ZU’s mission and the resulting
diverse strategic and operational goals, all members of the organization are
predominantly guided by the following values:
These values are lived and specifically
promoted by – and for – all students at ZU. The respective academic tasks and goals are
pursued with passion and great commitment by our members.
ZU sets high standards for itself and aims to be a leading institution in its field.
The Structure and Development Plan | STEP entitled "ZU | 2025 - Unlock the Future" defines the strategic development goals in the four core areas of research, teaching, transfer and university development. In addition, the strategic and operational measures are outlined, which in their interaction are directed towards achieving these goals and sharpening the profile of Zeppelin University in a structured, systematic and goal-oriented manner.
The core areas of the structural and development plan are flanked by the following five cross-cutting themes, which guide the actions of all areas of the university:
2. digital transformation
5. equality and diversity
The implementation of the measures and the achievement of the strategic goals of the STEP are evaluated regularly.