The Freie Universität Berlin
is one of the biggest Universities in Berlin and one of the most prominent Universities in Germany. The Freie Universität Berlin was one of nine German top-universities to win in the German Universities Excellence Initiative
, a national competition for universities organized by the German federal government
. Winning a distinction for five doctoral programs, three interdisciplinary research clusters (some of them in cooperation with other universities) and its overall institutional strategy, Freie Universität Berlin was the single most successful university in the initiative.