Johannes Gutenberg University Mainz (JGU) regards itself as both a European and international university. The frequent research and teaching cooperation with foreign universities, the comparatively large proportion of foreign students amounting to 14%, and the large number of foreign researchers testify to this. In 2007, in the category of student exchange, JGU ranked first of all German universities that participated in the European Union’s ERASMUS Exchange Program and received, as a particular distinction, the seal of “E-Quality 2007” from the DAAD in June 2008. In the field of research, a positive result of this kind is also aimed for, as internationality is an essential quality feature in terms of international competition.
Within the concept of the internal university research funding, specific measures for promoting internationalization are planned. These aim particularly at raising the number of foreign visiting scholars at the university. Thereby special attention is paid towards attracting Humboldt prize winners and scholarship holders. Furthermore, resources are also provided for supporting the organization of and trips to research events as part of basic funding. Finally, there is the possibility to invite distinguished researchers from abroad to Johannes Gutenberg University for a period of several months, and fellowships from the Gutenberg Research College can help finance longer stays.