HU is a public research university seeing itself as a research university with a strong international orientation. Besides enhancing its disciplinary strengths, the University places special emphasis on maintaining the dialogue across traditional subject boundaries. The concept of the comprehensive university is a central component of HU's institutional strategy and ensured our success in the German Excellence Initiative. The first of the fourth so-called Fields of Focus, the HU’s outstanding research areas is the: “Molecular and cellular basis of life”. Another strength of HU lies in its numerous collaborations and alliances with non-university research institutions and companies in the region and its strong involvement in 2 top-level clusters of the Federal Ministry of Education and Research. HU is tied into a worldwide network of research and teaching collaborations. Exchange programmes have been established with more than 400 universities worldwide. Heidelberg’s marked global interconnectedness is also evidenced by its 23 university partnerships and 2 international Research Training Groups as well as its membership in European networks such as the league of European Research Universities (lERU) and the Coimbra Group. There are 2 medical faculties at HU. The high standard of research and training combines with a highly performative patient care based on the newest scientific advances. Together with the Medical Centre, Medical Faculty Mannheim (MFM) forms Universitätsmedizin Mannheim. In 2006, MFM was transformed into a comprehensive medical faculty covering both pre-clinical and clinical training. It now offers an innovative curriculum for 1st year medical students, which is named in short: MaReCuM. Mannheim medical curriculum is based on an interdisciplinary and integrative approach to teaching and has proved successful right from the start. MFM secured a top position in the student-centred national ranking by CHE (Centre for Higher Education Development). Research activities at MFM are primarily focused on 4 thematic areas: Oncology, Neuronal Plasticity, Vascular Medicine and Medical Technology. Active participation of almost all Faculty clinics and institutes in these areas reflect the strong interdisciplinary approach of research at MFM.