Universität zu Lübeck is a research university in Lübeck, Northern Germany, which focuses almost entirely on medicine and sciences with applications in medicine. Compared with other universities, the Universität zu Lübeck is small, with just 3400 students – but boasts a good teacher-student ratio. The high standings of our computer science and medicine students underscores the high standard of the teaching and education.

UzL is known for its excellent teaching through excellence in research. The degree programmes in the fields of Medicine and Health Sciences are complemented by bachelor’s and master’s programmes from the field of MINT (Mathematics degree, Informatics-related degree, Natural sciences degree, and Technical degree) and by the programme in Psychology.

In 2006, 2009 and 2016, Universität zu Lübeck was ranked No. 1 in medicine among all universities in Germany, Austria and Switzerland according to the CHE university ranking. In Computer Science and Molecular Life Science, the University was ranked No. 2 in the 2009 evaluation. The ubiquitous, intensive, interdisciplinary exchange at the university is the motor behind the superior, internationally outstanding, innovative and knowledge-oriented basic research marked by multifaceted applications. The University strives to constantly raise the bar for the quality of research and education and to master the challenges and opportunities in a worldwide competition. Intensive transfer of knowledge and technology also distinguishes the Universität zu Lübeck. At the Universität zu Lübeck, we honour Humboldt’s underlying concept of unifying research and teaching by making research-based learning and promotion of skills and talents as the central pillars of our internationally recognised system of education. In addition to the high quality of our academic teaching programme defined by performance, our scientific education helps impart the quest for truth, orientation and values.

UzL ranked among the top five universities in Germany in the competition on Exchanges between Universities and Corporations and work closely with regional and global businesses that specialize in this field, in order to best commercialize the research. Universität zu Lübeck, Technische Hochschule Lübeck, Fraunhofer EMB, Fraunhofer MEVIS, Leibniz-Zentrum Borstel and Klinik für Kinder und Jugendmedizin, Universitätsklinikum, Schleswig-Holstein (UKSH) form the BioMedTec Science Campus and a regional focus in the Life Science North cluster with well-known North German companies.

From the structural point of view, the research work at the Universität zu Lübeck is divided into three departments: Informatics/Technology, Medicine and Natural Sciences. The common element among them is their emphasis on life sciences, also mirrored by the university motto: “Focus on Life”. Two of the three mentioned departments, namelyInformatics/Technology (Prof. Dr. Marcin Grzegorzek, Medical Data Science) and Medicine (Prof. Dr. Kerstin Lüdtke, Physiotherapy) and Deputy Clinic Director, Head of Neuropediatrics and the Social Pediatric Center of UKSH (Prof. Dr. med. Ute Thyen) will participate in SMARTherapy+. UzL is the first university in Germany which established a degree programme in physiotherapy. Prof. Kerstin Lüdtke is director of this degree programme. Moreover, Prof. Marcin Grzegorzek built an APPS Lab (Assessment of Physical and Psychological Signals) and has participated now in a physiotherapy project, named PainMonit. It has collaborated with the Silesian University of Technology, Faculty of Biomedical Engineering (SUT), APA Sp. z o.o. (APA) and Institute of Experimental Psychophysiology GmbH (IXP). Within the APPS Lab, we are developing systems assisting physiotherapists in their work using sensor-based machine learning systems able to analyse the progress of the therapy. This kind of system will be further developed within SMARTherapy+ so that it can also be applied for teaching purposes. Personal, interprofessional, excellent – this is the motto of the Medicine section of the Universität zu Lübeck, in addition to human medicine, five subjects in the health professions. With the courses in occupational therapy/speech therapy, midwifery, nursing, physiotherapy, and medicine, there is a unique offer of ‘health sciences under one roof’ in Germany. This constellation also opens up new opportunities for learning with and from each other. In the area of physiotherapy, UzL pursues a goal of scientific collaboration. On the one hand, scientific work is a common basis for the students, on the other hand, interprofessional research approaches hold great innovation potential. That is why the university encourages academic exchange and cooperation. Inter-university exchange and cooperation and interprofessional university teaching of today guarantee the high quality of tomorrow’s healthcare.

Universität zu Lübeck is very experienced in the teaching and research of physiotherapy expertise. The course of physiotherapy of UzL is carried out in cooperation with various partner institutions for the field of professional training. All of the institutions named as practice partners offer places for subject-specific practical assignments or for excursions within the framework of this primary qualifying bachelor’s degree in physiotherapy.

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