Freie Universität Berlin (FUB) is a leading, internationally oriented university consistently ranking among the Top 10 universities in German national comparisons and always achieving first position among these Top 10 universities in terms of the number of placements in a wide range of rankings. It is one of eleven universities in Germany awarded Excellence status in the Germany-wide competition to promote top research at German universities, thereby receiving additional funding for its institutional future development strategy. In terms of the “International Network University”, including more than 100 university-wide international partnerships with academic institutions and seven liaison offices on four continents, the Department of Education Science and Psychology at FUB cooperates closely with international partners. In its most recent university ranking, the Centre for Higher Education Development (CHE) certified various subjects at FUB excellence in international orientation, third-party funds per professor, doctorates per professor, publications per academic staff, or quotations per scientist.

Freie Universität Berlin has participated in the Erasmus program from the very beginning and has established hundreds of partnerships over the years. FUB processes around 600 outgoing and 900 incoming students each academic year just for the European component of the program. For the countries outside of Europe, FUB counts around 100 incoming students and 80 outgoing students per academic year. These numbers have further increased with the start of the new Erasmus+ programme.

About Professor Scheithauer

Herbert Scheitheuer - Photo copyright: Banane Design GMBH BremenProf. Dr. Scheithauer is Professor for Developmental and Clinical Psychology at FUB and Head of the Unit “Developmental Science and Applied Developmental Psychology” (UDSADP). 2004-2010 „Junior Professor“ in Developmental & Educational Psychology at FUB; since 2010 permanent Professor at FUB. Prof. Dr. Scheithauer has extensive experiences in the development, evaluation, and implementation of violence/bullying/cyberbullying preventive intervention and early intervention programs, e.g. in preschool (, school (,,, in extracurricular (, and family environment ( The programs Papilio and Medienhelden have been translated and transferred to other European (e.g. Austria, Finland) or Non-European countries (e.g. Latin America); the European Crime Prevention Award (ECPA) was awarded to Medienhelden (2015) in Luxembourg and Fairplayer.Manual (2011) in Warsaw. He has trained professionals from other disciplines (e.g. teachers) and has extensive experiences in the nationwide, large-scale implementation of preventive interventions. He and his staff members are experts in bullying, cyberbullying and victimization research, they have extensive experiences in conducting longitudinal studies and research project, including “Cyberbullying in Adolescence: Investigation and Intervention in Six European Countries”. He is and previously was member of several Scientific Advisory Boards and Scientific Networks (e.g. EU COST-Action “Coping with Cyberbullying”); Expert Advisory Board “Future Dialogue” of the German Federal Chancellor; Member of the Expert Commission “I-KiZ, Centre for Child Protection in the Internet” of the Federal Ministry of Family, Senior Citizens, Women and Youth; Member of the Steering Group of the Federal Ministry of the Interior for the preparation of a National Center for Crime Prevention . Faculty Member of the International Max Planck Research School LIFE – The Life Course: Evolutionary and Ontogenetic Dynamics; member of Human Capital & Economic Opportunity Global Working Group (HCEO), Early Childhood Interventions (ECI) Working Group.

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