Inaugurated in 2004 as “a platform for multi-stakeholder dialogue”, the Humboldt-CSR-Conference series has attained a remarkable degree of international relevance in a short period of time. Its stature is reflected not only in the sustained rise in delegate numbers, but also – most importantly – in the scope and caliber of its participants. Leading academics, executives, policy makers, activists and educators from around the globe now place the biennial CSR-Conference on their agenda.

Today, CSR-Conference Series at Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin has established itself as the world’s premier international forum for exploring the global themes of CSR in all its manifold dimensions.

Something which affects me personally more directly than anything else is the establishment of a new university here in Berlin. - Wilhelm von Humboldt

More than two hundred years ago, in 1810, Wilhelm von Humboldt’s vision of a new type of university became reality. The newly founded Prussian alma mater was the first to introduce the unity of research and teaching, to uphold the ideal of research without restrictions and to provide a comprehensive education for its students. These principles of Wilhelm von Humboldt and a select group of contemporaries soon became general practice throughout the world. A new era of university and academic research had begun.

Shortly after its foundation, Humboldt-Universität became the largest and most renowned university in Germany, home to 29 Nobel Prize winners like Max Planck, Albert Einstein, Robert Koch or Fritz Haber. Prominent historical figures like Otto von Bismarck, Heinrich Heine and Karl Marx were students here.

Today, Humboldt-Universität consists of eleven schools/faculties with about 34.000 students, almost 200 degree courses, more than 400 professors and 2.000 lectures. As one of eleven German universities, the Humboldt-Universität was chosen “University of Excellence” in June 2012. It was successful in all three funding lines in the third round of the Excellence Initiative of the German federal and state governments and awarded for its future concept “Educating Enquiring Minds: Individuality – Openness – Guidance”.

According to the Times Higher Education World University Reputation Ranking 2015, Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin belongs to the most reputed universities worldwide.