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Pro Exzellenzia

»Pro Exzellenzia«, the first cross-institutional Hamburg academic project, has been supporting women academics through higher qualifications and career planning since 2010. It was created because the number of women in prominent positions is still remarkably small, particularly in view of the high number of women graduating from universities with good qualifications. Pro Exzellenzia is intended to assist in rectifying this.

Initially conceived as a two year programme, it was principally initiated by the regional conference for equal opportunities at Hamburg institutions of higher education (LaKoG). Financed by the European Social Fund (ESF) and by the city of Hamburg’s authority for science and research (BWF), Pro Exzellenzia allows a total of 22 bursaries to be awarded to full-time students at seven Hamburg universities. This takes place in the context of an extensive training, networking and mentoring programme.

Students in bursary programme

Yvonne Zindel
Nicola Torke
ANna Tautfest
Anna Bromley
Susanne Stroh
Katharina Swoboda
Banu Cicek Tülü
Karen Koschnik
Eske Schlüters
Leena van der Made
Katrin Mayer
Birgit Wudtke
Inga Kählke
Jana Seehusen
Heike Engelke
Angelika Lepper
Ruth Prangen
Birgit Szepanski


Pro Exzellenzia 4.0
Hamburg Innovation GmbH
Harburger Schloßstraße 6-12
21079 Hamburg

Contact at HFBK Hamburg

Public Information Day 2021

How do I become an art student? How does the application process work? Can I also study to become a teacher at the HFBK? These and other questions about studying art will be answered by professors, students and staff at the HFBK during the Public Information Day on February 13, 2021. Due to Corona, only online!

Semestereröffnung und Hiscox-Preisverleihung 2020

On the evening of November 4, the HFBK celebrated the opening of the academic year 2020/21 as well as the awarding of the Hiscox Art Prize in a livestream - offline with enough distance and yet together online.

Art defies Corona: Graduate Show 2020

With a two-month delay, the Graduate Show took place this year on the 19 and 20 September. More than 140 students showed their artistic graduation projects, from painting to sound installation.

Teaching Art Online at the HFBK

How the university brings together its artistic interdisciplinary study structure with digital formats and their possibilities.

HFBK Graduate Survey

Studying art - and what comes next? The clichéd images stand their ground: Those who have studied art either become taxi drivers, work in a bar or marry rich. But only very few people could really live from art – especially in times of global crises. The HFBK Hamburg wanted to know more about this and commissioned the Faculty of Economics and Social Sciences at the University of Hamburg to conduct a broad-based survey of its graduates from the last 15 years.

How political is Social Design?

Social Design, as its own claim is often formulated, wants to address social grievances and ideally change them. Therefore, it sees itself as critical of society – and at the same time optimizes the existing. So what is the political dimension of Social Design – is it a motor for change or does it contribute to stabilizing and normalizing existing injustices?

Annual Exhibition 2020 at the HFBK

The HFBK’s traditional annual exhibition („Jahresausstellung“) opens in February every year. For three days the students – from first-years to post-graduates – present a broad spectrum of their current work and projects from all the different departments. All classrooms, studios and halls in the building are used. Interested visitors are cordially invited to gain an impression of the art currently being created at the HFBK.