Paderborn University is a young and thriving university providing excellent research in four key research areas. A wide range of research activities in all faculties are performed at a high level of interdisciplinarity and internationality. Paderborn University is embedded in a highly innovative and dynamic business environment in the region of Ostwestfalen-Lippe, which engenders numerous cross-sector collaborations with benefits for researchers and regional economy.
We back on interdisciplinarity because complex scientific challenges require collaboration of complementary disciplines. This is illustrated e.g. by the close link of computer science and engineering, generating common solutions with exploitation potential in mechatronics. Together with basic research in the natural sciences they form the base for shaping the modern information society. In the same way, the exploration of cultural and economic developments and societal changes in the information and knowledge society requires interdisciplinary approaches. These questions are addressed in the cultural and social sciences as well as economics and have impact on teacher training and vocational education.