Empowering Minds
Beyond Borders


A University Beyond Borders and Classrooms

As a self-organization of politically persecuted scholars, we seeks new strategies to uphold academic life and knowledge threatened by anti-democratic and authoritarian regimes.

What we do


We offer accredited free and open online  courses with an intensive seminar atmosphere in a great variety of academic fields.

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We contribute to knowledge at risk in the trans-disciplinary fields of Peace, Gender and Rethinking the University.

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We experiment with ways to write and publish collaboratively and open access.

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Urgently Wanted: Freedom of Research and Learning

With our research we wish to explore imaginations and expectations of “freedom” of New-Berliners, who have experienced political repression and discrimination. Through a collaborative process with artist-educators who have migration experiences, two cohorts of 15 participants will create a video and a radio play, documenting their definition and expectations on freedom. These artistic outputs will be widely shared to spark discussions on the value of free and accessible education.

The project is funded by the German Ministry for Education and Research (BMBF).

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Critical Peace Studies

The story of Off University began with signatures to a peace petition and the ensuing mass lay-off of scholars in Turkey. Our commitment to peace is our hope to contribute to peace-making with scholarly knowledge and to forge alliances between natural sciences, engineering, social sciences and the humanities to gain the necessary momentum to fight war. We have coordinated the research project Critical Peace Studies in Turkey since 2021.

Gender Studies

Gender Studies is globally a contested academic field and subject de-funding, vilification and personal;intimidation of its scholars and students. We seek to contribute to the educational offer in Gender Studies especially in languages other than English to keep this knowledge circulating. Together with scholars at risk of Gender Studies, we have offered 13 online seminars free and open to everyone.

Re-thinking the University

We love and hate the university! To make it a less hierarchical and more inclusive and democratic place with better working conditions for all scholars, we analyze the university as an institution and re-think it collectively. With our activities from outside of this institution, yet always in close cooperation, we seek to contribute to improvement.


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Recent News

Long Night of Science – 2024

With freedom as the topic of the 2024 Science Year by the German Federal Ministry of Education and Science, Off …

Meet Our Project Leaders!

Join us in exploring the meaning of freedom! We are looking for participants for an upcoming video & radio project …

Urgently Wanted: Freedom of Research and Learning

Value of free research and teaching for society and for each individual becomes particularly clear when this is jeopardized. Political …

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