The University of Bremen (German Universität Bremen ) is a university of approximately 23,500 people from 115 countries  that are studying, teaching, researching, and working in Bremen . It has become the science center of North West Germany. It is one of 11 institutions which were successful in the category "Institutional Strategies" of the Excellence Initiative launched by the Federal Government and the Federal States.   The university was also successful in the categories "Graduate Schools" and "Clusters of Excellence" of the initiative.
The Bremen City Hall is the seat of the President of the Senate and Mayor of the Free Hanseatic City of Bremen . It is one of the most important examples of Brick Gothic architecture in Europe. Since 1973, it is protected by the monument protection act.  In July 2004, along with the Bremen Roland , the building was added to the list of UNESCO World Heritage Sites .