The Universität der Künste Berlin (Berlin University of the Arts) is one of the world's largest art colleges and the only one that combines all disciplines of art and related sciences. At the four faculties, Fine Arts, Design, Music and Performing Arts as well as the Berlin Career College (Central Institute for Continuing Education) over 70 artistic, artistic-scientific and artistic-educational programs are offered. Out of the approximately 4,000 students about one-fifth comes from abroad.
The history of the UdK dates back to the founding of the Brandenburg-Prussian Academy of Arts in 1696. Its present form dates from 1975 through the merger of the University of Fine Arts and the Academy of Music and Performing Arts into the Hochschule der Künste (HdK). In 2001, it got its present name: Universität der Künste Berlin. Prof. Martin Rennert is president of the university since January 2006.. With more than 700 events a year, the UdK contributes significantly to the cultural life of the city.