The IPU is a state-recognised private university with its campus and administration in Berlin. The International Psychoanalytic University Berlin gGmbH limited liability company is the body responsible for the university, and the sole shareholder of the company is currently the Foundation to Promote University Psychoanalysis. The latter is a non-profit foundation with legal capacity established under German public law. The IPU is financed solely from the non-profit foundation's resources and the study fees from students attending the courses, in addition to third-party funding for its research activities. It does not receive any grants or contributions whatsoever from the public authorities.With the commencement of lectures in 2009, a gap was closed that had arisen in the one-sided natural sciences direction of academic psychology. The study courses at the IPU convey psychoanalysis as a science which maps the human as a biological, social and culturally imprinted being and which seeks to understand the individual against the background of their history and the influence of their unconscious. All of the study courses at the IPU are research-related, and provide close contact with clinical and pedagogical practice from the first semester.
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