30 cross-border courses in the south-west

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The University of Esch-Belval in Luxembourg also belongs to the University of the Greater Region network. © Harald Tittel/dpa

Multilingual studies at different locations with a double degree – that’s possible if you study at the University of the Greater Region. The university network, which has existed since 2008, is constantly being expanded.

Trier – The network of the University of the Greater Region already offers 30 cross-border courses. Whether international management, border studies, German and French law or theater studies.

At least two of the seven partner universities in Rhineland-Palatinate, Saarland, Luxembourg, East Belgium and Lorraine in France are involved in the bachelor’s or master’s degree courses. “We want to develop the network together step by step,” said Professor Michael Jäckel from Trier, who has just been elected head of the Greater Region University (UniGR).

This also includes the expansion of focal points in which teaching and research work together even more closely. In addition to the existing areas of biomedicine, materials science and border area studies, he thinks the focus on historical and cultural heritage makes sense, said Jäckel, who is President of Trier University. “It would be my wish that this topic would be given more focus during my presidency (until 2023).”

Cross-border courses

Another idea is to set up a guest professorship that travels between the UniGR locations: “To get even more movement in the exchange of ideas.” Corona pandemic developed strongly. The Master’s program in Border Studies is particularly popular among the courses – “and everything that addresses the topic of multilingualism”.

The network includes the universities of Kaiserslautern, Liège, Lorraine, Luxembourg, Trier and the University of Saarland – and since 2020 the Saarland University of Applied Sciences (htw saar) has been an associated member. The UniGR has existed since 2008. It currently has more than 140,000 students and more than 10,000 scientists who research and teach in several languages.

More than 1000 students are involved in the UniGR offers, said Jäckel. “It could also be 2000.” But the numbers are not primarily important, but: “The fact that we continue to work continuously to be a European university and fill it with life,” said Jäckel. Another plan is to make the offers for students clearer in the future. dpa

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