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UniGR-Center for Border Studies

 

 

 

 

 

The UniGR-Center for Border Studies (UniGR-CBS) is a thematic cross-border network of researchers within the university cooperation network “University of the Greater Region –UniGR” conducting research on borders and border issues.

The network, which was launched on the 1st of December 2014, was created on the initiative of the involved researchers and considers itself as a multidisciplinary platform of Border Studies within the Greater Region. Uniting the projects of the participating universities in the field of Border Studies, the network supports the development of cross-border initiatives and ensures greater international visibility.

Aiming at strengthening the multidisciplinary field of Border Studies within the Greater Region, the UniGR-Center for Border Studies is active in four key areas:

  • Profile formation for Border Studies in research
  • Integration of Border Studies in teaching
  • Exchange and networking with social stakeholders
  • Exchange and networking between the UniGR partner universities

In order to implement these goals, the UniGR partner universities have received funding and are conducting an Interreg VA Greater Region project between 2018 and 2020.

Project – European Competence and Knowledge Center for Border Studies (UniGR-Center for Border Studies)

Within the next three years, this cross-border collaborative project is intended to promote research in the field of Border Studies in the Greater Region and give international visibility to our research. For the creation of this center, the Interreg VA Greater Region program provides the project partners with a total budget of EUR 3.6 million, of which EUR 2 million comes from EU funding.

The UniGR-Center for Border Studies investigates living realities in border regions and aims at assisting regional actors in decisional processes with its expertise. Since January 01, 2018, a working program has been implemented that connects scholars of all partner universities in a close network, which provides ideal research conditions, fosters dialogue between science and politics and also offers a beneficial environment for the students of the partner universities.

One of the planned activities is, for example, to collect and define central concepts in the field of Border Studies in a specific trilingual glossary as well as to gather important documents for Border Studies research in a trilingual online database. Furthermore, scientific seminars and public roundtable discussions will take place on the topic of the “border” and the related challenges. In addition, the project aims at defining ways of simplifying cross-border and multilingual teaching and at developing modern blended learning solutions.

Furthermore, the research network scientifically supports the Interreg VA Greater Region project “Spatial Development Concept for the Greater Region,” which is financed by the Ministry of Sustainable Development and Infrastructure of the Grand Duchy of Luxembourg.

The project, coordinated by the Central Office of the UniGR, is implemented by approx. 80 scholars from the University of Luxembourg, the Technical University Kaiserslautern, the University of Liège, the University of Lorraine, Saarland University, and the University of Trier. The University of Luxembourg assumes the scientific responsibility of the project. 

Further information

www.borderstudies.org
https://twitter.com/unigr_cbs

Contact

Maria Hegner, University of the Greater Region (project lead) maria.hegner@uni-gr.eu
Christian Wille, University of Luxembourg (scientific coordinator) christian.wille@uni.lu

The project is supported by:

German-French University | Mission Opérationnelle Transfrontalière | Ministry of Sustainable Development and Infrastructure of the Grand Duchy of Luxembourg | Interregional Labor market Observatory (Info-Institut) | Institute of the Greater Region | EGTC Esch-Belval | Maison des Sciences de l’Homme at the University of Liège | Maison des Sciences de l’Homme at the University of Lorraine | College of Europe CEUS at Saarland University | Eurodistrict Saar-Moselle.