The University of the Greater Region opens up cross-border opportunities for students and researchers

A cooperation project bringing together six universities in four countries with a view to improving the mobility of students, researchers and teachers, enriching courses and research profiles, while enhancing the reputation and attractiveness of the partner universities and the region.

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The University of the Greater Region opens up cross-border opportunities for students and researchers The University of the Greater Region opens up cross-border opportunities for students and researchers

The main aim of the UniGR project is to create a cross-border space for higher education and research. The network brings together around 125 000 students and close to 6  teachers and researchers. Exchanges take place in German, French and Luxembourgish, as well as English.

Concrete results facilitating a cross-border exchange

Many measures have been taken to allow structural barriers hindering cooperation and mobility to be overcome, including:

  • A UniGR student statute allowing students from any of the partner universities to enrol free of charge with another partner university in the project.
  • Mobility funds to help undergraduate and postgraduate students travel to partner universities for educational or scientific purposes, which includes attending a course or lecture.
  • Tools to establish cooperation in postgraduate education: a sample agreement for the joint supervision of dissertations, a comparative guide to postgraduate education systems and a European UniGR PhD title.

The results of the project include the establishment of a common academic calendar, the creation of a complete catalogue of courses offered by the partner universities, the networking of university libraries and a mobility guide for students. Researchers can also benefit from a list of research equipment available in partner universities and a guide to “intellectual property”.

At the same time, many events have been organised for undergraduate students (Student Day, Autumn University) as well as postgraduate students (European Doctoriales, Early Stage Researchers’ Days) or teacher-researchers. As a result, the visibility of the University of the Greater Region has been greatly enhanced over the course of the project.

Outlook

The results of the UniGR project have been evaluated by the European University Association (EUA), which has provided guidance on how to ensure the sustainability of the project. The purpose of ensuring the sustainability of the University of the Greater Region is to benefit from the results of work carried out as part of the Interreg project to establish and develop closer and more fruitful collaboration between the partner universities. The UniGR aims to become a model for European cross-border university groups The expected benefits are greater attractiveness for partner universities and the Greater Region.

Partners in the project are: University of Liège, Belgium; University of Luxembourg, Luxembourg; University of Lorraine, France; and University of Saarland, Technical University of Kaiserslautern and University of Trier, Germany.

 "With the University of the Greater Region we have created a solid network, the main links of which have already been established between the partner universities. The idea of a "common cause" has now been established at the highest level. We have recognised the enormous potential of cooperation within the group. The whole is more than a mere sum of its parts.”

Prof. Dr. Volker Linneweber, Chancellor of the University of Saarland


Total investment and EU funding

The "University of the Greater Region" project benefits from a total investment of EUR 6 425 281.54. The contribution from the European Regional Development Fund, under the "Greater Region" operational programme for the programming period 2007-2013, amounts to EUR 3 212 640.77.


Draft date

12/05/2014