Department International Planning Systems

UniGR Center for Border Studies

With the help of EU funding, the universities of the "University of the Greater Region - UniGR" are establishing a European Border Research Center. The cross-border cooperation project lasts three years and is intended to promote border area research in the Greater Region and make it more visible internationally. In the interdisciplinary field of research – short "Border Studies" - humanities and social scientists work on issues of the border, such as their significance and effects on the economy, politics, social issues or culture. For the construction of the center as part of the Interreg VA program Greater Region, the project partners benefit from a total budget of 3.6 million euros, of which 2 million euros are subsidies from the European Union.

Everyday life in the Greater Region of Saarland, Lorraine, Luxembourg, Wallonia and Rhineland-Palatinate is marked by borders: they are easy to overcome for commuters on the way to work, but they are often barriers for administrations and businesses. The planned center for border area research deals scientifically with the realities of life in border areas and wants to support regional actors with their expertise in decision-making processes.

For this purpose, a three-year work program has been implemented since January 1, 2018, which closely networks the scientists of the partner universities, ensures optimal research conditions, promotes dialogue between science and politics, and benefits the students of the partner universities. For example, in a trilingual glossary, key concepts of border studies are compiled and in an online database, important Border Research documents are bundled in three languages. In addition, scientific seminars and public panel discussions on the topic of "Border" and its challenges are organized. It also simplifies cross-border and multilingual teaching and develops modern Blended Learning solutions. The Research Network also supports the scientific project "Spatial Development Concept of the Greater Region", which is funded by the Ministry of Sustainable Development and Infrastructure of the Grand Duchy of Luxembourg.

The project, with the official title "European Center for Border Studies" (UniGR-Center for Border Studies) is supported by the UniGR Central Office. It is implemented by around 80 scientists from the University of Luxembourg, the Technical University of Kaiserslautern, the University of Liège, the University of Lorraine, the University of Saarland and the University of Trier. The scientific responsibility lies with the University of Luxembourg.

The project is supported by the following partners: 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 of the University of Liège; Maison des Sciences de l'Homme, University of Lorraine; Europa-Kolleg CEUS of the Saarland University; Eurodistrict Saar Moselle.


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