aula kleinIn celebration of the 70th anniversary of the International Office of the University of Göttingen, festivities will be held on the 8th of November from 1:00 to 4:30 p.m. in the Aula at Wilhelmsplatz.

In a public ceremony, which will be held at the University's Assembly Hall, in the Aula am Wilhelmsplatz, guests will be presented with an entertaining programme following a welcoming address from the University's President, the DAAD, the HRK, and the MWK. The programme will span some of the history of Göttingen International, with contributions from former students, international partners, scientists and scholars from the University of Göttingen. In conclusion, a panel discussion will take place on how the challenges of a rapidly growing internationalisation can best be mastered within the university environment.



International Curricula 2017 smallWe invite you to join us for an exchange of ideas and good practices on the internationalisation of the curricula across the disciplines, with a particular focus on the role of international classrooms, both on our local campus and in shared virtual spaces.

Distinguished scholars and practioners from the field, among them em. Prof. Elspeth Jones (Leeds Beckett University) and Dr. Jos Beelen (Amsterdam University of Applied Sciences), will share their expertise in plenary sessions. Highly interactive workshop sessions will provide a hands-on approach to curriculum (re)design and an opportunity for networking. Further information and registration on https://www.uni-goettingen.de/en/events/537157.html



Peer Review Groningen 2017In Groningen on 20th and 21st of September 2017 the U4 partners shared their experiences on transfer of innovations and building a campus eco-structure.

On behalf of the Board of the University of Groningen Mr. Jan de Jeu welcomed the participants and gave a brief introduction on Campus Groningen.

The University of Groningen has a campus in the City Center for Humanities, Law, Social Sciences; a Healthy Aeging Campus including the Academic Hospital and the Zernike Campus which is shared with the University of Applied Sciences and startup companies. Furthermore the Fryslân Campus has been opened recently and in 2018 the University of Groningen intends to open the Campus Yantai in China.



Law Faculty Summer UGOE smallThe University of Göttingen is proud to announce a newly established program offering academic short-term courses for international students during semester breaks.

Our intensive full-time courses provide excellent opportunities to further develop your knowledge and gain academic credits without missing lectures at home. We offer courses in various academic disciplines, all designed to broaden basic and advanced knowledge. Additionally, our programs give you the opportunity to approach your subject from a new perspective, to develop your skills and knowledge and extend your international experience by meeting a wide range of like-minded people from different cultures.



Welcome Center 2017 smallOn 3 July Prof. Hiltraud Casper-Hehne and the team of the Göttingen Project "Welcome Centre Campus & Region" met with Mr. Michiel Kasteleijn in Göttingen. Mr. Kasteleijn is the managing director of the "International Welcome Centre North" (IWCN) in Groningen. The centre assists professionals from all over the world and upon their arrival, in acquainting them with the north of the Netherlands. The region comprises the provinces of Groningen, Friesland and Drenthe.

The IWCN was set up at the end of 2014 and provides support to newly arriving professionals and specialists in three areas: registration formalities (e.g. residence permits and registration with the residence office), information and recommendations on the different service industries available in the region (such as accommodation, language schools, childcare, and cleaning services), as well as social activities, including networking events and workshops on cultural and professional themes.



sustainabilityOn 31 May and 1 June, a second U4 Workshop on Sustainability took place in Uppsala. In this session, experts of all U4 partner universities participated. The members represented various bodies concerned with sustainability, such as environment offices, green offices, and deptartments on sustainability research, program managers and scientists. Student delegations of all partners also joined the meeting.

The aim of the meeting was to follow-up on the frontrunner approach, initiated at the first Sustainability Peer Review meeting (Ghent, 15-16 September 2016). The frontrunner approach involves the implementation of a chosen frontrunner idea or best practice at the own institution in one of the many dimensions of sustainability: Sustainability Policy, Energy Policy and Mobility, Sustainability Education, Green Office, Involvment of Students etc. On occasion of the meeting other possibilities for joint projects with the U4 sustainability network were also addressed.



cpt-2017On 12 and 13 May 2017, the Department of Comparative Science of Cultures of Ghent University organized a workshop on the nascent field of Comparative Political Theory, with the support of the U4 Network.

During the last decade, a call for a turn to global, cross-cultural, and comparative political theorizing has been made repeatedly. The aim is to move beyond the Western ‘monologue’ and ‘parochialism’ that has prevailed in political theory for decades, if not centuries, and which is unsustainable in today’s globalized ‘multipolar’ world. However, this aim generates a series of cognitive problems that have not been adequately addressed so far.



sustainabilityOn 31 May and 1 June, a second U4 Workshop on Sustainability will take place in Uppsala. In this session, experts of all U4 partner universities will take part. The members represent various bodies concerned with sustainability, such as environment offices, green offices, and deptartments on sustainability research, program managers and scientists. Student delegations of all partners will also join the meeting.

The aim of the meeting is to follow-up on the frontrunner approach, initiated at the first Sustainability Peer Review meeting (Ghent, 15-16 September 2016). The frontrunner approach involves the implementation of a chosen frontrunner idea or best practice at the own institution in one of the many dimensions of sustainability: Sustainability Policy, Energy Policy and Mobility, Sustainability Education, Green Office, Involvment of Students etc. On occasion of the meeting other possibilities for joint projects with the U4 sustainability network will also be addressed.



Medical Law 2017 smallThe medical law group of Uppsala University organized the second workshop on medical law from April 24th – 26th 2017 in Uppsala. Participants from Groningen, Göttingen and Uppsala discussed research findings within the field of medical law and human rights. The workshop focused on the thematic areas of children's rights in medical law, end-of-life decision-making and reproductive medicine. The topics were discussed from a national as well as international and European perspective.

The broad range of topics included the rights of the child and tobacco-related harm; human rights challenges in enforcing life-saving treatment; "the right to know" of donor offspring; the "concept of truth" in medical law; and a report from the Committee on Bioethics on the rights of children in biomedicine. All presentations were followed by lively discussions that showed different legal approaches to these subjects in the different legal systems and promoted a comparative analysis.



taiwanstudies-2017In collaboration with the Department of International and Cross-Strait Education of the Ministry of Education of Taiwan, the U4 network organized a two-days’ workshop (Ghent, 20 and 21 April 2017) on the current issues concerning the Asia Pacific region: 'Maritime Territorial Disputes In The Asia Pacific Region: A Critical Appraisal'. 

The international workshop consisted of specialists in geopolitics, international relations, economics, and law. Over the course of the event many topics were discussed, including: the domestic implications of the maritime territorial disputes in the region; the way maritime territorial disputes change the dynamics of Asian security and the power balances between great powers in the region, and how the shifting power balance has impacted management of the disputes; the way middle powers in the region have handled the maritime affairs; the way the territorial disputes in the South and East China Seas may change the current normative order for maritime governance in the future and what their implications for international law are; and the question where outside powers – and especially the European Union and its member states – stand and what actions they could take. As an outcome of this workshop, an edited volume will be published with one of the major publishing houses in the field of international relations studies.



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