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Centre for Turkey and European Union Studies, Prof. W. Wessels, University of Cologne

TheCETEUS Centre for Turkey and European Union Studies (CETEUS) is a newly founded centre at the University of Cologne. It continues the work of the Jean Monnet Chair of European Politics of Prof. Wolfgang Wessels with a focus on research and teaching in EU and Turkey related affairs.

CETEUS activities at the University of Cologne benefit from a strong and broad EU-Turkey network and longstanding tradition in teaching EU studies of the staff of the former Jean Monnet Chair for European Politics.

The center will offer a series of seminars and research activities on EU-Turkey relations at the University of Cologne and beyond. CETEUS has a strong link to the Turkish-German University (TAU) in Istanbul. The director of CETEUS is not only the academic leader of the TAU's MA program 'European and International Affairs' but also vice-president of the German consortium that founded the TAU. The centre entertains an active and close exchanbe between staff from both universities and offers joint seminars for German and Turkish students.

Institute for World Economics of the Hungarian Academy of Sciences

The Institute for World Economics (IWE) carries out research and formulates policy recommendations on an objective basis, as part of the Hungarian Academy of Sciences. Established in 1973, it has become one of the major policy-oriented international research institutes and economic-policy think tanks in Central Europe. 

Its main research task is to study the underlying trends and factors behind global and regional economic developments, and to examine their present and future impact on the Hungarian economy. In addition, it sets out to contribute to international research, through cooperation with top research institutes throughout the world.

  • Research philosophy

The criteria for choosing the IWE research areas have been the decisive, medium-term demands for research, deriving from the processes taking place in the world economy and the adjustments that Hungary must make, coupled with the comparative advantages offered by the IWE itself. This means that instead of resting on short-term, ad hoc requirements, the research is built on a long-term strategic demand, which must to some extent be created, through the demand-oriented nature of the projects. This is seen as the way to ensure that the IWE remains a professionally respected, authoritative, influential institute, helping to shape informed opinion in the country.

Research is fundamentally carried out on two basic levels: regional (geographic) and functional. Almost all research projects combine these two approaches, while staff members are required to specialize in one region and at least one functional topic. 

Walter Hallstein-Institut für Europäisches Verfassungsrecht der Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin

It focuses on research into the fundamental principles, structures and contents of a European constitutional order, based on a comparative analysis of constitutional law.

Features of the Institute are the establishment of an international network of institutes having similar objectives in view to conducting co-operative research work and the usage of modern means of communication to launch an Europe-wide discourse on constitutional law. The Institute takes advantage of Berlin's geographical position and the Humboldt University's profile as "a bridge between East and West" and encourages a merger of theory and practice through practically and politically aligned events in Germany's capital. It also promotes public discussions and offers advice to political institutions about crucial questions regarding the European constitutionalization. The Institute organises a series of lectures on the issue of European constitutional law ("Forum Constitutionis Europae") as well as annual conferences and other events.

The Institute is an institution affiliated with Humboldt University's Faculty of Law, supported by an incorporated non-profit association. The chairmanship of the Institute is held jointly by Michael Kloepfer, professor of law and Ingolf Pernice, professor of law. Advisory duties are assigned to a Scientific Council and to an Advisory Board.

The core facility of the Institute is the special library on European Union and comparative constitutional law, affiliated with the Faculty's main law library. Another hallmark of the Institute to interact with the interested public via internet and other means of modern media in order to prompt discussions on the Institute's current issues.   The Institute emerged from a research project on European constitutional law supported by the DFG (Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft). Additional financial support was obtained from the European Commission. Perspectives of future financing include contributions coming from EU-institutions, the German Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the Government of Berlin and from members of the association supporting the Institute. 

Aberdeen Business School - The Robert Gordon University

The Aberdeen Business School is one of the leading providers of management and professional education in Scotland. Over 3,000 students are studying a comprehensive range of courses. Founded in 1965, the business school has just celebrated its fortieth year and continues to build on its firm foundation. The School is one of the largest Business Schools in the United Kingdom. The Business School is part of The Robert Gordon University, which has been regularly acclaimed as The Best New University in the UK based on a formidable reputation for its pragmatic approach to higher education. 

Université de Pau et des Pays de l'Adour

Located at the Spanish border the University of Pau and the Pays de l'Adour (UPPA) is a net of 4 campus which benefits from its geographical situation.

Since its creation in 1970, UPPA is characterised by its pluridiscipline character, its heterogene structure and its large net of contacts to regional economic and social actors

Centre d’Etudes et de Recherches Internationales (CERI)

The CERI, founded in 1952, within the Fondation Nationale des Sciences Politiques (FNSP), is France's foremost center for research on the international political system. As a joint FNSP-CNRS research unit, the CERI is made up of some sixty researchers and about fifteen support staff who handle financial management, documentation, publications and communication. 

The CERI's mission is to bring together area studies specialists and international relations experts. It analyzes the contemporary political world, with a strong emphasis on an interdisciplinary approach: its research fellows include not only political scientists but also economists, sociologists, historians and anthropologists.