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The University of Bayreuth sets up an office in France

The University of Bayreuth has been strategically expanding its international relations in a targeted manner ever since its establishment and has now added to its Gateway Offices in Oceania and Asia. As of July 2020, the University of Bayreuth maintains an office in Bordeaux, and is thus present at a research hub that is expected to play a key role in scientific cooperation with partners in Southern Europe, the Mediterranean region, and North Africa. Three local universities/ research institutions will act as institutional partners of the office. Bayreuth's International Office coordinates the exchange of researchers and students, fostering existing research alliances and helping to initiate new ones. 

  
​Scientific expertise that meshes with the University of Bayreuth’s research priorities

The new Gateway Office in Bordeaux will help the University of Bayreuth to achieve its goal of being strategically represented in selected hubs around the world. Despite digital communication and contact channels, research and teaching thrive on personal exchange, visibility, and having a reliable local point of contact, all of which can be guaranteed by way of the Gateway Office. The Université de Bordeaux, the Université Bordeaux Montaigne, and the Institut Sciences Po Bordeaux also represent a major cluster of universities that are leaders in the fields covered by the University of Bayreuth's key research priorities: law, economics, chemistry, physics, materials science (especially polymer research), and African studies.

Responsibilities of the new office

The Gateway Office in Bordeaux is currently an information and contact point to foster the exchange of French, South European, and North African students and lecturers with those in Bayreuth. In addition, it will support and strengthen ongoing cooperation in research and teaching. It will also establish and maintain new ties with local and regional institutions in science and business and become a permanent node in an international network that extends from Southern Europe to the Mediterranean. One of its special responsibility is to support the acquisition and selection of funding and of qualified French, Southern European, and North African students and doctoral researchers for joint study and doctoral programmes with the University of Bayreuth.

Effective internationalization

The Gateway Offices are also intended to make the Bayreuth campus more international. In this respect, The University of Bayreuth is able to tie in with existing traditions. In particular, the (further) development of joint programmes is now planned: the Franco-German Bachelor of Law (LL.B) (sponsored by the Franco-German University), the double degree ‚Development Studies (M.Sc.), and the Erasmus Mundus Joint Master Degree EIMAS – European Interdisciplinary Master African Studies, offered together with the Université Bordeaux Montaigne and the Universities of Bayreuth and Port.
 
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