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Dr. Arnim Heinemann, Prof. Dr. Stefan Leible and Prof. Dr. Thomas Scheibel are standing in front of a screen via which the two representatives and the representative from Bordeaux are connected.

The University in France

From its very foundation, the University of Bayreuth has been strategically expanding its international relations. Since July 2020, the university has had an office in Bordeaux. 

This gives the University of Bayreuth a presence at a major research hub that stands to become heavily involved in scientific cooperation with partners in Southern Europe, the Mediterranean region, and North Africa as well. Three local universities/ research institutions act as institutional partners of the office. The University of Bayreuth International Office coordinates the exchange of researchers and students and helps to intensify existing research collaborations as well as to start new ones.

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

The new Gateway Office in Bordeaux helps 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 Gateway office

The Gateway Office in Bordeaux is initially to be a point of information and contact to promote the exchange of French, South European, and North African students and teachers with Bayreuth students and alumni work. 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 responsibilities 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.

Successful 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 dual 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 Porto.