Document Actions

You are here: Home Newsroom Press Releases 2018 A Tailwind for the European …

A Tailwind for the European Campus

The Baden-Württemberg federal state government backs a European university for the Upper Rhine region

Freiburg, Apr 05, 2018

A Tailwind for the European Campus

The central campus of the Université de Strasbourg. Photo: Catherine Schröder/Université de Strasbourg

The Prime Minister of Baden-Württemberg Winfried Kretschmann, will be signing a joint declaration of intent with Jean Rottner, President of the Grand Est region, and Sophie Béjean, Rectrice of the Académie de Strasbourg, regarding the continued development of Eucor – The European Campus into a European university. Representatives of the media are warmly invited to the signing ceremony on


Thursday, 12th April 2018, 11:30
in the Salle de l’hémicycle at the Maison de la Région Grand Est,

1 place Zeller, 67070 Strasbourg,


in the presence of Theresia Bauer, the Baden-Württemberg Minister of Science, Research and the Arts, and Nathalie Loiseau, French Minister of European Affairs, as well as Prof. Dr. Hans-Jochen Schiewer, President of Eucor – The European Campus and Rector of the University of Freiburg, and Prof. Dr. Michel Deneken, President of the Université de Strasbourg. Journalists may also participate in any of the preceding items on the agenda: from 10:45, cross-border projects in the fields of molecular biology and plant research, as well as in quantum physics and quantum technologies will be introduced. After that there will be a brief meeting of the Prime Minister with the Nobel Prize winner for Chemistry Prof. Dr. Jean-Marie Lehn of the Université de Strasbourg, when there will be an opportunity for press photos. Finally, the joint declaration of intent will be signed and there will be an opportunity for journalists to ask questions.

We would be delighted if you could attend. For organizational reasons please register to attend by e-mail to:

Yours faithfully,

Rudolf-Werner Dreier
Press and publicity work


Background information about Eucor – The European Campus

The European Grouping of Territorial Cooperation (EGCT) Eucor – The European Campus developed out of a long-standing cooperation between the universities of the Upper Rhine region. In December 2015 the five member universities – the University of Basel, the University of Freiburg, the Université de Haute-Alsace, the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT) and the Université de Strasbourg – signed the founding document to create an independent legal entity for cross-border research and teaching. With this, the universities created the first EGCT between universities at a European level. The European Campus places a particular focus on research in the areas of quantum physics and quantum technologies, precision medicine, sustainability studies and cultural studies. In 2016 the Eucor – The European Campus: cross-border structures project received three years of funding from the Interreg program of the European Union (European Regional Development Fund). The aim is to develop formative structures that create the basic conditions for new, ground-breaking and at the same time identity-defining cooperations in research and teaching.

In total, the EGCT combines the competencies and potential of 15,000 researchers and 11,000 doctoral and PhD students as well as more than 120,000 students. Together, the Eucor – The European Campus university grouping is working to build a distinctive academic and research area – one without walls and borders and with an international appeal.


Sarah Nieber
Press officer for Eucor – The European Campus
University of Freiburg
Tel.: +49 761 203-4282