The cooperation project "European Competence and Knowledge Centre for Border Studies (UniGR-Center for Border Studies)", which will run for three years, aims to promote the Greater Lorraine Region (France), Luxembourg, Walonia (Belgium) as well as Rhineland-Palatinate and Saarland (Germany) and make them more visible internationally. In this interdisciplinary research area - "Border Studies" for short - humanities scholars and social scientists work on questions about the border: for example, its significance and effects on the economy, politics, social affairs or culture. The project partners benefit from a total budget of 3.6 million euros for the establishment of the European Centre for Border Studies within the lnterreg VA Programme Greater Region . Of this, 2 million Euro are subsidies of the European Union.

The planned Centre for Border Area Research scientifically deals with the realities of life in border areas and wants to support regional actors in decision-making processes with its expertise, because everyday life in the Greater Region is characterised by borders: For commuters on their way to work they are easy to overcome, for administrations and business companies they are often still barriers.

The seven-part work programme provides for close networking of scientists from the partner universities to ensure optimal research conditions and a beneficial dialogue between science and politics, from which the students of the partner universities also benefit.

The Distance and Independent Studies Center coordinates the Teaching work package (Action 5) together with the Universitaté de Lorraine (Metz, France). The main task is to design online-based teaching-learning scenarios and blended learning solutions. The international Master Border Studies thus combines the teaching competence of all six universities in an online-based study programme. For the new conception of lectures and seminars, instruments, e-learning modules and services in the three areas are identified and introduced or developed, tested and implemented into teaching.

Area 1 - Online learning environment/learning management system, blended learning concepts

Area 2 - Production of MOOCs and online learning materials

Area 3 - Learning Management Support (LMS) for lecturers & teachers

Other work packages include the development of a trilingual technical glossary "Border Studies" and an online document database "Border Area Research", as well as the organisation of scientific seminars and public panel discussions on the topic of "Border" and its challenges. The scientific responsibility for the project lies with the University of Luxembourg. A total of around 80 researchers from the following universities are involved in the cooperation project:


  • Université du Luxembourg (Luxembourg))
  • Technische Universität Kaiserslautern (Germany)
  • Université de Liège (Liège, Belgium)
  • Université de Lorraine (Metz, France)
  • Saarland University (Germany)
  • University of Trier (Germany)

The project is supported by the following partners:

  • GermanFrench University
  • Mission Opérationnelle TransfrontaIiére
  • Ministry for Sustainable Development and Infrastructure of the Grand Duchy of Luxembourg Interregional
  • Labour Market Observatory (Info-Institute)
  • Institute of the Greater Region EGTC Esch-Belval Maison des Seiences de l'Homme of the University of Liège
  • Maison des Seiences de l'Homme of the University of Lorraine
  • College of Europe CEUS at Saarland University
  • Saar-Moselle Eurodistrict

In addition, the research network supports the project "Spatial Development Concept of the Greater Region" from a scientific point of view, which is supported by the Ministry for Sustainable Development and Infrastructure of the Grand Duchy of Luxembourg.

Project data:

  • Duration Jan. 2018 - Dec. 2020
  • 6 operational project partners from 4 EU countries
  • 80 scientists
  • 16 specialist disciplines
  • 10 strategic partners
  • Total budget 3.6 million euros, of which 2 million euros are EU funding, as well as other funds from the Walloon Region, Saarland and the project partners of the participating universities.

Contact at the UniGR

Frédérique Seidel
+49 681 301 40802

Contact at the DISC

Monika Haberer, M.A. 
+49 631 205 5018


Building 57
D-67663 Kaiserslautern

Phone: +49 631 205-4925 
E-mail:  info(at)disc.uni-kl.de

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