The Europa-Institut at Saarland University is the second oldest institution of its kind in Europe. For more than six decades, the Europa-Institut has been excellently educating young academics from all over the world in European and international law. The first director of the institute, Prof. Dr. Joseph-François Angelloz, stated in 1951 as his vision for the further development of the Europa-Institut that it offers the opportunity to “research the Europe of the future, to teach young people educated in the traditional manner of each different country about Europe, to offer education from a uniform European perspective for students from these countries and, before long, to produce Europe's next driving forces”. Not only has his vision become true at the Europa-Institut, it has evolved into a global institution in recent years.
For more than three decades the institute, which is located at the axis of Strasbourg-Luxembourg-Brussels, has offered an internationally renowned Master's degree in European and international law. Since then, more than 5,000 students from all over the world have graduated from the program and now hold positions in European and international organizations, internationally oriented law firms, international companies as well as in national governments and administrations. Each year, renowned lecturers from all over the world come to teach students from over 30 countries to prepare them for the challenges of the European and international job market.
Internationally renowned scholars and guest lecturers benefit from the excellent research conditions at the Europa-Institut with its own institutional library which is also a European Documentation Centre. The newly established Network South Eastern Europe, numerous European Summer Courses and Winter Schools underpin the international importance of the institution in the areas of research and training. The research character of the institute is further underlined by its own publications while its practice-oriented approach is reflected in an ever-expanding range of offers with regard to executive training and career services. The Europa-Institut has a strong partner in its alumni association EVER e.V. that safeguards a wide-spread network of alumni in the whole world.
The Europa-Institut is supported by the German Federal Foreign Office, the German Federal Ministry of Education and Research, the European Commission and the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD). It stands for high educational standards, close contact and regular exchange with institutions in the European Union, the Council of Europe as well as with the German Federal Foreign Office.
The Europa-Institut was thoroughly examined and certified by the ACQUIN agency within the context of the system accreditation of Saarland University. The program accreditation states that the Europa-Institut offers both excellent research opportunities and excellent quality of teaching. The Europa-Institut also received the so-called “Certificate for Quality of Internationalisation (CeQuInt)” for the successful implementation of an internationalization strategy in its Master's program.
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