With 11 percent of undergraduate students from outside Germany, roughly 20 percent of doctoral candidates from abroad, and a growing number of international scholars conducting research in Trier, the university campus provides a rich, international and intercultural learning environment. Guests from around the world feel at home at the university, and with good reason: many have given Trier University strong marks for its openness and internationality. With numerous international cooperation agreements and project partnerships in all departments and disciplines, the university enjoys an extremely strong international network.
University network in the heart of Europe
Located on the western edge of Germany, Trier and its university have close ties to neighbouring countries France, Belgium and Luxembourg. In 2010, Trier University joined with five other universities in the region to form the “University of the Greater Region” (UniGR). The goal of the network is to increase student mobility and promote transnational research. To this end, UniGR is involved in doctoral training and organises networking events to promote dialogue and exchange among its researchers. Member institutions also cooperate by sharing large pieces of equipment. UniGR’s collaborative research work focuses on biomedicine, material sciences and “border studies”, which explores border regions from a broad, interdisciplinary perspective and also touches on political, social, economic, environmental, legal and cultural aspects.
Eye on the Americas and Asia
Europe’s past and present is the subject of focus for many of Trier University’s departments and research centres, making it one of the university’s more important areas of research. But the university is also home to several research centres whose interdisciplinary research focuses on other regions of the world, and who make an important contribution to the university’s rich international profile. The America Romana Centrum, for example, focuses on the Spanish, Portuguese and French-speaking areas of South and North America, exploring the different languages, literary traditions, cultures and interrelationships.
At the Trier Center for American Studies and the Canadian Studies Centre, scholars from various departments conduct interdisciplinary research on North American literature and culture. All research centres actively maintain their long-time contacts in the respective regions, thus strengthening Trier University’s international network and international research presence. East Asia is another important component of the university’s international profile. The Center for East Asia Pacific Studies serves as a contact point for scholars from various disciplines conducting research on the region. The centre provides a forum for dialogue on East Asia and facilitates exchange with the region. The Center for East Asia Pacific Studies regularly produces research papers on topics such as the economy and politics of China.
A strong network of international partner universities in Europe (especially in neighbouring countries and Eastern Europe), North America and East Asia (primarily China and Japan) complement the work of these regional centres. Cooperation partners include, among others, Clark University in the United States, St. Petersburg State University in Russia, Waseda University in Japan and Wuhan University in China.