The development of collaborative multi-centred courses fulfils a central objective of the Europaeum mission, providing future business, political, social and intellectual 'leaders' with a pan-European educational experience.
Currently four programmes are in preparation, in addition to a number of collaborations on individual teaching modules:
BUSINESS, INSTITUTIONS, CULTURE: EUROPEAN LEADERSHIP
This modular, MBA-level, course offered by Leiden and Oxford, starting in 2002/3, offers young private and public managers working in Europe or elsewhere, a special opportunity of returning for limited periods to the university world to deepen their knowledge of the cultures, historical backgrounds, institutions and ways of life and thought of the peoples of Europe.
MASTERS IN ECUMENICAL THEOLOGY
The Ecumenical Studies in Protestant Theology Masters course is being designed to give students with a degree in theology or similar subjects the opportunity to study various theological traditions, with an obligatory study and research visit to other Europaeum universities and to Christian communities. It will build on past university exchanges, especially between Bonn and Oxford.
BACHELOR OF DIVINITY (EUROPAEUM)
A new BD(E) 4-year undergraduate course in theology, being developed in Bonn, will involve one year spent at another Europaeum university, such as Prague and Oxford. It is designed to provide a pan-European dimension to the education of theologians, including the social and political contexts in which different traditions have developed. The Europaeum supports collaborative teaching initiatives through a programme of visiting professorships, and informal teaching exchanges linked to research projects and thematic networks.
Since 1992 Oxford, Leiden and Sienna have collaborated in European Law Studies, involving joint teaching and study, with dozens of student exchanges. Professor Marcel Brus has been on a joint contract between Oxford and Leiden from 1998 to 2001, linking the two European law programmes.
In 1997 academics representing all the Europaeum partners in the fields of European Political Thought, Economics of Integration, and European Modern History met at Oxford, Paris and Bologna respectively, and agreed strategies to promote international academic collaborations.
ECONOMICS OF EUROPEAN INTEGRATION
Since 1999 Paris I has offered an Economics of European Integration module open to undergraduates and graduates from across the Europaeum. From 2003 this course is to be restructured to offer more international opportunities, linked to the award of a Europaeum Certificate.
OXFORD EUROPEAN CENTRES
The Europaeum played the key role in the creation at Oxford of the Centre for European Politics and Society, and the Oxford Institute of European and Comparative Law, and a number of posts, notably the Chair in European Thought and most recently, the Bertelsmann Europaeum Visiting Professorship in 20th Century Jewish History and Politics.
NEW THEMATIC NETWORKS
New academic networks are being developed in Economics, History, Politics and Theology, to promote collaborative teaching and mobility of graduate research students. Other initiatives aim to link academic in the fields of Classics and History of Science.
JOINT THEOLOGY COURSES
Discussions have been launched in Bonn, to develop joint theology course, building upon past university exchanges and relations, especially between Bonn and Oxford. Courses under consideration include: a Masters in Ecumenical Theology, and a four-year Bachelor of Divinity (Europaeum) programme, with one year to be spent at another Europaeum partner.