The European University Institute (EUI) and the University of Lucerne step up their cooperation in research and education. Last Saturday in Florence, the Presidents of the two academic institutions signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) including initial implementation steps.

University of Lucerne's Prof. Dr. Alexander H. Trechsel, Vice-Rector, and Prof. Dr. Bruno Staffelbach, Rector, with EUI's President Prof. Renaud Dehousse after signing the agreement.

The EUI and the University of Lucerne’s Department of Political Science already cooperate in the field of political science. This MoU sets the framework for future research and teaching collaboration in other areas of common interest. The MoU highlights potential activities, including the promotion of visiting professors and exchange programmes for researchers, collaborators and students; reciprocal support for the improvement of academic assistants’ qualifications; research collaboration; joint proposals to funding bodies or the organisation of symposia, conferences and workshops.

Promising opportunities for PhD and Post-Doctoral students

The two institutions have agreed upon concrete steps for the exchange of PhD and Post-Doctoral students, as well as for a teaching partnership. Both parties will send more PhD and Post-Doctoral students to their counterpart institution. The University of Lucerne offers PhD students the opportunity to teach in Lucerne in order to acquire necessary professional experience. "As the EUI does not have Bachelor’s or Master’s degree courses, we are very glad to give this opportunity of teaching practice to our Ph.D. students", says Prof. Renaud Dehousse, President of the EUI. "The University of Lucerne is an outstanding partner in this respect", continues Dehousse.

This partnership also offers many benefits to the University of Lucerne. "A stronger international network and the expansion of support to post-graduates are important matters for our university", says Bruno Staffelbach, President of the University of Lucerne. "The cooperation with the EUI opens up promising opportunities for us".

Existing collaboration in Political Sciences

In the framework of the already existing cooperation with the Department of Political Science, many EUI members have held lectures and taught classes in Lucerne. In terms of research, both institutions are involved in joint working projects on democracy and Europe, such as the voting advice application "euandi" and a project on cross-border elections.

About the European University Institute        
The EUI is an international postgraduate teaching and research institute based in Florence, Italy. It was founded in 1972 by the six founding Member States of the European Communities and today is supported by 23 contracting states from the European Union. The EUI offers Ph.D. and Post-Doctoral programmes in Economics; Political and Social Sciences; History; and Law, and is home to the Robert Schuman Centre for Advanced Studies and the School of Transnational Governance.

About the University of Lucerne
The University of Lucerne is the youngest university in Switzerland. Its roots go back as far as 1600, but has only been a modern institute since 2000. It has four faculties: Theology; Cultural and Social Sciences; Economics; and Law.

Enquiries:
Lukas Portmann, Kommunikationsbeauftragter Universität Luzern, +41 41 229 50 90, lukas.portmannremove-this.@remove-this.unilu.ch
Marco Incerti, Director of the Communications Service, EUI, +390554685433, marco.incertiremove-this.@remove-this.eui.eu

10th May 2019