University of Graz, Austria

The University of Graz, which was founded in 1585, is Austria’s second oldest university and one of the largest in the country. With about 32,000 students and 4,100 employees, the University of Graz is one of the largest institutions of higher education in Austria. The university has a strong international profile and is involved in numerous global networks such as the Coimbra Group and the Utrecht Network. Through these networks and various projects and activities it is connected with about 500 international partner institutions. The lively exchange with other cultures and the international co-operation enrich the scientific life and ensure the quality of teaching and research.

The university’s expertise includes the implementation and administration of international educational projects with partners from around the world. In its international project activities the university is committed to the transfer of know-how and the development and implementation of project-related objectives for the benefit of and progress in higher education. The University of Graz has been very active in international educational projects, both as a partner and as the coordinating institution. The scope of EU funded programmes includes, amongst others, projects in the Lifelong Learning Programme, Tempus projects and Erasmus Mundus projects in all actions. The expertise the university has gained in this context will be an asset for the implementation of this present project proposal.

Within the network, the University of Graz actively participates in the project activities and has coordinated and hosted the research seminar in 2016

University of Graz key staff members:

Prof. Erhard Busek - Jean Monnet Professor ad personam at the Law Faculty of the University of Graz, Chair for European Integration, Academic coordinator of the project

Mag. Dr. iur. Benedikt Harzl - research assistant to the Russian East European Eurasian Studies Centre (REEES) at the law school of the University of Graz, project administrator and member of teaching staff

Dipl.-Ing. Robert Link - Head of the Department of European and International Programmes and Projects at the Faculty of Law University of Graz, member of teaching staff

Aiste Mickonyte - University researcher at Russian, East European & Eurasian Studies Centre, University of Graz, member of teaching staff

Stephan Hinghofer-Szalkay – University researcher, University of Graz (Austria), member of teaching staff