The ceremony will be followed by a panel discussion on the prospects for French-German cooperation in Europe. The panelists will include the Minister of State for Europe, Michael Roth (Member of the Bundestag) and the former president of the European Parliament and former French Minister, Nicole Fontaine. The discussion will be moderated by the journalist Alois Berger. Students and alumni of the French-German degree programs will also participate in the discussion. A reception held at the French Embassy will follow.
A French-German degree program in the political and social sciences evolved out of the cooperation between the two universities. This program was further developed into a double degree master's program and a double degree bachelor's program with majors in political science, international relations, and European cooperation. So far almost 500 students have completed the joint degree programs that in both France and Germany have served as a model for the development of double degree programs. They have been supported by the French-German University since they were first started.
The anniversary celebration is being sponsored by the French Embassy in Berlin as well as corporate sponsors (Total, AREVA) and academic organizations (French-German University, German-French Youth Office, Ernst Reuter Association, Association Gerhard Kiersch, OSI Club).