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30 Years of Cooperation between Sciences Po and Freie Universität Berlin

Ceremony on October 17 at Freie Universität Marking Anniversary of Cooperation

№ 351/2014 from Oct 14, 2014

On October 17, Freie Universität Berlin will hold a ceremony in the Henry Ford Building in recognition of the 30 years of cooperation between Freie Universität and the Paris Institute of Political and Social Sciences (Sciences Po). Professor Alfred Grosser, a well-known expert on French-German relations, will give a talk on the 30-year cooperation between the two universities. Other speakers will include the French Ambassador, Philippe Etienne, the director of Sciences Po, Frédéric Mion, the president of Freie Universität, Prof. Dr. Peter-André Alt, the president of the German-French University, Prof. Dr Patrice Neau, and the president of the alumni association of the two degree programs (Association Gerhard Kiersch Verein, AGKV), Christina Heicappell.

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).

Further Information

Dr. Sabine von Oppeln, Otto Suhr Institute of Political Science, Freie Universität Berlin, Program Manager, French-German Double Degree Master's Programs, Tel.: +49 30 838-55016, Email:

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Location and Times

  • Henry Ford Building, Freie Universität Berlin, Garystraße 35, 14195 Berlin; subway station: Thielplatz (U3)
  • 3 p.m. Anniversary Ceremony in the Henry Ford Building of Freie Universität Berlin
  • 4:30 p.m. Panel Discussion on "Perspectives of German-French cooperation in Europe"