Pictured: Former Ambassador of Israel Avi Primor, President of Germany Joachim Gauck, Princess Beatrix of the Netherlands, Minister President of North Rhine–Westphalia Hannelore Kraft and Daniela Schadt with students in the European Studies Master's Program at Heinrich Heine University.
Ever since the EU started expanding relations to the Middle East within the scope of its “European Neighbourhood Policy”, the need for experts on Europe in that region has been growing steadily. The trilateral graduate course in European Studies was created in response to that need. Yet, the program does more than build bridges between the Middle East and Europe. It unites grant recipients from Israel, Palestine and Jordan in shared learning about Europe and the EU. Studying the European peace process over recent decades together is also meant to spark new thinking on the peace process in the Middle East.
In the first year of the two-year Master's program, the instructors teach together at all three locations in the Middle East: Tel Aviv, East Jerusalem and Amman. In the second year, 30 selected program participants study together at the Heinrich Heine University in Düsseldorf, where they also benefit from German classes.