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Developing a new curriculum in Global Migration, Diaspora and Border Studies in East-Central Europe (GLocalEAst)

Project lead:

Cooperation partners:

  • Comenius University in Bratislava (Slovakia) (Main Coordinator)
  • Alma Mater Studiorum - Universita Di Bologna (Italy) (Associate Coordinator)
  • Univerzitet U Beogradu (Serbia)
  • Vytauto Didziojo Universitetas (Lithuania)
  • Sveuciliste U Zagrebu (Croatia)
  • Stiftung Europa-Universität Viadrina Frankfurt (Oder) (Germany)

Funding institution:

Erasmus+ Strategic Partnership for higher education (2020-1-SK01-KA203-078263)


01.09.2020 – 31.08.2023

Project description:

“Developing a new curriculum in Global Migration, Diaspora and Border Studies in East-Central Europe” (GLocalEAst) is a Erasmus+ project carried out by six full partners (universities) and ten associated partners.

Aims and objectives:

The GLocalEAst strategic partnership in Migration, Diaspora and Border Studies is designed to address the contemporary challenges in East-Central Europe by promoting research, practice and political links in addressing migration issues, following both transnational and trans-sectoral perspectives. The project embodies the simultaneous creation of an innovative curriculum in Migration, Diaspora and Border Studies and a platform of experts from academic, NGOs and local governmental institutions monitoring migration and integration processes in East-Central Europe.
Moving from a national to a transnational perspective, the the GLocalEAst consortium will meet the need for developing new interdisciplinary and innovative courses through the development of a new curriculum that would provide the students with practice-driven skills to be acquired through both classes and internships, facilitating the transition of students to the labour market. Simultaneously, the GLocalEAst consortium will engage the participating institutions in the development and testing of innovative digital methods and pedagogies, aiming at elaborating attractive teaching methods, strengthening the staff professional profiles, filling gaps in specific teaching areas, and promoting internationalisation and networking.

There are ten multinational associated partners of the project, including NGOs, research centres and governmental actors. Among those associated participants are:

•    Central European Initiative
•    Centre for East European and International Studies (Germany)
•     Europe and the Balkans International Network (Italy)
•    Institute of Social Sciences (Serbia)  
•    Centre for Peace Studies (Croatia)
•    Sugihara Diplomats for Life Foundation (Lithuania)
•    Borderland Foundation (Poland)
•    IHK-Projektgesellschaft (Germany)
•    Regione Emilia Romagna (Italy), Ministry of Demography and Population Policy (Serbia)

From September 5 to September 16, 2022, the Viadrina Center B/ORDERS IN MOTION hosted the two-week international GLOcalEast-Summer School “Global Migration, Diaspora and Border Studies in East-Central Europe”. It offered 30 international students from six partner universities (5 students per university) an opportunity to explore migration and borders issues, adopting both transnational and cross-sectoral perspectives by combining insights from research, practice and policy with a special focus on (South) Eastern Europe.

Summer School Website HERE

Developing a new curriculum in Global Migration, Diaspora and Border Studies in East-Central Europe (2020-1-SK01-KA203-078263).

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