The project "Transnational Governance and Human Rights" (2021-2024) intensifies the international cooperation of the Department of Social and Cultural Sciences at Fulda University of Applied Sciences in terms of student exchange, doctorates, research and transfer. Almost one million euros from the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) are available for this purpose. Under the leadership of Prof. Dr. Claudia Wiesner, Prof. Dr. Matthias Klemm, Prof. Dr. Eva Gerharz and Prof. Dr. Carola Bauschke-Urban, the Department had successfully acquired one of almost 30 model projects nationwide in the DAAD programme HAW.International. The broad-based project enables the expansion of an international network with partners from science and practice.
One of the many activities organised in the first half of 2021 is the development of the project website, which was designed by Mariana Friedrich and Julia Schellhaas, and which is now online. "Despite the pandemic, we achieved a lot in the first half of 2021," says Professor Claudia Wiesner, who is in charge of the project for 2021.
In the project, members of the department cooperate with six selected partner universities worldwide. These include the State University of New York (SUNY) in Cortland, MacEwan University in Edmonton, Canada, the German Jordanian University in Amman, Birzeit University near Ramallah in Palestine, Sciences Po Toulouse in southern France and University College London (UCL). "For me, the further development of our partner university network is a very decisive success factor for our internationalisation. Particularly through the input and exchange among each other, I hope for many impulses and joint activities that will advance the internationalisation, not only of the SK department, but of the entire university," finds Julia-Sophie Rothmann, Head of the International Office at Fulda University of Applied Sciences. In the first half of 2021, this internationalisation was started with the virtual "Global Lectures Series", which is supervised by Prof. Dr. Matthias Klemm, Prof. Dr. Philip Liste, Ilka Gersemann and Lina Ashour.
The Fulda Centre for Transnational Governance also strengthens cooperation between academia and inter- and transnational institutions and organisations in practice: "This is where students and researchers from partner institutions come together with representatives from politics and business, international organisations and think tanks," announces Professor Claudia Wiesner, who leads the Centre of Governance. In the first half of the year, the Centre, organised by Ilka Gersemann, Prof. Dr. Claudia Wiesner, Muriel Pluschke, Meike Schmidt-Gleim, Maria Keller and Zhylien Kaja, hosted several guest lectures by representatives of the European Council and the European Commission and co-organised an international conference on "Let's Talk Europe". It also hosted a European House Parliament in cooperation with Pulse of Europe Fulda. The Centre also coordinates the activities for the courses on the "Model United Nations" simulation games. There is also cooperation with the EU project "PATRAPO".
In November 2021, the Fulda Graudate Centre of Social Sciences will organise an international Autumn School on the topic of "Global Inequalities and Human Rights" for the first time. This will be organised by Prof. Dr. Eva Gerharz and Corinna Land. A number of internationally renowned social scientists will give public lectures on the topic and accompany the doctoral students in workshops on various topics. In addition, there is an international visiting professorship; there were numerous applications in response to a call for applications circulated among the project partners and the first visiting professor from Sciences Po Toulouse is expected in the winter semester.