Point Alpha Research Institute (PARI)

Founded in 2021, the Point Alpha Research Institute (PARI) is a collaboration between the Point Alpha Foundation in the City of Geisa, which runs the Point Alpha Memorial at the former Inner German border, the Fulda University of Applied Science and researchers of the University of Erfurt. It is funded by the Thuringian State Chancellery. PARI is an inter- and transdisciplinary research institute that conducts and promotes research in three fields:

  • the Cold War and its Implications for Today
  • Border Studies
  • Democracy and the Global Order

PARI unites junior and senior researchers in the social and cultural sciences, carries out research projects, organizes symposia, conferences and workshops, and offers doctoral, postdoctoral, and senior fellowships as well as conference grants.PARI also organizes public discussion events. PARI is active in citizen science and aims at fostering exchange and debate between academics, politicians, and citizens.

Debating Europe

The Jean Monnet Network “Debating Europe” uses debate as a methodology for

  1. spreading knowledge on the European Union (EU);
  2. gaining knowledge about citizens’ opinions;
  3. enhancing exchange between citizens, students, academics and EU practitioners.

The process of debating enhances the legitimacy of the EU by regaining citizen’s trust in their ability to use political discussions to influence the policy-making process.

Practicing Transnational Politics (PATRAPO)

Practicing Transnational Politics (PATRAPO) is a project led by researchers from Fulda University of Applied Sciences, Autonomous University Madrid, and Zagreb University, with the associate partner Mac Ewan University, Edmonton. The project goal is to develop open access transnational teaching kits and a handbook for online blended learning seminars that train students for the participation in United Nations Model Games (MUN). Based on previous experiences both in MUN model games and in EU projects, the partners will jointly develop, establish and implement the following elements in their universities, to be carried out in a yearly rhythm:

  • a teaching kit for preparative joint blended MUN training seminars (1st semester of each academic year) 
  • a teaching kit for joint blended or real life MUN (2nd semester of each academic year) 
  • a handbook including a manual (intellectual property of the partners) and user advice for third parties 
  • staff trainings: the project is a learning system including further training for teachers. 
  • blended student mobility sustains the attendance of virtual and life MUN. 

Transnational Governance and Human Rights

Students, PhD candidates, and professors from six countries and four continents participate in the project "Transnational Governance and Human Rights". The project will expand the international network of the Department of Social and Cultural Sciences at Fulda University of Applied Sciences and establish long-lasting partnerships until the end of 2024. For this purpose, the department successfully attained a one million euro grant from the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) from its funding programme UAS.International (HAW.International). The project supports a variety of exchange programmes with six selected partner universities worldwide. These include the State University of New York (SUNY) in Cortland, USA, the MacEwan University in Edmonton, Canada, the German Jordanian University in Amman, Jordan, the Birzeit University near Ramallah in Palestine, Sciences Po Toulouse in Southern France, and the University College London (UCL), UK. It also strengthens the cooperation between academia and practice and establishes the “Fulda Centre for Transnational Governance”, which includes the MUN activities at Fulda. In addition to the internationalisation of studies and teaching, the project focuses on the development of an international research environment at Fulda University of Applied Sciences.

Centre of Transnational Governance (CoG)

The Fulda Centre of Transnational Governance (CoG) aims at the transfer between academia and political practice, building on the Anglo-Saxon academic tradition and its “Schools of Governance”. The Centre builds cooperations with experts, politicians, and representatives of international and supranational organizations as well as business enterprises, NGOs and Think Tanks – ranging from representatives of the European Commission, the European Parliament, the Hessian state representation to the EU, to foreign trade chambers and companies.

The Fulda Centre of Transnational Governance bundles, systematises and professionalises these international collaborations and organises a programme of events and research, guest lectures and workshops by and with practitioners from transnational institutions. The international guests are integrated in teaching and research. Lectures and workshops are planned in analogue and digital formats. The activities include curricula-relevant excursions (e.g. to Brussels, Luxembourg and Berlin), guest lectures, as well as teaching and research stays (incoming and outgoing). In addition, the Centre takes care of the participation in international United Nations simulation games ("Model United Nations", MUN), directed by the project PATRAPO which will be continued and elaborated.

Prof. Dr.

Claudia Wiesner

Jean Monnet Chair

Politikwissenschaft mit Schwerpunkt Europäische Integration

Building 22 (P) , Room 201
Prof. Dr.Claudia Wiesner+49 661 9640-473
Consultation hours
Dienstag 14:15 - 15:15 und nach besonderer Verinbarung per E-Mail