ZAK at European Partnership for an Innovative Campus Unifying Regions (EPICUR)

EPICUR is an alliance of eight leading European universities from Amsterdam (NL), Freiburg (DE), Mulhouse-Colmar (FR), Poznań (PL), Strasbourg (FR), Thessaloniki (GR), Vienna (AT) and Karlsruhe (DE) with the vision of creating a new European University through different approaches such as multilingualism and strengthening the region through different types of internships.

EPICUR aims to create a place where all students, doctoral candidates and staff can move boundlessly to acquire a broad and interdisciplinary academic perspective. To fulfill this vision the alliance receives five million euros in funding from the European Commission until 2022. 

Within EPICUR, ZAK | Centre for Cultural and General Studies at the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT) develops concrete interdisciplinary courses and promotes an intercultural service learning project. Together with its partners at the Albert Ludwig University of Freiburg, ZAK has designed three English-language seminars that are open to students from all EPICUR partner universities for the first time in the winter semester 2020/21: “European Identity in Cinema” by Dr. Igor Krstić, “Intercultural Competence for Global Citizens” by Kerstin Kilanowski and “The European Project Revisited: National Identities as an Opportunity or Risk for European Integration” by Maximilian Jungmann and Martina Vetrovcova. Along these lines, ZAK contributes to the development of the very first joint EPICUR curriculum for Liberal Arts and Sciences.

For the summer semester 2021, three virtual courses are planned again: The continuation of the training on intercultural competences by Kerstin Kilanowski, a seminar about European cinema by Dr. Igor Krstić and the seminar “Environmentally Induced Migrants (EIMs)” by Eugenia Pacini.
Also, the new intercultural service learning course “En route!” – Become a global citizen through cross-border service learning that combines an innovative way of learning with cross-border volunteering as civic engagement is coming soon. 

The course will begin in the upcoming summer semester 2021 with an introductory session on 14th May. 

We firmly believe that it is increasingly important for universities and research institutions to be present in society. The aim of the new service learning course is to strengthen the exchanges with civil society and to provide students with knowledge and skills that enable them to act as responsible global citizens. Students from all EPICUR partner universities are invited to participate in this service learning offer, which consists of a digital academic part and a practical part. 

As coordinator of the German network of the Anna Lindh Foundation, ZAK can provide access to a broad network of civil society organisations across Europe and in the southern and eastern countries of the Euro-Mediterranean region. 

You can register for the EPICUR courses offered by ZAK via the ZAK registration calendar.