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In December 2015, the universities developed a mutual legal identity, “Eucor – The European Campus”, which takes the form of a European Grouping of Territorial Cooperation (EGTC). They thus created the first EGTC ever, established by higher education institutions. In this context, universities retain their autonomy, but can act together under the name “Eucor – The European Campus”.

Governance

The institutions and processes of the EGTC reflect the different structures of the universities.

The Assembly is the decision-making body of the EGTC. It consists of the current Rectors/Presidents of the member universities. It sets the annual budget, defines a strategy and plans the work within the group.

The President of the Assembly and their deputy are elected by the Assembly from among its members for a term of three years. Hans-Jochen Schiewer, Rector of the University of Freiburg, is the current President of Eucor – The European Campus, since 11 May 2016. His deputy is Andrea Schenker-Wicki, Rector of the University of Basel.

The President is supported by the Commission of Vice-Presidents, which consists of a member of the management of each of the five member universities. Led by the President, this committee deliberates on substantive issues related to the EGTC. The current Vice-Presidents are Thomas Grob (University of Basel), Serge Neunlist (University of Haute-Alsace), Thomas Hirth (Karlsruhe Institute of Technology) and Joern Pütz (University of Strasbourg).

The Secretariat (in Freiburg) and the Coordination Office (in Strasbourg) provide support to the Assembly, the President and the Commission of Vice-Presidents. They are also responsible for coordinating exchanges and cooperation between decentralised coordinators at member universities.

Coordinators in member universities are decentralised interlocutors on behalf of the Secretariat and the Coordination Office and provide immediate support to the Vice-President in their assignments. They constitute the first point of contact in the universities for any request (help in creating cooperation, questions related to mobility, etc).

The Student Council of Eucor – The European Campus is an association whose members are representatives of the student associations of the member universities. These members elect a steering committee that defends the interests of students within the EGTC bodies. The current President of the Council is Phillip Stöcks (from the Student Council of the University of Freiburg), who is in regular contact with the Secretariat and the Coordination Office. In the member universities, the Student Council representatives are in contact with the coordinators and thus accompany the implementation of the projects.