Chancellor Angela Merkel acknowledged French President Emmanuel Macron’s idea of establishing European universities to create new incentives in Europe at the ceremony where he was awarded the International Charlemagne Prize of Aachen on May 10, 2018. In her talk, she commended Eucor – The European Campus, which is an alliance of five Upper Rhine universities, as path-breaking: “I support President Macron’s proposal to establish European universities to promote the education and research landscape in Europe. The signing of the joint declaration on April 12 this year in Strasbourg by those responsible from the German state of Baden-Württemberg and the Grand Est region in France is the first real step in this direction. It means that the five universities located in the Upper Rhine region will form an exemplary research and education area. That is something we urgently need.” Prof. Dr. Hans-Jochen Schiewer, the rector of the University of Freiburg and president of Eucor – The European Campus, is very pleased about the chancellor’s endorsement: “Our alliance has already received valuable support in Germany on the state level, and this nod from the federal level is additional encouragement to continue our vision of establishing a research and education area in the Upper Rhine region without walls or borders.”
On April 12, 2018, the minister-president of Baden-Wuerttemberg Winfried Kretschmann, the president of the Grand Est region Jean Rottner, and the rector of the Académie de Strasbourg Sophie Béjean signed a joint declaration to develop the Eucor – The European Campus alliance into a European university.
Talk by Chancellor Angela Merkel (in German)