The University of Edinburgh is one of Europe’s principal universities.
During the eighteenth century the University was a leading intellectual centre in the European enlightenment and this tradition has continued to the present day.
The University has staff and student mobility programmes with 200 universities across 23 European nations. We actively participate in the European Union’s Framework Programme and collaborate with a wide range of prestigious European universities.
The Division of European Languages and Cultures offers teaching and research in French, Italian, Russian, Hispanic Studies, Scandinavian Studies and German.
The Division has excellent facilities and resources including the Karin McPherson Collection of GDR Writing, comprising over 1,000 volumes.
This collection represents a recreation of a lost world; we are talking about a complete time capsule with the GDR in that it has both a beginning and an end; it only lasted 40 years. It’s relatively modern and incredibly historical in how quickly the present becomes the past – it was only 20 years ago. But what is left is literature.
Professor Andrew Barker
Professor of Austrian Studies
The Princess Dashkova Russian Centre is the best equipped study centre for Russian in the United Kingdom. Reflecting the University’s leading expertise in Russian language, it houses a library of Russian books and other resources including access to Russian databases and television.
This is the first centre supported by the Russkiy Mir Foundation centre to open at a British University. The Foundation, which is similar to the British Council, promotes Russian culture around the world.
Dr Lara Ryazanova-Clarke, Senior Lecturer in Russian and Convener of the Research Centre for Study of Russian in Context, is Director of the Centre.
The University of Edinburgh has links with a number of universities and institutes in Russia, including:
The Europa Institute at the University of Edinburgh is one of the most active and longest-established specialist centres of advanced study on European integration in the United Kingdom and Europe.
It brings together world-class scholars on EU law, politics and policy, and supports a vibrant community of early career research fellows and postgraduate students.
The Institute emphasises research, teaching and the exchange of ideas with the wider world. The collective impact of this work ensures that the Europa Institute occupies a central, strategic position in both national and international networks of scholars working on the EU.
The University is a member of the League of European Research Universities, the Coimbra Group and is home to the Europa Institute, one of the most active and established specialist centres of advanced study on European integration in the Europe.
Some examples of current partnerships and collaborative projects in Europe or Russian, or with European or Russian partners, are:
The University of Edinburgh participates in an MSc programme with Ghent University (Belgium) and Lund University (Sweden) in Fire Safety Engineering.
It also has a leading European Masters programme in Informatics with RWTH Aachen University (Germany) and the University of Trento (Italy).
The University of Edinburgh has a Joint Doctoral Programme in Neuroinformatics with KTH Royal Institute of Technology (Sweden), National Centre for Biological Science (India) and the Albert-Ludwigs Universitat Freiburg (Germany).
Edinburgh is a member of the Eurolife network which includes:
A number of significant EU funded research programmes have developed through Eurolife.
This article was published on Sep 25, 2012