TAM’s Track I operates under the direction of a transatlantic consortium, which includes eight US and European universities: the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, the University of Washington-Seattle, Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin, Università degli Studi di Siena, Charles University-Prague, Freie Universität-Berlin, the University of Bath, and Sciences Po-Paris. Institutional profiles follow below.
TAM’s Track II includes the VU University Amsterdam, UPF in Barcelona, and the University of Bremen. Please read more about these schools below.
The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill (UNC-Chapel Hill) first welcomed students in 1795 and became the nation’s first public university. With a student population of close to 30,000, UNC-CH ranks among the great institutions of higher education in the US. UNC’s Political Science Department enjoys a strong reputation and is comprised of top-notch professors – many of whom specialize in comparative and European politics. The TAM Program is housed within UNC’s Center for European Studies. This Center is also an EU Center of Excellence and serves as the network coordinator for all such centers based in the US.
The Center for European Studies at UNC-CH (CES) is one of only a handful of centers in the US currently recognized and funded both as an NRC and as a European Union Center of Excellence funded by the European Commission. Our offerings are a testament to the strength of our programs in WE studies and to the research productivity of our WE faculty. Our Center promotes original research and data collection among faculty members and graduate students, funding the development of new WE undergraduate and graduate courses in the Arts and Sciences as well as in the professional schools, and contributing to the nation’s supply of specialists by organizing summer PhD workshops, a Languages Across the Curriculum Program, and curriculum development on Islamic Societies in Europe. The Center recently introduced an undergraduate major in Contemporary European Studies.
VU University Amsterdam dates back to 1880. The campus and university hospital are located in the south-western section of Amsterdam. VU stands for “Vrije Universiteit” which means “Free University”. In this context, the term “free” originally referred to the independence from church and state control. Today, the university strives to be “inspiring, innovative and involved” and seeks to “prepare students for an active role in society”. Roughly 19,000 study at VU University Amsterdam each year within the institution’s twelve faculties.
Berlin has long been one of the most exciting cultural centers in Europe. The two participating Universities reflect the history of the previously divided city: the Freie Universität Berlin (FUB) was founded in 1948 as a rival to the communist-dominated University in the eastern sector of the city. Its Otto Suhr Institut has been the home of critical politicalscience for over 40 years. Following the radical changes of 1989/90, Humboldt Universität (HUB), in the historical heart of the city, underwent an ambitious program of restructuring. The newly-founded Faculty Institute of Social Sciences, which is highly professional and has a strong empirical base brings together political science and sociology. FUB and HUB cooperate closely on the Euromasters and Transatlantic Masters programs.
Close to 20,000 students study at Universität Bremen in North West Germany each year. As the website explains: “The University of Bremen was founded with a dedication to interdisciplinarity, focus on applicability of academic results and an awareness of its responsibility towards society. Not least due to the Bremen experience, practice-oriented project studies have been introduced into many other universities and an interdisciplinary thrust has become the general trend in higher education. These guiding principles have since been complemented by a strong commitment to internationalisation, to gender equality and environmental protection. The comprehensive network of international partnerships and co-operations is to be augmented by the introduction of internationally recognised degree programmes and research projects.”
Interested students are encouraged to find out more about Bremen’s Social Policy Research Center.
We expect the Universidad Complutense de Madrid (UCM) to join the TAM I partner universities in 2014. A highly-acclaimed public institution, UCM is one of the oldest universities in the world. The main campus is in Moncloa, and the Department of Politics and Sociology, within which the TAM students will study, is located on the Somosaguas campus. These locations are well-connected by bus.
The University of Siena, founded in 1240, is one of the oldest universities in Europe. It is situated in the heart of one of the most beautiful and best preserved medieval towns in Italy and serves a population of roughly 20,000 students. The Euromasters / TAM courses, designed exclusively for a small number of incoming students, draw on staff from the Faculties of Law (which includes the Department of Political Science), Letters and Economics, and also host specialist Faculty drawn from other institutions. The university library is one of the best-stocked in Italy.
The oldest university in central Europe, Charles University was founded in 1348 by Charles IV, then Holy Roman Emperor and King of Bohemia. Today, Charles University enrolls over 47,000 Czech students and over 4,500 international students who study in 17 different faculties. The Faculty of Social Sciences was created in 1990 through a fundamental reorganisation of the former Faculty of Journalism. It is the second youngest faculty of Charles University. Its main goal is to develop teaching and research in those aspects of the social sciences, which (directly or indirectly) relate to the public administration, or to the economic and cultural life of society.
The University of Bath’s campus is located about a mile from the centre of Bath, a World Heritage City. Founded in 1966, Bath University is one of the UK’s leading universities, with an international reputation for research and teaching of the highest academic caliber. Roughly 13,000 students enroll in Bath University each year. The Department of European Studies and Modern Languages serves as the home base of Euromasters (EM), TAM’s sister program. The Department was awarded a grade 5 in the last Research Assessment Exercise (RAE), and is one of the leading centres for European Studies in the country.
Sciences Po was founded in 1872 and has long sought to train a merit-based elite for leadership. S-P now enrolls about 7500 students each year. Its campus, located in Paris’ Saint-Germain-des-Prés district, is composed of 17th- and 18th-century mansions. In the words of its former director, the late Richard Descoings, Sciences Po seeks to cultivate “imagination, the capacity for invention and innovation, and the ability to adapt to changing circumstances” in its students.
The Universitat Pompeu Fabra (UPF) was founded in 1990. This public university is located in Catalonia. The institution, in the center of Barcelona, has grown to include 7,000 students. Committed to civic values and research, UPF takes its name from an individual who worked to standardize the modern Catalan language. Pompeu Fabra (1868-1948) wrote many texts such as Normes ortogràfiques (Spelling Rules) and Gramàtica catalana (Catalan Grammar) as well as the 1932 Diccionari general de la llengua catalana (General Dictionary of the Catalan Language).
Barcelona, with a population of about 1.5 million, is a vibrant European city located on the Mediterranean coast. It is the capital of Catalonia and Spain’s second largest city.
We expect to offer a new German-Turkish Studies program involving METU in 2014. This state university was founded in 1956 and is now one of Turkey’s leading international research universities. Almost 25,000 students study here in 40 undergraduate programs housed in five faculties and in five Graduate Schools. All instruction is offered in English. The university, located in Ankara, includes a 3043-hectare forest and Lake Eymir.