About the Institute

The Europainstitut / Institute for European Global Studies, founded in 1993, is an interdisciplinary research institute of the University of Basel directly subordinated to the Rectorate. In its research and teaching, the Institute focuses on the relationship between Switzerland and Europe in a global context, thereby addressing a key issue of the 21st century.

With staff members from three different faculties of the University of Basel, representing four academic disciplines, the Institute for European Global Studies offers a timely and innovative academic education with an interdisciplinary focus and a commitment to collaborative forms of research and learning. The Institute for European Global Studies unites expertise in the fields of politics, economics, philosophy, history and law in order to analyze Europe’s challenges, problems and opportunities in the context of a globally interconnected world. Research and teaching are closely interlinked in interdisciplinary master and doctoral degree courses. Students benefit from the lively exchange of ideas on groundbreaking topics discussed in dialogue with academics, teaching staff and the public.

In its research and teaching, the Institute for European Global Studies is part of the focal area European and Global Studies of the University of Basel.

The Institute: Bringing Together Three Faculties

Professors of Three Faculties

Professorial staff members of the Institute unite three faculties. The colours used for the traditional academic gowns of the University of Basel refer to the different faculties. In a picture taken during the Dies Academicus 2017, the yellow decoration on Prof. Dr. Rolf Weder’s gown refers to the Faculty of Business and Economics. Prof. Dr. Madeleine Herren-Oesch wears the blue of the Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences, and Prof. Dr. Christa Tobler's red sash stands for the Faculty of Law.