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MEIR NewLine
Joint Master in European Integration and Regionalism

European Institute for Public Administration


Address EIPA Luxembourg, The European Centre for Judges and Lawyers Circuit de la Foire internationale, 2 – LU-1347 Luxembourg
Tel. No. +352 426 230 304
Fax No. +352 426 237
Course MEIR NewLine – Joint Master in European Integration and Regionalism
Type of course Joint Master delivered by 5 partners: the University of Graz, the University of Zagreb, EURAC (European Academy of Bolzano) and EIPA (European Institute of Public Administration) centres of Luxembourg and Barcelona
Length of course 18 months
Date of commencement 17 October
Application Deadline: 15 September
Class size Limited to 30 people
Cost/Fees 18,000 Euros
Accommodation Special fee including accommodation
Financial assistance No
Top Recruiters of our graduates EU Institutions, Non-governmental organisations, local, regional and national administrations
Admissions requirements Applicants for the programme are required either to hold a Bachelor degree and a Master degree in humanities or social sciences or to have 3 years of working experience and a Bachelor degree in humanities or social sciences or to have at least 7 years of working experience.

Proficiency in English is compulsory. Students whose mother tongue is not English must therefore demonstrate a high level competence in English, for example by producing evidence in the form of a language certificate in English (Minimum scores required: TOEFL: 78 internet-based, 547 paper-based; or IELTS: 6.0; or Cambridge Exam: FCE). Such a certificate is not necessary for students who graduated in a purely English environment
Programme Director Peter GOLDSCHMIDT, Executive Director and
Joseph MARKO, Academic Director
Contact details for application Juliette MOLLICONE-BOUSSUGE,
MEIR NewLine
Programme Organiser
Tel.: +352 426 230304


About MEIR NewLine – Joint Master in European Integration and Regionalism

Civil servants, persons employed by non-governmental organisations, journalists and teachers but also graduate students will find an interested in participating in this programme. We offer inter-disciplinary and practical approach, multinational body of lecturers and tutorial staff, inter-active learning methodologies, both online and in face-to-face sessions, worldwide network for future activities, access to international organisations and regional administrations through in-depth training in project management and multicultural communication. Due to its flexibility (modules and online training), the MEIR NewLine programme is particularly well-suited to accommodate the needs of professionals, who have only limited time available for face-to-face sessions.

The full Joint master’s programme consists of three semesters: The first two semesters include five individual modules, each lasting for ten days, comprising lectures, workshops and case studies and related study visits to institutions in Graz, Luxembourg, Zagreb, Barcelona and Bolzano. Each module will be followed by a credit awarding exam. Online facilities will be used by participants to prepare the different Modules as well as for some exams and other course work. All teaching, studies and exams are undertaken in English.

During the second semester, participants are expected to produce a mid-term paper and during the third semester students are expected to produce an academic thesis on an appropriate topic suitable for submission. Research and preparation for this thesis may, if the student so wishes, either be undertaken at one of the partner institutions or as part of an internship in a local, regional or national administration of an EU Member State, an International organisation or other bodies of regional concern. However, students are not obliged to undertake such an internship nor additional study at a partner institution.

Applications can be made either to the full programme or to single modules. In the first case the successful conclusion of the programme leads to the award of the academic degree Master of European Studies (M.E.S.) by the University of Graz and the University of Zagreb. In the latter case attendance of a module leads to the award of a certificate of participation, and - if the subsequent exam is successfully passed - to the granting of 10 ECTS.

Module 1 on the Law of the European Union and its implementation takes place in Luxembourg and provides an introduction to the programme and explanation of the examination rules and of the use of the online platform. Topically, this Module provides first for a comprehensive view of the constitutional organisation and legal framework of the European Union. Secondly, it introduces fundamental concepts and principles of European Union law, both in general and within specific policy areas (general principles, fundamental freedoms, internal market harmonisation, competition and the development of an area of freedom, security and justice). Lastly, it provides a practical overview of the implementation of European Union law at both the EU, national and local levels.

Module 2 takes place in Barcelona and provides a thorough and comprehensive understanding of the political and economic aspects of regionalism and its structure in today’s Europe. The first week will provide an overview of the principles of the European economic integration system. The main EU economic policy issues will be introduced and the concepts of regional development policies will be presented. The second week will illustrate how regions may steer their own economic destiny and enhance territorial cohesion by making use of the available resources and EU supportive actions.

The third Module, which takes place in Graz and in Zagreb, conveys theoretical and comparative knowledge about the different possibilities of territorial division of powers in European regions. It provides a theoretical analysis of the concepts of governance, political and public administration reform, as well as practical guidance through systematized experiences of public administration reform in EU member states and candidate countries. The specific topic include issues of ethics and integrity in governance, as well as anti-corruption strategies and assessment of new public management approach.

Module 4, taking place in Bolzano deals with the complexities of human and minority rights and diversity management in Europe mainly through the discussion of the international and inter regional protection mechanisms of the United Nations, the OSCE and the Council of Europe. The wide range of linguistic, educational and political rights to be found in different national constitutional systems will be explored as well as the concept of cultural diversity under EC law, the concept of European identity and the phenomena of immigration and integration, and social inclusion.

Module 5, which takes place in Barcelona, takes stock of the needs (do’s & don't's) of local and regional actors regarding the funding period 2007-2013 (and beyond), and equips the participants with the necessary “skills” required to improve their performance in developing a project strategy and in acquiring and managing EU funds. Practical advice and techniques will be provided to participants so as to enable them to produce a convincing proposal, to establish sustainable local and regional partnerships and strategies and align them to the Lisbon targets, and hence to develop added-value projects for their territory. They will be able to quickly grasp the most relevant guiding principles and rules to prepare a bid for EU funding.


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