International Cooperation Partners

Alexandru Ioan Cuza University of Iaşi

UAIC is the oldest higher education institution in Romania, being ranked in top 3 in National rankings of universities. Since 1860, UAIC is continuing a tradition of excellence and innovation in education and research.   UAIC was awarded by European Commission with HR Excellence in Research logo in 2014. With over 752 teachers, 23.000 students (among them 850 PhD students), 319 researchers (part-time and full-time researchers including postdoctoral researchers), the university enjoys high prestige at national and international level. UAIC is a member of some of the most important university networks and associations: the Coimbra Group, EUA – European University Association, Utrecht Network, International Association of Universities, University Agency of Francophony and the Balkan University Network.

UAIC also has two Interdisciplinary Research Departments: one in the field of science and in social science and humanities

Centre for Liberal Arts and Social Sciences (CLASS)

The CLASS is a major research centre of the College of Humanities, Arts and Social Sciences at the Nanyang Technological University (Singapore). Established in 2006, CLASS facilitates, coordinates, and encourages interdisciplinary research at Nanyang Technological University, and acts as a platform for interaction among local and international scholars from various disciplines. Some of the activities organised at the Centre include presentations for working papers, seminars, CLASS Distinguished Lectures, multi-disciplinary workshops and conferences.

Collegium Helveticum

The Collegium Helveticum is the joint Institute for Advanced Studies (IAS) of the ETH Zurich, the University of Zurich, and the Zurich University of the Arts. It aims to provide a meeting place and forum for dialogue between the humanities, social sciences, physical sciences, engineering, medical science and the arts. The main focus of the Collegium Helveticum is to promote intellectual independence and interdisciplinary exchange, both between their academic and artistic fellows and with the international scholarly community.

The Collegium Helveticum knows three fellowship types: Junior Fellows are postdoc researchers, or art school graduates at an equivalent stage in their career. Senior Fellows are established artists or academics who work at the Collegium during a visiting fellowship at ETH Zurich, the University of Zurich and Zurich University of the Arts. Associated Fellows are the academic partners of the junior and Senior Fellows at ETH Zurich, the University of Zurich or Zurich University of the Arts.

In addition to the fellows’ research activities, the Collegium Helveticum runs events to foster the interaction of science and the arts with the fields of economy, culture, society and environment.

The Zukunftskolleg and the Collegium organise research workshops together (e.g. “World Government or Else?” in 2017/2018) and have published a prize question (“Disrupted Order?”) for their fellows in 2019. The collaborative events seek to promote interdisciplinary thinking and exchange across nation borders.

Darwin College

Darwin College is a constituent college of the University of Cambridge (UK) and has been founded in 1964. It is a supportive, interdisciplinary community in which graduate students, researchers and fellows meet together, so as to enrich and enlarge their scholarship and personal experiences. Unusually in Cambridge, Darwin has no undergraduate students.

The colleges are one of Cambridge's strengths, academic communities that cross the disciplines. Every student is a member of a college that has responsibility for welfare while the university and college have joint responsibility for academic performance. Darwin College has 65 fellows who hold faculty or research positions in the university and associated institutes, and about 650 students who come from the UK and some 70 other countries. Our students study for PhDs and Masters degrees in disciplines spanning the whole spectrum from Anglo-Saxon to Zoology. Darwin College fosters an informal and egalitarian atmosphere for this multi-disciplinary, international community. Students and fellows meet and talk at academic get-togethers and seminars, over meals and at social and sporting events and in running the annual Darwin College lecture series (a major public event with luminary speakers every week of the Lent Term). Unlike most other colleges our students and fellows are not segregated and students are members of many of the college’s governing committees.

Israel Institute for Advanced Studies

Israel Institute for Advanced Studies (IIAS) of Jerusalem is a national institution devoted to academic research. Located at The Hebrew University of Jerusalem, the IIAS is a self-governing body, both in its administrative function as well as its academic pursuit. The primary function of the Institute is to encourage and support collaborative research. Along with collaborative research groups, the institute annually hosts six advanced schools as well as many conferences. 

The institute was founded in 1975 to provide a nurturing and stimulating academic environment, championing outstanding scholarly research in a wide range of disciplines. It brings together scholars from around the world to engage in collaborative research projects for periods of five and ten months. International collaboration is also fostered through our many conferences and our Advanced Schools.

The Institute is similar in concept to several existing Institutes of Advanced Study, yet also unique in its sponsoring unrestricted academic research and hosting collaborative teams throughout the more than fourty years since its establishment.

Martin Buber Society of Fellows in the Humanities

The Martin Buber Society of Fellows in the Humanities and Social Sciences at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem (Israel) aims to offer young and outstanding scientists of Humanities and Social Science a creative and vivid research landscape. The Society is financed by the Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF). Its fellowship programme fosters the German-Israeli dialogue within the Society and beyond, and with the vital academic and intellectual connections that the fellows have created in the encounters the programme facilitates.

Just like the Zukunftskolleg the Martin Buber Society is interdisciplinary oriented and supports excellent research. Therefore collaboration and exchange between the two institutions bears high potential and proved to be fruitful. A “Memorandum of Understanding – To Establish a Programm of Scholary Exchange and Cooperation“ has been signed in 2011 and renewed in 2015. Moreover, workshops for larger groups are being held in Jerusalem and Konstanz. Most recently, a symposium entitled Un/certainty has taken its first round in Konstanz in June 2018, its second part was held from 27-30 November 2018 in Jerusalem.

This symposium on "Un/Certainty resulted in a joint blog.

Waseda Institute for Advanced Study

The Waseda Institute for Advanced Study (WIAS) in Tokyo (Japan) was established in 2006 as a research institute to provide young researchers with opportunities to dedicate themselves to their research. WIAS offers an independent research environment for young researchers and fosters them to be next-generation researchers. Currently, about 40 researchers are working in the fields of natural sciences, humanities, social sciences and interdisciplinary areas at WIAS. They are engaged in leading research activities that fully demonstrate their flexible thinking and abilities. WIAS also accepts overseas distinguished researchers who stay at Waseda for a short-term to engage in cooperative research with Waseda faculty members or WIAS researchers.

Waseda University is one of the top universities in Japan. It has a total of 13 undergraduate and 20 graduate schools. Currently, 5,000 international students have enrolled from 105 countries, which is the largest number among Japanese Universities.