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The work of the Center for European Education is based on four main principles:

(1) Internationality and European cooperation

The processes of European integration and globalisation present a great challenge for all segments of educational systems in Europe, ranging from schools to universities, vocational education institutions and those offering lifelong learning. In order to enable coordination and further development of various problem solving approaches and reform strategies of individual national systems at regional, national and European level, it is necessarry to establish a network of new institutions for transnational cooperation. The Center for European Education as a joint institution of the University of M√ľnster and the University of Zagreb is precisely such a place, where research and teaching focus on the questions of education reforms and a European dimension in education. For this purpose the Center brings teachers and students from Western, South-East and Central Europe together in study courses, continuing professional development programmes and research projects with the aim of developing a broad network of cooperation between leading educational institutions.

(2) Scientific and practical orientation

As an institution focused on the development of experts for counselling in education, the aim of the Center for European Education is to combine theory and practice, research and practical application, education policy and science as well as economy, higher education and civil society. Guided by this principle, the Center's research-oriented programmes focus on the areas of practical work and issues of concrete counselling activities in education within education reform processes. In this respect the Center for European Education endeavors to develop a range of competence- and practice-oriented study programmes as well as continuing professional development and further education programmes.

(3) Interdisciplinarit
y and Excellence

Interdisciplinary cooperation is a prerequisite for deeper understanding of reform processes in education. Experts from various fields and disciplines cooperate within the Center, ranging from educational, social, political, language and literature sciences to European policy, educational management and professional school practice, i.e. other fields of educational practice. Students and managers in education receive theory- and practice-oriented education on a high academic level and are introduced into counselling activities in various fields of  the education sector. The founding members come from twelve universities of ten countries in Western and South-East Europe. The goal of the Center is to establish a dialogue between these partner universities with the purpose of developing abilities of problem recognition and problem-solving approaches.  


(4) Multilingualism

Working languages of the Center are German, English and Croatian. As a rule, international study and continuing professional development programmes are taught bilingually in German and English. A different language choice is possible according to the makeup of the participant group. This principle of guided multilingualism is fundamental for the work of the Center. Its purpose is the expansion of scientific resources in research and teaching, the promotion of multilingualism among students and managers in education as a precondition for mobility in Europe and the support in acquiring strategies for managing heterogeneity. A special concern of the Center is the promotion of German as a language of science and a historical gap-bridging language of South-East  and Central Europe.