College of Europe

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College of Europe
founding 1949
Sponsorship Private
place Bruges , Belgium and
Natolin ( Warsaw ), Poland
Rector Jörg Monar
Students 420
Employee 140

The College of Europe (English) or Collège d'Europe (French), unofficially also Dutch. Europacollege , Polish Kolegium Europejskie or German Europakolleg , is an independent postgraduate university institute for European studies, with locations in Bruges ( Belgium ) and Natolin (district of Warsaw , Poland ). It was founded in 1949. The Europakolleg is considered to be the “cadre forge of the European Union”.

Many high-ranking politicians, diplomats and academics have graduated from the College of Europe. The students come from over 50 countries and are usually selected in a highly selective selection process by a selection committee that works with the national foreign ministries. The working languages ​​at the College of Europe are English and French.

Postgraduate courses

The "Verversdijk" department in Bruges
The “Dijver” department in Bruges
The Potocki Palace in Natolin

The following postgraduate courses are offered at the Europakolleg:

  • Master of Arts in European Political and Administrative Studies (Diplôme d'études approfondies en politique et administration Européennes)
  • Master of Arts in European Economic Studies (Diplôme d'études approfondies en économie européenne)
  • Master in European Law ( LL.M. ) (Diplôme d'études approfondies en droit européen)
  • Master of Arts in European Interdisciplinary Studies (Diplôme d'études approfondies européennes interdisciplinaires)
  • Master of Arts in EU International Relations and Diplomacy Studies (Diplôme d'études approfondies en relations internationales et diplomatiques de l'UE)
  • Master of Arts in Transatlantic Affairs (two-year double degree in cooperation with the Fletcher School )

All courses last ten months (mid-September to mid-June), the final exams take place at the end of May / beginning of June. Most students receive scholarships from their national governments. In Germany, study places and scholarships are awarded by an independent selection committee and organized by the European Movement Network . In Austria the Austrian Exchange Service (ÖAD) selects the students, in Switzerland the State Secretariat for Education, Research and Innovation .


The College of Europe in Bruges was founded in 1949, making it the oldest postgraduate institute in the field of European integration. The foundation goes back to the Hague European Congress of the European Movement . The Spanish politician Salvador de Madariaga proposed a corresponding foundation.

Every year around 400 students from over 50 nations graduate in the fields of law , economics , political and administrative sciences as well as international relations and diplomacy . The graduates then work in the European institutions, associations, companies and national administrations, authorities, law firms and diplomacy.

The College of Europe in Natolin was founded in 1992 as a sister campus to Bruges and is currently attended by around 120 students annually. The Natolin campus offers a wide range of interdisciplinary studies. The "European Interdisciplinary Studies" are subdivided into the four main areas of EU Public Affairs and Policies (governance, decision-making processes), European History and Civilization (history and civilization of Europe), The EU and its Neighbors ( European neighborhood policy ) and The EU in the World ( EU foreign policy ).

The college is always looking to get close to celebrities; heads of government and state, European commissioners and numerous other personalities visit the College of Europe every year. In November 2010 the German Chancellor Angela Merkel visited the university in Bruges. In 2014, Chinese President Xi Jinping visited the College of Europe and gave a keynote address on EU-China relations.

Campus & student life

The university campus in Belgium is located in the historic old town of Bruges. The Polish campus is located in a nature reserve on the southern outskirts of Warsaw (30 minutes by metro from the city center). Study fees include costs for room and board on campus; this creates a close coexistence among the international student group.

Reputation and Rankings

According to the Times , the College of Europe is "to the European political elite what Harvard Business School is to the American corporate world". Der Spiegel writes that the College of Europe is "Europe's last bastion". It has been training Europe's drivers for half a century. A degree from college "opens up career opportunities, for example as a well-paid civil servant at the EU Commission, in the Council, in the European Parliament or as a lobbyist for one of the countless associations, for large law firms or company representatives. Thousands of graduates from the College of Europe, founded in 1949, have demonstrated that this It works out: Brussels is a playground for Bruges graduates. " The notorious "Bruges Mafia" have already helped one or the other to get a good job.


Nick Clegg , former UK Vice Prime Minister and alumnus of the 1991–1992 Mozart doctorate.
Alexander Stubb , Vice-President of the  European Investment Bank  in  Luxembourg and former Prime Minister of Finland , alumnus of the 1994–1995 Ramon Llull PhD, and professor at the college
Helle Thorning-Schmidt , General Manager of  Save the Children International and former Prime Minister of Denmark . Alumna of the 1992–1993 Karl IV. (HRR) doctorate
Nikola Poposki , Macedonian Foreign Minister and alumnus of the 2004–2005 Montesquieu doctorate
Ursula Plassnik , former Foreign Minister of Austria and alumna of the 1979–1980 Salvador de Madariaga doctorate
Manuel Marín , former President of the European Commission and alumnus of the 1973–1974 Giuseppe Mazzini doctorate

Many former students of the college (called Anciens in French) now work as ministers in their respective national governments, in European and national parliaments, as diplomats or in high-ranking positions in government and business.

A list of the "Anciens" from 1949 to 1999 can be found in The College of Europe. Fifty Years of Service to Europe (1999), written by Dieter Mahncke, Léonce Bekemans and Robert Picht .

Important alumni of the College of Europe in Bruges, Belgium (since 1949):

Important alumni of the College of Europe in Natolin, Poland (since 1992):

  • Gert Antsu , Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the Republic of Estonia to Ukraine
  • Jarosław Domański , Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the Republic of Poland to the Islamic Republic of Iran
  • Marija Pejčinović Burić , Deputy Prime Minister of Croatia, Minister for Foreign and European Affairs
  • Alyn Smith , Scottish Member of the European Parliament
  • Rafał Trzaskowski , Mayor of Warsaw, former member of the Polish Sejm, former Polish member of the European Parliament, former Polish Minister for Administration and Digitization, former State Secretary in the Polish Foreign Ministry


Years at the College of Europe are called "PhDs". Each doctorate bears the name of a famous European . The French École nationale d'administration (ENA) also has this tradition.

The opening ceremony of the college is presided over by a famous politician each year. This is called the orateur ; In recent years, among others, Angela Merkel , David Miliband , Jean-Claude Juncker , Javier Solana , José Manuel Barroso , Valéry Giscard d'Estaing , Juan Carlos I , Margaret Thatcher and François Mitterrand belong to the Orateur .

List of doctorates
year Name of the doctorate (patron) students Speakers at the opening ceremony (orateur)
Bruges unless otherwise stated
Important Anciens
Bruges unless otherwise stated
2019-2020 Hannah Arendt Donald Tusk (Bruges)
2018-2019 Manuel Marín 461 Antonio Tajani (Bruges) & Tibor Navracsics (Natolin)
2017-2018 Simone Veil 492 António Costa (Bruges) & Andrzej Duda (Natolin)
2016-2017 John Maynard Keynes 467 Jean-Claude Juncker (Bruges) & Ivanna Klympush-Tsintsadze (Natolin)
2015-2016 Frédéric Chopin 479 Alexander Stubb (Bruges) & Johannes Hahn (Natolin)
2014-2015 Giovanni Falcone & Paolo Borsellino 437 Mariano Rajoy (Bruges)
2013-2014 Voltaire 445 Inigo Mendez de Vigo (Bruges) & Bronisław Komorowski (Natolin)
2012-2013 Vaclav Havel 444 Helle Thorning-Schmidt (Bruges) & Vlad Filat (Natolin)
2011–2012 Marie Curie 448 Giorgio Napolitano (Bruges) & José Manuel Barroso (Natolin)
2010-2011 Albert Einstein 435 Angela Merkel (Bruges) & Štefan Füle (Natolin)
2009-2010 Charles Darwin 402 Jerzy Buzek (Bruges) & Toomas Hendrik Ilves (Natolin)
2008-2009 Marcus Aurelius 381 Yves Leterme (Bruges) & Hans-Gert Pöttering (Natolin)
2007-2008 Anna Politkovskaya & Hrant Dink 415 David Miliband (Bruges) & Carl Bildt (Natolin)
2006-2007 Nicolaus Copernicus 413 Jean-Claude Juncker (Bruges) & Aljaksandr Milinkewitsch (Natolin)
2005-2006 Ludwig van Beethoven 384 Javier Solana (Bruges) & Viktor Yushchenko (Natolin)
2004-2005 Montesquieu 404 José Manuel Barroso (Bruges) & Josep Borrell Fontelles (Natolin) Nikola Poposki
2003-2004 John Locke 391 Joschka Fischer (Bruges) & Danuta Hübner (Natolin)
2002-2003 Bertha von Suttner 370 Valéry Giscard d'Estaing (Bruges) & Erhard Busek (Natolin)
2001-2002 Simon Stevin 365 Giorgos Andrea Papandreou (Bruges) & Guy Verhofstadt (Natolin)
2000-2001 Aristotle 375 Giorgos Andrea Papandreou (Bruges) & Jan Kulakowski (Natolin)
1999-2000 Wilhelm & Alexander von Humboldt 374 Jacques Delors (Bruges) & Jean-Luc Dehaene (Natolin)
1998-1999 Leonardo da Vinci 337 Jean-Luc Dehaene (Bruges) & Philip, Duke of Edinburgh (Natolin)
1997-1998 Hendrik Brugmans 326 António Guterres (Bruges) & Ursula Stenzel (Natolin)
1996-1997 Alexis de Tocqueville 319 Wim Kok (Bruges) & Aleksander Kwaśniewski (Natolin) Ledi Bianku
1995-1996 Walter Hallstein 306 Klaus Hänsch (Bruges) & Jacques Santer (Natolin) Alexander Schallenberg
1994-1995 Ramon Llull 296 Juan Carlos I. (Bruges) & Andrzej Olechowski (Natolin) Alexander Stubb , Alyn Smith (Natolin)
1993-1994 Stefan Zweig 263 Thomas Klestil Geert Van Calster
1992-1993 Charles IV (HRR) 264 Jacques Santer Helle Thorning-Schmidt , Stephen Kinnock , Andreas Maurer
1991-1992 Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart 212 Flavio Cotti Nick Clegg , Árni Páll Árnason
1990-1991 Hans & Sophie Scholl 245 Richard von Weizsäcker Valerie Plame
1989-1990 Denis de Rougemont 200 Jacques Delors
1988-1989 Christopher Dawson 204 Margaret Thatcher David McWilliams , Sylvie Lucas , Gry Tina Tinde
1987-1988 Altiero Spinelli 178 François Mitterrand
1986-1987 William Penn 177 Ruud Lubbers
1985-1986 Christopher Columbus 158 Felipe Gonzalez Chris Hoornaert , Margaritis Schinas
1984-1985 Madame de Staël 123 Altiero Spinelli
1983-1984 Jean Rey 133 Garret FitzGerald Marc van der Woude
1982-1983 Joseph Bech 122 Gaston Thorn
1981-1982 Johan Willem Beyen 123 Bruno Kreisky Enzo Moavero Milanesi
1980-1981 Jean Monnet 131 Simone Veil Philippe Régnier
1979-1980 Salvador de Madariaga 140 Dries van Agt Ursula Plassnik , Andrew Tyrie , Martin Donnelly , Marc Jaeger
1978-1979 Paul-Henri Spaak 130 Guy Spitaels Claudia Kahr , Bruno de Witte
1977-1988 Karl Renner 128 Mario Soares Louise Fréchette , Ferdinand Trauttmansdorff , Holger Michael , Thomas Mayr-Harting
1976-1977 Peter Paul Rubens 120 Leo Tindemans Jonathan Faull
1975-1976 Adam Jerzy Czartoryski 101 Edgar Faure David O'Sullivan
1974-1975 Aristide Briand 111 Herman De Croo Simon Henry Ward Hughes
1973-1974 Giuseppe Mazzini 92 Karl Otto Pöhl Manuel Marín , Ioanna Babassika
1972-1973 Richard Nikolaus Coudenhove-Kalergi 59 George Brown Jo linen
1971-1972 Dante Alighieri 58 Altiero Spinelli & Hendrik Brugmans
1970-1971 Winston Churchill 57 Jean Rey & Hendrik Brugmans Luc Coene , Niels Egelund
1969-1970 William II (Orange) 49 Albert II (Belgium) & Hendrik Brugmans
1968-1969 Konrad Adenauer 47 Robert van Schendel & Hendrik Brugmans
1967-1968 Comenius 54 Alfons de Vreese
1966-1967 George C. Marshall 56 Jean Rey & Hendrik Brugmans Goenawan Mohamad
1965-1966 Thomas More 52 Hendrik Brugmans Adrien Zeller , Josef Joffe , Nigel Forman
1964-1965 Robert Schuman 45 Salvador de Madariaga & Hendrik Brugmans Lars-Jacob Krogh
1963-1964 Thomas Paine 48 Hendrik Brugmans Helmut Turk
1962-1963 August Vermeylen 46 Pierre Harmel & Hendrik Brugmans György Schöpflin
1961–1962 Gottfried Wilhelm Leibniz 37 Hugo Geiger & Hendrik Brugmans Albert Rohan
1960-1961 Saint-Simon 38 Hendrik Brugmans Leif Terje Løddesøl
1959-1960 Sully 43 Hendrik Brugmans Torolf Raa , Gabriel Fragnière
1958-1959 Fridtjof Nansen 40 Hendrik Brugmans Franz Ceska , Frans Alphons Maria Alting von Geusau
1957-1958 Henry the Navigator 40 Hendrik Brugmans Guy Spitaels
1956-1957 Raoul Dautry 36 Hendrik Brugmans Jim top star
1955-1956 Virgil 33 Hendrik Brugmans Francesco Paolo Fulci
1954-1955 Alcide De Gasperi 36 Hendrik Brugmans
1953-1954 Erasmus 39 Hendrik Brugmans Ian McIntyre , Willibald Pahr
1952-1953 Tomáš Garrigue Masaryk 40 Hendrik Brugmans Jon Ola Norbom , Otto von der Gablentz
1951-1952 Juan Luis Vives 30th Hendrik Brugmans
1950-1951 Antoine de Saint-Exupery 35 Hendrik Brugmans
1949 Preparatory (no name) 22nd J. van Hoestenberghe & Salvador de Madariaga

Professors and lecturers

The College of Europe is famous for its concept of the "Flying Faculty". Few professors are exclusively college professors. Rather, the professors come as "visiting professors" from science, administration and the private sector. This guarantees a special proximity to the practice. The teaching staff is at least as international as the student body. The Europakolleg follows the principle of first developing a program and then looking for the best people. During the academic year, a. Conferences with renowned practitioners such as Jean-Claude Juncker or Günter Verheugen are organized and workshops, simulations, discussions and excursions are offered.

Well-known current and former professors

Rectors of the College of Europe


  • Karel Verleye: De stichting van het Europacollege te Brugge. Ryckevelde Foundation, 1989.
  • The College of Europe. Fifty years of service to Europe. College of Europe publications, Brugge 1999, ISBN 90-804983-1-9 .
  • Paul Demaret, Inge Govaere, Dominique Hanf (eds.): Dynamiques juridiques européennes. Edition revue et mise à jour de 30 ans d'études juridiques européennes au Collège d'Europe. (= College of Europe studies. No. 2). Peter Lang, Brussels 2007, ISBN 978-90-5201-067-0 .

Web links

Individual evidence

  1. ↑ Career goal Brussels. on:
  2. ^ History. College of Europe, accessed March 27, 2012 .
  3. Chancellor Merkel opens 61st academic year at the College of Europe. (No longer available online.) European Movement Germany , November 3, 2010, archived from the original on November 19, 2010 ; Retrieved November 4, 2010 .
  4. ^ Speech by President Xi Jinping at the College of Europe. Chinese Embassy Ireland, April 1, 2014, accessed July 2, 2014 .
  5. Which way will Nick Clegg turn? ( September 17, 2011 memento on WebCite ) In: The Sunday Times. April 25, 2010.
  6. The last bastion. In: Spiegel online. 17th October 2011.
  7. a b Kaderschmiede for Brussels. ( Memento from July 1, 2007 in the Internet Archive )
  8. ^ Opening ceremonies. ( Memento of May 25, 2011 in the Internet Archive ) at:
  9. Opening Ceremony, Bruges Campus | College of Europe. Retrieved November 22, 2019 .
  10. ^ College of Europe Bruges in Bruegge, Belgium. ( Memento from February 19, 2014 in the Internet Archive )
  11. See Bruges - and study. In: May 31, 2011, accessed March 17, 2018 .
  12. Study courses in Bruges. ( Memento from March 16, 2012 in the Internet Archive )

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