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Haifa Center for German and European Studies (HCGES)

The Haifa Center for German and European Studies (HCGES) is a joint project of the University of Haifa and the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD).

Founded in 2007, the mission of the HCGES is to expose students, researchers and the broader community to modern Germany. In order to achieve this goal the Center engages in intensified Germany-related teaching activities and supports relevant research projects. The Center emphasizes the social, political, legal, economic and cultural develompents and tendencies in Germany since 1945.

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The HCGES is an interdisciplinary center. It is anchored in the Research Authority of the University of Haifa and cooperates with the university's faculties of the humanities, social sciences, and law. The Center also supports relevant activities of other faculties and institutions at the University of Haifa that are connected to modern Germany. In order to achieve this goal the Center engages in intensified Germany-related teaching activities and supports relevant research projects. The Center emphasizes the social, political, legal, economic, and cultural developments and tendencies in Germany since 1945.

Course Offerings

The HCGES coordinates teaching activities related to contemporary Germany at the University of Haifa. Courses are currently offered at the above mentioned faculties, covering a broad spectrum of topics ranging from the German civil code, through modern German literature to the relationship between politics and sports.

Since October 2009 the Center has been offering an M.A. Program in German and European Studies. The courses take place in English. The goal of the course is to widen the knowledge of the students about Germany and about Europe.

The program offers an interdisciplinary curriculum that includes different fields of study. These include the subjects of economics, law, political science, geography, environmental science, sociology, history and literature, as well as German as a foreign language. In addition, weekly seminars are held with international renowned guest lecturers, which round off the range of courses. A highlight is the annual study tour. Numerous scholarships are available. 

Research

The HCGES actively supports research in the different fields of German and European Studies. The Center grants scholarships to students (MA or doctoral levels) whose research projects are associated with contemporary Germany. Some of the research areas that have been supported by the Center include migration and integration, German policy of education and the culture of memory.

The aim of the Center is to develop original and innovative research on modern Germany and EU/Europe and to train the next generation of scholars in this field.

Public Events

The HCGES organizes events which are open to the public-at-large. Past events presented by the HCGES include panel discussions on German identity and patriotism, multiculturalism, the aftermath of the "Generation of '68" and the developments following the fall of the Berlin Wall two decades ago.

Contact Us

Haifa Center for German & European Studies (HCGES)

Education and Sciences Complex
Abraham & Rachel Kluger Building
Room 644
University of Haifa 
Mount Carmel 
Haifa 31905 
Tel: +97248288159
Fax: +972 4 8288195
hcges@univ.haifa.ac.il

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