Order arranged by length of membership

The University of Oxford

As the oldest university in the English-speaking world, Oxford is a unique and historic institution. There is no clear date of foundation, but teaching existed at Oxford in some form in 1096 and developed rapidly from 1167, when Henry II banned English students from attending the University of Paris. In 1188, the historian Gerald of Wales, gave a public reading to the assembled Oxford dons and in 1190 the arrival of Emo of Friesland, the first known overseas student, set in motion the University’s tradition of international scholarly links.

Professor Louise Richardson

Vice-Chancellor of the University of Oxford

Oxford now has its first woman Vice-Chancellor since the post was created nearly 800 years ago in Louise Richardson, who came in at the beginning of the year from her post as Principal and Vice-Chancellor of the University of St Andrews. She succeeds Professor Andrew Hamilton who has been a good friend of the Europaeum. “Oxford is one of the world’s great universities. I feel enormously privileged to be given the opportunity to lead this remarkable institution during an exciting time for higher education,” she says.  Richardson has an international reputation as a scholar of terrorism and security studies. Her works include the groundbreaking study What Terrorists Want: Understanding the Enemy, Containing the Threat (New York: Random House, 2006). She was born in the Republic of Ireland, second of seven siblings, and gained a BA in history from Trinity College, Dublin, an MA in political science from the University of California, Los Angeles, and an MA and PhD in government from Harvard. Prior to joining St Andrews in 2009, she was Executive Dean of the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study at Harvard University, where she received several honours for her teaching. Oxford’s nominating committee was chaired by the Chancellor, Lord Patten, who also sits on the Europaeum Board of Trustees, who noted:  “Her distinguished record both as an educational leader and as an outstanding scholar provides an excellent basis for her to lead Oxford in the coming years.” She becomes an automatic member of our Academic Council.

Universiteit Leiden

Leiden University is the oldest university in the Netherlands. It was founded in February 1575, as a gift from William of Orange to the citizens of Leiden after they had withstood a long siege by the Spanish.  It was the first university in the Netherlands to practise freedom of belief and religion, as reflected in the university’s motto, praesidium libertatis, Bastion of Liberty. It was this atmosphere of freedom of speech that provided the right environment for philosophers such as Spinoza and Descartes to develop their ideas.

Professor Carel Stolker

Rector Magnificus Universiteit Leiden

Professor Carel J.J.M. Stolker (Leiden, 23 June 1954) became Rector Magnificus and President of Leiden University with effect from February 2013. He succeeded Paul F. van der Heijden. Professor Stolker was Dean of the Leiden Law School from 2005 to 2011, and Vice-Dean for Research from 2000-2005. Carel Stolker studied Law at Leiden University from 1974 to 1979 and subsequently became a faculty member of the civil law department. He received his PhD in 1988, based on a dissertation (published as a book) on the liability of medical doctors, in particular in wrongful birth cases (Kluwer 1988). He subsequently published a study on the medical liability crisis in the United States (Kluwer/BSH 1989), as well as a large number of other publications on different topics of private law and comparative law. In 1991 he taught liability law at the University of California, Hastings School of Law, in San Francisco. Before taking up the post of Dean, he published regularly on issues relating to liability law, in co-operation with Hastings’ colleague David Levine.

Université Paris I Panthéon-Sorbonne

The name Université Paris I Panthéon-Sorbonne is derived from the Collège de Sorbonne, founded in 1257 by Robert de Sorbon as one of the first significant colleges of the medieval University of Paris. The university as such predates the college by about a century, and minor colleges had been founded already in the late 12th century. The Collège de Sorbonne was suppressed during the French revolution, reopened by Napoleon in 1808 and finally closed in 1882. This was only one of the many colleges of the University of Paris that existed until the French revolution.

Professor Georges Haddad

Président de l’Université Paris 1 Panthéon-Sorbonne

Professor Georges Haddad replaced Philippe Boutry as the next President of the Paris 1 Sorbonne University. 22 years on since he last held this august post. Professor Haddad specialises in Mathematics, starting his academic career at the University of Tours in 1975, before joining Paris I as a lecturer. He worked at Nice, then back to Paris 1 when he was President of the University from 1989 to 1994. He also became first president of the French Conference of University Presidents (1992-94). He founded the Marin Mersenne research laboratory for mathematics, informatics and interdisciplinary applications, and is a member of several scientific and educational councils. He participated in the World Conference on Higher Education as Chairperson of its Steering Committee (1994-99), and was a member of the Task Force on Higher Education in Developing Countries (World Bank-UNESCO) from 1998-2000. He took up the position of Director of UNESCO’s Division of Higher Education in 2004, and since 2010 has been leading the Education Research and Foresight in the Education Sector of UNESCO.

Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies, Geneva

The Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies is one of the world’s leading centres of teaching and research which focuses on international relations and development issues. The Institute has a long/standing reputation of excellence and shares strong ties with the international and non-governmental organisations in Geneva as well as being home to a diverse and vibrant group of students and faculty from all over the world.

Professor Philippe Burrin

Director of the Graduate Institute of International Studies (HEI)

Professor Philippe Burrin became director of the Graduate Institute of International Studies (HEI) in 2004. Prior to his appointment at HEI, Professor Burrin taught at the University of Geneva from 1985-88, and was appointed Professor of International Relations at HEI in 1988. Professor Burrin earned a PhD in International Relations from the HEI and his teaching and research interests are in the fields of history of international relations, with a special focus on ideologies, international comparison of political movements and regimes, migrants and refugees, wars and military occupations, as well as mass violence and genocide.

Univerzita Karlova, Prague

A Czech and Roman king Charles IV founded the Prague university by a deed of foundation on April 7, 1348 as a first university (studium generale) to the north of the Alps and to the east of Paris. The Charles University belongs to old European universities. It followed the example of the Bolognese and the Parisian universities and in a short time became internationally famous.

Professor Tomáš Zima

Rector of Charles University

Professor Tomáš Zima was elected Rector of Charles University in 2013 and began his appointment in February 2014, taking over from Vaclav Hampl. He graduated in medicine from Charles University in 1990, and went on to work in a Nephrology and Dialysis Department in Prague. He was habilitated in 1996, and in 2001 became Professor of Medical Chemistry and Biochemistry at Charles. Professor Zima was also Dean of the General University Hospital (VFN) from 2005-2012, and has been Vice-Dean of the Public Relations Department since 2012. His areas of expertise lie in clinical biochemistry, internal diseases and nephrology, and he has more than 250 publications, including an acclaimed monograph on laboratory diagnostics (Zima T. et al.: Laboratorní diagnostika, Galén Karolinum, Prague 2002). His key priority for Charles University is to continue improvements in quality and prestige of teaching and research, and to “contribute to the refinement and development of education and culture in the Czech Republic”. His vision for the future involves Charles defending its academic freedoms while serving as an institution that acts confident, prestigious, valuing their traditions, but also modern, inspiring and open to the wider world“.

Universidad Complutense de Madrid

The Complutense University of Madrid (UCM) is a public research university located in Madrid, and one of the oldest universities in the world (founded in 1499 by Cardenal Cisneros, as Universitas Complutensis). It is located on a sprawling campus that occupies the entirety of the Ciudad Universitaria district of Madrid, with annexes in the district of Somosaguas in the neighboring city of Pozuelo de Alarcón.

Professor Carlos Andradas Heranz

Rector of the Complutense University of Madrid

As of May 13th 2015 the Complutense University of Madrid has a new rector. Professor of Algebra since 1997, Carlos Andradas Heranz was elected as the new rector with 60.5% of the votes. He is the author of over forty research papers in journals with impact in the field of Real Algebraic Geometry, as well as the co-author of the book “Constructible Sets in Real Geometry.” Carlos Andradas has relationships with many universities. He has been a visiting professor at the Universities of Berkeley, Stanford and Harvard, and a visiting researcher at the University of Rennes, Pisa, Dortmund and Münster, and the Science Mathematical Research Institute (MSRI) in Berkeley. His experience in the field of university management is equally extensive and impressive as his academic career; at the Complutense University he has served as a Vice President of Research, Vice Chancellor for Academic Policy, Dean of the Faculty of Mathematics, and Dean of Research and Director of the Department. Professor Andradas has also been the president of the Royal Spanish Mathematical Society (2000-2006), and the president of the Confederation of Spanish Scientific Societies (COSCE) (2011- 2015). From November 2012 he has been a member of the advisory board of Science, Technology and Innovation at the Ministry of Economy and Competitiveness.

Helsingin Yliopisto

As the University of Helsinki was founded in 1640 by Queen Christina of Sweden (1626–1689) in Turku, as the Royal Academy of Turku, the senior part of the school formed the core of the new university, while the junior year courses formed a grammar school. It was the third university founded in the Swedish Empire, following Uppsala University and the Academia Gustaviana in Dorpat (predecessor to the University of Tartu in Estonia).

Professor Jukka Kola

Rector of the University of Helsinki

Rector Jukka Kola began his five-year term of office in August 2013. The rector manages the operations of the University and is responsible for the efficient, economic and effective completion of the University’s duties. Professor Kola, vice-Rector since 2010, who gained his doctorate at Helsinki, and was a Fulbright Scholar at Illinois, was selected for his ‘extensive leadership experience’, for an ‘attentive and interactive style of leadership’, and for a ‘broad, encompassing perspective on the future of the University’. He says his aim is to take Helsinki forward to become one of the world’s 50 best universities by improving our basic functions, bearing in mind the economic climate. “The most important challenge in the near future is to recruit international talent from all over the world,” he states. “Finland’s best students already apply to the University of Helsinki, but to stay on top, we need the best students and researchers from abroad as well.”

Uniwersytet Jagiellonski

Founded in 1364 by Casimir the Great, the Jagiellonian is oldest university in Poland and the second oldest in Central Europe. It continuously ranks among the top universities in Emerging Europe and Central Asia, and has been home to many notable figures including Copernicus. The original manuscript of his De Revolutionibus is still kept in the Jagiellonian library. The university is divided into 15 faculties and is academic home to over 50,000 students, more than half of which are women.

Professor Wojciech Nowak

Rector of the Jagiellonian University

Professor Wojciech Nowak was elected Rector of the Jagiellonian University, Kraków in September 2012. He received his doctorate from the Academy of Medicine, Kraków in 1982, and has authored, or co-authored, over 133 publications and three monographs. Formerly, Professor Nowak was Head of the Faculty of Anatomy at the Jagiellonian (2004-08), Dean of the Faculty of Medicine (2005-08), and Vice-Rector of the Jagiellonian Medical College (2008-12). His academic interests include endocrine surgery, ultrasound in surgery, the surgical treatment of tumours of the digestive tract, breast cancer, and transplantology. He has been President of the European Society of Surgery (ESS) since 2010, is a member of the Examination Board of the Division of General Surgery, and a member of the European Union Network of Excellence for Gastric Cancer since 2007. He was made an Officer of the Order of Saint-Charles in 2012.

 Universitat Pompeu Fabra

Universitat Pompeu Fabra (UPF) is a modern public university, established in 1990 and located in three neighbouring campuses in the city centre of Barcelona. UPF was founded to develop a new university model in Catalonia and Spain, noted for quality teaching, proximity to the students, a high level of internationalisation and emphasis on research and innovation. All its indicators have made it a benchmark for the Spanish university system.

Professor Jaume Casals

Rector of the Pompeu Fabra University (UPF) Barcelona

Jaume Casals is Professor of Philosophy at the Humanities Department of Pompeu Fabra University (UPF) and a senior fellow of the Institute for Catalan Studies (Institut d’Estudis Catalans). He holds a Ph.D. in Philosophy (UAB, 1984). Before becoming a professor at UPF he taught at the Autonomous University of Barcelona (UAB) and Paris Diderot University (Paris 7). At UPF, he was the Continuing Education Institute’s (IDEC) Academic Board Chairman and Executive Vice-President (2009-2013), Vice-Rector for Teaching Staff (2005-2009) and for Postgraduate and Doctoral Studies (2001-2005), as well as Dean of the Humanities Faculty (2000-2001). He was also President of the University Libraries Consortium of Catalonia (CBUC, 2005-2009), Director of the Barcelona Humanities Institute (Institut d’Humanitats de Barcelona) and Chair of the UAB Philosophy Department (1990-1992). His main lines of research include the Greek genesis of modern and contemporary thought, philosophy and literature. He has translated and edited works by Montaigne, Montesquieu, Berkeley and Bergson, and is the author of 40 articles and the books La filosofia de Montaigne [The Philosophy of Montaigne]; L’experiment d’Aristòtil. Literatura d’una incursió en la metafísica [Aristotle’s Experiment: Literature of an Incursion into Metaphysics]; El pou de la paraula. Una història de la saviesa grega [The Well of Words: A History of Greek Wisdom] and El aprendizaje de la muerte en la historia de las ideas [Learning from Death in the History of Ideas]. He was joint editor-in-chief of the journal L’Avenç (1999-2000) and contributor and member of the editorial boards of various international scientific series on Renaissance literature and philosophy.

Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität München

The University was founded in 1472 in Ingolstadt, and has moved cities twice since then. Today, LMU Munich has matured into one of the world’s leading international universities. The university in Ingolstadt began with four faculties: the Faculty of Arts, the completion of which qualified a student for the other three faculties: medicine, jurisprudence, or theology.

Professor Dr. Bernd Huber

President of Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität (LMU) München

Professor Dr. Bernd Huber has been the President of Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität (LMU) München since 2002, and he is Professor of Public Finance. He holds a degree in economics from the University of Gießen (1984) and received his doctoral degree in politics from the University of Würzburg (1988) and his habilitation in Würzburg in 1994. He was then appointed Chair in Public Finance at LMU München, then Dean of the Faculty, before being elected President. His research interests centre on the fields of fiscal policy and the management of government debt. His publications include Staatsverschuldung und Allokationseffizienz (Public Debt and Allocative Efficiency, 1990), Optimale Finanzpolitik und zeitliche Inkonsistenz (Optimal Fiscal Policy and Time-Inconsistency, 1996), Chancen und Grenzen föderalen Wettbewerbs (The Opportunities and Limits of Federal Competition, co-authored, 2000), and Die Einwohnergewichtung auf Länderebene im Länderfinanzausgleich (Weighting by Population in the Fiscal Equalisation of the Federal States, co-authored, 2000). He serves on several advisory councils, including the German Ministry of Finance Scientific Council and of the Board of Directors of Venice International University. Since 2008, Professor Huber has been chairman of League of European Research Universities.

University of St Andrews

Founded around 1413 by a group of Augustinian clergy, St Andrews is the oldest university in Scotland and the third oldest university in the English-speaking world. It is also ranked the top university in Scotland, and third behind Oxford and Cambridge in the UK, in recent leading league tables. A member of the association of leading European universities since June 2017, it is one of the newer partners within the Europaeum, signaling St Andrew’s commitment to remaining a highly connected global university.

Professor Sally Mapstone

Vice-Chancellor of the University of St Andrews

Professor Sally Mapstone is Principal and Vice-Chancellor of the University of St Andrews. She was previously Professor of Older Scots Literature at Oxford, where she also served as Pro-Vice-Chancellor for Personnel (2009-11) and Pro-Vice-Chancellor for Education (2011-16). She is on the international advisory board of Helsinki, and of one of the steering groups at the League of European Research Universities. She read English Language and Literature at Oxford, where she also gained her doctorate on Older Scots literature, examining literature and book history in Scots and in Latin before 1707. She remains an Emeritus Fellow of St Hilda’s College, and Honorary Fellow of Wadham College, Oxford, as well as Honorary President of the Scottish Text Society, Honorary Fellow of the Association for Scottish Literary Studies, and a Fellow of the English Association.

University of Luxembourg

Founded in 2003, the University of Luxembourg is the only public university of the Grand Duchy of Luxembourg.  Multilingual, international and research-oriented, it is also a modern institution with a personal atmosphere, close to European institutions, innovative companies and the financial centre. It consists of three faculties, three interdisciplinary centres and is spread out over three physical sites.

Professor Stéphane Pallage


Professor Pallage grew up in Malmedy, Belgium, and holds Belgian and Canadian citizenship. Having embarked on his academic career at the University of Liège, he earned a Master’s degree in Industrial Administration (Finance) and a Ph.D. in economic sciences from Carnegie Melon University in Pittsburgh, USA.

As a professor of the University of Quebec in Montreal, he worked extensively on applied macroeconomics, dynamic general equilibrium models, international aid, and the fight against child labour. He has been the dean of the School of Management at the University of Quebec in Montreal since 2013. This school has 15,000 students, 300 professors, 300 lecturers and nearly 100,000 alumni throughout the world. In addition to his academic excellence and skills in managing a major academic institution, Professor Pallage brings to bear work experience in a multicultural environment, speaks French and English fluently and understands German.

“The young University of Luxembourg is certainly one of the European institutions with the highest potential,” Professor Pallage stated. “It is both a challenge and a unique opportunity to have the privilege of supporting the development of such a university.”

The Chairman of the Board of Governors, Yves Elsen, underscores: “His knowledge of several academic cultures and experience in running a major institution of higher education and research convinced the Board of Governors that Professor Stéphane Pallage will be the driving force of sustainable development for the University, its international reputation and its rooting in the social and economic fabric of Luxembourg.”

Associate Member: Institute of Political Studies, Catholic University of Portugal

Since its foundation in 1996-97, the Institute of Political Studies at the Catholic University of Portugal has gathered together more of the best Portuguese senior scholars and professionals in Political Science and International Relations, Security and Defence. Its MA and PhD Programmes have aimed at fostering an international atmosphere where longing for knowledge and the excitement of ideas are open to all – provided one is prepared to work hard and engage in the critical examination of different lines of argument, tested by experience.

Professor João Carlos Espada

Founding Director of the Institute for Political Studies at the Catholic University of Portugal

Professor João Carlos Espada is director and founder of the Institute for Political Studies at the Catholic University of Portugal, where he is University professor of Political Studies. He was previously a tenured Research Fellow at the Institute of Social Sciences of the University of Lisbon. From January 2011 to December 2013, he was the first chair holder of the European Parliament/Bronislaw Geremek European Civilisation Chair at the College of Europe, campus of Natolin (Warsaw). He earned his D.Phil (1990-1994) from the University of Oxford (St. Antony’s College), under the supervision of [Lord] Ralf Dahrendorf, and he taught at Brown (1994-95), Stanford (1996) and Georgetown (1999-2000) Universities in the US. His works include Social Citizenship Rights: A Critique of F.A. Hayek and Raymond Plant, with a Foreword by Ralf Dahrendorf (London: MacMillan, 1996), and, The Democratic
Invention (Editor with Marc F. Plattner; Baltimore and London: The Johns Hopkins University Press).

Central European University, Budapest

In solidarity with the difficulties the Central European University (Budapest) is currently facing, we are listing this institution on a short term basis, not as a member, but to show our support through a special relationship.