Student societies and European commitment in Passau
Students and researchers from all over Europe have found made their home in Passau because of the University – and have often brought aspects of their home country with them. No wonder there are always some student societies, associations and organisations in Passau that have a strong connection to Europe!
Some call it Europe, we call it home!
AEGEE is the largest European interdisciplinary student organisation with local groups in 40 European countries and over 200 university cities. The acronym stands for "Association des États Généraux des Étudiants de l'Europe" and can be translated as European Students' Forum. AEGEE works on a voluntary, non-profit basis and is non-denominational and politically independent. We want to realise a united Europe without prejudices, true to the motto "United in Diversity". We fight for an open and tolerant society today and in the future. In doing so, we represent and promote values and goals such as democracy, human rights, tolerance, transnational cooperation, mobility and a European dimension in education. We advocate cultural exchange, civic engagement, higher education and peace and stability. This takes the form of Europe-wide Action Days, mentoring Erasmus students, trainings and workshops, Summer Universities, Case Study Trips, thematic projects, conferences, parties and much more! The organisation enjoys consultative status with the Council of Europe and the United Nations. In addition, AEGEE has action status with UNESCO and is a member of the European Youth Forum. Our work is supported by the European Commission.
We are the university group „Gemeinsam in Europa“(Together in Europe) at the University of Passau. Based on the principle "We all have so much in common", we have been working since 2018 to bring all the different subgroups of our society together. To this end, we create encounters and new perspectives, impart knowledge, and educate. Our goal is to inspire young students to become volunteers and to get involved in integration and inclusion. As a diverse group of students from different disciplines, we plan a wide variety of activities that are carried out directly on the spot in Passau. Supported by the European Solidarity Corps and backed by the association Gemeinsam leben und lernen e.V. (Living and learning together), we are in a very good position to put our ideas into practice. So every day there is the opportunity to get involved and actively participate.
If our group and what we stand for is appealing to you, then feel free to write us a message. That way you can join us at our next meeting and get directly involved in projects and advocate for the issues that interest you!
Together in Europe
Perspektive Osteuropa is an inter-faculty initiative of the University of Passau that aims to build a bridge to the East for students and graduates and to promote contacts with companies operating in East-Central and Eastern Europe.
The initiative provides a platform to intensify the exchange between science and business, university, students and companies and shows graduates and students with Eastern European skills their opportunities and potential career fields.
In addition, the initiative gives students ideas and opportunities for intensive study of East Central and Eastern Europe.
The initiative's activities include the organisation of practical and Eastern European-related events:
- Company presentations
- Discussion rounds with professional practitioners
- Country presentations
- Maintenance of an online applicant database
Perspective Eastern Europe
The regional association in Passau is organised as a political student group at the University of Passau. We currently have 35 members and meet once a week during the semester to discuss current European policy issues. Afterwards, we go to one of Passau's pubs for an informal get-together.
In addition to our weekly meetings, we organise political lectures and discussion groups at the university. We also have a close partnership with JEF Prague, with whom we meet twice a year and organise joint theme evenings.
We are always open to new members, so if you are interested in our programme, get in touch!