top of page

Partner Institutions

Home > Network > Partners

EMMIR is run by a Consortium of nine partners: three African, four European, and two Asian institutions (read more about the Consortium here). Partners in the consortium represent multi-disciplinary expertise in migration studies and intersecting fields, such as gender studies, cultural studies, and education and development studies.

The EMMIR Consortium consists of the following partners:

University of Oldenburg in Oldenburg, Germany


Running several study programmes, international cooperations, research initiatives and (interdisciplinary) academic centres, UOL may claim to be among the leading universities in Germany when it comes to migration studies, intercultural education, and gender studies. The Working Group “Migration-Gender-Politics,” coordinating and implementing EMMIR at UOL, is specialised in internationally oriented, transdisciplinary projects at the intersection of migration and gender studies. The expertise includes transnational curriculum development and cooperation with many partner universities in Europe, Africa, and Asia. Recent projects related to the programme’s issues and foci include:

  • New Borderlands or Cosmopolitanism from Below? (2012); international conference on linking theories of border, concepts of cosmopolitanism and citizenship in migration studies, organised at UOL (with EMMIR partners and others); 


University of Stavanger in Stavanger, Norway

The University of Stavanger (UiS) was the leading partner in the initiative for a joint (European) MA course on Migration and Intercultural Relations in 2001. Faculty involved in EMMIR has broad experience in curriculum development and in teaching migration issues and initiatives related to intercultural education. Moreover, migration is one of the foci at the EMMIR hosting Faculty of Arts and Education.


Especially grounding in migration history and migration sociology, the institution has developed a focus on micro-history, linked to a re-assessment of concepts of time, temporality, place and location, of migrant narratives and migration experiences. Scholars at UiS strongly cooperate with scholars from other institutions – e.g. the Centre for Intercultural Communication (SIK) and VID Specialized University – and different disciplines in social sciences and humanities.


Projects UiS has been involved in related to the programme’s issues and foci include:


UiS in addition avails of the necessary infrastructure and expertise to host the full editions for the second semester, teachers and administrative staff alike avail of all the necessary expertise and experience.

Ahfad University for Women in Omdurman, Sudan


The Regional Institute of Gender, Diversity, Peace and Rights (RIGDPR) at Ahfad University for Women, Omdurman, is concerned with issues related to gender, migration, and intercultural relation. It offers several post-graduate programmes, conducts extensive research and curriculum activities. Connected to the EDULINK funded curriculum development and research cooperation IMMIS (a.o. with UOL and MUST, 2008-2011), it was among the first institutions in eastern Africa to develop and implement modules focusing on migration and multiculturalism, linking those issues to gender, development, governance, and peace studies.

Research projects carried out by RIGDPR staff are mostly of an interdisciplinary nature and often undertaken in partnership by academia and experts from NGOs or governmental institutions in Sudan as well as outside Sudan. Research undertaken in the past five years focused on questions regarding ethnic identity and cultural diversity, human rights and conflict resolution, migrant domestic work and reproductive health.


RIGDPR’s mission also includes developing solid partnership and close collaborations with various national, regional, and international organisations including government and academic institutions. Moreover, RIGDPR engages in advocacy activities for achieving change at policy and community level in areas of diversity, peace, rights, migration, and governance. These activities include public lectures and advocacy workshops.

Mbarara University for Science and Technology in Mbarara, Uganda


MUST is spearheading the implementation of migration studies as a transversal task in the university’s postgraduate courses. From 2008 to 2011, MUST was one of the partners in the Edulink funded research and curriculum development project IMMIS and contributed considerably to the development of EMMIR and to the implementation of migration studies in African higher education. EMMIR is hosted by the Institute of Interdisciplinary Training and Research, the programme is interlinked with the postgraduate course in Conflict Analysis and Inclusive Development.


MUST’s key expertise draws on forced migration and internal displacement as well as gender issues, as a matter of principle it focuses on the practical applications of social sciences to the needs of the community. Besides, MUST offers community based training and contributes to the interdisciplinary analysis of development in Uganda by focusing practically on the comparative problems of the prospects for Uganda and the Great Lakes Region and advances capacity in development studies by contributing to local, national and international policy making.

Current research projects include 'Finding Durable Solutions for Old Refugee Case Loads in Nakivale Refugee Settlement,' in partnership with University of Antwerp, Belgium and funded by Virilous (Belgian Development Cooperation). In addition, EMMIR benefits from the strong relationships between MUST and the UNHCR implementing partners in Nakivale Refugee Settlement, providing students with internship opportunities and also facilitating research activities in the settlement setting, particularly following art-based research approaches. Currently, MUST is also involved in the development of a joint project proposal with the University of Rwanda and UOL in the area of Post-Conflict, Peace, and Reconciliation. Since 2012, MUST is hosting EMMIR students for the third semester focus module and also provides an organisational framework for project-based internships in Nakivale.

University of Nova Gorica in Nova Gorica, Slovenia


UNG joined the network now running EMMIR in 2001 and has been involved in joint curriculum development and the set-up of the forerunner programme JMMIR. The key staff representing EMMIR in this application has considerably contributed to the programme implementation throughout the first funding period. Other projects and activities implemented within the framework of migration, intercultural relations, and transculturality include: 

  • Doctoral programme in Humanities: encompassing literary studies, migration, and intercultural relations, and focusing specifically on contemporary methodological and theoretical skills.

  • Travelling TexTs 1790-1914 – Transnational Reception of Women’s Writing at the Fringes of Europe (2013–2016, HERA/FP7): This HERA-funded collaborative research project studies the role of women’s writing in the transnational literary field during the long 19th century. It explores cultural encounters through reading and writing that contributed to shaping modern cultural imaginaries in Europe. By tracing and comparing the networks created through women’s writing from the perspective of five countries (Norway, Finland, Slovenia, Spain, the Netherlands) located at the fringes of 19th-century Europe it questions the relations between centre and periphery from a gendered point of view. The project thus contributes to the development of new, transnational models of writing the history of European literary culture.

  • BoB – Balancing on the Border (2014, 2015): The bi-national twin-city Nova Gorica forms the backdrop for an intensive programme, in which students from Norway, Portugal, and Slovenia collaboratively researched aspects of ‘balancing life on the border’ by means of audio-visual and multimedia artistic works and encompassing various border-related phenomena, e.g., trans-border migration for work, culturally mixed marriages, language barriers, cultural and historical links and cleavages, political micro-geographical and territorial issues, naturally as well as architecturally manifest border phenomena. 

University of South Bohemia in Ceske Budjejovice, Czechia


The University of South Bohemia (USB) in Ceské Budjovice is a public institution of advanced learning. On a long-term basis, USB supports and promotes ideas and values of a democratic society through the education, research and public engagement on local as well as national level. For this reason, USB is also involved in many international projects and has developed a wide network of active partnerships on the supranational level.


The main and the most important task of the Department of Social Sciences at the Faculty of Education, which is the coordinator of the EMMIR in the Czech Republic since 2011, is the training of future teachers of civic education with emphasis on active participation of students in various projects and research. However, since 2005 one of the main areas of expertise of the Department is migration with a focus on processes of nationalism, ethnicity, and representations. USB was also a partner institution of the project Comenius 3 Learning Migration (funded by the European Commission) together with other European EMMIR partners, as well as of the study program Joint Master in Migration and Intercultural Relations.


Since 2012, the Faculty of Education has been hosting the Annual Summer School on Migration Studies (co-funded by the US Embassy in Prague) organised in cooperation with IOM. The Summer School on Migration offered an opportunity for more than 300 students of various backgrounds from the Czech Republic as well as 35 countries to participate in a high quality program (the programs of past Summer Schools are to be found on the IOM website). In recent years, the Faculty of Education was involved among others in the project ‘Teachers: Agents of Change’ with the largest NGO in the Czech Republic, the People in Need, as a coordinator. Within this project, two university courses on global education were developed, both of them with a focus on migration and human rights.

University of the Witwatersrand in Johannesburg, South Africa


The African Centre for Migration & Society (ACMS) at the University of the Witwatersrand is an independent, interdisciplinary, and internationally engaged Africa-based centre of excellence for research and teaching that shapes global discourse on human mobility, development, and social transformation. The ACMS is one of the continent's leading institutions for research, teaching, and outreach on migration.


The ACMS offers an Honours, MA and PhD programme that attracts students from within South Africa, the southern African region, and beyond. Research at the ACMS fits within five broad and intersecting themes. Each of these include multiple projects, often involving doctoral and master’s students and partners based outside of Wits University:


  • Considering communities of difference

  • Governing Mobility in Southern African Cities

  • Illness, Boundaries, and Health Systems

  • Migrant rights and the social life of law

  • Mobility labour and livelihoods


ACMS is part of the seven-year research programme consortium (RPC) 'Migrating out of Poverty', funded by the UK's Department for International Development, and focusing on the relationship between internal and regional migration and poverty in six regions across Asia, Africa, and Europe (co-ordinated by the University of Sussex). ACMS hosts the South African Research Chair in Mobility and the Politics of Difference, held by Prof. Loren Laundau and the migration and health project southern Africa (maHp), funded by a Welcome Trust Investigator Award held by Prof. Jo Vearey.

Other projects include a three-year Mellon Foundation funded project on Governing morality, migration, sexuality, and gender, an oral history project 'Whose Country is it Anyway? Telling Transformation & Xenophobia,' and participation in studies funded by Max Planck Institute for the Study of Religious and Ethnic Diversity’s Super-Diversity South Africa Project.​

Rabindra Bharati University in Kalkutta, India

RBU Logo.png

Rabindra Bharati University (RBU) was established to disseminate Tagore’s thoughts on education and to spread Tagorean internationalism and its contemporary relevance through curricula in the Faculties of Arts, Fine Arts and Visual Arts. In this millennium, the university has increased its ambit to include new departments such as Environmental Studies, the Department of Human Rights and Human Development and the Department of Women’s Studies – all offering MA or Mphil programmes.


Through its academic programmes, RBU is committed to knowledge production in a context of plurality of religions and diversity of cultures – based on the pledge not to discriminate on the basis of caste, religion, gender, class or nationality. RBU caters mostly to students of the peripheries of West Bengal and from marginalised and underprivileged strata of society, which constitute more than seventy percent of the students. Yet, because of its academic excellence, RBU also attracts international students each year.


Several of the RBU Research Centres are closely connected to the EMMIR foci: The Centre for African Studies, the Radha Krishna Centre for Human Rights, the Centre for Environmental Rights and the Gender Studies Centre, which is sponsored by the University Grants Commission (UGC).


The participation of RBU adds a further dimension to the EMMIR collective by bringing in experts with knowledge of fine arts and visual arts in the field of migration studies from a region where there are highly complex internal migration flows and refugees. EMMIR would become the first Joint Master programme in migration studies in India which contributes to the paramount efforts needed to address the various challenges in the region and beyond in migration societies. RBU has developed a strong focus on labour migration that will enrich EMMIR curricula and enable capacity building within the partnership. RBU’s portfolio in fine and visual arts will further enhance possibilities for creative transdisciplinary collaborations.

Mahanirban Calcutta Research Group in Kalkutta, India

CRG Logo (red).png

The institutional engagement of Mahanirban Calcutta Research Group (CRG) with EMMIR started a few years ago when several young international interns visited CRG and worked on issues related to forced migration.  They enriched the discourses of the young scholars in the CRG, a cutting-edge research institute of repute. EMMIR interns visited socially and economically depressed areas where people seldom get to see persons from a foreign land. Through these interns, young people from the depressed areas for the first time engaged with persons from the EU or Africa or the US, all areas unknown to most of them.


Also, thanks to the EMMIR programme, a number of CRG scholars visited EU countries. Dr. Shibaji Pratim Basu visited Germany for the first time to deliver an EMMIR seminar. As a result of his experience, he began an Institute on European Affairs at Vidyasagar University, Midnapore, where he invited a number of EMMIR scholars to interact with his students and became Dean of Arts.


As a result of the robust interactions between EMMIR and CRG, a new Euro-South Asia platform is emerging, a cooperation with other research institutes such as the Institute for Human Sciences (IWM), Vienna, University of Bremen, University of Vienna, and others.  

Course Directors

Regional Institute of Gender, Diversity, Peace and Rights 


Dr. Roberts Muriisa Kabeba


Faculty of Interdisciplinary Studies 

Dr. Marina Luksic-Hacin 

Associate Professor

School of Humanities

University of Oldenburg
Martin Butler.jpg

Martin Butler

School of Linguistics and Cultural Studies

Dr. B Camminga

African Centre for Migration and Society

B Camminga.jpg
Questions for Course Directors?

Please refer your emails to emmir(at) for questions regarding the courses, and we can put you in touch with the correct party.

Associate Partners


The Consortium adheres a network of associate partner institutions in order to tie in with social dynamics as well as securing graduates’ employability. The areas associates represent are:

  • aid and advocacy

  • civil society and culture

  • research and documentation

  • local authorities, schools and continuing education.


Most of the associates provide internships for EMMIR students in semester 3. In addition, they are consulted with regard to developments in the labour market, including skills and qualification profiles in demand, they are also potentially involved in guest lectures and other joint projects.

List of Associated Partners (as of January 2017)

Czech Republic

  • Politicti, Prague

  • Sladovna Písek

  • Vzajemne souziti, Ostrava



  • European Centre for Minority Issues (ECMI), Flensburg

  • Mahn- und Gedenkstätte Ravensbrück

  • Malteser-Werk Berlin e.V.

  • Theologische Hochschule Friedensau



  • International Migration and Ethnic Relations Research Unit (IMER), Bergen

  • Senter for interkulturell kommunikasjon (SIK), Stavanger



  • Association for Developing Voluntary Work, Novo Mesto

  • Municipality of Ljubljana

  • Scientific Research Centre of the Slovenian Academy of Science and Arts/Slovenian Migration Institute, Ljubljana

  • University of Novi Sad, Serbia

  • University of Salzburg, Austria


South Africa 

  • Amnesty International (Africa Office), Johannesburg

  • Centre for Applied Legal Studies at WITS, Johannesburg 

  • Consortium for Refugees and Migrants in South Africa, Johannesburg

  • Gay and Lesbian Memory in Action (GALA), Johannesburg 

  • International Organisation for Migration (IOM) South Africa and Southern & Eastern Africa, Pretoria 

  • Lawyers for Human Rights, Pretoria

  • Sonke Gender Justice, Cape Town 



  • Babiker Badri Scientific Association for Women Studies, Omdurman

  • Department of Sociology and Social Anthropology, Khartoum University

  • Disaster Management and Refugee Studies Institute, Khartoum

  • Nuba Women for Education and Developmen Association (NuWEDA), Khartoum

  • Sudanese Development Initiative, Khartoum

  • UNICEF Sudan, Khartoum 



  • Refugee Law Project (RLP), Kampala 

  • UNHCR Regional Office, Mbarara 

  • Windle Trust, Kampala 


Other countries

  • International Organisation for Migration (IOM), Austria, Vienna 

  • Paris-Londron-University Salzburg, Austria

  • University of Graz, Austria

  • International Organisation for Migration (IOM), Brussels, Belgium

  • UNHCR Regional Office, San José, Costa Rica 

  • Institute for Migration and Ethnic Studies, Zagreb, Croatia

  • University of Zagreb, Croatia

  • Ivane Javakhishvili Tbilisi State University, Georgia

  • Georgian Institute of Public Affairs, Tbilisi, Georgia

  • University of Ghana, Accra, Ghana

  • Tata Institute of Social Sciences, Mumbai, India

  • Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi, India

  • Mahanirban Calcutta Research Group, India

  • Ruppin Academic Center, Emek Hefer, Israel

  • Borderline Sicilia Onlus, Modica, Italy

  • International Catholic Migration Commission, Amman, Jordan

  • African Research and Resource Forum (ARRF), Nairobi, Kenya 

  • Instituto de Estudios y Divulgación sobre Migración (INEDIM), Mexico City

  • Stichting African Diaspora Policy Centre, Gravenhage, Netherlands

  • Girl’s Power Initiative (GPI), Benin City, Nigeria

  • Uniwersytet Jagiellonski, Krakow, Poland

  • University of Novi Sad, Serbia

  • Terre des Femmes, Geneva, Switzerland

EMA for Students and Alumni


The Erasmus Mundus Students and Alumni Association (EMA) is an official network that aims to serve the interests of students and alumni of all Erasmus Mundus Masters Courses, notably by providing a forum for networking, communication and collaboration and by promoting Erasmus as a pro- gramme of excellence in international higher education. We recommend you to join the EMA. Already in the Intensive Phase, you are introduced to the benefits of being an active member of the EMA community and share experiences and expertise, both for other (potential) students and the successful completion of your own studies. We strongly encourage you to become member of the EMA.

Find more info and join the association as a student or an alumni at

bottom of page