BRIE was established as a project under the South East Europe Stability Pact and following the initiative of the German Rectors’ Conference in 2000. The first international students were admitted in 2002. In 2006 an Agreement on cooperation and mutual assistance in the implementation of BRIE’s activities between the governments of the Republic of Bulgaria and Romania was enforcedThe host cities of BRIE, Ruse and Giurgiu are located on both banks of the Danube River, facing each other. Connected by a bridge, they have the potential to make use of the diverse forms of cooperation in the context of integration, which has set in Europe since the second half of the 20th c. The two cities are directly connected by the river with ten European countries. Gradually, they are becoming a busy European centre where East and West, as well as North and South meet. This point is the crossroads of the Pan European transport corridors VII and IX, whose destinations are the Black Sea region, Turkey and the Aegean Sea. The fading importance of the internal European borders for Bulgaria and Romania after 2007 is also favourable for the transnational practices.


These factors form the identity and the mission of BRIE: to overcome borders and to add value to the political and socio-economic stability of Europe as a wholeBRIE is a form of cooperation between the University of Ruse, the Bucharest Academy of Economics and German universities, offering to international students two four-semester bi-lingual (English and German) Master degree programmes in European Studies and Regional Cooperation and European Studies and Public Administration. The first semester is Bulgarian, the second is Romanian and during the third semester the students go to study at the European University of Viadrina, the Technological University in Chemnitz (both universities are located in border territories), or at the University of Regensburg (Danube Region). The accreditation has been granted by German, Bulgarian and Romanian AgenciesThe European Studies degree programme is multi- and interdisciplinary field, whose significance has been growing constantly after the Fall of the Berlin Wall. It aids the adaptation to relationships without precedent in the European history. New perspectives are opening for regional development in the context of the Danube region and Black Sea region strategiesPublic administration faces the need of continuous change, ensuing from the multilevel governance in the EU, as well as from globalisation. In response to these challenges, BRIE is developing student competences by applying the standards of the Bologna Declaration. BRIE students and alumni are now more than 200 from 13 countries. The transnational academic community BRIE conducts research, financed by EU programmes for cross-border cooperation.

Website: www.brie.uni-ruse.bg