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The Greater Region "Research and Higher Education" working group (GT ENSUP)

Support research and higher education cross-border projects



The Greater Region is an area of institutional cooperation between the Lorraine, Wallonia, the German speaking community in Belgium, Luxembourg, Rhineland-Palatinate and the Saarland. Its rotating Presidency is currently assured by the Lorraine for a duration of two years (2011-2012).


In order to encourage the development of cross-border cooperation action, working groups have been created with dedicated precise themes. They bring together the main institutional actors from the Greater Region concerned with the targeted theme. It is within this framework that the Greater Region "Research and Higher Education" working group was created in 1986. The GT ENSUP is an area for exchanges between partner institutions on questions on higher education and research, and support for cross-border projects in these domains and actively promoting these same domains. All greater-regional administration organisations competent in academic and scientific issues are members of the GT ENSUP. Since 2005, the Presidency of the working group has been ensured by the Lorraine Regional Council through its Director of Higher Education and Research.


We can cite the following actions as examples:
- Ministerial Conference bringing together the Ministers and Vice-Presidents of higher education and research in the Greater Region
- the Interregional Prize for Research
- the Interregional Fund for Research
- the Greater Region higher education and research guide
- support at the Greater Region University


The members of the GT ENSUP :
Lorraine :
- Région Lorraine, Présidente du GT ENSUP
- Préfecture of the Lorraine Region
- Lorraine Regional Delegation for Research and Technology (DRRT)
- Nancy-Metz Education Authority, Chancellor of the Lorraine Universities
- Moselle General Council
- Meurthe-et-Moselle General Council
- Meuse General Council
- Vosges General Council


Luxembourg :
- Ministry for Higher Education and Research
- National Research Fund
- Home Office and Ministry for the Greater Region


Rhénanie-Palatinat :
- Ministerium für Bildung, Wissenschaft, Weiterbildung und Kultur


Saarland :
- Ministerium für Wirtschaft und Wissenschaft


Wallonia :
- Wallonia-Brussels Federation, General Service for University Education and Scientific Research, Scientific Research Department


German speaking community in Belgium :
- Ministerium der Deutschsprachige Gemeinschaft, Abteilung Unterricht, Ausbildung und Beschäftigung


Greater Region :
- Greater Region University
- The University Cooperation Charter
- Franco-German University


Ministerial Conference bringing together the Ministers and Vice-Presidents of higher education and research in the Greater Region.


On the 3rd April 2009 the Ministers and Vice-Presidents of higher education and research in the Greater Region met in Luxembourg for the first time, in the presence of a hundred or so academic and scientific actors from the Greater Region. This meeting was co-organised by the Luxembourg Presidency of the Executives’ Summit and the Lorraine Regional Council as President of the GT ENSUP. On this occasion, the 3 Interregional Prizes for Research were awarded to the winning partners. The politicians present also adopted a common declaration of intent on action to be performed by the GT ENSUP with a view of supporting the Greater Region’s scientific and university system.


The second sectoral meeting took place on 5th October in Saarbrüken under the Saarland Presidency. This event was also the occasion to award the 2010 Interregional prizes and to establish the political positioning of projects linked with mobility (priority of the Saarland Presidency).


The 3rd Conference, under the Lorraine Presidency, will be held in Metz in the autumn of 2012.

    Greater Region : University and Scientific Cooperation Take Wing
Luxembourg, Lorraine, Sarre, Wallonia and Rhineland-Palatinate. These partners work with a vast range of actions destined to encourage cross border studies and research. All the information is in this file.