European / International Joint Ph.D. in
Social Representation and Communication

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University of Cyprus

Department of social and political science


The University of Cyprus is a public corporate body. It is governed by the Council and the Senate. The Faculties and Departments are administered by Boards; each Faculty is headed by a Dean and each Department is headed by a Chairperson. There is Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences.

Research at the Department of Social and Political Sciences covers a wide range of topics related to Cypriot society from an international perspective, as well as harmonisation policies concerning Cyprus and the European Union.  The research activities of the Department include the following: the Cyprus problem, Cypriot economic culture, the Greek diaspora, ethnicity, human rights, international organisations, the European Union and European cooperation in the Mediterranean context and contemporary social problems, namely, the relationship between tourism and crime in Cyprus, use and trafficking of illegal drugs in schools, the reintegration of marginalised groups, aiming to increase the youths’ prospects of placement in the labour market, sociology of work, sociology of technology and social memory, representations of the past.

Research Interests of Prof. Costas I. Melakopides are Canadian Foreign Policy, Cyprus Problem, Greek Foreign Policy, International Ethics, Middle Powers in the International System.


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University of Akureyri

Faculty of Social Sciences and Law 

The University of Akureyri has grown aggressively to an important and progressive milieu of higher education and research since its establishment in 1987. Students are systematically challenged with inspirational subjects in the sciences and practical knowledge under the guidance of the highly-qualified faculty. The university is known for its quality on-campus and distance education. (Thorsteinn Gunnarsson, Rector, 2001) The University of Akureyri prepares students for a wide range of opportunities in both the private and the public sectors. Education at the University covers specific skills and scientific methods as well as other more theoretical skills that will enable graduates to improve their qualifications. Education and research are closely coordinated to achieve this, first and foremost by assigning them with equal importance in the daily work of the academic and scientific staff and whenever possible basing course work on research. The University of Akureyri's primary objective is to promote research and education. The University upholds the key principle that education and research should always reinforce each other. Research is an important prerequisite for quality education and as such provides the basis for education offered at the University of Akureyri.

The Faculty of Social Sciences and Law offers: B.A. in Psychology, B.A. in Media Studies, B.A. in Social and Economic Development Studies, B.A. degree in Law Studies, Modern Studies. The Faculty was launched in  autumn 2003. It offers studies in Social Sciences, Law and Modern Studies. Great emphasis is put on high academic standards and international recognition and professors from well known universities in Europe and America will teach selected courses. It is the Faculty’s belief that this will enhance the quality of the studies and broaden the perspective of the students.

Researchers at the University have numerous professional links with colleagues within Iceland and with universities and research institutions all over the world. The University is a leading player in the University of the Arctic, reflecting the increasing co-operation between universities and other higher education institutions in the circumpolar world.

The results of the research are conveyed to the community at large by means of publication in scholarly journals and books, or transmitted in other ways, not least through the education carried out at the University. The University of Akureyri is also increasingly involved in practical co-operation with public and private enterprises on specific projects.


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University of Latvia

Faculty of Social Sciences

The University of Latvia integrates diverse fields of research and studies with creative initiatives to provide higher education of European standards, to cultivate the Latvian language and traditions of cultural coorperation.

The University of Latvia has a long tradition of international cooperation. The internationalization processe is taking place in the following areas:

  • bilateral cooperation agreements (with 47 universities in 22 countries);
  • membership in the international university organizations and networks;
  • participation in international educational and research programmes and projects;
  • exchanges of students and teachers;
  • international cooperation on the faculty, institute, department and individual levels.

The University of Latvia has successful cooperation agreements with the following universities: Universität Klagenfurt in Austria, Universität Rostock, Universität Bremen, Westfalische Wilhelms - Universität Münster, Ernst-Moritz-Arndt Universität Greifswald, Johannes Gutenberg-Universität Mainz in Germany, Charles University in the Czech Republic, Aarhus University in Denmark, Stockholm University in Sweden, University of Helsinki and University of Turku in Finland, University de Paris I–Pantheon–Sorbonne and Evry University in France, University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire in USA and partner universities in Tartu, Vilnius and Kaunas.

Active participation within bilateral partnership agreements and TEMPUS projects (the University of Latvia has participated in 25 TEMPUS projects out of 52 projects in Latvia and has used 126 individual mobility grants out of 298 in Latvia) and has promoted wide cooperation activities within the SOCRATES programme.

Participation of the University of Latvia in PHARE Multi-country project on ECTS and the European Commission, European Council and UNESCO Pilot project “Diploma Supplement” improves the international transparency of the academic degrees.

Cooperation in research has been also very active and productive. Participation in the 5th and 6th RTD Framework Programmes, EU, UNESCO, NATO, Nordic, Volkswagen Fund projects ensures unity of studies and research, develops Centres of Excellence: UNESCO Biomedical Research and Study Centre, EU Solid State Physics Institute, EU Institute of Physics and EU Institute of Atomic Physics and Spectroscopy, UNESCO department at Institute for Environmental Studies and Management.

Over recent years the increased emphasis has been placed on institutional and departmental management. Several projects have given a lot of ideas for further restructuring of educational administration and a new institutional administrative structure.

Prof. Auster is developing researches on Socio-cognitive Aspects of Journalistic Judgments: Mass Media Representation of Issues which Polarize Society.


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Vytautas Magnus Universitu

Department of Journalism 

The beginnings of higher education in Lithuania go back to the 16th century when, in 1579, the college founded by Jesuits in Vilnius became a higher school of education - Academia et Universitas Vilnensis. In 1832 Czar Nicholas I closed the university. The act of reestablishing Vytautas the Great University (Vytautas Magnus University) was proclaimed April 28, 1989. The Supreme Council of Lithuania passed the law reestablishing the university on July 4, 1989, while the Council of Ministers registered the temporary Statute for the university's period of reestablishment on the 22nd of July. The first academic year began in the university's reestablished Faculties of Economics, Humanities and Sciences September 1, 1989. The reestablished university was the second in then Soviet-occupied Lithuania, and the first school of higher education that was independent of governmental institutions. The most important principle in the university's activity became academic freedom, while its main purpose was to prepare graduates with a broad humanistic orientation for Lithuania's needs in research, culture, education and economy. In 1991 the university was the first in Lithuania to establish  a system of study based on several levels, the completion of which resulted in the granting of Bachelors and Masters degrees, as well as the Doctoral degrees. One feature of this university still remains exceptional in Lithuania today: there is a liberal policy for studies, according to which students are admitted not into specific specializations but into fields of study.  The students themselves put together their plan of study and make a final choice of their program after the first two years of study. Particular attention is given to foreign languages and computer skills thus making this university different from other schools of higher education in the country.  During the university's first decade the number of students and teachers grew more than twenty times. It has become the center for academic work in the Humanities and Social Sciences, Theology and Fine Arts, Political Sciences and Law in Kaunas. Modern programs have been expanding in: Informatics, Environmental Sciences, Biology, Mathematics and Physics.  Master's and Doctoral studies became a priority at the university and demand a pedagogical staff with high qualifications. Therefore the university invited to its classrooms and laboratories the most celebrated of scholars from Lithuania's research institutes, creating in 1993 the first Research and Study Association in Lithuania. Ten Lithuanian research institutes formed this association together with the university: the Institutes for Lithuanian History, Lithuanian Language, Lithuanian Literature and Folklore, Lithuanian Philosophy and Sociology, biochemistry, Mathematics and Informatics, Semiconductor Physics, Psycophysiology and Rehabilitation, Architecture and Civil Engineering, and Lithuanian Forestry.  The university has the right to grant doctoral degrees in nineteen scholarly fields and their branches and the Doctor Habilitus in eight fields. The academic titles of professor and associate professor may be granted in the fields of Humanities, Social Sciences, Physics and Biomedicine.  The university has ties with numerous universities in North America and Europe. Special student and teacher exchange programs have been set up with the University of Bergen in Norway, Roskilde in Denmark, Göteborg, Linköping and Växjö in Sweden, Greifsvald, Hohenheim, Zittau/Gorlitz in Germany, Poitiers, Du Maine, Pierre et Marie Curie in France, Parma and SDA Bocconi in Italy, Alabama, Fordham, Creighton, Loyola, Seton Hall in the United States of America and Kansai Gaidai and the International Christian University in Japan. A program in Baltic Studies for foreign students was initiated at the university in 1997.


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University of Malta

European Unit 

The University of Malta traces its origins to the founding of the Collegium Melitense in 1592. The University is the highest teaching institution of the State and is open to all those who have the requisite qualifications. There are some 7000 students including 400 foreign students, following full or part-time degree and diploma courses, many of them run on the modular or credit system.  In 1997, some 1,700 students graduated in various disciplines. The degree courses at the University are designed to produce highly qualified professionals, with experience of research, who will play key roles in industry, commerce and public affairs in general. Associated with the University is the Mediterranean Academy of Diplomatic Studies while the campus is also home to the IMO International Maritime Law Institute and the International Ocean Institute Malta Operational Centre. The University of the Third Age was inaugurated in 1993 and membership has reached the 820 mark. The University of Malta is a member of the Association of Commonwealth Universities, the Utrecht Network, the Council for International Educational Exchange (CIEE), NAFSA, the International Student Exchange Program (ISEP) as well as the Santander Network and the Compostela Group. The administrative set up of the University of Malta involves a number of academic and non-academic staff members who are appointed or elected to the various governing bodies of the University. The principal officers of the University are the Chancellor, the Pro-Chancellor, the Rector, the Pro-Rectors, the Registrar, the Deans of the Faculties as well as the Finance Officer and the Librarian. The main governing bodies are the Council, the Senate and the Faculty Boards

The Department of Psychology offers varied services.  The main commitment is to the training of psychologists.  The course structure is similar to that being proposed by the European Federation of Psychologist Associations: a 3-year Bpsy Honours first degree in Psychology, followed by a 2-year Masters professional training in one of the major areas of psychology.  About 90 students join the BPsy course every year, though the M. Psy programme is limited to only 9-12 students. The B. Psy. Honours course is a three year full-time programme which aims at: giving students a broad introduction to the area of psychology, providing opportunities for personal growth and supervised contact with others in a helping environment; grounding in research and the opportunity to conduct an independent research project through a dissertation; some application of psychological theory to life situations.

Malta has been participating in the ISEP (International Student Exchange Programme) for well over 20 years. Some 13 Maltese students go on a semester visit to an American university whilst an equal number of American students from various parts of the USA come to Malta for one or two semesters. ISEP has a secretariat in Washington D.C. which examines students' applications and tries to place them in an American university meeting their academic requirements.


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Oslo university

Institute of Psychology

The University of Oslo is Norway’s largest and oldest institution of higher education. It was founded in 1811 when Norway was still under Danish rule. Today the University of Oslo has approx. 30,000 students and 4,600 employees. Four Nobel Prize winners indicate the quality of the research at the University.

Initially, the University had four faculties: Theology, Law, Medicine and Philosophy. In 1861 the Faculty of Philosophy was split into The Faculty of Arts and The Faculty of Mathematics and Natural Science. Norway’s College of Dentistry became a part of the university in 1959, renamed The Faculty of Dentistry. In 1963 The Faculty of Social Sciences was established, and the latest addition has been The Faculty of Education in 1996. In most informational material, the faculties are presented in this chronological order. Besides the faculties, the university operates a number of independent centres and affiliated units.

The University of Oslo is Norway's largest and most comprehensive research institution in terms of scientific personnel and output. Its wide range of disciplines and subjects ensures that it plays a prominent and relevant role in both national and international arenas.

In 1997, the Senate of the University of Oslo adopted the Strategy Plan for the University's International Activity: The University in the Global Community.

The strategy document consisted of two parts: one which described the higher-level strategy for international activities, and one which put in concrete form the necessary measures to implement this strategy.

In the years following the adoption of the International Strategy, a large number of the proposed measures were taken. But the reasoning behind the strategy as well as the objectives for the university's main areas of activity still merit attention.

New forms of international communication and cooperation have created new frameworks for research. It is important for Norway to manifest itself as a partner in European Union research programmes. Meanwhile new institutional modes of cooperation have also created some problems for basic research at the universities. The trend in recent years has been that fewer young researchers now work for a longer period at research institutions abroad. Longer stays were previously a major factor in maintaining the international character of university-based research. In the years to come it will become increasingly important for the university to facilitate the development of personal, professional cooperation between researchers in Norway and other countries.

The aims of research are: to emphasise the universal nature of research and to improve the researcher’s opportunities to participate internationally. Personal professional contacts and trust are preconditions for fruitful international cooperation in research; to ensure that the opportunities to participate in international cooperative research activity have a broad thematic and geographic base; to ensure international researchers the opportunity to work at the University of Oslo; to ensure internationalisation of doctoral programmes; to reduce language barriers in connection with international publication.