A partnership of three European universities has established this two-year,  joint master’s programme and brings together learning, research and practice through collaboration with already well-established partners among which governments, NGO’s, corporate actors and other universities. IMARC also provides training in transversal skills related to lifelong learning, critical citizenship and employment. The two universities involved in the programme have different research and teaching expertise in the field of criminology, with special regards to border crossing, security and social justice. ln addition, IMARC will include innovative, interactive teaching methods, in which the strengths of both face-to-face student-lecturer contact, informal learning and social media are optimised.

The universities in this consortium are:

Associate partners

The IMARC programme has connection with a variety of relevant university departments in various countries. From a migration perspective, IMARC has connections with common countries of departure (Morocco and Turkey), a country of entry to the EU (Hungary) and a key-country of arrival (Germany).

Associate partners give no regular courses in the programme, but will be invited for guest lectures and further development of the programme. Furthermore, they can be sites where students might undertake research and collect data, and can also act in an advisory role in students’ research projects.

Students may visit an associate university in semester 3 (and part of semester 4). The associate partners of IMARC are the following:

University Hassan 1st, Settat (Morocco)

University Hassan 1st is aiming to become a major hub of information and expertise on security issues in Africa. It is part of network of 13 universities across the country and placed under the Ministry of National Education, Higher Education, Scientific Research and Executive Training. The University will contribute to the project through its expertise on (a) the national security strategy of Morocco; (b) the different security strategies of the sub-Saharan countries; (c) the different network groups concerning migration, extremism, human trafficking and social exclusion.

University of Hamburg (Germany)

The Institute for Criminological Research (IKS) focuses on sociological approaches to the study of crime and control and is a distinguished and outstanding institution in the German criminology landscape. For nearly 30 years now it offers the only social science oriented, interdisciplinary Post-Graduate Criminology Programme in Germany. IKS provides up-to-date interdisciplinary, critical criminological research and scholarship by experienced and reputed scholars. In the realm of critical criminology, it addresses current debates in criminology with a particular focus on international discourses and developments. The IKS will contribute to the project by its involvement in the CSP; and its research on port security, urban criminology and international security issues, in which IMARC students can participate.

Eötvös Loránd University (ELTE), Budapest (Hungary)

The Faculty of Law and Political Sciences of Eötvös Loránd University is recognised as a Place of Excellence in Hungarian higher education. As the largest law faculty in Hungary, it maintains wide-ranging international relations primarily with universities in Europe and is proud to be involved in educational and research projects with similar institutions abroad. The Department of Criminology plays a central role in Hungarian academic criminology: it provides a high-quality MA programme, functions as a high-standard research school in criminology and hosts the HQ of the Hungarian Society of Criminology. Key staff members have both considerable experience in research in criminology and work experiences in senior positions in the field of crime policy. ELTE will contribute to the project by presenting the security and social justice perspective with respect to migration from the Balkans into Hungary and its involvement in the CSP.

Koç University (KU), Istanbul (Turkey)

Koç University aims to create social impact by enriching future leaders, academia, and staff with experimental learning, advanced knowledge, and valuable networks. It is "the Social Innovation Catalyzer" for civil society organizations, business and community to create social impact by helping social organizations tackle current challenges and by engaging businesses more productively with the community through support networks, effective M&E tools, and ongoing development resources. The important stakeholders for KU within the project are local and international non-governmental organizations, like ASAM (Association for the Solidarity of Asylum Seekers and Refugees) and other regional, international, and national NGOs, international organizations like IOM (International Organization for Migration) and the UNHCR, and government offices, such as the Directorate General for Migration Management, the Directorate General for Consular Affairs at the Turkish Foreign Ministry and Turkish Police Academy.

University of Bologna (UNIBO), Bologna (Italy)

University of Bologna is specialised in the study of immigration and border control as well as the process of the migrants’ criminalisation. The Department of Legal Studies (DLS) of UNIBO promotes, organizes and coordinates research activities and academic courses in legal disciplines. DLS involves 63 full professors, 35 associate professors, 51 researchers and 20 research fellows. Academic courses and degree programs of the DLS are: Law, Job and company relations consultant, Business and Public Administration Consultant, International Cooperation, Development and Human Rights. DLS also organises PhD in Legal Studies, European Law, Law, and Sciences & Technology. Furthermore, as to the research activities, DLS cooperates with interdisciplinary and interuniversity Centers: Centro di ricerca in storia del diritto, filosofia e sociologia del diritto e informatica giuridica (CIRSFID); Centro ricerche sul diritto europeo (CIRDE); Center for Constitutional Studies and Democratic development (CCSDD); ECJC: European Criminal Justice Center; Centro di Scienze sull’Islam (CISI). DLG publishes, in specific series, books and research reports of professors, researchers and research fellows working at DLS.

Network partners

The IMARC programme in border crossing, security and social justice is embedded in a wider network of collaborating organisations – which are also potential employers – with a wide range of network partners from various sectors (e.g. governmental bodies, NGO’s, field organisations, and commercial organisations).

IMARC also offers the possibility of a period of training – an internship – at one of the institutions selected by the three universities, or other institutions selected by te student. Not mandatory, the internship is available to every student who can make a choice based on his or her research needs and future employment considerations. In addition, network partners may be of help with (facilitating) data collection, connecting students to relevant organisations or individuals, and other research activities. We also encourage students to contact our network partners (via the coordinator) in any way that benefits their study and thesis project, whether that is through an internship, collaboration or validation of research findings.

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