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Calender of events

Year Event
1506 – 1811 Courses at the former Alma Mater Viadrina.
05.10 Founding of the Association of Friends and Supporters of Frankfurt (Oder) University.
06.12. The foundation of  European University Viadrina is announced in a government statement by he German federal state of Brandenburg.
15.07. Official establishment of European University Viadrina by the federal state of Brandenburg.
06.09. Inauguration of the new university and constituence of the acting University Senate with its acting rector Professor Knut Ipsen, Ph. d.
19. 10. The first academic year at Viadrina begins.
22. 1. Viadrina is included in the addendum to Germany’s official catalogue of universities.
14. 10. Election of the University’s first rector, professor Hans N. Weiler, Ph. d. (Stanford/California) by the University Council.
27. 10. First meeting of the elected University Senate.
24. 4. The president of the Federal Republic of Germany, Dr. Roman Herzog, visits the University.
22. 11. Viadrina and its Collegium Polonicum, a joint project with Adam Mickiewicz University in Poznan, are awarded the German-Polish Prize for 1995.
15. 10. The president of the Republic of Poland, Aleksander Kwasniewski, visits Viadrina, delivering the keynote address at the opening of the fifth academic year.
4. 12. The chancellor of Germany, Dr. Helmut Kohl, and the prime minister of Poland, Professor Jerzy Buzer, visit the university together.
10. 6. Inauguration of the Collegium Polonicum in Slubice, in the presence of the ministers of  education of the two countries.
29. 4. Laying of the cornerstone for a new university complex which  include cafeteria and lecture halls.
8. 7. Awarding of the first Viadrina Prize to Karl Dedecius.
11. 10. Handing over of the office of rector from Professor Hans N. Weiler, Ph. d, to his successor, Professor Gesine Schwan, Ph. D (Berlin/Germany), now president of Viadrina.
10.12. Marion Gräfin Dönhoff's 90th birthday celebration


EU Commissioner Günter Verheugen speaks on the EU Enlargement at the Collegium Polonicum


Awarding of the second Viadrina Prize to Adam Michnik, polish political publicist.


The Polish Foreign Minister Władysław Bartoszewski speaks at the annual meeting of the German university chancellors


German president Johannes Rau takes part in the panel discussion "Education for Europe" held at the Viadrina


The German Prime Minister Wolfgang Thierse participates in the Spiegel debate "What are we doing against xenophobia?" held at the Viadrina




Grand opening of the last building phase of the Collegium Polonicum combined with an international meeting of the Polish and German Foreign Ministers Bronisław Geremek and Hans-Dietriech Genscher and the French publicist Alfred Grosser

14.06. Awarding of the German National Prize to Tadeusz Mazowiecki and Joseph Rovan


The Collegium Polonicum hosts a conference of the Bundestag's European Committee


The German Federal Chancellor Gerhard Schröder and the Polish Prime Minister Jerzy Buzek visit the Viadrina


Awarding of the 2001 Viadrina Prize to Günter Grass – 1999 Nobel Prize for Literature winner


Former Viadrina president prof. dr. Hans Weiler is awarded the Federal Cross of Merit




Foreign Minister Joschka Fischer visits the Viadrina and the Collegium Polonicum


President prof. dr. Gesine Schwan is awarded the German Federal Order of Merit


Grand opening of the lecture-refectory-building at the Europaplatz 1


The Dedecius archive at the Collegium Polonicum is opened for public use


Former ambassador Janusz Reiter is awarded the 2002 Viadrina Prize




Opening of the European Science Center at the Collegium Polonicum, Słubice.


Inauguration of the Europaplatz (Europe square) in front of the new lecture-refectory-building


Markus Meckel is awarded the 2003 Viadrina Prize




Viadrina president prof. dr. Gesine Schwan is officially nominated as the SPD/Grüne party coalition candidate for German Federal President


Naming of the lecture-refectory-building, Europaplatz 1 – "Gräfin-Dönhoff building"


The European University Viadrina becomes a member of the Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft (German Research Foundation)


Ceremonial handover of the reconstructed Auditorium Maximum (formerly known as 'Flachbau')


The historian Włodzimierz Borodziej is awarded the 2004 Viadrina Prize




The German Federal Chancellor Gerhard Schröder and the Polish President visit the Viadrina. The German and Polish National Education Secretaries (Wolf-Michael Catenhausen and Tadeusz Szulc) sign in their presence a "joint declaration on the strengthening of the cooperation between students, scientists and reasearchers of the Federal Republic of Germany and the Republic of Poland".


Prof. dr. Rudolf von Thadden, historian and member of the Viadrina's Funding Senate, is awarded the 2005 Viadrina Prize




Celebration of the 500th anniversary of Viadrina's founding


Award of the Honorary Doctorate to prof. dr. Bronisław Geremek, former Polish Foreign Minister, and prof. dr. Fritz Stern – American historian.


During the opening  ceremony of the academic year German Foreign Minister Frank Walter Steinmeier holds a speech on Europe's Future


Ceremonial awarding of the 2006 Viadrina Prize to the publicist Adam Krzemiński


Founding of the Polish-German Science Foundation




German Minister of Finance, Peer Steinbrück, holds a speech on European Political Policies at the European University Viadrina
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At the opening of the acadmic year 2007/2008 following persons are honored as honorary members of the University's Support Association (Förderkreis): the former member of the Viadrina's Founding Senate – prof. dr. Hermann G. Grimmeiss (Lund, Sweden); Viadrina's founding rector prof. dr. dr. Knut Ipsen (Bochum, Germany); Viadrina's first rector – prof. dr. Hans N. Weiler (Stanford, California, USA)


The Copernicus Group is awarded the 2007 Viadrina Prize

01.03. The European Univiersity Viadrina becomes a foundation university
21.04. Celebration of the "Foundation European University Viadrina"
01.10. Dr. Gunter Pleuger becomes Viadrina's president
13.10. Ceremonial opening of the academic year (video) with speeches of the former Ministers of Justice of Germany and Poland - Brigitte Zypries and prof. dr. Zbigniew Ćwiąkalski.
26.11. Awarding of the Viadrina Prize 2008 to prof. dr. Rita Süssmuth (video)
03.06. Visit of the German federal chancellor Angela Merkel and the President of the European Parliament Hans-Gert Pöttering
07.09. Groundbreaking for the new campus (de)

Ceremonial opening of the academic year with a speech of Günter Verheugen, Vice President of the European Commission.

Presentation of the book "Viadrina. An university as a bridge between Germany and Poland".

30.11. Awarding of the Viadrina Prize 2009 to Tadeusz Mazowiecki
07.12. Awarding of the Prize of the Polish Ambassador in Berlin for outstanding academic research
15.02. Günter Verheugen, former Vice President of the European Commission, bestowed honorary professor at Viadrina
02.11. Hans-Dietrich Genscher, former German foreign minister, and Władysław Bartoszewski, former Polish foreign minister, visist the Collegium Polonicum in Słubice for a panel discussion

Guido Westerwelle, German foreign minister, an Radosław Sikorski, Polish foreign minister, visit Viadrina during a Polish-German conference:

„The Oder-Neisse line" on the occasion of

20th anniversary of signing the German-Polish Border Treaty
40th anniversary of the Treaty of Warsaw
60th anniversary of the Treaty of Zgorzelec

01.12. Awarding of the Viadrina Prize 2010 to film director Volker Schlöndorff