Integrating Finno-Ugric Studies in Europe
INFUSE was a Strategic Partnership (Erasmus+) between eight European universities focusing on Finno-Ugric Studies, a specific discipline, ostensibly minor, but important in the wider European context: the Finno-Ugric languages are the second largest language family in Europe, including both nation-state languages (Finnish, Estonian and Hungarian) and a broad spectrum of endangered minority languages. Still, Finno-Ugric studies are represented at only few universities in relatively small institutes with limited resources.
Innovative resource pooling for a low-volume discipline
The project tackled this problem through long-term resource pooling and joint courses. This new superstructure connected the leading Finno-Ugric institutes in Europe in a cost-efficient way, allowing each partner institution to develop and share their special expertise. INFUSE has increased the range and quality of teaching, giving students access to expertise in the full spectrum of the discipline, introducing and disseminating innovative (especially ICT) methodologies and best practices. Updates and announcements can be found on the project’s Facebook page.
The Strategic Partnership was funded for three years (01.09.2015-31.08.2018) by the Erasmus+ Programme of the European Union with a total volume of EUR 190.375,00. For general information about Erasmus+ please contact the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD).