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Europe's first and only university for women

Women from around the globe are beginning to enrol for their first semester at the International Women's University (Internationale Frauenuniversität), the first and so far only gender-specific university in Europe.

From 15 July to 15 October 2000, in conjunction with the wor...
Women from around the globe are beginning to enrol for their first semester at the International Women's University (Internationale Frauenuniversität), the first and so far only gender-specific university in Europe.

From 15 July to 15 October 2000, in conjunction with the world exhibition in Hanover, 900 female postgraduate students will have the opportunity to further gender research in a number of project areas under the overall theme 'Technology and Culture'.

'We felt the right conditions for gender research were not the conditions researchers found in their disciplines, in their departments and in their universities,' said Christiane Bradatsch of the Women's International University 'ifu'.

'The International Women's University will be an opportunity to learn from and network with world-famous lecturers, and to share research amongst those dedicated to the subject. It will widen their horizons.'

In 1997 a group of German academic women registered the society Internationale Frauenuniversität, which in 1999 became a private company known as the International Women's University.

Centred in Hanover, students will have access to the facilities of the University of Hanover. Certificates of achievement recognised by the German Academic Exchange DAAD will be issued on completion of the course.

The first semester will be dedicated to the subjects of body, city, information, migration, water and work, which should correspond to students' areas of academic specialisation. Excellent knowledge of English is required, and a degree of competence in a further language is desired though not essential.

The ifu has attracted over 150 female instructors from different geographical and cultural backgrounds to form its teaching core, including Rosi Braidotti of the University of Utrecht who recently spoke at the Women and Science Conference organised by the European Commission who also support the ifu. The principle theme of the conference was to establish a network of networks by, for and about women in science. In the long term the University hopes that it too will form a permanent women's network, dedicated to the exchange of ideas and knowledge among alumni, possibly evolving into a virtual university.

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