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Research centers at the KU


Floodplain Institute Neuburg

The Floodplain Institute Neuburg (Aueninstitut Neuburg) is based at Auenzentrum Neuburg and is funded by the district of Neuburg-Schrobenhausen. Its research focuses on the ecology of floodplains and bodies of water and the associated tasks of ecological restoration. An important part of this is ensuring that sustainable prospects are created for the natural areas that have been damaged. At the same time, conflicts over use, such as those that occur in the fields of water management and forestry, must be considered. The long-term goal is research for sustainability, which requires all socially relevant uses in the same area to be carried out in an environmentally friendly way.

Research Center for Oriental Christianity

The Research Center for Oriental Christianity, which is assigned to the Faculty of Theology, deals in particular with all aspects of the social and ecclesiastical life of oriental Christians from the beginnings to the present. Their work covers the geographic area from Ethiopia to Georgia and from the eastern Mediterranean to India and East Asia. The Research Center supports students from the countries concerned. One of the aims of the Research Center is to contribute to a better understanding of the situation and concerns of Christians in the Orient in reference to science and society.

Center for Entrepreneurship

The Center for Entrepreneurship at the Catholic University of Eichstätt-Ingolstadt aims to meet the growing needs of academic, commercial, and social interest groups for more entrepreneurial activities and to develop aspects of entrepreneurship in research, teaching, and practice using an interdisciplinary approach. Its goal is to build a bridge between research institutions and the regional, national, and international economy in the context of social challenges, enabling an interactive exchange of experiences, opinions, and knowledge between the different parties involved. It focuses particularly strongly on issues related to regional and site development.

Center for Flight and Migration

The Center for Flight and Migration at the Catholic University of Eichstätt-Ingolstadt teaches students job-related and intercultural skills, supports refugees by offering them educational opportunities, provides lecturers with a platform, and promotes dialogue between research, teaching, and practice. Its work is divided into three main areas: research; education and coaching; and dialogue and transfer.

Research Center for Medieval Religious Literatures

Building on Collaborative Research Center 226 and the editing of Meister Eckhart’s works, the aim of the Research Center for Medieval Religious Literature is to establish the KU as a center of research and editing expertise in this field and to anchor basic research in this area of the humanities in the University’s research profile.

ZFG - Center for Marriage and Family in Society

This center’s research focuses primarily on empirical family studies. However, as it sees itself as an interdisciplinary center, all areas within partnership and family research are considered. ZFG also provides advisory services and offers professional development opportunities. It has been collaborating closely with the Military Ordinariate of Germany since 2002. One of the main aspects of this collaboration involves supporting soldiers and their families to help them deal with specific pressures in the context of deployment abroad and long-distance relationships.

ZILAS - Center for Latin American Studies

The KU is one of only a small number of universities in Germany at which Latin American studies is a key focus of teaching and research. Through its research activities and teaching, the Center for Latin American Studies (ZILAS), which was established in 1985, aims to contribute to providing the foundations for a better understanding of key processes and areas of society in Latin American countries, as well as important cultural phenomena in their history and in the present day.

ZIMOS - Center for Central and Eastern European Studies

The research and teaching conducted by members of this institute look at historical questions related to Central and Eastern Europe. Particular attention is paid to current transformation processes in the economy, culture and society, and to processing the archive material that has become available since the fall of the Iron Curtain, which has provided a broad range of documents for research into the recent history of Central and Eastern Europe.