Maastricht: A modern, international city steeped in European history
You may be familiar with the heroic stories of the three musketeers and Count D’Artagnan, as described by the 19th century writer Alexandre Dumas. But did you know that D’Artagnan was not a figment of the writers’ imagination?
The fourth musketeer was a real man who died in 1673 on the battlefield in Maastricht at the age of 62, while serving his beloved king Louis XIV of France, in the Franco-Dutch war. A statue near the medieval city wall in Maastricht reminds us of his sacrifice.
This is just one of the little treasures tucked away in Maastricht, a city that played a strategic role in the history of Europe since 500 B.C, a city where the European Union treaty was signed, over 25 years ago. And a city that is today bustling with international people and students from all over the world, aspiring to reach the next level in their career. Maastricht is thus the perfect location for the headquarters of EIPA, which continues to consistently support the European Union objectives in learning and development. Most of EIPA’s activities, including courses, research, and consultancy, are based in Maastricht.
Our training centre in the city is located in the historic Jeker Quarter area, a 5 minutes walk from the Maas river. It is surrounded by monumental buildings, and a wide range of cosy pubs, diners and restaurants to choose from. So on one hand you can immerse yourself in learning sessions and practical exercises in the quietness of the EIPA building. And after a full day of hard work, you can easily relax with a stroll along the Maasboulevard promenade, explore one of the many historical spots in the city, or soak in the lively ambience of the city centre, surrounded by people from all over the world.
At EIPA we firmly believe that learning is more enhanced with exchange. So while attending a course in EIPA, you will also get ample opportunities to share a meal or drink with your fellow students from all over Europe, to make new connections and expand your network, in the charming setting of this vibrant city.
Luxembourg: The small, yet strategic centre of Europe
The Court of Justice of the European Union is based in Luxembourg. So as a leading European city, with a strategic location landlocked by Germany, France & Belgium, Luxembourg City was a natural choice as a second home for EIPA, especially for its law-based courses.
In 1992, EIPA founded its 2nd centre, the European Centre for Judges and Lawyers, in Luxembourg, and since then, the centre has been a hub of European judicial expertise and network.
You will find a good mix of the ancient and modern in Luxembourg, with the spirit of the city imbibed in the museums, theatres, restaurants, and outdoor activities.
Barcelona: The classic example of a spirited Mediterranean experience
The Euro-Mediterranean Partnership, to achieve growth specifically in the Mediterranean countries, was started out of Barcelona. The city is also the capital of the autonomous region Catalonia. So in 1996, it was a strategic decision to set up the 3rd EIPA centre, the ‘Antenna’, in Barcelona, with a special focus on regional and local development courses. These courses provide you insights on how to place your region and city in the European landscape and contribute to its growth.
When you come for a course in our EIPA centre in Barcelona, you are sure to get drawn in to the spirit and passion of the Mediterranean hospitality, which is hardly upheld by any other city as perfectly as this one.