Partnership ITM and Reykjavik

After two years of negotiations, the law faculties of Münster and Reykjavík have again concluded a partnership agreement on student and lecturer exchange. Since 2002, a partnership via the ITM has existed within the Erasmus project. Over the years a good and very personal cooperation and a lively mutual exchange developed. Iceland has become one of the most popular destinations for Münster law students in general, and professors and staff also visited the distant partner university from time to time. In 2017 of all years, while two professors from Reykjavík spent a year as guests at the ITM and the law faculty, the partnership had to be put on hold for the time being. The Icelandic government had cancelled the funds for internationalisation. The following very committed negotiations initially failed due to the amount of bureaucratic hurdles. In the end, personal relations and a crisis meeting on site in Reykjavík won out over the bureaucracy and this strategically very important partnership can be continued. This example shows that the faculty’s decision to place the supervision of international partnerships in the hands of the individual institutes is the right one. Without the intensive and very personal cooperation, the two universities would have been just another entry in a list of interchangeable names for each other.