The College of Europe has organized, for several years now, student visits to the battlefields of the First World War in Flanders. This contributes to perpetuating the memory of the war, to raising College of Europe students' interest in the conflict and sensitizing them to the experience of those who fought, and of the local population.
On Wednesday 20 September 2017, 340 students from the College of Europe (Bruges campus), representing 51 different nationalities, undertook a study trip "In Flanders Fields" in the Ypres area, where they visited Tyne Cot cemetery, the Hill 60 battlefield and Caterpillar crater and the Bayernwald trench reconstruction. They also attended the Last Post ceremony at the Menin Gate Memorial.
A wreath was placed by students representing both sides of the armed conflict of the First World War.
Wreath: Meike KORFF (DE), Katy BURGESS (GB), John BETHELL (GB), Gaston BRICOUT (FR)
Rector Jörg MONAR wants the students to better understand the bloody conflicts that took place in this region, which wiped out a generation of young people similar in age to our students, with the hope that students will then better appreciate the peace and prosperity which is now possible through cooperation at a European and International level.