Dr. Philine Weyrauch-Herrmann Université Populaire PAMINA
2 Place des Carmes
67160 Wissembourg
+33 (0)3 88 94 95 64
+33 (0)3 68 03 61 51


Pamina Cross-border People´s University (Université Populaire Transfrontalière Pamina)

Countries: Germany, France
Border(s): France-Germany,
Eurodistrict PAMINA,
European programme(s):
Interreg IIIA - PAMINA
- Culture
- Education, training and languages

Founded in 1998 by several French and German "People´s Universities", the Université Populaire Transfrontalière Pamina (UP-Pamina) is a French-German cultural institution that serves the whole of the Pamina region. For more than fifteen years now, it has been offering a cultural programme for the "public at large".


The Universités Populaires d´Alsace (People´s Universities of Alsace):

  • UP Bischwiller
  • UP Haguenau
  • UP Saverne
  • UP Wissembourg
  • UP Strasbourg
  • UP Mulhouse

Volkshochschulen Palatinat (People´s Universities of the Palatinate region):

  • VHS Landau
  • KVHS Südwestpfalz
  • KVHS Südliche Weinstrasse
  • KVHS Germersheim

Volkshochschulen of the Baden area:

  • VHS Baden-Baden
  • VHS Bretten
  • VHS Bruchsal
  • VHS Ettlingen
  • VHS Karlsbad
  • VHS Karlsruhe

Volkshochschulen in the Landkreis Karlsruhe (Karlsruhe regional authority):

  • VHS Landkreis Rastatt
  • VHS Waldbronn

Project goals

The principal aim is to "bring together the men and women of the Pamina area by enabling them to share and discover the region in terms of topics such as art and culture, local cuisine, languages and civilisations, history and society, and nature and the environment".The ethos of the UP-Pamina ethos accords with the words of Jean Monnet: "It is not governments that we wish to bring together, but people."

Target group(s)

Citizens of France and Germany, inhabitants of the Pamina zone (approx. 1.5 million)

Project activities

The UP-PAMINA works in close cooperation with its 19 associate and public partners to offer, every six months, a bilingual and free-of-charge programme of activities with approximately 50 events focused on five major topics:

  • Art and Culture
  • Local cuisine
  • Languages and civilisations
  • History and Society
  • Nature and the Environment