The Jean Monnet actions aim at promoting excellence in teaching and research in the field of European Union studies worldwide. These actions also seek to promote dialogue between the academic world and policy makers, in particular with the aim of enhancing governance of EU policies. European Union studies comprise the study of Europe in its entirety, with special emphasis on the European integration processes, in both its internal and external aspects. The discipline also examines the role of the EU role in a globalised world and in promoting active European citizenship and dialogue between people and cultures.
The main subject areas include:
- EU and Studies on Comparative Regionalism
- Studies on EU Communication and Information
- EU Economic Studies
- EU Historic Studies
- Studies on EU Intercultural Dialogue
- EU Interdisciplinary Studies
- Studies on EU International Relations and Diplomacy
- EU Legal and Economic Studies
- EU Political and Administrative Studies
The Jean Monnet actions have positive and long-lasting effects on participants, sponsoring agencies and also on the systems that frame them.
Their aim is to produce the following outcomes:
- Enhance employability and career prospects for young graduates, by including or reinforcing a European dimension in their studies.
- Promoting the interest in understanding and participating in the EU, leading to a more active citizenship.
- Support for young university lecturers and researchers who wish to carry out their work on EU- related issues.
- Develop career opportunities for academic staff.
- Promote the capacity for institutions to teach and research on EU issues: improved or innovative curricula; increased capacity to attract excellent students; enhanced cooperation with partners from other countries and increased allocation of financial resources to teaching and research on EU subjects within the institution.
- Achieve a more modern, dynamic, committed and professional environment in the organisation, promoting the professional development of young lecturers and researchers; ready to integrate EU’s best practices and issues into educational initiatives and programmes and to build synergies with other organisations.
The Jean Monnet actions encourage the promotion and diversification of EU studies worldwide, and they enhance and extend the participation of the staff of Faculties and Departments in teaching and research on the subject.