What is it?
Jean Monnet actions provide opportunities to introduce a European dimension to higher education institutions.
What does it involve?
A Jean Monnet Chair is a teaching post with a specialisation in European Union studies for university professors or senior lecturers. Only one professor may hold the Chair and must provide a minimum of 90 teaching hours per academic year. Teaching hours are taken to include direct contact hours in the context of group lectures, seminars, tutorials and may include any of them in a distance learning format but do not include individual instruction and/or supervision. They are mentors and advisors to the next generation of teachers and researchers. They also provide in-depth guidance to future professionals about the European aspect of particular subjects.
A Jean Monnet Module is a short teaching programme (or course) in the field of European Union studies at a higher education institution. Each Module has a minimum duration of 40 teaching hours per academic year (under the same conditions as for the Jean Monnet Chairs, above). Modules may concentrate on one particular discipline in European studies or be multidisciplinary in approach and therefore call upon the academic input of several professors and experts.
A Jean Monnet Centre of Excellence is a focal point of competence and knowledge on European Union subjects. The academic responsibility of a Centre must be assumed by a Jean Monnet Chair holder. A Jean Monnet Centre of Excellence gathers the expertise and competences of high-level experts (including Jean Monnet Chairs and/or Jean Monnet Module holders) and aims at developing synergies between the various disciplines and resources in European studies, as well as at creating joint transnational activities and structural links with academic institutions in other countries. It also ensures openness to civil society. Jean Monnet Centres of Excellence have a major role in reaching out to students from faculties not normally dealing with European Union issues as well as to policy makers, civil servants, organised civil society and the general public at large.
Who can take part?
Professors and researchers of European Union studies and higher education institutions worldwide can take part. Applications must be submitted by a Higher Education Institution (HEI) established in any Programme or Partner country. HEIs established in Programme Countries must hold a valid Erasmus Charter for Higher Education (ECHE). An ECHE is not required for participating HEIs in Partner Countries.