Centres of Excellence are designed to serve as a focal point of knowledge and skills on European Union affairs.
The Centres gather the expertise and understanding of high-level experts to develop links with and between various subjects related to the EU, as well as creating transnational activities and links with other institutions in other countries.
They are also designed to reach out to students dealing with related subjects, as well as policy-makers, civil servants, civil society, and the public.
Erasmus+ offers the opportunity for higher education institutions (HEIs) to:
Participating HEIs are expected to support the Centre to develop strategically, providing guidance and a vision, as well as promoting its initiatives and activities.
Centres of Excellence may be expected to:
An institution can only host one Centre of Excellence at a time.
If the coordinator of a Centre needs to be replaced, a written request must be sent to the Education, Audiovisual, and Culture Executive Agency (EACEA).
A Centre of Excellence may involve the cooperation of several institutions or organisations established in the same city or region, but they must be a clearly labelled institution or entity specialised in EU studies, and must be hosted by a HEI.
Organisations interested in applying should do so through the Education, Audiovisual, and Culture Executive Agency.
The Erasmus+ Programme Guide is the main source of information on Jean Monnet Centres of Excellence, although more information on the application process is available from the Education, Audiovisual, and Culture Executive Agency.
For further information you can contact the Education, Audiovisual, and Culture Executive Agency, or you can contact the European Commission.