30 years of Jean Monnet Activities: How should education approach the European project in a rapidly changing world?

Event date:
Thu, 02/05/2019 - 11:00 to 14:00
Via della Badia dei Roccettini, 9, 50014 Fiesole FI, Italy
This parallel session of the European University Institute’s State of the Union Conference, will be dedicated to the 30th anniversary of the Jean Monnet Activities.

The panellists will discuss how education can play a role in tackling democratic deficit, enhancing the citizens' understanding of the European Union’s founding values, its history, its institutions and the benefits it brings about.

The political and societal realities both on a global and European level change at a dramatic pace. Social science and in particular European studies should reflect these developments. The Director General of DG Education, Culture, Youth and Sport Themis Christophidou will deliver a keynote speech on the achievements of the Jean Monnet Activities that has funded over 5000 projects since 1989 and supports over 1000 universities, benefiting half a million students in the field of European studies per year in almost ninety countries worldwide.

Policy makers and academics – some of them Jean Monnet professors – will be part of the panel, which will discuss how current political and societal trends should be best approached through education in general and in the field of European studies in particular.

The 2018 recommendation of the European Council on “Promoting common values, inclusive education and the European dimension of teaching” should serve as a starting point for the debate on this topic that is sometimes controversial in Member States. Another topic to focus on is how EU legislation and policies relevant for specific key areas such as engineering, robotics and climate technology should be even better encompassed in the future in European studies?

The discussion will be open to the audience that will be partly composed of selected Jean Monnet success story performers that are welcome to share their views and experience during the debate.

Keynote speech:

Themis Christophidou, Director General, European Commission, DG Education, Culture, Youth and Sport


Amelia Hadfield, Jean Monnet professor


  • Martina Lubyová, Minister for Education, Slovakia
  • Lorenzo Fioramonti, Vice Minister at the Italian Ministry of Education, Universities and Research
  • Renaud Dehousse, President of the EUI
  • Paola Sartorio, Director, Fulbright Schuman Program
  • Andrej Zwitter, Dean of University of Groningen
  • Alberto Alemanno, JM professor
  • Joao Pinto, President of the Erasmus Students Network


Further Information 

Erasmus+ webpage on Jean Monnet Activities;

Learn more about the 30th anniversary of the Jean Monnet Activities.

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