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What are the aims of Jean Monnet?

The Jean Monnet Actions aim at promoting excellence in teaching and research in the field of European Union studies worldwide. These Actions also aim at fostering the dialogue between the academic world and policy-makers, in particular with the aim of enhancing EU and global governance.

European Union studies comprise the study of Europe in its entirety with particular emphasis on the European integration process in both its internal and external aspects. They promote active European citizenship and deal with the role of the EU in a globalised world , enhancing awareness of the Union and facilitating future engagement and people-to-people dialogue worldwide.

The core subject areas are the following:

  • EU and Comparative Regionalism Studies;
  • EU Communication and Information Studies;
  • EU Economic Studies;
  • EU Historical Studies;
  • EU Intercultural Dialogue Studies;
  • EU Interdisciplinary Studies;
  • EU International Relations and Diplomacy Studies;
  • EU Legal Studies;
  • EU Political and Administrative Studies.

However, different subject areas (such as sociology, philosophy, religion, geography, literature, art, sciences, environmental studies, global studies, etc.) may also be associated with this field of study when they include an element of teaching, research or reflection on the EU and contribute, in general, to the Europeanization of the curricula. Comparative studies will only be considered where they relate to the different integration processes throughout the world.

In relation to the general objectives of the Erasmus+ Programme, Jean Monnet aims to:

  • promote excellence in teaching and research in EU studies;
  • equip students and young professionals with knowledge of European Union subjects relevant for their academic and professional lives and enhance their civic skills;
  • foster the dialogue between the academic world and policy-makers, in particular to enhance governance of EU policies;
  • promote innovation in teaching and research (e.g. cross-sectoral and/or multi-disciplinary studies, open education, networking with other institutions);
  • mainstream and diversify EU-related subjects throughout the curricula proposed by higher education institutions to their students;
  • improve the quality of professional training on EU subjects (with modules that deal with EU subjects more in-depth or extend to new subjects);
  • foster the engagement of young academics in teaching and research on European subjects.

Jean Monnet is expected to bring positive and long-lasting effects to the participants involved, to the promoting organisations, as well as to the policy systems within which they are framed.

As regards the participants directly or indirectly involved in the Actions, Jean Monnet aims to produce the following outcomes:

  • enhanced employability and improved career prospects for young graduates, by including or reinforcing a European dimension in their studies;
  • increased interest in understanding and participating in the European Union, leading to a more active citizenship;
  • support for young researchers (i.e. who have obtained a PhD degree in the last five years) and professors who want to carry out research and teaching on EU subjects;
  • increased opportunities for academic staff in terms of professional and career development.

Activities supported under Jean Monnet are also expected to produce the following outcomes on participating organisations:

  • increased capacity to teach and research on EU matters: improved or innovative curricula; increased capacity to attract excellent students; reinforced cooperation with partners from other countries; increased allocation of financial resources to teaching and research on EU subjects within the institution;
  • more modern, dynamic, committed and professional environment inside the organisation: promoting the professional development of young researchers and professors; ready to integrate good practices and new EU subjects into didactic programmes and initiatives; open to synergies with other organisations.

Jean Monnet is expected in the long run to encourage the promotion and diversification of EU studies worldwide as well as to enhance and extend the participation of staff from more faculties and departments in European Union teaching and research.