About the Network of Jean Monnet Participants

The Jean Monnet Programme

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 governance of EU policies.

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. The discipline also covers the role of the EU in a globalised world and in promoting an active European citizenship and dialogue between people and cultures.

Jean Monnet in the United States

From 1998 to 2015, the European Union supported European Union Centers in the United States. The EU Centers program was pivotal in helping the field of EU studies gain traction in American higher education. These centers served as effective information resource centers and even provided effective policy tools. These "Centers of Excellence" met once a year to collaborate on latest developments on EU integration and to discuss best practices for professional and academic coordination.

Beginning September 1, 2015, funding went into effect for a new cohort of Jean Monnet Centers of Excellence. This marked the final stage in an effort to streamline the previous European Union Centers of Excellence into the globally distinguished Jean Monnet Programme, funded through Erasmus+. The Jean Monnet network is a globally renowned brand, present in 78 countries around the world and involves more than 800 higher education institutions.

Network Coordination in the U.S.

The Delegation of the European Union to the United States has been an active partner in supporting the coordination of the EU Centers of Excellence and continues that tradition with the American implementation of the Jean Monnet Programme. The network of European Union Centers of Excellence promotes the study of the EU, its institutions and policies and EU-US relations through teaching programs, scholarly research and outreach activities in their local and regional communities. The Delegation of the European Union to the United States funds this initiative as part of a broader effort to promote people-to-people ties across the Atlantic.

The European Union Studies Association has been awarded the Getting to Know Europe grant to coordinate the outreach activities of the Jean Monnet Centers, Chairs, and Modules in the U.S. This website showcases the efforts of all of the Jean Monnet Network participants and serves as a resource for coordination on Jean Monnet-related activities.

Jean Monnet Centres of Excellence, Chairs, and Modules

These Actions aim to deepen teaching in European integration studies embodied in an official curriculum of a higher education institution, as well as to conduct, monitor and supervise research on EU content, also for other educational levels such as teacher training and compulsory education. They also intend to provide in-depth teaching on European integration matters for future professionals in fields which are in increasing demand on the labour market, and at the same time aim at encouraging, advising and mentoring the young generation of teachers and researchers in European integration subject areas.

For more information, see the 2016 Erasmus+ Programme Guide.