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Triple EU funding success for Kent

The University of Kent’s School of Politics & International Relations (POLIR) has been successful in all three of its applications for a Jean Monnet Award 2013.

The School’s success will fund the establishment of:Brussels

  • a Jean Monnet Centre of Excellence that will combine the expertise of Kent’s recently launched Global Europe Centre (GEC) with leading expertise from four Asian Pacific partners to investigate the idea of Normative Power Europe in relation to Asia;
  • a Jean Monnet Chair within the GEC for Professor Elena Korosteleva;
  • a Jean Monnet Multilateral Research Group (MRG) led by Dr Tom Casier, Senior Lecturer in International Relations at Kent’s Brussels School of International Studies (BSIS). Amongst its broader aims, the MRG will seek to create a durable platform for developing innovative approaches and models in the study of the interaction between the EU and Russia, and create synergies between the research of Jean Monnet Chairs in four different countries, allowing the reintroduction of a level of complexity and sophistication into the debate on EU-Russia relations.

Launched in 1989, the Jean Monnet Programme aims to stimulate teaching, research and reflection in the field of European integration studies at the level of higher education institutions within and outside the EU. The Programme is now present in 72 countries with 3,700 projects in the field of European integration studies having been established between 1990 and 2011. These include 165 Jean Monnet European Centres of Excellence (defined as ‘clearly labeled institutes or structures specialising in European integration studies’), 879 Chairs and 2,139 permanent courses and European modules.

In 2012 the Programme awarded funding to BSIS to establish a Jean Monnet Chair. Kent also received a European Module grant from the same programme to fund the development of a new law teaching module on EU Migration Law.

Professor Alex Hughes, Kent’s Pro Vice-Chancellor External and the University’s lead for its Internationalisation Strategy, said: ‘I am delighted at Kent’s success in the recent round of Jean Monnet funding and offer warm congratulations to all those involved. Since the launch of our Internationalisation Strategy in 2007, Kent has reinforced its reputation as the UK's European university and this latest investment by the Jean Monnet Programme is a welcome endorsement of our commitment to the European HE agenda.’

Professor Roger Vickerman, Kent’s Dean for Europe, commented: ‘These continuing successes in one of the European Union’s core funding programmes demonstrate, not just the vitality of our research and teaching on Europe and its changing place in the world, but also the importance of our ability to deliver these in Brussels at the very heart of Europe.’

Richard Whitman, Professor of Politics and International Relations at Kent and Director of the Global Europe Centre, added: ‘This latest funding success puts the Global Europe Centre at the heart of the study of Europe in the UK and internationally. Our level of funding- success firmly demonstrates that the University of Kent is a centre of excellence for the study of the EU.’

POLIR combines high quality teaching with cutting-edge research. It has recognised experts in all of the main areas of the discipline including Comparative Politics, European Studies, International Relations, Political Theory, International Political Economy, Human Rights and Public Policy. Its global outlook is reflected in its wide range of international partnerships and its role in the BSIS. The School’s academic offer includes undergraduate, postgraduate taught and research programmes.


Story published at 1:58pm 4 November 2013

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Last Updated: 09/05/2013