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Jean Monnet project

Jean Monnet (1888 – 1979), a French political economist and diplomat, is regarded by many as a chief architect of European unity and one of the founding fathers of the European Union. The European Union itself maintains his memory with the Jean Monnet Programme of the Directorate-General for Education and Culture, which promotes knowledge on European integration on a worldwide scale, especially at the university level. The Jean Monnet Programme intends primarily to stimulate teaching, research and reflection on European integration. It was launched in 1989. Since 2007 it has formed part of the Lifelong Learning Programme 2007-2013.

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Jean Monnet (1888 – 1979)

 Jean Monnet support for academic teaching and research

To support the work of professors and researchers specialising in European integration the Jean Monnet Programme funds the following actions: Jean Monnet Chair, “Ad personam” Jean Monnet Chair, Jean Monnet Centre of Excellence, European Module, Association of professors and researchers, information and research activities, Jean Monnet multilateral research groups.

Jean Monnet Chairs are teaching posts with a specialisation in European integration studies. They are awarded by the European Commission to academic teachers selected on the basis of their academic merits and following a process of rigorous and independent peer review. They are a recognition of the holder attaining a standard which is commensurate with a senior professional level of achievement in European integration studies.

The Jean Monnet Programme in the University of Portsmouth

Since 1990 the University of Portsmouth has been a member of an exclusive elite network of European integration studies. The University of Portsmouth has been associated with the Jean Monnet Programme since 1992. Dr Anna Syngellakis, Jean Monnet Chair 1990-2012, was heavily involved in developing the European Studies degrees offered by the University at undergraduate and postgraduate level. From a single module offered in the early 1990s, UoP has now a number of thriving undergrad and postgrad degree courses in European Studies.

UoP also has a vibrant European Studies research community. Visit the Centre for European and International Studies Research (CEISR) website.

UoP graduates and postgraduates in European Studies have progressed to careers in the UK civil service, in universities, in EU institutions and in a variety of other sectors, such as banking and finance, teaching or the voluntary sector. For more information, see the Employability page.

  • In January 2010 Professor Mike Mannin (Jean Monnet Chair) joined the University of Portsmouth from Liverpool John Moores University.
  • Since April 2012, Dr Karen Heard-Lauréote holds the University’s Jean Monnet Chair, following the retirement of Dr Anna Syngellakis.
  • Also in April 2012, Dr Heard-Laureote was awarded approximately 34 000 euros of joint funding from the European Commission to fund the development of a simulation and negotiation teaching unit at post-graduate and under-graduate level: Policy and networks: The Governance of the EU.

Jean Monnet Chairs and Modules are not commonplace. As the table below demonstrates, the existing number across the 27 EU Member States is limited and this makes the title holders and module convenors part of an exclusive elite network of European integration studies scholars.


Member State
Number of JM Chairs Number of JM Modules
UK

106

66

Austria

16

9

Belgium

20

28

Bulgaria

4

16

Cyprus

5

2

Czech Republic

12

40

Denmark

17

3

Estonia

2

3

Finland

7

14

France

89

48

Germany

78

35

Greece

32

20

Hungary

21

45

Ireland

18

6

Italy

99

161

Latvia

1

4

Lithuania

4

12

Luxembourg

2

1

Malta

2

2

Netherlands

33

21

Poland

38

102

Portugal

17

14

Romania

13

58

Slovak Republic

5

24

Slovenia

2

15

Spain

119

97

Sweden

8

7

TOTAL across EU 27

770

853

Table indicating the number of Jean Monnet Chairs and Jean Monnet Modules across the 27 EU Member States as of November 2012.

 

Having both Jean Monnet Chairs and Modules at the University of Portsmouth allows us to pursue a variety of funding opportunities. For example, 6 members of University staff have recently been  involved in preparing a bid for a Jean Monnet Centre of Excellence. Only Higher education institutions with JM Chairholders are eligible to bid for funding for a Centre of Excellence.

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