The Jean Monnet Project "European Integration in University
Studies" is a European Commission information project,
undertaken at the request of the universities, whose aim is to
facilitate the introduction of European integration studies in
universities by means of start-up subsidies.
The term European integration studies is taken to mean the
construction of the European Community and its related
institutional, legal, political, economic and social
The Jean Monnet Project targets disciplines in which Community
developments are an increasingly important part of the subject
European Economic Integration;
European Political Integration;
History of the European Construction Process;
The Jean Monnet Projects aimed at universities and other higher
education establishments (whose university level status is
recognised by the national authorities) in the member states of
the European Union.
Subsidies awarded in the framework of the Jean Monnet Project
represent co-financing for the setting up of:
Jean Monnet Chairs and "ad personam" Jean Monnet Chairs
A symbolic term corresponding to a full-time teaching post
entirely devoted to the teaching of European integration.
Permanent Courses on European integration
Courses concentrating entirely on European integration (average
60 hours) and offered at undergraduate or postgraduate level
with as many hours per academic year as a permanent annual
course, according to the procedures of each country.
A short programme of studies concentrating entirely on European
integration, of at least 30 hours duration in one of the four
priority disciplines of the Jean Monnet Project.
Jean Monnet European Centre of excellence
A Label including scientific and human resources dealing with
European integration studies and research within the university
and/or at a regional level.
The Jean Monnet Project awards funds on a co-financing basis for
a start-up period of three years, in exchange for a commitment
on the part of the university to maintain the teaching
activities thus created for a period of at least four years
following the period of Community co-financing, that is a total
period of seven years.
The Jean Monnet Project is run in strict consultation with the
university authorities by means of co-operation with the
European University Council for the Jean Monnet Project, an
independent academic body which supports the Commission in the
implementation of the programme, the selection of the projects
submitted by the universities, the academic follow-up of the
successful projects and the organisation of activities with the
network of Jean Monnet professors.
The European University Council for the Jean Monnet Project is
composed of representatives of university
institutions(Vice-Chancellors/Rectors) elected by the
Confederation of European Union Rectors’ Conferences and
representatives of professors specialising in European
integration studies, elected by ECSA-Europe (European Community
Studies Association), which brings together the national
associations of European integration studies.
Since 1990, the Jean Monnet Project has enabled the Member
States to set up 2319 new university teaching projects in
European integration issues of which 47 are European Centres of
excellence, 491 Jean Monnet Chairs, 800 Permanent Courses and
641 European Modules.