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Gathering EU researchers at UiA

Several EU researchers from Europe and Canada will hold a workshop on the EU after Brexit on Campus Kristiansand on Wednesday and Thursday this week. Associate Professor Stefan Gänzle and colleagues at the Department of Political Science and Management are the initiators of the academic seminar.

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 Photo: Stefan Gänzle.
Associate Professor Stefan Gänzle at the University of Agder says that the appointment of the EU Jean Monnet Chair is a recognition for the entire UiA academic community working on EU issues.

Associate Professor Stefan at the University of Agder (UiA) has been awarded the EU Jean Monnet Chair for the period 2017-2020 by the European Commission in Brussels. He has invited top EU researchers to talk about Europe’s future after the Brexit at the University November 22 and 23.

“It is a great honour to have been awarded the Jean Monet Chair and this appointment is a recognition for the entire academic community working with the EU at the university. It helps us expanding our international network of EU researchers. In addition, the appointment is the first step towards an application for the EU Horizon 2020 programme” says Gänzle.

He has five colleagues at the Department of Political Science and Management, who work on research related to the EU and teaches on EU-related questions.

"We are one of the few higher education institutions in the country that combines own EU research and education at both the bachelor and master's levels," said Gänzle, referring to the UiA Summer School, which also offers academic modules about the EU.

International EU researchers to UiA

An international workshop at UiA is organized this month by the Jean Monnet Chair in collaboration with the UACES (the Academic Association for Contemporary European Studies) network.

Read more about the workshop 'Differentiated integration in Europe after Brexit'.

A group of well-known EU researchers from Denmark, Sweden, Poland, Germany, Switzerland, the Netherlands, England, Scotland, Ireland, Greece and Canada are gathered at UiA. They will discuss the future of Europe and the EU after the UK has chosen to withdraw from the EU.

“The workshop is part of the deliveries to the EU in connection with the Monnet Chair appointment. This workshop will prepare the groundwork for networking so that we can send qualified applications to the EU Horizon 2020 programme,” underscores Gänzle.

Several EU projects

According to Gänzle, the Jean Monnet appointment will encourage several projects already under way at UiA. This includes the development of a Master’s programme on the EU in cooperation with partners from Estonia, Finland, Germany and Sweden. In addition, a number of new courses will be developed for the faculty's master programmes on cities, regions and the EU.

The award of Jean Monnet Chair goes to the faculty staff who teach about the EU and have special expertise in the field. Parts of the criteria related to the award is that the nominee must complete at least 90 teaching hours a year on the EU, but Gänzle has already delivered on this level.

"We are also planning to deliver over 100 hours of teaching about the EU in the years to come," says Gänzle.

Teaching will be conducted at all levels from the bachelor to the master level.

"I will also hold EU courses for lecturers and teachers at high schools in Kristiansand and elsewhere in Agder," adds Gänzle.