The College of Europe and the European University Institute aim to initiate and stimulate a debate among institutions of higher education over the current challenges facing the study of Europe.
The College of Europe and the European University Institute are sister institutions; we work in post-graduate and post-doctorate education, with a specific mandate ‘to foster the advancement of learning in fields which are of particular interest for the development of Europe, especially its culture, history, law, economics and institutions’ and to ‘develop interdisciplinary research programmes on the major issues confronting contemporary European society, including matters relating to the construction of Europe’ (Convention establishing the EUI). We are engaged in educating the next generation of scholars and practitioners and in our research programmes we bring together scholars from all over Europe and the world in our unique international and cross-disciplinary environments.
From this perspective, we aim to initiate and stimulate a debate among institutions of higher education over the current challenges facing the study of Europe, ranging from its place within university curricula to the funding drivers for research, from the risks and benefits of cross-disciplinarity to the historical turn in EU studies. By ‘European’ and ‘EU studies’ we intend to include not only ‘European studies’ in the traditional sense but also single-discipline studies that have Europe and/or the EU as a focus, such as EU law, EU integration history, the study of European politics and governance and even more specialised fields such as the economics of EMU. We aim to encourage a cross-disciplinary conversation and exchange about the issues currently facing research and teaching in these fields, and not only from the perspective of those specifically engaged in interdisciplinary programmes.
Annual Joint Committee