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Refugee-crisis-revThe University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Center for European Studies (CES) was awarded two three-year grants from the European Union (EU) Commission and a special grant from the European Union Delegation to the United States. All awards begin in the 2015-2016 academic year.

The Jean Monnet Center of Excellence grant from the EU Commission will make the Center of European Studies a hub of research, teaching, events and digital activities on European Union studies for students, faculty, researchers and the general public. The theme for the center of excellence award is “The EU: Its People, Policies and Politics.”

The Center for European Studies will host seven conferences over the course of the grant and use funds to sponsor lecture series, UNC faculty travel to Europeanist conferences and partner institutions. Through its special designation as a Jean Monnet Center of Excellence, the CES will also offer a new course entitled “EU Today,” team-taught by UNC faculty and a new EU visiting scholar.

Milada Vachudova, chair of the curriculum of global studies and associate professor of political science, is the new Jean Monnet Chair, also an award granted by the European Union Commission to the Center for European Studies. As one of the most prominent scholars in the study of EU enlargement, Vachudova will use funds to support her teaching and research on EU studies. She will offer a sequence of courses in EU studies in order for students to explore European integration, security and the politics of Eastern Europe, for example.

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