JEAN MONNET CHAIR

The Jean Monnet Chair at the Faculty of East Asian Studies

In September 2016, Prof. Dr. Sebastian Bersick was awarded a Jean Monnet Chair by the European Commission under the Erasmus+ Programme. The funding enables the Ruhr-University Bochum (RUB), the Faculty of East Asian Studies, and the department of International Political Economy of East Asia to intensify teaching and research activities, and to organize new initiatives.

Read more information about the Jean Monnet Programme here.
Read more information about the Erasmus+ Programme here.

Teaching
The project “The International Political Economy of EU-Asia Relations” (IPEEAR) aims at promoting excellence in teaching and research in EU studies. It provides an innovative approach to EU studies by focusing on the relationship of the external dimension of European integration and the external dimension of regional cooperation and integration in East Asia and beyond.
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The Jean Monnet Chair lays the foundation for excellent teaching by promoting research activities. IPEEAR aims at enabling RUB and the Faculty of East Asian Studies in particular to explicitly intensify teaching and research activities with regard to the role of the EU in Asian affairs as well as to organize new teaching and research initiatives. Most courses on European Integration at the Faculty are led by Prof. Dr. Sebastian Bersick.
So far students do not automatically come into contact with EU studies. Therefore, the project’s intention is to enrich undergraduate as well as graduate teaching activities at the Faculty of East Asian Studies in multiple ways. Apart from providing additional funds for the organization of a lecture series, a conference, and a workshop the Jean Monnet Chair is to provide the foundation for excellent EU-focused teaching by promoting research activities, exchange and networking as well as the publication of research results. In addition, the proposal fosters the development of existing and new teaching and debating activities by creating “virtual classrooms”, using e- learning tools and the pupils´ lab.

Activities
Thanks to the Jean Monnet Chair, the Faculty of East Asian Studies, and particularly the department of International Political Economy of East Asia, is able to organize a series of new events, which will foster international and interdisciplinary exchange between scholars and provide information on topics of European Integration to a broader public. IPEEAR will foster international and interdisciplinary exchange between policy makers, scholars and wider civil society by providing information on topics of European integration, Asian integration and EU-Asia affairs to a broader public. Several activities will be conducted (listed below) under this chair. The activities will bring together researchers, practitioners, and civil society from various sectors of society to speak about and discuss recent developments and challenges to the EU’s role in Asia. The aim of all the activities are intended to create public interest in questions of European Studies in general and EU-Asia relations in particular and stimulate new and creative ideas and concepts.

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