Pan European Networks - Horizon 2020 - page 238

How did the EUCE in Montréal develop, and what are its
core aims and activities?
The Institute for European Studies, a joint venture between the University
of Montréal and McGill University, was founded in 2000, when the
European Commission launched a competition for grants to establish
academic structures promoting EU studies outside Europe. The institute
has received strong financial and material support from the University of
Montréal and McGill University since its creation. This support, combined
with grants from the Commission, has helped the institute to fulfil its
objectives and to generate quality research about European integration,
law, politics, social policies, language and culture.
The EUCE’s mandate is to develop a top quality multidisciplinary research
hub in Montréal that is focused on EU institutions and policies regarding
regional and global issues. As a consequence, the EUCE has four primary
goals: to facilitate exchanges and expand academic networks between
Canada and the EU; to carry out diverse public activities to disseminate
our research findings about Europe and the EU; to increase interest in
European studies, expand the number of students taking classes about
Europe and the EU and develop new courses on Europe, encouraging
student mobility; and to share information and promote awareness of
Europe and the EU in Québec through outreach and training activities
cross Canada, European Union centres of excellence
(EUCE) provide a vital and strategic avenue for
researchers to access information and education
resources about the EU. The initiative, launched in 1998, seeks to
increase links between the EU and Canada, encouraging political,
economic and cultural ties between Brussels, Ottawa, and beyond.
Five EUCEs now exist in Canada, located in five different provinces,
namely Carleton University in Ottawa, Ontario; Dalhousie University in
Halifax, Nova Scotia; the University of Victoria in British Columbia; the
University of Alberta; and the University of Montréal in consortium with
McGill University in Québec.
The EUCE in Montréal was set up in 2006 and comprises the University
of Montréal-McGill University Institute for European Studies, the Jean-
Monnet Chair in European Integration (University of Montréal) and the
Jean-Monnet Chair in the Law of International Economic Integration
(McGill University). Speaking to Portal, Professor Juliet Johnson, director
responsible for McGill University’s participation in the EUCE, provided
greater detail about the centre, the role the institute plays in encouraging
closer research, development and innovation co-operation between the
EU and Canada, and the opportunities ahead in Horizon 2020, assisted
by the strategic partnership agreement (SPA) signed in September 2014.
Transatlantic opportunities
Professor Juliet Johnson,
co-director of the EU Centre of Excellence in
Montréal, outlines the development of EU-Canada co-operation and the new
opportunities presented by Horizon 2020 and the SPA
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