Important segment of the Lifelong Learning Program opened for participation of the institutions from Serbia is the Jean Monnet program. It aims primarily at stimulating teaching, research and reflection in the field of European integration studies at the level of higher education institutions within and outside the European Community.
The program exists since 1990 and at present there are 60 countries throughout the world and around 700 universities which offer Jean Monnet courses as part of their curricula. Jean Monnet has three key activities.
Key Activity 1: Jean Monnet Action
Actions within this key activity are the most numerous and allow various approaches to the European integration studies. European integration studies are here defined as the analysis of the origins and evolution of the European Communities and the European Union in all its aspects. They can cover both the internal and external dimension of European integration, including the European Union's role in the dialogue between peoples and cultures and the European Union's role and perception in the world.
The program beneficiaries include higher education institutions and/or associations of professors and researchers specializing in European integration. Actions within activity one are the following:
- Jean Monnet Chair, a symbolic term corresponding to a full-time teaching post with a specialization in European integration studies covering a minimum 90 teaching hours per academic year.
- "Ad personam" Jean Monnet Chair, teaching and research posts with a specialization in European integration studies. Reserved for (i) former Jean Monnet Chair holders with evidence of high-level international teaching and publication record and/or (ii) professors with a distinguished background as former high-level practitioners in the field of European integration.
- Jean Monnet Centers of Excellence, this is a clearly labeled multi-disciplinary structure pooling scientific, human and documentary resources for European integration studies and research within one or more universities.
- European Module, This is a short program of European integration study of minimum 40 teaching hours per academic year, which may be multi-disciplinary in approach.
- Support for associations of professors and researchers specializing in European integration, addresses associations whose explicit purpose is to contribute to the study of the European integration process and whose aim is to enhance the visibility of regional or national scientific and physical resources in this domain.
- Support for information and research activities relating to European integration, aims to promote discussion, reflection and knowledge about the European integration process.
- Support for information and research activities for “Learning Europe at School”, Aims to bring European Union facts and knowledge on its Institutions and its way of functioning at the level of primary and secondary schools and in vocational education and training. Primary and secondary schools are not eligible to apply under this call.
- Jean Monnet multilateral research groups, a research partnership between at least three Jean Monnet Chairs from three different countries leading to the creation of an integrated academic network with a joint research plan and pluridisciplinary synergies in the field of European integration studies.
Key Activity 2: Support specified institutions dealing with issues relating to European integration
The Jean Monnet program also supports certain key institutions and associations active at European level in the field of education and training. Operating grants are awarded to support certain operational and administrative costs of these institutions pursuing an aim of European interest.
Key Activity 3: European associations active at European level in the field of education and training
The Program can provide operating grants to support certain operational and administrative costs of European associations active in the fields of education and training. The condition is that these associations fulfill the following criteria:
- support the existence of high-quality European associations active in the field of education and training;
- support European associations contributing to the implementation of the Education and Training 2010 work program;
- support European associations contributing to increasing knowledge and awareness on the European integration process through education and training.
The potential beneficiaries are European associations active in the field of education and training at European level, particularly those which are most representative in terms of the target groups that are likely to be covered: for example, European associations of learners' or parents' associations, European associations of education professionals, European associations representing educational and/or training establishments, European associations focusing on particular aspects or themes of education and/or training and European associations focusing on education and/or training in European integration studies.
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