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Knowledge
Expertise
Competence

on European Union matters
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Immigration, and Levant issues
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& Migration policies

Roundtables

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Migration and Extremism
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Workshops

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Higher Education

Immigration

Levant issues

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promoting

excellence

in teaching and research

in EU studies

Activities

Roundtables

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The Jean Monnet Centre will organize five roundtable discussions as follows: three pertinent to turkey’s EU accession, one on migration and extremism and one on migration policies. All roundtables will be open to the public.

EU-Turkey relations

EU-Turkey Roundtable 1: EU-Turkey Public Debate 1 – Date: 09 December 2014
EU-Turkey Roundtable 2– Date: December 2015
EU-Turkey Roundtable 3– Date: July 2016

These three roundtables aim to analyse and discuss Turkey’s progress towards EU accession with the participation of academics, diplomats and journalists. The aim is to have a comprehensive approach on the EU-Turkish relations by hosting experts from Cyprus (both communities), Turkey and Greece, as well as from European Union institutions.

The event coordinator for these three events is the Jean Monnet Chair and Rector of the University of Nicosia, Prof. Michalis Attalides.

Migration-extremism Roundtable – Date: December 2016

This roundtable debate focuses on the issue of migration and the rise of political extremism. More specifically, it will also examine the organizational actions in the EU, which frequently target migration phenomena as political grievances. The event will bring together invited and local academics in the presence of public administrators and civil society representatives to consider EU-wide and national-level responses to extremist tendencies, especially with respect to the prospects of phenomena of political violence.

The event coordinator for this event is Dr. Odysseas Christou.

Migration policies Roundtable – Date: July 2017

This roundtable discussion will bring together academics, policy-makers and civil society representatives in order to combine the needs assessment from the initial workshop in this thematic area with the academic outcomes of the conference in order to produce concrete and actionable policy recommendations on EU migration challenges both at the regional and the national level.

The event coordinator for this event is Jean Monnet Chair (at University of Cyprus) Prof. Savvas Katsikides.

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Workshops

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The Jean Monnet Centre will organize three workshops on (i) Higher education, (ii) Migration and (iii) Levant-related issues.

The Changing Landscape of Higher education Workshop – Date: 29 January 2015

The workshop will bring together academics, policy-makers and civil society representatives to discuss challenges in the policy area of reform in European higher education and to serve as an empirical needs assessment which will also be utilized for follow up events such as the conference and roundtable on higher education.

The event coordinator for this event is the Vice Rector of the University of Nicosia, Prof. Philippos Pouyioutas

Immigration Workshop – Date: January 2016

The workshop will bring together academics, policy-makers and civil society representatives to discuss challenges related to immigration. The focus of the workshop will revolve around the comparative evaluation of the impact of immigration on the southern border countries of the EU, hosting the views of opinion makers on migration, particularly political parties and mass media. It will also focus on the government policies followed in each country, the presence of evidence for xenophobia and racism in each country, the political impact they have, and any potential impact on EU policies.

The event coordinator for this workshop is the Vice Rector of the University of Nicosia, Prof. Constantinos Phellas.

Workshop on Levant issues – Date: January 2017

The topics of the workshop will include energy-related developments such as the discovery of hydrocarbon resources in the region and their impact on regional conflict and conflict resolution processes, the potential for further EU enlargement in the region (and, more specifically, the prospects for Turkish accession) and the aftermath of the Arab Spring and democratization processes.

The event coordinator for this event is Dr. Constantinos Adamides.

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Conferences

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The Jean Monnet Centre will host three conferences, one on each of the thematic areas of the project, namely Higher education, Immigration and Levant issues.

All conferences will be two-day events. The first day will host three panels with 3-4 papers each and will be open to the public, while the second day will consist solely of closed sessions with the Jean Monnet Chair and invited academics or experts. The aim is to discuss the findings of the conferences and promote and strengthen the Jean Monnet Centre’s network with fellow academics and their institutions in the specific fields.

Conference on Higher education – Date: June 2015
The event coordinator for this event is Vice Rector Prof. Philippos Pouyioutas

Conference on Immigration – Date: June 2016
Event coordinators: Prof. Savvas Katsikides, Dr. Constantinos Phellas, Dr. Odysseas Christou

Conference on Levant issues – Date: June 2017
Event coordinators: Dr. Constantinos Adamides, Dr. Odysseas Christou and Prof. Achilles Emilianides.

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Teaching

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The project will promote excellence in teaching and research in EU studies through emphasis on coursework by expert faculty.

Two of the courses that will comprise the teaching activities of the project are established and popular M.A. and B.A. courses offered by the Department of European Studies and International Relations of the University of Nicosia.

The department is the only such department as well as the only graduate programme of its kind in Cyprus.

There will also be an emphasis on the use of open education techniques in the dissemination of didactic material. All learning tools and material that will result from the introduction of new courses as well as the evolution of existing coursework, as outlined above, will be made freely available.

In this way, the University of Nicosia will join the growing number of Higher Education Institutions both within the EU as well as globally that increasingly adopt an Open Educational Resources approach to education.

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