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Establishment of Jean Monnet Chair at ISU
Start date: Sep 1, 2016, End date: Aug 31, 2019 PROJECT  ONGOING 

The applicant for the Jean Monnet Chair has an in-depth EU-Georgia experience of cooperation combined with academic studies of East European History and a PhD in nation-building of Georgia. Implementing a project for civic integration under the European Instrument for Democracy and Human Rights in Georgia’s minority regions (2003-2005) he was working at the EU Delegation to Georgia for ten years (2005-2015). Build around the academic concept of “Europeanisation” he sets out to assess the impact of EU-Georgia cooperation in institutional, societal as well as discourse terms. Ideally, together with students and international colleagues he intends to elaborate criteria and indicator for an in-depth measurement of changes in society and the role the EU played directly or indirectly. Besides reviewing and updating the existing curriculum in EU Studies at Ilia University he is planning to add six courses on different aspects of EU Studies.Thus these new courses will intentionally introduce new aspects of EU integration studies complementing the existing courses and research on EU in international relations and political sciences at Ilia University by an explicit transnational and interdisciplinary offer. The elaboration of a Georgian language study reader in European Union Studies as another objective will make the courses offered into a consistent programme.In addition it is planned to collaborate with teacher associations on history and civic education teaching materials on EU affairs and European values, relating EU also to the national culture. It is also planned to provide lectures to the students of the Diplomatic Academy to prepare future diplomats. Finally, it is important for the Jean Monnet Chair to link to ongoing and planned activities in the framework of the JM DESCnet project for strengthening the EU Studies Association in the Caucasus.
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