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Meet the members of the Jean Monnet NORTIA Network

UACES is a member of NORTIA: the Network on Research and Teaching in EU Foreign Affairs. NORTIA is an Erasmus+ network, encompassing ten institutions.

NORTIA fosters the debate between academics from different theoretical, methodological and geographical backgrounds through its annual research and teaching workshops, guest lectures, Master Classes, and Online Roundtables. NORTIA deepens the dialogue and interaction between academia and practitioners via carefully designed activities and outputs, such as seminars, briefings and key note speeches. Various Practitioner-academics dialogues, organized by NORTIA members in different countries, will foster the exchange between the research and policy world.  NORTIA provides resources and opportunities for students (essay competition, webcasts, guest lectures/master classes, online roundtables) and actively promotes the professional development of early-career researchers (PhD bursaries and residencies, teaching portfolio development).

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Meet our fellow NORTIA members:

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Are you a PhD or early-career scholar in EU Foreign Affairs? Apply for a funded 2-3 residency with one of our members! Deadline: 1 February 2019. More info here.

Adam Mickiewicz University in Poznan

ARENA Centre for European Studies, University of Oslo

Institut Barcelona d’Estudis Internacionals (IBEI)

KU Leuven

Leiden University

University College Dublin

European University Institute (EUI)

The EUI is an international institution created by the Member States of the founding European Communities in 1972. Its main objective is to provide advanced academic training to Ph.D students and to promote research at the highest level. It is a major doctoral and postdoctoral academic institution and carries out basic and applied research with a European and global perspective (fundamental research, comparative research and Community research) in history, law, economics, political and social sciences. The EUI offers one of the world’s largest doctoral and postdoctoral programmes in the social sciences and the largest in Europe. It is a community of around 1,000 scholars from more than 60 countries from Europe and further afield.

According to its Convention, the aim of the Institute is to contribute, by its activities in the fields of higher education and research, to the development of the cultural and scientific heritage of Europe, taking into account Europe’s cultural and linguistic pluralism and relations with cultures outside Europe. It is also a forum for the exchange and discussion of ideas and experience in subjects falling within the areas of study and research with which it is concerned. It had developed interdisciplinary research programmes on the major issues confronting contemporary European society, including matters relating to the construction of Europe. The EUI is committed to the good governance of EU policies through its academic and research activities, giving intellectual support to the implementation of the Europe 2020 strategy.

Maastricht University

Located in the heart of Europe, Maastricht University (UM) is the most international university in the Netherlands. Almost half of its students and one-third of its academic staff come from abroad, together representing over 100 different nationalities. Most of UM’s study programmes are taught in English, and the content of both education and research is deeply rooted in European and broader international themes.

The university stands out for its innovative education model, international character and multidisciplinary approach to research and education. Thanks to its high-quality research and study programmes as well as a strong focus on social engagement, UM has quickly built up a solid reputation. Today it is considered one of the best young universities in the world.

UM is the European pioneer of Problem-Based Learning (PBL), the education model it has been working with ever since the university was founded. Small-scale and personal, PBL challenges students not only to learn their subject matter, but also to actively develop their talents and interests as well as skills such as self-reliance, assertiveness and problem-solving capacities. This, combined with a broad and unique range of internationally oriented programmes, is what makes UM stand out.

The Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences (FASoS), where the current project is based, hosts the largest interdisciplinary European Studies program in the world. It is a leading centre of teaching and research in the field of EU studies.

University of Kent

The University of Kent’s strong international impact is based on our external networks, partnerships with leading universities in Europe and around the world, and our staff, students and alumni. We launched our Internationalisation Strategy in 2007. Since then, we have reinforced our reputation as the UK’s European university and further developed a network of international partnerships worldwide.

  • Kent is ranked 20th in both the Guardian University Guide 2014 and 2015, 28thin the Sunday Times University League Table 2013 and 22nd in the Complete University Guide 2015.
  • The University is ranked among the top 80 ‘under 50’ universities by the Times Higher Education – a celebration of universities ‘that have reached the top of the global academy in decades, not centuries’
  • In the Research Excellence Framework (REF) 2014, Kent is ranked 17th in the UK for research intensity out of 122 non-specialist institutions.
  • Kent has world-leading research across all its subject areas, and 97% of the University’s research is of international quality.
  • Kent in top ten for overall student satisfaction in the National Student Survey 2013 (of all publicly funded, multi-faculty institutions), being in a select group to score 90% or above

Are you a PhD or early-career scholar in EU Foreign Affairs? Apply for a funded 2-3 residency with one of our members! Deadline: 1 February 2019. More info here.

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