Summary

In the framework of current Jean Monnet project, we plan to continue our ongoing activities in the field of teaching and research on the economy of the EU. Additionally, we include the study and research on competitiveness into our agenda as a new point as we believe that it is going to be crucial in the future of European integration in the globalised world. Therefore, we believe that, at the South-Eastern outskirts of the EU (the Serbian border is 15km from our city), it is relevant to develop teaching and research capacities in this field. We introduce the competitiveness topic in our MA and PhD trainings, and also in our research activities.

Outside this widening of our intellectual scope, we also strive for developing new physical and virtual forums for discussion, hopefully providing food for thought to our colleagues, students, and our wider public. We develop multi-layer educational contents (in Hungarian and English) that make it possible for all stakeholders to go as deep into the various issues as they wish. The top layer of these contents explain the issues at a level understandable to local inhabitants, high school students, or those people for whom this would be the first encounter with the current economic situation and challenges to European integration. Then, gradually, we create further layers of these contents, eventually leading to scientifically relevant analyses. Among our potential stakeholders, we definitely target local, national, and possible European policy-makers with our work, in the form of policy recommendations. We establish a research group. We organise an international conference on competition and cooperation in the EU internal market. We participate actively in European discussions on competitiveness, in the form of membership in international scientific associations and participation at international conferences.

In the framework of current Jean Monnet project, we promote excellence in teaching and research in EU studies by

  • inviting talented colleagues and students to our research group, meet regularly, discuss related issues and strive for growing in terms of knowledge, publications, and the quality of our professional activities;
  • purchasing books relevant to our research that we would donate to the University Library after the phasing out of our project;
  • financing individual and/or institutional membership in relevant international scientific associations;
  • following the latest findings of science in our research group;
  • financing participation at conferences (incl. registration, travel and accommodation costs);
  • striving for developing into a Jean Monnet Centre of Excellence in a few years’ time.

We equip students and young professionals with knowledge of European Union subjects relevant for their academic and professional lives and enhance their civic skills by

  • high-quality teaching in the Jean Monnet courses;
  • developing multi-layer and multi-use educational contents in our field;
  • organising an international conference;
  • fostering individual and team work on a project base in our courses;
  • sharing knowledge and findings on the Coospace;
  • sharing knowledge and findings on the project website;
  • being proactive in raising attention towards our project.

We foster the dialogue between the academic world and policy-makers, in particular to enhance governance of EU policies by

  • inviting policy-makers to our international conference;
  • disseminating our deliverables among policy-makers (local, national and, possibly European);
  • participating at events relevant in this respect;
  • striving for being ‘visible’ to policy-makers in other forms, including new ways of communication using the latest ICT and other technologies.

We promote innovation in teaching and research by

  • using latest technologies (virtual platforms, audio-visual tools, perhaps social media);
  • creating flexible, multi-layer and multi-use educational contents in two languages (English and Hungarian).

We mainstream and diversify EU-related subjects throughout the curricula proposed by higher education institutions to their students by

  • opening up some of our courses to other MA programmes or the whole Universitas;
  • creating a new course focusing on competitiveness and introduce it at the MA and PhD levels (the latter with deeper analytical methodology).

We foster the engagement of young academics in teaching and research on European subjects by

  • creating a research group that would meet on a regular basis;
  • organising an international conference;
  • promoting young academics’ participation in the activities of scientific associations;
  • promoting young academics’ publication activities by giving them guidance and support (e.g. access to latest books);
  • promoting young academics’ participation at (possibly international) conferences.

Our project is relevant to the objectives of the Jean Monnet Chair Action in so far as the following:

It deepens teaching in European Union studies embodied in an official curriculum of a higher education institution by

  • integration existing courses into other curricula;
  • establishing a new course at MA level;
  • establishing a new course at PhD level;
  • continuously developing the contents of all courses.

It conducts, monitors and supervises research on EU subjects by

  • establishing a research group of colleagues, PhD students, MA students (and, possibly, BA students) where participation is possible upon invitation or application;
  • promoting research in teams within the research groups;
  • promoting research in the newly established PhD course;
  • monitoring and supervising PhD, MA (and, possibly, BA) theses in the framework of the research group;
  • organising an international scientific conference.

It provides in-depth teaching on European Union matters for future professionals in fields which are in increasing demand on the labour market by

  • focusing on practical skills (e.g. constructing, financing and implementing a research project) in the Research and Development in the EU course;
  • focusing on the current situation and trends of the European economy in the European Business Environment course;
  • striving for equipping students (future professionals) with the latest communication, presentation and analytical skills;
  • improving students’ English language skills to be competitive in the internationalised economy after graduation.

It encourages, advises and mentors the young generation of teachers and researchers in European Union studies subject areas by

  • involving them in all activities of the project, ranging from the drafting of educational contents to the organisation of the international conference.

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