The Jean Monnet Chair is an important instrument designed and funded by the European Union, under the Eramsus+ program. Chairs are teaching posts with a specialisation in European Union studies for university professors for a duration of three years. The Chair have a team to support and enhance the activities of the Chair. The aim a Jean Monnet Chair is to:
• deepen teaching in EU studies embodied in the curriculum of a university;
• provide in-depth teaching on EU matters in areas increasingly in demand.
The Jean Monnet Chair grant is part of the “Teaching and Research” actions. Main objective of these actions, funded by the European Union, is to:
• promote excellence in teaching and research in the field of European Union studies worldwide;
• foster the dialogue between the academic world and society, including local and state level policy-makers, civil servants, civil society actors, representatives of the different levels of education and of the media;
• generate knowledge and insights in support of EU policy-making and strengthen the role of the EU within Europe and in a globalised world;
• reach out to a wider public and spread knowledge about the EU to the wider society (beyond academia and specialised audiences) bringing the EU closer to the public.
The action also strives to function as a vector for public diplomacy towards partner countries, promoting EU values and enhancing the visibility of what the European Union actually stands for and what it intends to achieve.