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Taiwan projects awarded 2015 Jean Monnet Actions grants

The European Commission launched the Jean Monnet Actions in 1989, to promote excellence in teaching and research in the field of European Union studies. The programme was originally limited to supporting academics in European member states but was soon after expanded to include those in accession countries. Today, it has a global scope.

Taiwan first applied for Jean Monnet funding in 2004, when four universities, including National Taiwan University and Nanhua University, filed a project proposal, and Taiwan has successfully participated in the programme every year since then.

The Jean Monnet Actions programme supports 3 types of scholarly activities in the field of European Union studies: 1. teaching and research, particularly in Jean Monnet Modules, Chairs and Centres of Excellence; 2. academic institutions and associations; and 3. policy debate with the academic world. Over 850 applicants from higher education institutions worldwide applied for a Jean Monnet Actions grant in 2015, and 15 Taiwan projects were awarded a grant, amounting to a total of €863,991 this year, approximately US $989,687.

Among these 15 grants, 2 scholars,Chu Chin-peng, Professor of Public Administration at National Dong Hwa University, and Li-jiuan Chen-Rabich, Associate Professor of graduate European studies at Tamkang University, are both among 40 scholars awarded a Jean Monnet Chair in 2015, to support their EU-related teaching and research for the next three years.

Scholars from Fu Jen Catholic University, National Sun Yat-sen University, National Taipei University, National Taiwan University, National University of Kaohsiung, and Tamkang University were awarded funding under the Jean Monnet Module Program. And scholars from National Chengchi University, National Sun Yat-sen University, National Taiwan University, and Tunghai University will receive funding for their Jean Monnet Information Projects.

National Taiwan University’s EU Centre received a Jean Monnet Centre of Excellence and grant and funding under the Jean Monnet Network programme, and the European Studies Association in Taiwan will receive funding under the Jean Monnet Associations programme.