Rector: Prof. Jörg Monar
The College of Europe was the world’s first university institute of postgraduate studies and training in European affairs. It was founded in 1949 by leading European figures such as Salvador de Madariaga, Winston Churchill, Paul Henri Spaak and Alcide de Gasperi in the wake of the first Congress of the European Movement in The Hague in 1948. The idea was to establish an institute where university graduates from many different European countries could study and live together. Today, the College consists of two campuses, one in Bruges and the other established in Natolin, (Warsaw, Poland) in 1993 with the support of the European Commission and the Polish government. The College now operates as ‘one College – two campuses’ and what was once referred to as the ‘esprit de Bruges’, is now known as the ‘esprit du Collège’.
Each academic year at the College is presided by a ‘Patron’ who has contributed to European integration and the values of the European Union. The College of Europe is characterised by its academic independence, its bilingualism, the diversity of its teaching staff and its multicultural environment, which together create a genuine European ‘microcosm’. Entry requirements and rigorous selection procedures ensure that students who are recruited are of the highest calibre. The student body reflects a variety of cultures and personal experiences. Students come from over 50 countries, many speaking several languages. The accredited academic programmes of Bruges and Natolin provide students with a specialised grounding in the European dimension of their fields of study, as well as an in-depth understanding of Europe in all its complexity.
In Bruges, students enrol in one of five academic departments: European Economic Studies; European Legal Studies; European Political and Administrative Studies;EU International Relations and Diplomacy Studies and Transatlantic Affairs. In Natolin, the study programme analyses the process of European integration from a pluri-disciplinary perspective. Upon completion of the programme, students are awarded the ‘Master of Arts in European Interdisciplinary Studies’.
Each department is flanked by a team of Academic Assistants who support the students through teaching activities as well as research. Some Academic Assistants also work alongside Research Chairs such as the EP Geremek European Civilisation Chair, the European Neighbourhood Policy Chair, the InBev-Baillet Latour Chair of European Union-China Relations, and the European Energy Policy Chair. Throughout the year at the College, students participate in many academic pursuits such conferences, simulations, moot court exercises, high level lectures, and study trips to international and European institutions. They also take part in organising their own cultural events in the form of “National Days” to allow their colleagues to discover their national heritage.
Relying on its extensive network of professors, trainers and alumni, the College also delivers, through its Development Office, professional training on EU affairs as well as consultancy services.
The Bruges campus and the Natolin campus are both associate TEPSA members.
Latest News (Bruges):
- “United in Adversity? The Europeanisation of EU Concertation Practices in a More Divided UN Security Council”, Hugo Nunes da Silva (College of Europe, Bruges)
- Job Vacancy at the College of Europe – Academic Assistant in the Department of European Economic Studies (College of Europe, Bruges)
- Signing Memorandum of Understanding between the College of Europe and KU Leuven (College of Europe, Bruges)
- “Madam Ambassador: A Statistical Comparison of Female Ambassadors across the U.S., German, and EU Foreign Services”, Laura Schiemichen (College of Europe, Bruges)
- Job Vacancy at the College of Europe – Full-time Professor in the Department of European Economic Studies (College of Europe, Bruges)
- Job Vacancy at the College of Europe – Project Manager (EU Affairs) (College of Europe, Bruges)
- College of Europe receives city award for peace mediation role (College of Europe, Bruges)
- Library Talks Series: Hannah ARENDT and Imre KERTÉSZ on the ‘banality of evil’ (College of Europe, Bruges)
- Opening Ceremony, 13 November 2019 (College of Europe, Bruges)
- “Transatlantic Relations: The Long Holiday from History is Over”, Heather A.Conley (College of Europe, Bruges)
Latest News (Natolin):
- “The many faces of crisis. An Analysis of Crisis Management from an Economic Perspective”, Marek Aleksander Cichocki and Tomasz Grzegorz Grosse (College of Europe, Natolin)
- Call for Applications: Journalistic Craft for Neighbourhood (College of Europe, Poland)
- International Conference “The EU-China Digital Connectivity: Opportunities and Challenges” (College of Europe, Bruges)
- “The Political Economy of Adjustment Throughout and Beyond the Eurozone Crisis. What Have We Learned?”, Michele Chang, Federico Steinberg, Francisco Torres (eds.) (Elcano, Spain, and College of Europe, Bruges)
- International Symposium 3R: “Five years after the Maidan: post-revolution evolution” (College of Europe Natolin)
- Seventh edition of the Warsaw Euro-Atlantic Summer Academy (WEASA) (College of Europe Natolin)
- European Round Robin Debating Championships at the College of Europe in Natolin (College of Europe Natolin)
- Natolin Graduation Debate: The Future of the Eastern Partnership (College of Europe, Poland)
- Job Vacancy at the College of Europe – Rector (College of Europe, Bruges)
- EUROLIB General Assembly at Natolin (College of Europe Natolin)