Centre for European Studies – Middle East Technical University (CES-METU)

Country: TurkiyeTurkey

Director: Prof. Dr. Atila Eralp

Website: http://ces.metu.edu.tr/

Contact: Contact Website

Jean Monnet Center of Excellence Center for European Studies (JMCE CES) was founded in 1997 at the Faculty of Economic and Administrative Sciences (FEAS), Middle East Technical University (METU). CES aims to contribute to comparative research on Europe and European integration with three broad core research programs: integration, Europeanization, and neighbourhood and cross border issues. Drawing its strength from its interdisciplinary structure, CES offers two different MSc Programmes, one in “European Studies” since 2001 and another in “European Integration” since 2006. Several courses taught in these programmes have been awarded the Jean Monnet Permanent Courses and European Module titles by the European Commission. In collaboration with European universities, the Center also offers training programmes, workshops, seminars, conferences and panels on various aspects of the European integration.

Being one of the leading research centers specializing on European integration within Turkiye and its region, JMCE CES has been recognized as one of the best practices among the JMCEs in the world and was awarded a substantial grant (CES-CER) by the European Commission in 2005 to advance to its institutional and research capacity. As a part of this goal, the Center has been concentrating its efforts on forming institutional networks with various research centers and think tanks across Europe by undertaking joint research projects. In the last decade, the Center has successfully conducted more than 15 research projects that were financed by the European Union within the scope of Network of Excellence (NoE), Instrument for Pre-Accession Assistance (IPA), Lifelong Learning Programme (LLP) and several other instruments. Recently, CES contributed to four different FP7 projects, namely Transatlantic Perspectives in a Changing Global Context: Multilateralism Through Regionalism (EU-GLOBAL), Financialisation, economy, society and sustainable development (FESSUD), Football Research in an Enlarged Europe: Identity dynamics, perception patterns and cultural change in Europe’s most prominent form of popular culture (FREE), and Empowering the young generation: towards a new social contract in South and East Mediterraneancountries (SAHWA).

CES has been collaborating with TEPSA for many years through numerous research projects. Examples include Linking Interdisciplinary Integration Studies by Broadening the European Academic Network (LISBOAN), Constructing Europe Network Turkiye’s Accession to the EU (EU-CONSENT), Mobilizing Local Networks for a Better Informed Dialogue on Turkiye’s Accession to the EU (ACCESS-TR), Ph.D. Programme on EU GrAd Students University Skills (PEGASUS). In addition, Prof. Dr. Atila Eralp, who has recently retired from his duty as a Director of the Center, is a member of the TEPSA Board since January 2017.

At the moment, the two instutitons are jointly contributing to a HORIZON2020 project on the future of the EU-Turkiye Relations, The Future of EU-Turkiye Relations: Mapping Dynamics and Testing Scenarios (FEUTURE). Along with that, CES takes part in two other research projects, Power and Regions in a Multipolar Order (PRIMO), and TRIANGLE. In that sense, the Center continues to provide a unique venue for the meeting of a variety of research interests and interdisciplinary approaches on European integration and the enlargement process. In this respect, the Center acts as a focal point between policy-makers, scholars and practitioners at the national and international levels.”

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