Teaching projects at the IEE-ULB
The IEE-ULB coordinates several projects focused on producing innovative teaching in European studies
Supported mainly by the Erasmus Plus program of the European Commission and the Encouragement Funds for Teaching in European Studies, the IEE-ULB projects enhance our students’ professional skills.
Jean Monnet Module RoLETTE
The Institute for European Studies of the Université libre de Bruxelles is coordinating since September 2018 a new Jean Monnet Module dealing with the rule of law and mutual trust in global and European studies. In recent years, the salience of these concepts has considerably increased not only within the EU but also in other regions/regional organizations.
The aim of this project is to create a platform of academic and expert discussion that will shade light on current debates about the independence of the judiciary and the aim of specific judicial reforms in EU member states and beyond. The project brings together scholars and experts with academic backgrounds in different disciplines and plural views on the topic.
Jean Monnet Project ARREAR
Since September 2020, the project “A reassessment of relations between the EU and African regionalisms (ARREAR)” reinforces the IEE’s research pillar “Europe in the World”. For a period of two years, ARREAR works on shedding light on the increasing complexity of the EU-Africa relationship. The project is coordinated by Frank Mattheis and Elisa Lopez Lucia and was selected for funding by the European Commission’s Erasmus+ Jean Monnet programme.
Encouragement Funds for Teaching in European Studies
The project seeks to reinforce the professionalization dimension of teaching in European studies by preparing students to enter the workplace. The objective is to allow students to develop new competencies relevant to their future professional life and to facilitate the link between the theory acquired in the classroom and the practical skills expected from them in EU affairs.
- Mentoring sessions to foster networks among students and professionals outside the classroom.
- Visits to the main EU institutions and the Council of the European Union.
- Professionalizing exercises like co-decision at the EU level, simulations and negotiations through role-playing.
Jean Monnet Centre of Excellence
IEE-ULB has been recognized as a Jean Monnet Centre of Excellence. This certification provides the Institute with resources to finance both teaching and research activities. The project awarded in 2016 is dedicated to European solidarity.
The international and inter-sectoral dimensions of teaching the EU at the IEE-ULB will be significantly enhanced by the invitation of guest speakers into the Institute’s two Advanced Master programmes.
A first series of guest speakers will benefit those students in the IEE’s Specialized Master in Interdisciplinary EU Studies who are enrolled in the specialization track on “Europe of rights, norms and values”. The project foresees a series of interventions by academics and professionals to achieve inter-sectoral and international openness.
A second series of guest speakers is integrated into its Executive Masters in European Union Studies (MEUS), which mainly targets professionals seeking to enhance their career paths. Including practitioners from key organisations/institutions/agencies will help the students familiarize themselves with European jobs.
As far as possible, these courses will be open to other students following ULB’s master programmes in EU Studies.
An annual EU job fair targeted at all of the IEE’s students, will smoothen their entry into the job market by providing them with targeted orientation and skills.
General Teaching Objectives
- Reinforce both the inter-sectoral (practitioners – ONGs) and the international (third countries) dimensions.
- Enhance the quality and originality of the programs and update the curricula with innovative courses that include the practitioners’ point of view.
- Enhance the participation of speakers from different ULB faculties as well as external guests, to reinforce and develop long-term collaborations.
- Improve the students’ professionalization capabilities