Friday, September 16, 2011

EU Awards Grants to Top US Universities Selected as EU Centers of Excellence

The European Union Center at the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, was designated one of ten EU Centers of Excellence by the European Union Delegation. The full press release is posted below, or you can view it on the EU Delegation's site.

Delegation of the European Union to the United States
September 16, 2011

Universities from around the United States have been selected as European Union Centers of Excellence (EUCE) and will receive grants totaling 3.1 million euros to fund a wide variety of activities and research for the 2011-2014 period.

The network of ten EU Centers of Excellence, housed at major research universities, promotes the study of the European Union and EU-US relations through teaching programs, scholarly research and outreach activities.

"The EU Centers of Excellence play a vital role in highlighting the importance of the transatlantic relationship and help inform students and the public at large about the European Union," said Ambassador João Vale de Almeida, Head of the European Union Delegation to the United States, in announcing the winners of the grant competition. "Since it was launched in 1998, the EU Centers of Excellence program has helped EU studies in US higher education, served as an information resource for a broad audience, and facilitated an informed debate about EU-US relations."

The following universities have been selected as EU Centers of Excellence:

•           University of California (Berkeley)
•           University of Colorado (Boulder)
•           Florida International University and the University of Miami
•           University of Illinois (Champaign)
•           University of North Carolina (Chapel Hill)
•           University of Pittsburgh
•           University of Texas (Austin)
•           University of Washington (Seattle)
•           University of Wisconsin (Madison)
•           WashingtonDC, Consortium (American UniversityGeorge Mason University,
George Washington UniversityGeorgetown University, The Johns Hopkins

The University of North Carolina will serve as Network and Outreach Coordinator, with the goal of promoting cooperation within the network.  The University of North Carolina will also maintain the network website, providing easy access to research and teaching materials produced by the Centers. 

Visit for more information about this program.


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