National Centre for Research on Europe - University of Canterbury - New Zealand

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National Centre for Research on Europe logoThe National Centre for Research on Europe (NCRE) is New Zealand's only research centre devoted to the study of Europe and the European Union (EU). It fosters research on the EU that is regionally relevant, such as EU development policy in the Pacific, the EU's identity in the Asia-Pacific region and the external consequences of EU enlargement. The NCRE is firmly established as the focal point for the study of Europe in New Zealand, attracting visiting academics from all over the world.

NCRE European Union Studies Courses

NCRE European Union Studies Courses

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Scholarships and Internships

Scholarships and Internships

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EU Perceptions in Asia-Pacific

EU Global Perceptions

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News and feature

Successful Joint EU Centres Conference in Melbourne

The conference "Fulfilling the Vision: European Union futures?" in Melbourne on 16–18 October 2017 brought together EU centres from accross the Asia Pacific. NCRE staff and students took part, including some young masters students who presented their budding research in this international setting. The conference addressed the challenges the EU faces internally and externally as well as the possible paths going forward.

Conference in Melboune

Scholarships 2018 - Applications Now Open!

In order to support postgraduate students through their studies, the NCRE offers tuition fees scholarships and research awards.

Fees Scholarships:

Domestic tuition fees scholarships are available for Hons, taught MA (MEuro), MA or PhD by thesis students. You must include the courses you are enrolled in or are planning to enrol in for the duration of the scholarship.

Research Awards:

The awards are designed to support overseas field work for your thesis and are normally awarded to MA or PhD by thesis students. The award can be used to cover economy airfares, accommodation, ground travel and living expenses whilst overseas. It cannot be used to cover living expenses whilst based at your home institution. If possible, costs will be pre-paid by us. In your application, include a draft itinerary of your travel plan, an estimated reasonable budget, and a short explanation as to your choice of location(s).

For more information about the scholarships and how to apply go to our Jean Monnet Website.

Applications deadline: 29th October 2017.

New NEAR-EU project

The NCRE is a proud member of the new NEAR-EU project, an international academic network that brings together prominent academic centres in the field of European Studies in EU and non-European countries (Israel, New Zealand, Canada and Singapore). The project aims to further deepen the academic discourse on European higher education policy and the European Higher Education Area. Find more information about the NEAR-EU project here.

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Succesful EUSAAP Conference in Tokyo

Members of the National Centre for Research on Europe attended the European Union Studies Association Asia Pacific Conference held on the 1st and 2nd of July 2017 in at Ayoama Gakuin University in Tokyo Japan. The EU Studies Association Asia Pacific (EUSA AP) was created in December 1999 as an umbrella organisation for cooperation among national EUSAs in the Asia-Pacific. Today the organisation includes membership of ten national and regional EU studies societies from Australia, China, Hong Kong, India, Japan, Korea, Macau, New Zealand, Taiwan and Thailand. The conference brought together researchers from around the world to discuss the roles of the EU and the Asia Pacific in the global era.

NCRE Postgraduate Conference

On June 15th, young NCRE postgraduate students presented their research cases at the Annual Mid-Year Post-Graduate Conference. The conference is convened within the structure of EURO 479 “Navigating Research: Research Training and Methods” course by Natalia Chaban. The student presented on topical subjects such as the effects of Brexit on the EU's Common Foreign and Security Policy, the integration of refugee children through early education and the EU's climate change policies in the Pacific.

Model EU Event in Hong Kong

Two NCRE students, Ashley Stuart and Bill Dieckermann, participated in the annual Model European Union convened by the Baptist University of Hong Kong. The event brought together 18  students from across the Asia-Pacific region to engage in a model negotiation within the setting of the EU Council. We would like to congratulate Ashley won the “best Foreign Minister” prize at this event.

Image of Model EU participantsImage of all delegatesImage of Asley awarded Best Foreign Minister PrizeAshley and Bill at the Model EUPhoto of Bill negotiating

Graduate Workshop in Hamner Springs

Post-Graduate students from partner universities in Australia and New Zealand took part in a graduate workshop in Hamner Springs. Organised every year by the EUCN, the retreat is an interactive workshop aimed at providing feedback and training to young researchers. The workshop is always a great opportunity to present work in an informal setting and receive important feedback that will help the future of the research. Experienced academics are there to guide young graduates and give seminars on how to survive writing a thesis and how to go about publishing work. Present at the retreat, Daviti Mtchedlishvili and Ying Yuan write about their experience.

"It's an idillic setting to discuss matters such as methodology and theory as well as European Union related themes among like-minded people."

Bérengère Greenland, University of Canterbury, PhD Candidate, Weekend School 2017

EU Expands Public Diplomacy - Six EU Centres Established Across New Zealand and Australia

This is the largest public outreach program for the EU in Australia and New Zealand and expands the existing network from four to six centres", said EU Ambassador to Australia and New Zealand, Mr Sem Fabrizi.  "It shows the commitment of the EU to Australia and New Zealand and the reciprocal enthusiasm and engagement from the Universities and the broader community”. Read more.

NZ European Union Centres Network Jean Monnet Centre for Excellence Asia-PacificEuropean Union Studies Association - New ZealandISETLondon Metropolitan University

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