Welcome to the National Centre for Research on Europe
The 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.
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NCRE students participate in Asia-Pacific Model EU
Ainsley McLean and Thomas Gillman, both postgraduate students at the NCRE, participated in the Asia-Pacific Model EU event hosted by Hong Kong Baptist University from 16 to 17 April. The event was attended by 24 students from all over the Asia-Pacific region. Thomas received an ‘Honourable Recognition’ for his outstanding performance representing France. Here’s a short report from the students: "We live in a highly complex world where decision making processes seem to be bureaucratic nightmares, with too many voices to be able to find unanimous answers to pressing issues. We were privileged enough to gain a brief insight into how these negotiations actually take place through taking part in the Asia-Pacific Model EU in Hong Kong. This simulation exercise gave participants the opportunity to attempt to reach an agreement on how to mitigate the on-going European migration crisis. We would like to thank the NCRE for giving us this opportunity to gain a clearer understanding of the intricacies of negotiating complex issues and trying to come to some form of common agreement on actions that could be taken.”
MEP internships now open!
Since 2003, the National Centre for Research on Europe, in conjunction with Members of the European Parliament's Delegation responsible for relations with Australia and New Zealand, has coordinated a programme allowing New Zealanders to work as interns for a Member of the European Parliament (MEP). This internship programme is now being organised by the New Zealand European Union Centres Network and in 2016 two postgraduate students from EUCN Partner Universities will be selected to work as interns at the European Parliament.
For more information and to apply, please click here
Semester 1 events - add them to your diary!
The New academic year is almost upon us and with it a new and exciting semester at the NCRE.
Watch this video to see Professor Holland talking about events and activities at the NCRE in 2016.
Below you will also find a list of a few events to look out for in the upcoming months! Some of these have registration deadlines,so make you don't miss them.
Summer School: from 6 January until 12 February
The NCRE will host three visiting academics:
Prof. Ding Chun (Fudan); Dr. Wenwen Shen (Korea University); Prof. Allan Williams (Surrey)
They will teach on the following Summer School Courses:European Foreign and Security Policy in the 21st Century
Asia-Pacific EU Centres Graduate Workshop
In 2016, the annual postgraduate workshop is taking place from 21 to 22 January in Bangkok. More details can be accessed here.
NCRE Graduate Student Lunch
On 26 February graduate students at the NCRE are invited to a Welcome (back) lunch and introduction to the Centre from 1pm to 3pm. This is an excellent opportunity to meet fellow students and academics, so make sure you come along to Logie 104 (Solidarnosc Room)!
NCRE Roundtable seminars will start again on 4 March and will take place every Friday from 2pm to 2.50pm. These are public seminars and a great way to widen your horizon about all things Europe! Details regarding each seminar will be posted nearer the time here.
EUCN Graduate School
This year's Graduate School will take place in Kaikoura from 6 to 8 May. There will be lots of exciting seminars and workshops and you will also get an opportunity to practice and improve your presentation skills! You can find more details here.
Each year Europe Day is celebrated on 9 May. The day celebrates peace and unity in Europe and is sometimes also referred to as Schuman Day, as it was on this day in 1950 that the French foreign minister Schuman signed a declaration that would be the first step towards the creation of the European Union.
The NCRE will hold Europe Day celebrations on campus, so watch this space!
EU Studies Association Asia-Pacific Conference 2016
In 2016, the EUSA AP conference will take place in Hong Kong from 29 to 30 June, the theme being ' 30 Years after the Single European Act'. Conference registrations are now open and will close on 15 March 2016. You can find more information and register here.
The NCRE's decade-long record of successful EU Jean Monnet grant applications has continued with the recent award of two new 3-year grants
Associate Professor Natalia Chaban was awarded €250,000 Jean Monnet Research Network grant to lead a new international research project “Crisis, conflict and critical diplomacy: EU perceptions in Ukraine and Israel/Palestine” (C3EU). C3EU is a research consortium of seven international partners supported by Jean Monnet Lifelong Learning Programme of the European Commission in 2015-18. The Launch Meeting (7-8 November 2015) was attended by all partners: Ukraine’s National Institute of Strategic Studies, Cherkasy National University and Kharkiv National University; University of Ben Gurion at the Negev (Israel), TU Darmstadt (Germany); University of Leuven (Belgium), Royal Holloway (UK), Vytautas Magnum University (Lithuania), and University of Toledo (USA).The first Research Training took place in TU Darmstadt on November 15-18.
Professor Martin Holland was awarded a Jean Monnet Project grant to carry out the "Model EU and Teacher Development" (MEUTS) project which will make a significant contribution to the promotion of EU studies at both secondary and tertiary level in New Zealand. It will involve professional learning development workshops for secondary teachers as well as three Model EU training events open to secondary school students throughout New Zealand. Furthermore, new and innovative curricula modules and an online database of EU materials will be created with this €56,000 grant.
Call for abstracts, posters or any other performance: Resistance, backlash and power - Gender equality and feminist new practice in EU and global discourse
You are invited to participate in this symposium which is part of the framework of "Normative Power Europe and EU Dialogue with the World" research package of the NZ EU Centres Network.
This one day symposium welcomes feminists from any disciplinary background to consider the barriers and challenges of achieving gender equality in practice.
EUCN and NCRE Scholarships 2016 - NOW OPEN
The NCRE has some exciting study options in 2016, including a brand new taught Masters course in European Union Studies! Applications for course fees scholarships and research awards are open now - to find and more and apply click here
Professor Martin Holland at Sichuan UniversityWhile students at the University of Canterbury were on their mid-year break, Professor Martin Holland kept busy by teaching at the Sichuan University EU Summer School as a visiting lecturer. The Summer School was funded by Jean Monnet and attended by more than 40 early career academics.
Invitation to attend panel discussions series 'Age of Resilience'
The Embassy of France in conjunction with the Royal Society of New Zealand and Radio New Zealand are hosting three panel discussions around climate change. The events are supported by the New Zealand European Union Centres Network and the EU Delegation and will feature distinguished speakers at three different venues:
Auckland (26 August): An Economic Conundrum
Wellington (27 August): Climate In-Justice
Christchurch (1 September): The Anthropocene Challenge
General admission is $10, RSNZ members and students free
Postgraduate Mini Conference 2015
On June 24, Honours, MA and PhD students of European and European Union Studies presented their research cases at the Annual Mid-Year Post-Graduate Conference. Convened within the structure of EURO 480 “Research Topic” course by Natalia Chaban, the 2015 Post-Graduate Conference featured three panels with a range of topics focusing on the EU-Pacific relations, the EU as a ‘soft’ and ‘normative’ power, and the EU’s trade and energy. The Best Paper Award went to Jeff Willis, MA candidate, for his paper “Rising Tides, Rising Troubles: Strategic Narratives of Climate Change Vulnerability in the Pacific Island States of Tuvalu and Kiribati”. The conference ended with a key note address from Dr Gabriel Weibl reflecting on his research career in European Union Studies – from undergraduate to post-doctoral levels.
Taught Master of European Union Studies - enrol now!
Are you interested in postgraduate study relating to the European Union? Then the new Master of European Union Studies might be the perfect course for you! It is the only taught Masters course specialising in European Union Studies in New Zealand and is taught by world-renowned experts. Find out more about the course here or contact the NCRE for more details.
NCRE at Kidsfest 2015
The NCRE is not just offering courses to university students - this year it is running an exciting "Adventures with Ideas" activity during Kidsfest aimed at children aged 11 to 13! Kids will be able to travel from one European country to another and learn about different cultures, languages, history and much more.
The event is running from 7 July until 16 July. Kids can register and find out more about the event here.
Come along and Celebrate EUROPE DAY - 8th May 2015
The National Centre for Research would like to invite you to celebrate Europe Day on 8th May 2015, from 12pm-3pm in the Undercoft Seminar Room 101. The festivities will include
• A chance to experience European cultures and languages
• An opportunity to taste European food
• Live performances of European music
• Roundtable discussion
For further information, please contact NCRE Administrator Katharina Stirland
Model EU event in Japan: Two NCRE postgraduate students report back
From 23-25 January we took part in the Asia-Pacific Model EU in Tokyo, Japan, emulating the work of the EU Council. The Model aimed at producing a common EU statement on the crisis in Ukraine. We represented a team of the Head of State and the Foreign Minister as in a real Council meeting and had to promote the interests of our case country – Sweden. Before the Model EU event started, we had to conduct research on the country’s profile in the EU and its views on the Ukrainian crisis.
Different views of EU member-states on the case caused heated debates, which required not only good knowledge of EU structures, legislation and latest developments but also negotiating skills to promote our country’s position. Further on, the delegates were divided into several groups and had to produce group statements, which after additional debating were consolidated in the final Council conclusions on Ukraine.
The Model EU gave us an opportunity not only to put our knowledge into practice, but also allowed us to feel as though we were true government officials, involved in a history-making event. It was surprising as to how the participants continued their roles outside the conference room, with discussions often lasting throughout coffee-breaks and into the evenings.
We met a lot of people from different countries, who may have had their own personal views on the topic, but we all put them aside while performing on behalf of our case-countries. Moreover, we made good friends and have kept in touch.
Not only was it an amazing academic experience and a personal challenge; it was also an opportunity to see a snapshot of Japanese culture. If we had the chance to experience it again or to participate in a similar event, we definitely would and encourage anyone who has the opportunity to do so.
EU Study Fair 2015 in Brussels
The National Centre for Research recently attended the European Voice Study Fair in Brussels. You can find all the photos from fair here. Some photos showing what the NCRE got up to can be found here. If you missed this great event and you would like to know more about postgraduate study at the NCRE, please contact NCRE Administrator Katharina Stirland.
The EU and China as Strategic Partners
The National Centre for Research issues an open invitation to all staff, students and interested parties to the Jean Monnet EU-China Roundtable : The EU and China as Strategic Partners. This seminar on 26th February (2-4pm, Undercroft 101) will feature speakers from Tsinghua University, Sichuan University, Fudan University and Renmin University of China.
For further information, please contact NCRE Administrator Katharina Stirland
NCRE Roundtable Public Seminar
In conjunction with the Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment (MBIE), the NCRE invites you to a special public seminar featuring Karla Falloon – International Relationships Manager, Dr Dave Lowe – Science and Innovation Coordinator (Germany) and Rick Petersen – Senior Advisor, MBIE. This seminar on 26th February (10am, Undercroft 101) will feature the following topics
• Developments in the NZ S&I System
• Current Major Europe-Related Initiatives
• New Strategy for International work
• The NZ/Germany Bilateral Science and Innovation Relationship
For further information, please contact Rebecca Morgan
International Symposium - Strategic Narratives of Identity : The EU, Europe and the World
27th February 2015 (9am-5pm, Undercoft Seminar Room 101)
The Symposium approaches the subject of the global recognition of the European Union (EU) in an increasingly multipolar word. It also engages with the concept of strategic narrative and features key notes from
the authors of the Strategic Narrative Theory:
Professor Alister Miskimmon (Royal Holloway, UK)
Professor Ben O’Loughlin (Royal Holloway, UK)
Contributors study external reactions to the EU within a tripartite scheme of strategic narrative: formation, projection and reception. Special analytical focus is on reception – Symposium, among other contributions, show-cases the NCRE’s leading multinational research project “EU external perceptions”.
Please RSVP to Gabriel Weibl firstname.lastname@example.org for catering purposes
Visit from HE Mr Sem Fabrizi, Ambassador and Head of the European Union Delegation to Australia and New Zealand!
HE Mr Sem Fabrizi visited the NCRE on 26 November. As part of his visit, he gave a talk on " The EU: Moving beyond crisis with new leadership". You can watch it here.
Jean Monnet Chair - Newsletter 2013/14
The 2013/14 Jean Monnet Chair newsletter from Dr. Natalia Chaban is now available for downlad here.
International Conference : A Quarter Century of Post-Communism: Interdisciplinary Perspectives - Registrations now open!
The Australasian Association for Communist and Post-Communist Studies, the Australian and New Zealand Slavists' Association and the Ukranian Studies Association of Australia and New Zealand, in association with the National Centre for Research on Europe invite registratons for the international conference A Quarter Century of Post-Communism: Interdisciplinary Perspectives. The conference will be held at the University of Canterbury on the 2-3rd February 2015 and examines developments in the countries of post-Communist Europe and post-Soviet region from a broad range of disciplines. For more information and to register please visit the conference website here
Model-EU event - Ukraine: An EU future?
On Thursday 4th and Friday 5th of September more than 150 senior High School students from 21 South Island High Schools attended the Model EU training and simulation event on campus. This is the third, highly successful event hosted by the National Centre for Research on Europe. The theme for this year’s event was Ukraine: An EU future? The crisis in the Ukraine has been in the headlines for over six months, and it is apparent that no end is in sight. This crisis is of major concern for the EU, particular as the Ukraine seeks membership of the EU. High School students took on the role of a party member from the seven main parties of the European Parliament, and also incorporated a country aspect into their roles as they balanced their party views with “their own nation”. Five committee sessions were held with Delegates being assigned to one of them (Human Rights, Energy and Resources, Trade and Finance, EU Membership and Military Involvement). The event was organized in conjunction with UN Youth and NCRE staff and postgraduate students.Have a look at some photos here. You can also read a short article about the experiences of some home schoolers here.
Asia-Europe Public Diplomacy Training: Face-to-Face
NCRE Director Prof. Martin Holland and Deputy Director Assoc. Prof. Natalia Chaban (in conjunction with ASEF) led the first face-to-face training course of the Asia-Europe Public Diplomacy Training Initiative on 2nd-4th July in Geneva.
NCRE Success - Jean Monnet 2014
The NCRE’s decade long record of successful EU Jean Monnet grant applications has continued with the recent award of several new 3-year grants. Dr. Serena Kelly was awarded €30,000 to support her teaching of the online EURA 101 course “Global EUrope”; the EU Studies Association of Asia-Pacific - which is managed by the NCRE - received a €50,000 to support annual conferences (2015 in Seoul, 2016 Hong Kong and 2017 Tokyo); and the NCRE itself was recognised as an EU “ Jean Monnet Centre of Excellence” and has been awarded a €75,000 grant for the 2014-17 period. The designation of the NCRE as a Centre of Excellence reflects the two Jean Monnet chairs and numerous teaching and research that have been awarded since 2002. The NCRE is the only such Jean Monnet Centre of Excellence in the Asia-Pacific. View selection results here.
Roundtable Seminar to be given by HE Dr Anne-Marie Schleich - Ambassador of the Federal Republic of Germany.
Ambassador Schleich is visiting the NCRE on Friday 1st August and will deliver the seminar "The European Union after the elections and 60 years of NZ-German Relationship" The seminar will be held at 2pm in Logie 104 "Solidarnosc" Room and all are welcome to attend.
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.