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

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EU Perceptions in Asia-Pacific

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News and features

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.

"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

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.

Friday Seminar Series: Solutions to Europe's Critical Issues.

The National Centre for Research on Europe hosted The Croation Ambassador to Australia and New Zealand H. E. Dr. Damir Kusen on Friday the 30th September. Ambassador Kusen gave a thought-provoking and engaging address this afternoon "EU Enlargement: Driver of European (in)stability?" Click here to view the seminar online.

Friday Seminar Series, "Solutions to Europe's Critical Issues."

This week the NCRE is priveleged in hosting the British High Commissioner, H.E. Jonathan Sinclair LVO. Mr Sinclair will share his views on what the result of the British referendum on its membership of the EU means for the UK, its place in the world, and what it means for UK-NZ.

This presentation will take place Friday the 12th August in Uncercroft 101 in the Puaka-James Hight Building, here at the University of Canterbury.

All are welcome to join and we look forward to seeing you there.

Senior MFAT Visit: Mike Burrell

The NCRE was privileged to host Mr Mike Burrell, Director of the Sustainable Economic Development Division of the New Zealand Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade, on Friday 5th August. Mr Burrell spoke to the EURO 458 / DIPL 421 class about New Zealand’s views and involvement in sustainable development in the Pacific. He highlighted the importance of climate change and the need to generate sustainable solutions to climate change. MFAT is heavily involved in projects relating to renewable energy in attempts to mitigate the impacts of climate change. His engaging presentation lead to a very interesting Q&A session, where students were able to raise their own views and questions regarding New Zealand’s foreign aid programme. Mike is a former UC Honours graduate.

To see relevant slide show pleae click here.


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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