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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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EU Perceptions in Asia-Pacific

EU Perceptions in Asia-Pacific

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Scholarships and Internships

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News and features

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.


Upcoming Event : 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


Upcoming Event : 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


Upcoming Event : 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 gabrielweibl@gmail.com for catering purposes


Call for Papers: European Culture Conference in Romania!

The European Studies Institute of the University of Piura (Peru) and Babeş-Bolyai University, Cluj-Napoca (Romania) invite you to the 13th Conference «European Culture», which will take place in Cluj-Napoca, Romania between the 29th and the 31th of October 2015, at the Faculty of European Studies (Babeş-Bolyai University). 

The International Conference “European Culture” does not have a unique theme, since it is chiefly defined by its broad range of topics, which enable various disciplines to come together.
Thematic sections:

  • Culture theory, cultural identity
  • Multiculturalism / interculturality / migrations / encounters between cultures
  • Contemporary women’s culture
  • European identity / the idea of Europe
  • Europe: culture, economics and law
  • Communication
  • Education

For further information, please contact the Conference Organising Committee, at eva.papp@euro.ubbcluj.ro

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.



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