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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Scholarships and Internships

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EU Perceptions in Asia-Pacific

EU Global Perceptions

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News and features

Reminder: Scholarship Applications close on the 7th October 2016.

Don't forget to have your scholarship applications submitted by the 7th Octtober 2016. Please click here for the link to the application form.


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.


NCRE/EUCN Scholarships

The NCRE/EUCN Scholarships for 2017 are now open for applicants. There are two forms of scholarships available. A Fees Scholarship, which are available for Hons, taught MA (MEuro), MA or PhD by thesis students. And a Thesis Research Award, which are normally awarded to MA or PhD by thesis students.

Please see the following link for the online application process:


NCRE Information Day

The NCRE is excited to host an open information day on the 8th September at the Shilling Club from 3pm. This event will allow the NCRE to present to potential students the opportunities that the centre offers. Given the topical nature of the EU at this time, it is an excellent opportunity for interested students to gain an understanding as to the types of opportunities that do exist in terms of studying the EU. Come along for some free nibbles and the chance to win some prizes.


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.


NCRE students participate in Asia-Pacific Model EU

Asia-Pacific Model EUAinsley 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.”


Semester 1 events - add them to your diary!

2016The 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

Remaking the New Europe

The Economics of European Integration

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)!

Friday Seminars

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.

Europe Day

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.

Jean MonnetProfessor 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

SymposiumYou 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.

It will take place on 1st April 2016. For more information and details about how to participate, please click here or get in touch with Annick Masselot.





EUCN and NCRE Scholarships 2016 - NOW OPENEU flags

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 University

While 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.

Sichuan University


Age of ResilienceInvitation 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


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.

Kidsfest 2015

The event is running from 7 July until 16 July. Kids can register and find out more about the event here.


Model EU event in Japan: Two NCRE postgraduate students report back

Two NCRE postgraduate students, Eva and Iana, attended a Model EU event in Japan at the end of January. Here's their report:

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.Model EU Japan
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


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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