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Jean Monnet – 30 years of excellence in European studies

Monday, November 18th, 2019, associate professor, Dr. Cornelia CRUCERESCU, responsible for International Relations, Department of Economy and Management, Faculty of Economic and Business Engineering, Technical University of Moldova, participated in KICK-OFF MEETING BICO2019 – Conference of project coordinators of the Jean Monnet activities, winner in the 2019 applications, organized by the Executive Agency for Education, Audiovisual and Culture (EACEA) in Brussels.

The event brought together coordinators of the projects selected in the call for proposals (EAC / A03 / 2018), members of the Executive Agency team Jean Monnet and colleagues of the European Commission. François Willekens, Head of Unit A2 – Erasmus+: Higher Education – Knowledge Alliances, Assistance in Bologna, Jean Monnet, EACEA, opened the event with the speech “Jean Monnet Activities – Policy Information”.

The Jean Monnet team of the Executive Agency hosted a series of information sessions, providing support and guidance on the operational and financial aspects of their activities, to facilitate the implementation of the submitted projects.

Our representative in Brussels, Cornelia Crucerescu, claims that the launch meeting will facilitate the creation of synergies between the beneficiaries. The event is also an opportunity to establish connections and exchange information on different topics and best practices: “During the meeting we received useful information for the successful implementation of the contract and of the activities stipulated in the application. In addition, the event was a good opportunity to meet other project coordinators in order to exchange views and share experiences.”

On June 18th, the European Commission marked the 30th anniversary of the activities of Jean Monnet, which promotes and finances educational programs on European integration. The event was celebrated by a series of events and other initiatives around the world. Over the last 30 years, almost 5000 projects have contributed to the field of European integration studies. Currently, 500,000 students benefit from Jean Monnet’s actions every year, which is now present in 87 countries worldwide. The 30th anniversary of the Jean Monnet actions of 2019 offers an opportunity to discuss the impact of European studies worldwide, but also the wider impact on our society.

The closing conference dedicated to the 30th anniversary of the Jean Monnet activities “EU studies in the digital age”, on November 19th, 2019, in Brussels, focused on the challenges of digitalisation in education and how EU studies are affected by it. The conference theme was selected as one of the main priorities of the new Commission on supporting the development of digital skills through education.

Themis Christophidou, Director for Education, Youth, Sport and Culture of the European Commission, opened the event with a speech.

The program continued with a series of discussions, focusing on the new challenges of technological advances in the digital age and solutions to these problems in the field of education, such as: European education in the digital age; Jean Monnet projects in digital research; European Committee Digital Education Action Plan; The socio-economic and legal implications of digitization.


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