The Jean Monnet Centre of Excellence

The Centre of Excellence Jean Monnet on Migrants’ Rights in the Mediterranean aims at establishing a Centre of studies focused on the migrations’ field, with particular referring to the Mediterranean Area.

In relation to the objectives of Erasmus + for Jean Monnet, the proposal aims at reaching the following objectives:

Promotion excellence in research and teaching EU studies, in the field of migration across the Mediterranean and integration of migrants in European Union. In particular, the project will involve both professors and researchers from different countries and institutes (EU and non EU) in the context of relationship between the universities of EMUNI (Euro-Mediterranean University, which involves at present almost 90 Universities around the Mediterranean issues).

The activities will be focused on the implementation of skills and competences for students and workers in the migrations’ area in order to improve the process of integration of migrants into the European context.Moreover, the promotion of excellence in research and activities will be achieved through the participation of the national and international main experts in the field of migrations, both from academic world and the international organizations.The consolidation of a Centre of Excellence with a European and non-European visibility and scope will improve the attractiveness of a European higher education institution like as the “L’Orientale” University.

Foster the dialogue between the academic world and policy-makers; the project will provide a network between the policy-makers and academic institutions through the creation of an ongoing platform dedicated to the debate in migration field.

In particular, the Centre will be a forum, to all stakeholders, destined to the proposals for new and better legislative regulations in all areas of personal, family, work and social life of migrant communities in the Mediterranean area.In order to realize the network, the project will provide several meetings, conferences and working groups with the institutions, the policymaker and the representatives of civil society.

Finally, the Centre will make available the results of the coordinated work with the public entities within the activities, by publishing and disseminating some new tools and good practices for all people concerned with the migration field area.The improvement of relationship between the academic sphere and the world of “political choices”, from the national and European point of view, will be an added value to the supporting activities to the EU’s external action, with regard to the protection of Human Rights.

Promote innovation in teaching and research and foster the engagement of young academics in teaching and research on European subjects; the Centre will adopt a multi-level and multi-disciplinary perspective: multi-level, by involving into the research and teaching activities, academics with different degree (from young researchers to the full professors), the civil society and governments interested with human rights and equity of migrants; multi-disciplinary, because they will be called to work, on both theoretical and operational aspects in order to enable an effective intercultural dialogue between the host community and the many communities hosted.

Moreover, the teaching activities will look at the students from different countries (both EU and southern / eastern side of Mediterranean) and different branches of Social science (political science, Law, History, Literature, Geography, Economics).

This will allow to promote the EU’s broad linguistic diversity and intercultural awareness, and to make easier the process of integration of migrants in EU.

The Centre will develop and intensify the exchanges’ opportunities with other Italian institutes, European and Mediterranean neighborhood countries, by allowing the strengthening of the contribution of lifelong learning to social cohesion and intercultural dialogue.

The research and teaching activities, finally, opening to the PhD and PhD candidates, will permit them to starting the research way, focusing the attention on a pivotal subject within the EU policies framework.