Drawing on the widely recognised expertise of our faculty members and distinguished international speakers, our teaching focuses on contemporary Europe, the institutions and politics of the European Union and the Eurozone, Russia and Eurasia.
As a research-driven collective the Centre does not offer a degree programme or any courses of study. It does, however, have strong links to the European Studies programme at Maynooth University and to the departments of Anthropology, School of Law and Criminology, History and Sociology which offer teaching programmes at both undergraduate and postgraduate levels which include significant European content.
Students who take European-oriented modules have the option of participating in a one week fieldtrip to Brussels to visit the EU institutions. Occasional speakers include Ministers, MEPs, TDs, Dublin-based ambassadors, experts in EU integration and international relations.
Maynooth University has a strong track record in teaching and learning, and integrating the research work and output of faculty members into both undergraduate and postgraduate teaching. Faculty members conduct extensive fieldwork ‘on the ground’ (in the Balkans, the Black Sea region and Russia, for example) according to their areas of expertise. We aim to provide our students with professional mentoring, enhancement activities and significant opportunities for study and research abroad.
The Centre has developed close links with universities across Europe and Eurasia, most particularly through the EU ERASMUS programme, including:
-American University in Bulgaria (AUBG)
-Charles University (Prague, Czech Republic))
-University of Split (Croatia)
Our graduates occupy prominent positions in politics and policy-making, the diplomatic community, the civil service, civil society organizations and private industry. A significant number of these work in Brussels, either for the EU institutions, lobbying groups or in the private sector.