IR Professor awarded EU Jean Monnet ChairAssistant Professor Dimitris Tsarouhas, Department of International Relations, has been awarded a Jean Monnet Chair in European Integration by the European Commission. The Chair comes with a grant worth â‚¬ 23,000 and will run for a total of three years.
Jean Monnet Chairs are teaching posts awarded to scholars who specialize in the teaching and research of European integration. They are awarded based on the Professorâ€™s merit and the quality of the application submitted. Chairs are encouraged to pursue their teaching and research of European integration in a critical and independent manner, and no limits are placed to the scope and content of their work. The Jean Monnet Programme, which also includes Centers of Excellence, Modules and Conferences wad first launched in 1989. It is named after the architect of European integration, the Frenchman Jean Monnet (1888-1979).
Bilkent is one of the only three Turkish Universities awarded a Jean Monnet Chair in 2012. Professor Tsarouhas has planned a series of actions as part of the Chair activities. Principal among them are the organization of a â€śSeminar Series on the EUâ€ť with guest lecturers from Turkey and abroad, awareness-raising Conferences on EU integration as well as workshops on EU social policy and enlargement that will lead to the publication of journal articles and a book volume.
This is the second time the Department of International Relations was awarded a Jean Monnet Chair. The previous holder of the award was Assistant Professor Ali Tekin during 2009-2012.