HUFS Jean Monnet Centre of Excellence would aim at promoting excellence in teaching and research in the field of European Union studies in the Republic of Korea. The actions taken by the Centre will be focused at fostering the dialogue between the academic world and policy-makers, in particular with the aim of raising awareness about governance of EU policies.


Connecting Europe and Asia is the basic concept of the Centre at HUFS. To comprehend better and deeper, it is appropriate to have a wide angle, comprising global and regional dimensions. As referred, Europe and Asia did a lot for this inter-regionalism, creating ASEM Process. It is true that economic and trade volume increased as anticipated in the 1994 Asia Strategy. Still initial expectations have become a kind of routine and therefore weakened the dynamics and the spirit of genuine inter-regionalism.


More concrete version of connectivity between Asia and Europe was introduced in 2018, that is, Connecting Europe and Asia Strategy. Here the European way via sustainable, comprehensive and rules-based connectivity is emphasized and three strands between Europe and Asia are presented: priority transport corridors, digital links and energy cooperation; connectivity based on commonly agreed rules and standards enabling a better governance of flows of goods, people, capital and services; by contributing to address the sizable investment gaps with EU’s financial resources and international partnerships.


In this project, HUFS Jean Monnet Centre will strive three particular areas of connectivity as below: security, economy and trade, and mobility. Throughout the activities, the Centre gathers the expertise both home and abroad with high level of competencies. Academic, professional and governmental agencies are invited to provide added value and simultaneously to create 1.5 Track diplomacy in which activities of the Centre would contribute policy making and even law making processes.


In academic activities, the HUFS Jean Monnet Centre will create a Centre of academic excellence in EU studies by strengthening the EU knowledge base among students, teaching staff and researchers. The project will also introduce new EU-related courses in various departments and graduate school of HUFS.


The Centre plans to hold an EU Circle for opinion leaders and policy makers in Korea, on EU-Korea cooperation in foreign affairs and security, engagement with DPRK, and cooperation for diverse policy issues. The Centre will also provide wide-ranging target groups with easier access to EU-related information, using various cutting-edge technologies such as smartphone as well as conventional communication systems of media.