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The Simone Veil Research Centre for Contemporary European Studies has initiated and participated in several projects since it's foundation.  



EXCELEM- Jean Monnet Regional Eastern- Mediterranean Centre of Excellence in Research and Teaching on the European Union


The EXCELEM Regional Centre of Excellence will be headed by Prof. Sharon Pardo, senior researcher at the Simone Veil Centre and Dr. Foteini Asderaki Jean Monnet Chair on European Union's Education, Training, Research and Innovation Policies of the Department of International and European Studies at the University of Piraeus.

The Jean Monnet Programme was launched by the EU in 1989 in memory and in honor of Jean Monnet, one of the founders of the EU. The Programme's mission is to encourage excellence in research and teaching of European Studies in institutes of higher education around the world. The Centres of Excellence are considered the “jewel in the crown" of the Programme and there are approximately 162 such centers around the world. 

The East-Med Jean Monnet Centre of Excellence (EXCELEM) formalises links between two Jean Monnet (JM) Chairs, in two countries of the Eastern Mediterranean (EM) region –  specifically Ben-Gurion University of the Negev (BGU) in Israel and the University of Piraeus (UPRC) in Greece– to create a solid framework of academic debate, research and networking among professors, scholars, early career researchers and students of EU Studies, focusing on EU-EM politics. The overarching aim is to establish a new regional focal point of EU Studies and to promote academic dialogue in a systematic and coherent way. The EXCELEM will intensify collaboration through a series of targeted activities.

This project is co-funded by the Erasmus+ programme of the European Union.

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The overall goal of the REACTIK project is to broaden the field of European integration studies by incorporating the domain of European Cultural Diplomacy (ECD) and European Culture Policy (ECP) in the research and activities of European Study Centers and Academies for Art and Design. The project will develop an inter-regional, collaborative academic space to enhance the study of ECD and ECP. The developments in European culture policy in recent years, and after publishing the joint declaration on EU strategy for international cultural relations in 2016 in particular (JOIN/2016/029 final), have set the stage for exploring European integration studies from a further social and economic perspective- that of cultural policy and practice. 


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Project partners include:

Ben-Gurion University of the Negev, Israel

Bezalel Academy of Arts and Design, Jerusalem, Israel

Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi, India

UC University of Canterbury, New Zealand

University of Copenhagen, Denmark

Jagiellonian University in Krakow, Poland

Waseda University, Tokyo, Japan

The Cultural Diplomacy Forum



The Cultural Diplomacy Forum was established with the purpose of creating a space for research and discussion on different aspects of Cultural Diplomacy. The Forum aims to act as a bridge between academia and the policy-making sphere, as well as the public and private sectors, in the cultural diplomacy arena. 

Research Projects: Perceptions: Culture and Cultural Diplomacy Israel-EU. Main objective: to produce an up-to-date database on perceptions and reporting on culture and acts of cultural diplomacy. 

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TU Darmstadt and BGU’s Jean Monnet Centre of Excellence (2020-2023)



This newly EU funded Centre of Excellence links the two European Research Centres. The two centres will conduct joint research on the future of the EU, as well as on climate and energy policies. Its goals are to Reach out to schools in secondary and vocational education and provide them with ready-to-go information about the European Union. Moreover, develop teaching materials for classroom and online teaching, and enhancing EU studies by feeding in research results into the academic discourse.

The key topics of the Centre are the future of the EU and Climate and Energy Politics of the EU.

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NEAR-EU Jean Monnet Project 


Near-EU, coordinated by Ben-Gurion University of the Negev,  is a global academic network, funded by the Jean Monnet programme of the European Commission. The project, officially launched in November 2016, aims to broaden the field of European integration studies by incorporating the domain of higher education in the research and activities of European study centres and departments of international affairs.The project will develop an inter-regional, collaborative academic space to enhance the study of European higher education policy and academic internationalization. The project intends to establish Bologna Resource Centers (BRC), for the study and research of European HE, within and outside Europe and to create a nexus among them. The BRCs will evolve into a network of prominent academic units in the field of European Studies and international affairs  in EU and non-European countries (Israel, New Zealand, Canada and Singapore) to further deepen the academic discourse on European HE policy and the EHEA. Capitalizing on their venues within National Jean Monnet Centers and leading European and international affairs research centers, the BRCs will be in a position to catalyze interest in European higher education policies and research, attracting academics and graduate students to the arena.


Project Partners include: 

Ben-Gurion University of the Negev (Israel)

University of Piraeus (Greece)

University of Ljubljana (Slovenia)

Nanyang Technological University (Singapore)

Techniche University Darmstaat (Germany)

University of British Colombia (Canada)

University of Canterbury (New Zealand) 

This project is co-funded by the Erasmus+ programme of the European Union.

From the University to the Classroom: challenges and opportunities in human rights education


The Simone Veil Centre has initiated a new project funded by the European Commission’s Jean-Monnet Programme. The project offers BGU students the opportunity to apply the knowledge gained in their EU studies to the development and implementation of teaching sessions for Beer-Sheva schools. The Participating students will take part in an academic course relating to EU studies with a particular focus on human rights and human rights education, from both EU and Israeli perspectives. Students will then be given the opportunity to engage in Israel’s education system by organising various learning projects for  pupils based on the knowledge acquired through the course. The project provides BGU students the opportunity to study human rights through innovative methods and to apply their acquired knowledge directly in Israeli classrooms.

This project is co-funded by the Erasmus+ programme of the European Union.

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The Association of Israeli Young Researchers for European Studies (AIRES) was created to advance and stimulate the study of European Integration and European affairs more broadly. One of our main goals is to create opportunities for cross-fertilization and cooperation between young researchers for European studies in Israel. By providing a forum for young researchers across the Israeli higher education scene to collaborate and exchange ideas, the project endeavours to develop a vibrant and innovative community of European studies scholars.

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This project is co-funded by the Erasmus+ programme of the European Union.

EastMed Project 


EastMed is a project funded by the European-Union under the Erasmus + framework. The main objective of the EastMed project is the development of an HEI-level Massive Open Online Course (MOOC), focusing on the region of the Eastern Mediterranean. The MOOC, entitled "EU and the Eastern Mediterranean: Prospects and Challenges", will give an emphasis to the concurrent refugee crisis and energy security, and will be developed and delivered in accordance with ECTS/ESG. The project is coordinated by the University of Piraeus, with partners from The Ca' Foscari University of Venice, University of Cyprus and Ben-Gurion University of the Negev.

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This project is co-funded by the Erasmus+ programme of the European Union.

The EUinHEB website

Created by students and staff of the Simone Veil Research Centre in cooperation with the Konrad Adenauer Foundation, the EUinHEB website is the first Hebrew language reference site on the EU.

“The Europeans” Book Series: Hebrew translations and publication of books written by the founding fathers and mothers of the European integration project

Hebrew translation and publication of Robert Schuman’s “For Europe”, July 2020. In cooperation with the French Embassy in Israel.

Hebrew translation and publication of Konrad Adenauer’s key speeches on European integration, forthcoming December 2020. In Cooperation with the Konrad Adenauer Foundation, Israel.

To the Europeans series web page >>

In cooperation with the Austrian Embassy in Israel.


Women of the EU

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The ‘Women in the EU’ project will ultimately lead to a wider and richer understanding of the EU among Israeli high school students, as well as university students by incorporating European Studies in their curriculum and with a particular focus on Women. The focus on Women in the EU will also serve to promote ideals of gender equality and women empowerment among Israeli youth and education stakeholders as the envisioned curriculum will highlight EU values of gender equality and women’s rights. It will also facilitate synergies between political science, history, education and gender studies in the joint effort to cultivate materials on European Studies.

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