IES in Moldova: President Bart De Schutter explains how to set up a research institute

On 19-20 June IES President Bart De Schutter, Executive Director Anthony Antoine and EDU researchers Alexandra Mihai and Silviu Piros travelled to Chisinau, Moldova, to attend the mid-term conference of the Innovating Teaching and Learning of European Studies (INOTLES) project.

One of the aims of this TEMPUS funded project is to support universities in Georgia, Ukraine and Moldova in setting up Centres for European Studies. While President De Schutter outlined the general contours of setting up such institutes and affiliated networks, Executive Director Antoine focused on the specificities of the IES, and how / to what extent these can be transferred to other countries such as Moldova, Georgia or Ukraine.

Alexandra and Silviu presented the outline of the Inter-university course on EU Institutions and Decision-making, as part of the ongoing Work Package 4. This six-months course, starting in September 2015, will involve five students and one academic from each partner university and will be coordinated by the IES. The course will be delivered using a Blended Learning approach, including an interactive online part and a three-day wrap-up session in Brussels in March 2016.