COLLEGE OF EUROPE – Natolin Campus

The College of Europe was the world’s first university institute of postgraduate studies and training in European affairs, and remains unique and innovative to this day. Its origins date back to 1948, before the establishment of the European Coal and Steel Community. At the Hague Congress, Salvador de Madariaga, a Spanish statesman, thinker and writer in exile, proposed the establishment of a College where university graduates from many different countries could study and live together.

 

In 1949, the first campus of the College of Europe was established in the city of Bruges, in Belgium. After the fall of communism, and in the wake of the changes in Central and Eastern Europe, the College of Europe campus at Natolin (Warsaw, Poland) was founded in 1992 with the support of the European Commission and the Polish government. The College now operates as “One College – Two Campuses”.

 

Today, the Natolin campus is at the cutting edge of academic study of new developments in the EU and Europe’s Neighbourhood. Its European Interdisciplinary Studies programme, including courses in EU institutions, Law, Economics, Politics and Policies, attracts students from all over Europe and ENP countries who are seeking a truly multicultural experience and an international career.

 

The Natolin campus is also home to two academic Chairs: the ENP Chair and the European Civilisation Chair, both established by the European Parliament and funded by the European Commission. The Chairs carry out research and academic activities in their respective fields, thus further enriching the available academic knowledge that the students can benefit from in the course of their studies at Natolin.

 

Located in the largest central European Member State of the EU, close to its Eastern border, Natolin’s programme allows students to become familiar with the political and socio-economic developments of Central and Eastern Europe, as well as with the new policies developed by the EU to shape its relationship with its neighbouring countries and regions. Over the course of almost 25 years of operation, the Natolin campus has grown to be a recognised centre of excellence specialising in ENP issues.

 

The Natolin campus is part of a 120-hectare historical park and nature reserve – formerly the Royal hunting palace of Natolin – situated in the southern part of Warsaw. Warsaw, a thriving and fast-developing metropolis of 1.7 million inhabitants, boasts a wealth of history and culture, as well as intense commercial and political activity, as befits a nation of nearly 40 million people.

The Research team

Münevver Cebeci
Münevver Cebeci
Münevver Cebeci joined the European Neighbourhood Policy Chair as a Senior Researcher in April 2016. In the Chair, she is working on the MEDRESET project, financed by the European Union in the framework of its Horizon 2020 programme.
Prof. Cebeci is also an Associate Professor at the European Union Institute (a Jean Monnet Centre of Excellence), Marmara University in Istanbul. She has taught several courses, including “European Foreign Policy”, “Security Studies” and “International Relations Theories” since 2001. Her course “International Politics of the EU” was awarded as a “Jean Monnet Permanent Course” by the European Commission in 2002-2007. She gave guest lectures at various universities, including Bilgi University-Istanbul, Bilkent University-Ankara, the College of Europe-Natolin, and Canterbury Christ Church University, and is a former visiting fellow of the WEU (now, the EU) Institute for Security Studies. She holds a PhD in EU Politics and International Relations from the European Union Institute, Marmara University, an MSc in International Relations from the London School of Economics (as a Jean Monnet scholar) and an MA in International Relations from the Social Sciences Institute, Marmara University. Her research interests include European Foreign Policy (especially the Euro-Mediterranean Partnership and European Neighbourhood Policy) and Security Studies. She has published two books and numerous scholarly articles in journals and edited books. Her latest book Issues in EU and US Foreign Policy (an edited volume) was published by Lexington Books in 2011. Her next book De-Constructing “Ideal Power Europe”: The EU and the Arab Change will be published by Lexington Books in 2016.
Tobias Schumacher
Tobias Schumacher
Tobias Schumacher is the holder of the Chair in European Neighbourhood Policy at the College of Europe, Natolin Campus (Warsaw, Poland). He is also an Associate Senior Research Fellow at the Centre for International Studies (CEI-IUL) at the University Institute of Lisbon, and he was a John F. Kennedy Memorial Fellow at the Minda de Gunzburg Center for European Studies at Harvard University during the first half of 2016.
He previously held positions at the University Institute of Lisbon, the Euro-Mediterranean Study Commission (EuroMeSCo), the Robert Schuman Centre for Advanced Studies (RSCAS) at the European University Institute (EUI) in Florence, the German Council on Foreign Relations (DGAP) in Berlin, and the University of Mainz. Prof. Dr. Schumacher earned his doctorate in Political Science at Mainz University, Germany in 2002 and was awarded several fellowships and grants, among others by Harvard University, the University of Cambridge, the European Commission, the European University Institute, the Fondazione Monte Paschi dei Siena, and the Foundation of the German Economy.
He taught at numerous universities in Europe, the US, the Middle East and North Africa, and the South Caucasus, and he is the author of some 90 books, book chapters, articles and policy papers on the European Neighbourhood Policy, Euro-Mediterranean relations, Middle East and North Africa politics, East European politics, and Foreign Policy Analysis. He is the profiles editor of the peer-reviewed journal Mediterranean Politics, a member of the editorial board of Insight Turkey, a member of the international advisory board of the Cambridge Journal of Eurasian Studies, and a regular contributor to the international media. His most recent co-edited book is entitled The Revised European Neighbourhood Policy. Continuity and Change in EU Foreign Policy, which will be published by Palgrave in August 2016. Also, he is the lead editor of the authoritative Routledge Handbook on the European Neigbourhood Policy, which will be published by Routledge in early 2017.