IR Professor Awarded EU Jean Monnet Chair

Asst. Prof. Dimitris Tsarouhas of the Department of International Relations has been awarded a Jean Monnet Chair in European Integration by the European Commission. The chair comes with a grant and will run for a total of three years.

Part of the Jean Monnet Programme (named after the architect of European integration), Jean Monnet Chairs are teaching posts awarded to scholars who specialize in teaching and researching European integration. They are awarded based on the scholar's merit and the quality of the application submitted. Chairs are encouraged to pursue their research and teaching of European integration in a critical and independent manner, and no limits are placed as to the scope and content of their work.

Bilkent is one of only three Turkish universities awarded a Jean Monnet Chair in 2012. Dr. Tsarouhas has planned a series of events as part of the chair activities. Principal among them are the organization of a "Seminar Series on the EU" with guest lecturers from Turkey and abroad, awareness-raising conferences on EU integration, and workshops on EU social policy and enlargement that will lead to the publication of journal articles and a book.