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17
Sep
‘14

"Scottish referendum not just a question of yes or no"

ANUCES visiting fellow, Dr Ben Wellings, has written an opinion piece in the Canberra Times in the Scottish referendum.  The full article is available on the Canberra Times' website.

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09
Sep
‘14

Call for ANUCES Doctoral Scholarship

The Australian National University’s Centre for European Studies invites applications for a PhD Scholarships for 2015 commencement. APPLICATIONS CLOSE 17 OCTOBER 2014 For the full information please see: ANU Centre for European Studies Doctoral Scholarships.

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09
Sep
‘14

Interview with Professor Abe Lowenthal

Professor Abraham F. (Abe) Lowenthal, who has recently visited the ANU presenting the lecture "Crafting Democracies: Learning from Political Leaders to Shape the Future", has been interviewed by Roger Hausmann. A related article is now available on the Inside Canberra's website.

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09
Sep
‘14

European Union sees G20 Employment meeting as great opportunity

The European Union (EU) will collaborate for universally better employment outcomes at the G20 Labour and Employment Ministers' meeting in Melbourne on 10 and 11 September 2014. European Commissioner for Employment, Social Affairs, and Inclusion László Andor will represent the EU at the meeting to contribute for positive outcomes for all. The EU supports the 2014 G20 priorities on boosting jobs and participation, notably female participation; preventing structural unemployment, supporting youth employment; better quality jobs, safer workplaces and addressing under-employment and informal jobs. Our major priorities remain youth unemployment, gender gaps in employment and pay, controlling undeclared work for fairer working conditions and better quality of employment, and health and safety at work. We are acting to implement the Youth Guarantee under which EU Member States should ensure that, within four months of leaving school or losing a job, young people can either find a job suited to their education, skills, and experience or acquire the education, skills and experience required to find a job in the future. In relation to gender we agree with estimates that reducing the current gap in participation between men and women in G20 economies by 25% by 2025 could bring more than 100 million women into the labour force, laying the foundations for productive and rewarding jobs for women. This should be a benchmark for action. The Commissioner will further discuss employment and labour issues with the Australian Labour Minister, Senator Eric Abetz and he will hold a round table discussion at RMIT University hosted by the European Union centres of RMIT and University of Melbourne.

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09
Sep
‘14

Call for Proposals: 10th conference of the European Society for Oceanists

Europe and the Pacific 10th conference of the European Society for Oceanists (ESfO), to be held in Brussels, Belgium, 24-27 June 2015 The Pacific was long viewed as a remote, isolated region condemned to dependency on larger countries because of a paucity of natural resources and a small, dispersed population. Pacific Islanders themselves, however, view spatial separation also as promoting proximity and connections. The Oceanic perspective of connectedness characterizes social relations across the region, and remains important also to those islanders who now belong to diasporic communities on the Pacific Rim. Such a vision may also suggest that Europe’s geographical distance from the Pacific needs not necessarily place it at a relational disadvantage. For European scholarship, the distance from the region might even be a virtue, as shown by the strength of ESfO. The colonial history of Europe in the Pacific is diverse and multi-stranded, while the Pacific had its own distinctive influences on the varied trajectories of European history and thought. These exchanges have left a legacy of historical and cultural connections that, to some extent, provide a basis for distinctive forms of ongoing relationships between the two regions. Current European engagements in the Pacific are taking place especially through connections in trade relations, sustainable development programmes, tourism, humanitarian aid, legal-political relations, new migration patterns, and concerns about the impacts of global climate change. In some respects, however, European connections to the Oceanic region relate uncomfortably to the aspirations and ambitions of Pacific peoples themselves. The peoples of the Pacific Islands have a long and distinguished history of engaging with people from other regions of the world on their own social and cultural terms, and on the basis of their own economic and political interests. In recent times, the spirit of Ratu Mara’s ‘Pacific Way’ and Hau’ofa’s ‘Sea of Islands’ has come to characterize the Pacific’s vision for its future, indicating also that Pacific Islanders increasingly demand to define priorities in their connections with Europe from their own perspective. These calls from the Pacific for a new kind of relationship with Europe – in whatever shape or form Europe may be perceived as a region – require further reflection. Proposals for panels on a variety of topics relating to this overarching theme of the Tenth Conference of the European Society for Oceanists are invited. Intense dialogues between the Pacific and European perspectives are envisaged, in which exchanges of knowledge and processes of mediation will spark a necessary rethinking of historical, contemporary and future connections between Europe and the Pacific. Deadline for proposals: 1 October 2014 Please send your proposals to ESfO2015@ru.nl

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08
Sep
‘14

Publication: "The United Kingdom and the European Union: What would a 'Brexit' mean for the EU and other States around the World?"

Dr Ben Wellings and Dr Annmarie Elijah have contributed to an edited collection considering what a ‘Brexit’ would mean for the EU and other states around the world. The analysis, which appears in the German Council on Foreign Relations’ IP Journal, gathers 26 views from think-tanks, research institutions and universities from 16 member states, nine non-EU member states and a view from the EU’s institutions in Brussels. The collection is available on the German Council on Foreign Relations' website. It will also be produced in book form.

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08
Sep
‘14

ANUCES Fellow delivered John Monash Oration

ANUCES Fellow, Dr Katherine Daniell, has delivered the John Monash Oration at the Commonwealth Bank. For more information and to read the speech please visit the Monash Awards' website.

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19
Aug
‘14

Encounter Europe Scholarships

The two-week course "Encounter Europe - Visit Germany. A DAAD Seminar for Students from Australia and New Zealand at the European Academy Otzenhausen" is held in cooperation with the ASKO Europa Stiftung (AES), Murdoch University and other renowned partners in Germany and Australia. The course offers an exciting opportunity for students – from the fields of law, politics,  international relations, European studies or similar subjects – wanting to improve their understanding of contemporary European affairs and legislative regulations, organised by the European Academy Otzenhausen, the University of New England and the DAAD. The course is open to Australian or New Zealand advanced undergraduates and graduates enrolled at an Australian or New Zealand university and will be held in English. Please note that the travel allowance has been increased to EUR 600 this year. Requirements: Applications from advanced students of all subjects will be accepted, provided they have completed at least two years of university education at the beginning of the Course and have a demonstrated academic interest in German and European affairs. Graduates and Ph.D. students may also apply. Applicants must be enrolled at an Australian or New Zealand university. They must either be Australian or New Zealand nationals. Applicants must not be younger than 19 years at the beginning of the course. The deadline is 1 September 2014. Students can find an application pack as well as further information on the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) website.

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15
Aug
‘14

Swiss Government Excellence Scholarships

The State Secretariat for Education, Research and Innovation (SERI) that the application period for the Swiss Government Excellence Scholarships for Foreign Scholars and Artists for the Academic Year 2015-2016 has started. These scholarships provide graduates from all fields with the opportunity to pursue doctoral or postdoctoral research in Switzerland at one of the public funded university or recognised institution. Further information can be found on to the web-page of the Swiss State Secretariat for Education, Research and Innovation.

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09
Aug
‘14

EU expands public diplomacy network downunder: six EU Centres launched

Today, 8 August 2014, The Hon Bronwyn Bishop, Speaker of the House of Representatives, and Mr Sem Fabrizi, EU Ambassador to Australia and New Zealand, officially launched the six new EU Centres established in Australia and New Zealand. The European Union (EU) has invested EUR4.6million (A$6.6million) to establish these six Centres co-funded by their host universities. "I am delighted that Ms Bishop has launched this initiative. This is the largest public outreach program for the EU in Australia and New Zealand and expands the existing network from four to six centres", said HE Mr Sem Fabrizi. "It shows the commitment of the EU to Australia and New Zealand and the reciprocal enthusiasm and engagement from the Universities and the broader community”. The EU Centre initiative is part of the European Union’s public diplomacy strategy towards industrialised countries to promote a better understanding of the EU and its relationship with the host country and the region. The successful universities took part in a competitive tender process and will address the key challenges the EU, Australia and New Zealand have to face over the next three years. The Centres are as follows: The Hawke EU Centre for Mobilities, Migrations and Cultural Transformations at the University of South Australia will focus on the global challenges caused by the increasing displacement of people and communities in the 21st century. The EU Centre for Global Affairs at the University of Adelaide will focus on enhanced international trade and regional cooperation in the Asia and Pacific regions, promoting the multilateral rules-based trading system, and the bilateral trade and investment relationship between the EU, Australia and Asia. The University of Melbourne EU Centre on Shared Complex Challenges will focus on strengthening EU-Australia and international collaboration on challenges such as climate change, regional governance and business innovation through engagement across political, scientific and economic dimensions. The EU Centre at RMIT in Melbourne, builds on its success of the last four years with a focus on governance and the Single Market, developing stronger science, technology, business and governmental partnerships and comparative regional policy. The Australian National University Centre for European Studies (ANUCES) was the first EU Centre in Australia set up in 2001 and continues its success focussing on inter-government relations, policy development and capacity building. The European Union Centres Network New Zealand (EUCN) started in 2006 following the successful pilot project. The Centre for Research on Europe includes all 8 NZ Universities and will focus on the normative power of Europe, comparative transnational integration, and EU monetary and financial integration.

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