The Jean Monnet Chair

The Jean Monnet Project "European Integration in University Studies" is a European Commission information project, undertaken at the request of the universities, whose aim is to facilitate the introduction of European integration studies in universities by means of start-up subsidies.

The term European integration studies is taken to mean the construction of the European Community and its related institutional, legal, political, economic and social developments.

The Jean Monnet Project targets disciplines in which Community developments are an increasingly important part of the subject studied, for instance:

Community Law
European Economic Integration
European Political Integration
History of the European Construction Process
The Jean Monnet Projectis aimed at universities and other higher education establishments (whose university level status is recognised by the national authorities) in the member states of the European Union.

Subsidies awarded in the framework of the Jean Monnet Project represent co-financing for the setting up of:

1. Jean Monnet Chairs and "ad personam" Jean Monnet Chairs
A symbolic term corresponding to a full-time teaching post entirely devoted to the teaching of European integration.

2. Permanent Courses on European integration
Courses concentrating entirely on European integration (average 60 hours) and offered at undergraduate or postgraduate level with as many hours per academic year as a permanent annual course, according to the procedures of each country.

3. European Modules
A short programme of studies concentrating entirely on European integration, of at least 30 hours duration in one of the four priority disciplines of the Jean Monnet Project

4. Jean Monnet European Centres of Excellence
A Label including scientific and human resources dealing with European integration studies and research within the university and/or at a regional level.

The Jean Monnet Project awards funds on a co-financing basis for a start-up period of three year. The Jean Monnet Project is run in strict consultation with the university authorities by means of co-operation with the European University Council for the Jean Monnet Project, an independent academic body which supports the Commission in the implementation of the programme, the selection of the projects submitted by the universities, the academic follow-up of the successful projects and the organisation of activities with the network of Jean Monnet professors.

The European University Council for the Jean Monnet Project is composed of representatives of university institutions (Vice-Chancellors/Rectors) elected by the Confederation of European Union Rectors’Conferences and representatives of professors specialising in European integration studies, elected by ECSA-Europe (European Community Studies Association), which brings together the national associations of European integration studies.

Since 1990, the Jean Monnet Project has enabled the Member States to set up 2500 new university teaching projects in European integration issues of which 82 are European Centres of excellence, 601 Jean Monnet Chairs, 1560 Permanent Courses and European Modules.

Jean Monnet: "Father" of the European Union

Jean Monnet (1888-1979) was born into a small brandy-producing family in Cognac. He left school at 16, and after a period gaining experience of financial affairs in London, he worked for the family business, travelling widely.

In 1915, Jean Monnet was declared unfit for military service, and spent the war instead in the civil service. He rose rapidly to the position of representative of the French government in London.

After the war, Jean Monnet was appointed deputy secretary-general of the League of Nations, but returned to private life when the family firm got into difficulties in 1922. He subsequently became an investment banker and financier.

In the Second World War, Jean Monnet worked first for the British government in Washington, then for Charles de Gaulle in Algiers. He was instrumental in preventing the British and Americans from replacing de Gaully, who in 1946 appointed him as head of the Commissiariat du Plan (French Economic Planning Commission).

Jean Monnet devised both the Schuman Plan and the Pleven Plan for a European Defence Community.

Jean Monnet was the first President of the Hight Authority of the European Coal and Steel Community between 1952 and 1955. Following the defeat of the proposed European Defence Community in the French National Assembly, he resigned from the High Authority to e free to promote further schemes for European integration, setting up the Action Committe for the United States of Europe.

Robert Schuman: The "Schuman Plan"

Robert Schuman: On May 9, 1950, the French Foreign Minister, Robert Schuman, announced at a press conference the following: “We propose to place the entire German-French coal and steel production under the supervision of a high authority, an organization which will be open for participation to other European states. This will be the basis for a European federation...” The idea behind this plan was to prevent further war in Europe. This plan for the establishment of a European Coal and Steel Community is still today called the “Schuman Plan”.

Jean Monnet was the first President of the High Authority of the European Coal and Steel Community between 1952 and 1955. Following the defeat of the proposed European Defence Community in the French National Assembly, he resigned from the High Authority to be free to promote further schemes for European integration, setting up the Action Committe for the United States of Europe.

The JM Chair is basically aiming to spread expertise on Europeanization and promote European values and intercultural dialogue among diverse groups of persons. It is envisaged to have a special impact on five target groups: 1. young faculty members at the University, including departments other than International Relations; 2. an increasing number of international students (as Turkey and IKBU are becoming and increasingly attractive education destination) predominantly from the Middle East, Caucasus, and African countries (around 350 university-wide at the moment) and Erasmus and other exchange students; 3. school pupils of different ages, who will be reached through the special emphasis placed on Istanbul Kemerburgaz University’s “Children’s University” (established in 2013); 4. school teachers who will receive special training on the incorporation of European values into the curriculum; and 5. international scholars who will be invited to participate in JM workshops, conferences and seminars. A specialized website, news releases on the occasion of JM events and a proposed book will lend necessary visibility and transparency to the project.


Taking into account the European Commission’s annual progress reports on Turkey, the topics of equality and justice appear to be the foremost European values, which deserve special emphasis in the context of Turkey’s ongoing candidacy for EU membership. The European Year for Development 2015 seems to be the right time to launch a JM Chair in Turkey by placing its emphasis on the explanation and promotion of European values. At the same time, intercultural dialogue needs to be placed at the center of Turkey-EU Relations. Through its proposed activities, the new Jean Monnet Chair is expected to make a significant impact in this area.The proposed JM Chair will make a special effort at providing space for intercultural dialogue in various forms. It is expected that through the proposed program (teaching activities, events and deliverables) a substantial contribution will be made to the development of European studies at the department and university, in Turkey, to the international discussion of Turkey-EU relations, to intercultural dialogue, as well as to education and information of non-academic stakeholders like teachers and pupils, civil society members and policy-makers.


The Jean Monnet Programme will be very instrumental in reaching out to larger groups of civil society in Turkey in order to sustain the Europeanization process. One of the striking innovations of the proposed Chair is that it will ensure that European integration and European values will also reach secondary school pupils and teachers through the Children’s University at IKBU, founded in 2012. As IKBU is the only university located in the Bağcılar District, the largest and one of the most diverse (including large numbers of Syrian refugees and Kurdish migrants) areas in Istanbul, the JM chair will have immense opportunities for social outreach and impact. Next to other ongoing projects at IKBU (particularly the Children’s University), the existing JM module of Prof. Kaiser, has already produced a well-working synergy with the Local Governor’s Office in Bağcılar.

In addition, a large impact is expected on the growing number of international students (350 at the moment) from a variety of countries in the Middle East and Africa. From the beginning of their studies at IKBU (orientation week) they will be introduced to the JM chair activities and opportunities (lectures, fieldtrips etc.). Thus, in time, they will take the acquired expertise on European integration far beyond the borders of Turkey. For Turkish students, the specialized courses of the JM chair will provide very important training and distinguished career opportunities in a country that is engaged in accession negotiations with the EU, and is in need of EU experts at all levels of governance and civil society.

The target groups of this project are mainly school pupils, university students, who would usually not be introduced to the European Studies field, students originating from non-EU countries, EU countries, and members of the local district authorities responsible for the implementation of national education curriculum. For these purposes, 4 courses, 4 workshops for the Children’s University, 4 field trips, 3 public lectures, 1 workshop for the spreading of JM activities at other universities, 1 conference and high-level research on the Europeanization of Turkey’s migration and integration policies, 1 website, 1 E-book, and several advocacy programs are proposed in this project. Each event will be evaluated by the participants themselves through survey technique in order to make sure that the JM Chair holder and her team will get feedback for the improvement of the JM Chair as well as for the formulation of future projects. Finally, the JM Chair will make sure in using both conventional and non-conventional techniques of dissemination such as the publications, websites, press releases, and social media that the activities will be disseminated in the widest possible manner.



Assist. Prof. Dr. Didem Buhari Gülmez (JM Chair holder)

Didem Buhari Gülmez is Assistant Professor of International Relations at the Department of International Relations at Altınbaş University. She was previously a postdoctoral TUBITAK visiting fellow at London School of Economics and Political Science. She taught at Oxford Brookes University and University of London. Her main research interests are: Turkish politics and society, Europeanization, and globalization. Some of her publications are: (2017) Europeanization in a Global Context: Integrating Turkey into the World Polity, Palgrave MacMillan; (2016) Global Culture: Consciousness and Connectivity (co-edited with R. Robertson) Ashgate; (2015) Special issue: Europe and World Society. Journal of Contemporary European Studies, 23(2) (co-edited with C. Rumford); (2010) Stanford School on Sociological Institutionalism: a Global Cultural Approach. International Political Sociology 4(3), 253–70. In that capacity, she engages in raising interdisciplinary interest in European integration by lecturing three EU-related courses, organizing workshops, seminars and study visits. She is also an active researcher in the field of European studies.


Efe Sıvış, MA (JM Chair Assistant)

Efe Sıvış is a lecturer at Altinbas University, Vocational School of Higher Education and a PhD candidate at the Faculty of Political Science, Istanbul University, Turkey. His areas of interests are mainly Turkish – US diplomatic relations, Turkish – EU relations and Turkish foreign policy. He obtained a BA degree from Sabanci University on Social&Political Sciences and holds an MA degree in International Relations with focus on the European Union from Bogazici University in Istanbul, Turkey. His dissertation is on Turkey’s transition to multi-party system (1945-1950) based on U.S. National Archives documents. As the Jean Monnet Chair assistant, he is contributing to the organization of JM activities and study visits.


Ceren Sarısaltık Gedikoğlu, MA   (Head of the Research and Innovation Department)

Ceren Sarısaltık Gedikoğlu isthe Head of the Research and Innovation Department at Altınbaş University and is the manager of the project’s finances. She is currently a PhD candidate in International Relations at Altınbaş University. She organizes the study visits to the Istanbul Representation of the Ministry for EU Affairs and the Greek Orthodox Patriarchate.


Assoc.Prof.Dr Alper Kaliber

Alper Kaliber is Associate professor of International Relations at Altınbaş University. He is responsible of the JM Chair lectures “Turkey-EU relations”.


Former project contributors:


Prof.Dr. Bianca Kaiser (retired, former JM Chair holder)

Bianca Kaiser is Associate Professor of International Relations and founder and Chair of the Department of International Relations at Altınbaş University. In that capacity, she engages in raising interdisciplinary interest in European integration by introducing EU-related courses into the curriculum and organizing seminars. So far, she has carried out four different Jean Monnet Projects: two European modules, a summer school on intercultural dialogue, and a Jean Monnet Chair. She held the Jean Monnet Chair in European Political Integration at Istanbul Kültür University (2005-11), where she also acted as founder and Director of the European and International Center (2002-2011) overseeing the formulation and implementation of the University’s overall Europeanization and internationalization strategy. Her main academic interests are international migration, particularly migration flows from the European Union into Turkey, Germany’s European Policy, German-Turkish relations, and issues of intercultural dialogue in Turkey-EU relations. Dr. Kaiser is the official Coordinator of the Jean Monnet Module. She will teach in the European integration course and the seminar on EU funding opportunities as well as present a paper in the lecture series and publish her research activity as a chapter in the e-book, which she will edit.


Prof.Dr. Karen E. Smith (London School of Economics and Political Science)

Karen E. Smith is Professor of International Relations at the London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE). Since 2004, she is also the Director of the European Foreign Policy Unit within the International Relations Department at LSE. Her research interests include European Union foreign policy, EU-UN relations, the role of ethics in foreign policy, especially the EU’s pursuit of human rights and democracy in its external relations. She has published extensively in these areas. Her most recent book is entitled Genocide and the Europeans (Cambridge University Press, 2010). In 2012, she served as the co-chair of the Task Force on EU Prevention of Mass Atrocities, an initiative of the Foundation for the International Prevention of Genocide and Mass Atrocities. During the 2011-2012 academic year, she organised a series of ten roundtables on “EU Foreign Policy after Lisbon,” which was funded by the EU’s Jean Monnet Programme. Prof. Smith will teach in the European integration course, present her research in the lecture series and publish her research activity as a chapter in the edited book.

Prof.Dr. Ayhan Kaya (Istanbul Bilgi University)

Ayhan Kaya is Professor of Politics and Jean Monnet Chair of European Politics of Interculturalism at the Department International Relations, Istanbul Bilgi University. He is also the Director of the Jean Monnet Centre of Excellence and European Institute at Istanbul Bilgi University. He has carried out numerous projects, among them a European Module on migration and, lately, a project about “The EU at School”. His mains research areas include Euro-Turks in Germany, France, Belgium and the Netherlands, Circassian diaspora in Turkey, the construction and articulation of modern diasporic identities, and internally discplaced people in Turkey. Ayhan Kaya has received the Turkish Social Science Association Prize in 2003, the Turkish Sciences Academy (TÜBA-GEBİP) Prize in 2005, and the Sedat Simavi Research Prize in 2005. In 2013, he has been elected as a member to the Academy of Sciences. Prof. Kaya will teach in the European integration course, present his research in the lecture series and publish his proposed research activity as a chapter in the edited book. Assist.Prof.Dr. Beken Saatçioğlu (Altınbaş University) Beken Saatçioğlu is Assistant Professor of International Relations at Altınbaş  University. She completed her MA and PhD degrees in Political Science and International Relations at the University of Virginia in 2009. Following her PhD, she conducted post-doctoral studies at the Free University of Berlin’s “Transformative Power of Europe” research unit (2010) and at the Institute for European Integration Research (EIF) in Vienna (2011). She specializes in European Union (EU) membership conditionality, compliance with the EU’s democratic membership criteria, democratization via the EU in Central and Eastern Europe and Turkey, Turkish politics and Turkish foreign policy. Her research has been published in academic journals such as Democratization, Turkish Studies, Uluslararası İlişkiler and Insight Turkey. Dr. Saatçioğlu will teach in the European integration course, the Children’s University and teachers’ workshops, and publish her research activity as a chapter in the edited book.


Assist.Prof.Dr. Aysuda Kölemen Luge (Altınbaş University) 

Aysuda Kölemen Luge has worked at IKBU since April, 2011. She is an assistant professor at the Department of International Relations at Altınbaş University. She received her PhD in Political Science at the University of Georgia, Athens, USA in 2010. She completed her Master’s degree in the Department of International Relations at Marmara University. She graduated from the Department of Political Science and International Relations at Bosphorus University. Her fields of study interest are social policies and public opinion on the welfare state in EU countries. Dr. Kölemen Luge will teach in the European integration course, the Children’s University and teachers’ workshops, and publish her research activity as a chapter in the edited book.

Pınar Üre, M.A. and Ph.D. cand. (Altınbaş University)

Pınar Üre is a research assistant in the Department of International Relations at Altınbaş University. She has received her B.A. and M.A. degrees in International Relations from Bilkent University, and an M.A. degree in History from University of Pennsylvania. Currently, she is a Ph.D. Candidate in International History at the London School of Economics and Political Science. Her research interests include the history of Russia and Russian-Turkish encounters. Pınar Üre will act as the general assistant to the project.

Şenay Gümüş, M.A. (Altınbaş University)

Şenay Gümüş has been working at Altınbaş University since April, 2011. She is the institutional Erasmus Coordinator and the Director of the International Office at IKBU. She graduated from the International Relations Department at Istanbul Kültür University in 2006. She has completed her Master’s degree in the European Union Institute at Marmara University at the Department of EU Politics and International Relations. Her fields of study interest are “European Political Integration” and “Migration and Security policies of the EU”. Şenay Gümüş will manage the project’s finances, teach in the EU Funding Opportunities workshop, organize the study visit to the Istanbul Representation of the Ministry for EU Affairs, and maintain the EU PACE website.


Emre Eren Korkmaz  (former JM Chair assistant)



Jean Monnet Seminar and Conference Series

The Jean Monnet Series is a series of seminars and conferences organized within the framework of the Jean Monnet Project at Istanbul Kemerburgaz University.

Jean Monnet Publication Series

The Jean Monnet Publication Series will document the various academic activities stemming from the Jean Monnet Project at Istanbul Kemerburgaz University. The project includes the following envisaged e-book: Please click to download.

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Assist.Prof. Didem Buhari Gülmez

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