项目名称：EU as a Modern Civilization
The European Union has entered a stage of crisis after crisis: from debt crisis, Ukraine crisis to refugee crisis and even is facing extremism threat from domestic and abroad while suffering from Brexit. How to evaluate EU’s future?
As the Chinese saying goes, “if it is too complex, let's trace back to the original”. We should understand EU from civilization perspective: from the ancient to modern civilization. This is exact what Chinese new silk road initiative (One Belt One Road, OBOR) reveals. Actually, Chinese have the tradition of viewing Europe as civilization and EU as modern civilization. During the EU-China Summit in 2013 both leaders, Chinese President Xi Jinping, European Council President Herman Van Rompuy and European Commission President Jose Manuel Barroso, share the ideas that China and the EU are "two major forces" for safeguarding global peace, "two major markets" for promoting common development. As important birthplaces of eastern and western cultures, China and the EU are also "two major civilizations" for promoting the progress of mankind.
This urges our European studies to update the understanding of the EU as a global player, i.e. EU is the trinity of peaceful force, largest market and modern civilization. This is the main mentality that we design the new courses focusing on EU as a modern civilization and global player.
The aim and objective of the proposed Jean Monnet project is to strengthen the further development of the European Studies programme at the Renmin University of China (RUC) and to enhance the knowledge background on EU as a global player and modern civilization with the enlargement of academic network of European Studies in Beijing and China.
Prof. Dr. Yiwei Wang, the applicant for the Jean Monnet Chair, has done research and teaching on the European Integration and China-European relations even when he was a graduate student. His Ph.D. dissertation is comparing European modern balance of power with Chinese ancient one. In April 2008, he was selected to work at Chinese Mission to the European Union because of his research connections between academic and policy making. This is very unusual experience for Chinese scholar. He came back from Brussels in February of 2011 and built up the China-European Academic Network, as the counterpart of ECRAN, to promote China-European academic exchange. Chinese ambassador to EU Song Zhe and EU ambassador to China Markus Ederer all sent their congratulatory letters on behalf of the both governments to celebrate the network. Centre for European Studies of Renmin University which the applicant is working as the director, became the only Key Research Institute in Chinese Universities for European Studies funded by the Ministry of Education of PRC in 2000, and the Jean Monnet Centre of Excellence by the European Commission in 2005. In 2005 an English MA Programme on European Studies started and nearly 200 MA students graduated from the Programme, and 20 PhD students every year registration in the Centre for European Studies at RUC. More than 20 research projects are funded by either European or Chinese resources and more than thirty books and hundreds of academic papers have been published.
The proposed project will strengthen and enhance the EU studies in RUC with the priory: Multi-disciplinary and comprehensive approach to European Studies. The proposed project will encourage more non-RUC students to take part in the Programme and invite more European scholars to give lectures in order to collaborate the project between Chinese and European institutions.
Although European Studies in China developed very rapidly in the past 20 years, many however, the world changes so rapidly and no one predict the EU is facing crisis after crisis. In such case, we should not keep the traditional single-disciplinary approach such as political science, economics, law and history and give a narrow understanding on EU, but to trace back its civilization source.
The proposed Jean Monnet project will pay special attention to the multi or cross-disciplinary approach. The main platform to do so is to develop new teaching programmes on Civilization Studies, Structural Analysis, Functional analysis and Comparative Studies on EU’s role in Global Affairs.
The proposed project considers the European integration as a civilization evolution as well as Europe and the world interaction: the EU is not just a regional integration, but also a new development model and modern civilization. Both China and the EU are taking the paths not taken by predecessors and doing what the predecessors have not done. The new teaching project will focus on EU in the world and role of the EU in Global Governance, EU–China Relation, and put Chinese dream and European dream into the framework of project.
The proposed project will include:
(1) Curriculum development of new courses for both undergraduate and post-graduate students;
(2) Group of PhD students doing research on EU and the World in the proposed project;
(3) Publication of new textbooks and other academic products.