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National Centre for Research on Europe

University of Canterbury

In 2000, the forerunner to the NCRE - the Centre for Research on Europe - was founded at the University of Canterbury, in Christchurch, New Zealand. In 2002 a grant from the European Commission was awarded and at this time the Centre became the National Centre for Research on Europe. The NCRE remains the only EU-dedicated tertiary level centre in New Zealand. Since then, the NCRE has developed significantly in both academic and outreach activities, involving a variety of roles and mechanisms. It has also established an effective form of collaboration with 4 other NZ universities (Auckland, Victoria, Otago and Lincoln) and one Australian university (Melbourne) during this time.

The priority of the NCRE is on research into the European Union from a number of angles, but with special emphasis on the perceptions, identity, development policy and finance in the context of New Zealand in particular and the Asia-Pacific region in general.


The primary focus of the National Centre for Research on Europe remains the development of a new generation of New Zealand graduates with expertise in a range of European issues in order to foster New Zealand's ability to comprehend and interact with the new Europe. This goal is achieved through the postgraduate programmes offered by the Centre, with over 50 thesis students in the last six years supported by the NCRE.

The formal recognition of the range of existing courses which focus on the European Union as a BA major, taught by the National Centre for Research on Europe as well as drawn from a wide range of Schools and Departments, is designed to allow students who are interested in Europe and the European Union an opportunity to prepare for future postgraduate study in this area.

The European studies degree offers students the opportunity to study contemporary European issues from a range of disciplinary perspectives. Courses are offered that focus on he European Union and on the individual member states of the EU, as well as on the wider Europe (including Russia). The undergraduate and Honours programme involves courses that examine questions of economic and political integration, European geography, government, foreign policy, post-war history and European culture and identity. To adequately understand contemporary Europe and the "idea of Europe" students are encouraged to enrol for a wide range of courses from competing disciplines and, while optional, wherever possible develop some European language competence.


In recognition of its national role, the National Centre for Research on Europe has sought to engage with all areas of New Zealand, across all social groups and with the media, through the development of a range of activities that extend beyond the University of Canterbury.

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