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The Jean Monnet Centre of Excellence in Rennes

The Jean Monnet Centre of Excellence is a pool of scientific skills on European integration issues, which has received the European Commission's stamp of approval.

It brings together  nine Jean Monnet Chairs, lecturers and researchers from the University of Rennes I, from the University of Rennes 2, from the Ecole Normale Supérieure de Rennes , from Télécom Bretagne in law, economics, geography/town and country planning, and history relating to European issues.

It is well-known throughout Europe and trains students, directs research activities and offers a resource centre and a library specialising in European integration issues. It promotes a better understanding of the European Union by the general public, especially through its public lectures called "Rendez-vous d'Europe".
The Rennes Jean Monnet Centre of excellence is now regarded by the European Commission as a  worldwide point of reference  (among the 177 centres which exist throughout the world).

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The University of Rennes 1 has a long tradition of research into and teaching of  European law. The first course on the subject dates back to 1964. The CEDRE (Rennes Centre for European Research), founded by Professor Jean Raux, has been associated with the CNRS (National centre for Scientific Research) since 1981.
A postgraduate research course specifically dedicated to Community law was introduced in 1980. The first Jean Monnet European chair was set up in 1992; other chairs in law and economics were subsequently set up, and this led to the award, by the European Commission, of the “Jean Monnet European Pole (Centre of Excellence)” international label in 1998. In 2005 this distinction was extended to both universities in Rennes, namely Rennes 1 and Rennes 2. In 2006, the Centre obtained a sixth chair, in contemporary history. The Ecole Normale Supérieure de Cachan-Antenne de Bretagne joined the Centre and a special partnership was struck up with Télécom Bretagne in 2008.

This specificity has earned it a wide reputation for excellence and enables it to offer a broad selection of training courses to a wide-ranging public of academics and non-academics, with or without specialised knowledge, drawn from the human, social or scientific disciplines.

The Jean Monnet programme promotes teaching, research and reflection on European integration at higher education institutions throughout the world.
The “Jean Monnet Centre of Excellence” label is awarded to multidisciplinary centres which have at their disposal bibliographical, human and academic resources focussing on research into European integration, within the framework of one or several universities. Projects are selected on the basis of their academic merit after being submitted to rigorous and independent peer examination.
The Jean Monnet Action is currently present in 65 countries on the five continents. Between 1989 and 2009, the Action has helped to set up approximately 3,000 teaching projects in the field of European integration studies, including 146 Jean Monnet European Centres of Excellence, 839 Jean Monnet Chairs and 2,060 European modules and permanent courses. The Jean Monnet Action brings together a network of 1,500 professors, reaching audiences of 250,000 students every year.