Jean Monnet Chair: Connecting Europe and Asia: People, Power and Policies (CEAPPP)

In September 2020, Prof. Dr. Sebastian Bersick was awarded a Jean Monnet Chair by the European Commission under the Erasmus+ Program. The funding enables the Ruhr-Universität Bochum (RUB), the Faculty of East Asian Studies, and the Department of International Political Economy of East Asia to intensify EU-related teaching and research activities, and to also actively contribute to the study of EU-Asia relations.

You can find the project on the European Commission’s website.


The project “Connecting Europe and Asia: People, Power and Policies” (CEAPPP) aims at promoting excellence in teaching and research in European Union studies. CEAPPP deals with the external dimension of EU integration by focusing on the evolving relationship between the EU and the Asian region. At the same time, it tackles the external dimension of regional cooperation and integration processes in Asia.

Traditional EU studies programs in universities and colleges do not regularly include novel and new topics in their curricula. CEAPPP considers that hosting a Jean Monnet Chair focusing on EU-Asia connectivity, which is per se a novel topic, should also embrace novelty in the teaching curricula, learning material, methods, and tools. The teaching coursesare delivered to RUB’s students and connecting them to partner universities in Europe and Asia thus enhancing the connecting people dimension, particularly students do not automatically come into contact with EU studies.

Teaching activity is conducted by the chair holder, Prof. Sebastian Bersick, and one of the academic staff members at the Department of International Political Economy of East Asia, Ms. Mireia Paulo.


The Faculty of East Asian Studies, and particularly the Department of International Political Economy of East Asia, is able to organize a series of events (include boxes with hyperlinks to other pages or videos). The activities seek to create public interest in questions of EU studies in general and EU-Asia relations in particular. Further, these activities also bring together students, researchers, practitioners, and civil society from various sectors of society.


Jean Monnet Lecture Series on EU-Asia Connectivity

Ms. Romana Vlahutin, Ambassador-at-Large for Connectivity, European External Action Service (EEAS). “The EU-Asia Connectivity Strategy: Sustainable and Digital Transformations”

Dr. Bates Gill, Executive Director, Asia Society Policy Institute’s Center for China Analysis. “The European Union and Asia in a Changing Global Environment”

Prof. Dr. Sebastian Bersick, CEAC’s Director, Ruhr-Universität Bochum (RUB). “EU-Asia Connectivity: Concepts, Contexts and Contestations”

Prof. Dr. Michael Reiterer, EU Ambassador ret. “Europe and the Indo-Pacific Strategy: Connectivity at its Core?”

Prof. Dr. Ummu Salma Bava, Centre for European Studies, SIS, Jawaharlal Nehru University. “The EU-India Connectivity Partnership: Challenges and Prospects to Strategic Cooperations”

Prof. Dr. Zhang Xiaotong, Fudan University. “The Current State of China-EU Relations and Europe-Asia Connectivity”

Ms. Shada Islam, Managing Director at New Horizons Project, Geopolitical Strategy Advisor and Analysist. “EU-Asia Connectivity: Chaos, Competition or Cooperation?”

Prof. Anna Michalski, Associate Professor in Political Science at the Department of Government, Uppsala University. “EU-Asia: Shaping a new world order through connectivity?”

Prof. Dr. Sven Biscop, Ghent University and Director of the Europe in the World Programme at the Egmont–Royal Institute. “Grand Strategy, European Security and Asia’s Role”