The Center for European Studies, as part of the MCC School of International Relations, is MCC's window to the European Union. Its operation is based on three pillars: education, public events, and research (think-tank activities and publication). The Center follows and analyses the functioning of the EU from a Central European point of view and promotes the perspective of a European integration process that takes more into account the political and cultural diversity of its Member States.
The Center for European Studies organises its work around three strands of activity:
Education: The Center offers various courses to the students of the MCC School of International Relations on the EU’s institutional framework, its enlargement policy, the common migration policy, or the EU’s place on the international scene. Courses are held in English, for small groups which allows for active participation of students during the courses, in the simulation games and practical cases. Besides gaining in depth knowledge of the EU, students will also improve their oral skills in English and enhance their ability to work and deliver in teams. Every year, the Center also organises a study trip to Brussels to visit some of the institutions and meet decision-makers.
Events: The Center organizes and takes part in conferences, seminars and talks in Hungary (in Budapest and in the MCC regional centres across Hungary) and in other EU countries. We welcome guests from all over the world with very diverse academic, professional, and political background. From leading representatives of the industry, to philosophers, state secretaries, EU civil servants, leading intellectuals or entrepreneurs, the Center has hosted a wide range of professionals within the framework of these events.
Publications and think tank activities: The Center conducts and publishes research on specific EU related issues, research material also from scholars and practitioners from different countries, disciplines and fields.
Media activities: The members of the Center appear frequently in the media, be it written press, radio, or TV, to analyse and comment on EU related matters.