About Us



The Miami-Florida Jean Monnet Center of Excellence, (MF-JMCE), formerly a consortium of Florida International University (FIU) and the University of Miami (UM), was established in the Fall of 2001 with support from the European Commission, as one of the ten original EU Centers of Excellence in the United States.

In 2015, in a global competition, the Miami-Florida European Center of Excellence at Florida International University was one of only seven US universities to gain the prestigious designation of “Jean Monnet Center of Excellence” by the European Commission.

  • The Miami-Florida Jean Monnet Center of Excellence is a member of the EU Jean Monnet Centers of Excellence Network in the US. There are 7 EU Jean Monnet Center of Excellence in the United States:
    • UC-Berkeley
    • University of Colorado at Boulder
    • University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
    • Florida International University
    • University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
    • University of Pittsburgh
    • University of Texas at Austin
    • University of Washington
  • The Miami-Florida JMCE is a member of the global network of EU-sponsored Jean Monnet centers created in 1998 to promote knowledge of European integration and the implications thereof for the United States. The Jean Monnet network is a globally renowned brand, present in 78 countries around the world and involves more than 800 higher education institutions. Additionally, the Center cooperates with the European Union Studies Association (EUSA) to advance academic research in a number of fields concerning the EU.
  • In addition, The Miami-Florida-JMCE received the Jean Monnet Project, a 50,000 euro grant over two years (2016-2017) to implement six high-level and high-visibility community roundtables on issues ranging from innovation & research, health to sustainability and environmental policies.
  • The Center has been awarded a Public diplomacy EU grant ‘Getting to Know Europe’ from the Delegation of the European Union to the U.S. over two years (2017-2019) implement outreach activities in South Florida’s communities which foster an awareness of the role of the EU and European culture as well as environmental and socioeconomic resilience policies in building transatlantic cohesion and relations.

  • The Center has been awarded a Public diplomacy EU Grant co-funded by the European Union through a Getting to Know Europe Grant from the EU Delegation to the over two years (2021-2023). “MEET EU: Making Encounters, Engaging Transatlanticists” is an initiative bringing EU-focused content to Florida, North Carolina, and Pennsylvania via three university campuses. Centers at the UNC-Chapel Hill, Florida International University, and the University of Pittsburgh are launching a range of activities to facilitate greater understanding of the EU — a short film competition, virtual filmmakers in residence, Model EU teams, K-12 virtual reality presentations, and more. Learn about the EU’s relevance to daily life in our localities, understand how EU institutions work, and explore issues vital to current events in both the US and EU.

  • The Miami-Florida JMCE, is administered through the Steven J. Green School of International and Public Affairs (FIU) and continues to cooperate with the Jean Monnet Chair (UM).


The mission of the Miami-Florida JMCE, is to promote teaching, research, and outreach activities relating to the EU. To accomplish this mission, the Miami-Florida JMCE, facilitates the development of new courses on the EU, provides for financial assistance to graduate students and faculty pursuing research on topics related to the EU, holds academic conferences on EU matters, sponsors public lectures featuring EU speakers, and conducts outreach workshops for educators, journalists and media professionals, and the greater Miami business community.

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