Manipal Centre for European Studies (MCES) was established in December 2009 with a call for proposals from the Delegation of European Union to India to establish Centre for European Studies in India and Contemporary India Study Centres in Europe. Manipal Academy of Higher Education (MAHE) became the only private university to have been selected among the three centres established in this call and MCES became a further testament to the University’s commitment and belief in the sans-border education.
The objective of the Centre is to develop and broaden Indo-EU relations by sharing each other’s strengths through educational enterprise and the fostering of institutional partnerships between universities, leading to a mutually beneficial exchange of best academic practices and enhancement of common human knowledge.
With this view , the Centre offers a Master program in European Studies (MA European Studies), with specializations in European Business and Economics, European Politics and International Relations, and European Society and Culture. This two-year program provides opportunities for students to study a part of their program in Europe with scholarships and fee waivers and is the only such program to be offered in India. MCES is also host to a competitive PhD program which lends itself to two macro areas of research – Internationalization in Higher Education and Multilingualism.
Through the Centre for Intercultural Studies and Dialogue (CISD), Summer and Winter School programs are offered each year for students from different European Universities. These are uniquely designed programs specific to the visiting Universities and revolve around the broader topics pertaining to Indian and European philosophy, religious and cultural characteristics of India, alternate education and medicine, etc.
MCES has also been a recipient of many significant grants under the Erasmus+ program funded by the European Union. In last four years, the centre has been successful in sending its students for a part of the study program in Europe with grants including Erasmus+ Credit mobility programs. Dr Neeta Inamdar, Head of the Department, was also successful in getting a Jean Monnet module in Cultural Analysis and European Identity in 2014 and was awarded with a Jean Monnet Chair in 2017. MCES also completed a Jean Monnet Project in Internationalization of Higher Education and Bologna Process funded in 2015. An Erasmus+ Capacity Building in Higher Education (CBHE) project was awarded in 2016 to MAHE as the first in the country in Content and Language Integrated Learning (CLIL), a bilingual model for school education. And in 2018, MCES became the recipient of Jean Monnet Centre of Excellence grant in India – EU interdisciplinary studies.
Centre of excellence to foster India-EU educational connect by enhancing understanding based on knowledge sharing across disciplines and geographical borders
Be a preferred choice of students and academicians with specific interests in Europe with multidisciplinary approach
- To establish closer links with Higher Education Institutions (HEIs) and other organisations in Europe (Internationalisation)
- To provide study and research opportunities in India-Europe relations with multidisciplinary approach (programs and courses)
- To encourage interdisciplinary collaborative research and generate common knowledge on India and Europe (projects and publications)
- To engage with civil society, other HEIs and different stakeholders about India-Europe relations and disseminate knowledge generated within (outreach program, conference, workshops, and printed materials)