The European Union (EU) and Australia are united by their commitment to promoting and reinforcing a rules-based international order, as a necessary prerequisite for both global peace and security, and for addressing a broad range of global challenges. In times of increasing challenge and threat to the rules-based international order, the EU Centre at RMIT seeks to reinforce and promote Australia and the EU’s roles as global actors within a rules-based system, and to identify and support opportunities for collaboration and partnerships amongst governments, universities and industry.
The EU Centre provides a focal point for teaching, research and outreach activities with the EU, Australia and the Asia Pacific region. It acts as an advocate for the EU in the region and facilitates the dissemination of information and knowledge from academia to industry, government and the wider community.
The EU Centre is located at RMIT University’s City campus and has strong links with researchers, academic institutions, civil society and industry across Australia and internationally. The Centre embodies Goal 7 of RMIT’s ‘Ready for Life and Work’ Strategic Plan, which commits the University to ‘global reach and outlook’. The EU Centre is part of the School of Global, Urban and Social Studies’ Social and Global Studies Centre.
The Centre also supports and facilitates RMIT staff and students who wish to connect with the EU through research, industry and study. For more information on such opportunities, please visit the For Staff and Students page or Contact Us.
The EU Centre was established in January 2010 to promote a better understanding of the EU and EU-Australia relations. Originally funded through a grant from the External Relations Directorate of the European Commission, the European Union Centre is one of only four such EU Centres in the Southern Hemisphere. The EU Centre is now funded primarily through a series of Jean Monnet Activities grants, which promote excellence in teaching and research in the field of European Union studies worldwide.
The EU Centre is global in outlook and action and committed to academic and research excellence.
The Centre has an interdisciplinary research focus, with staff expertise across the fields of European studies, regional policy, international relations, environmental policy, innovation, and trade.