The European Union Centre at RMIT University will strengthen its activities until the end of 2017, after signing a new co-funding agreement with the European Union.
The EU Centre opened at RMIT in 2010 and is one of five centres in Australia funded by the European Union.
Acting RMIT Vice-Chancellor and President, Professor Gill Palmer, said the agreement would allow the EUCentre to build on its academic outreach and academic exchange activities.
"Over the past four years we have built up a reputation as being a distinctive Centre of EU expertise," she said.
Setting the RMIT EU Centre apart from the other centres funded through this grant is its Comparative Regional Policy Research Project piloted during the first round of funding , which provides a foundation for further international research and linkages in this second round.
Director, Professor Bruce Wilson, said the EU Centre at RMIT had facilitated student exchanges, staff fellowships, research and other industry partnerships and we hope to build on this base over the coming years of the agreement.
Situated at RMIT's City campus in Melbourne, the centre works collaboratively with all parts of the University, other academic partners, government, business, community groups and industry to build on RMIT's reputation for applied education and research and take advantage of employment, learning and research opportunities in the European Union.
The EU Centre at RMIT will work collaboratively with the new EU Centre on Shared Complex Challengesat the University of Melbourne.
Both centres act as advocates for the EU in Australia and the wider Asia-Pacific region, distribute information and knowledge about the EU and its activities to government, business, and the community, and promote partnerships between Australian and European Union businesses and researchers.
Through their individual programmes and shared activities, the centres will strengthen the EU's visibility, policies and values and promote a better understanding and knowledge of the EU .
For interviews: Professor Bruce Wilson, (03) 9925 8214 or 0414 236 765.
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