Jean Monnet Chair: Professor Martin Holland

ad-personam Chair

Summary of the Project

Summary Of The Implemented Project

The Jean Monnet Chair project comprises five elements:

  1. delivery of undergraduate and postgraduate courses
  2. organisation of research activities and intellectual leadership of  seminar and conference activities
  3. engaging with stakeholders and civil society to enhance policy impact
  4. developing an effective dissemination strategy to enhance policy and educational impact
  5. coordinate and direct the work of the Jean Monnet Chair Expert Group


Professor Martin Holland, holds a Jean Monnet Chair ad personam, is Director of both the National Centre for Research on Europe at the University of Canterbury and of European Union Centres Network in New Zealand. He is the author of twenty-five authored or edited books and internationally recognised for his work on EU Development Policy, Common Foreign and Security Policy and as well as Perceptions of the EU. He has received a number of notable awards including: a European University Institute Jean Monnet Fellowship; Alexander von Humboldt Fellowship; Rockerfeller Bellagio Fellowship; and a Bene Merito award from the Polish Foreign Ministry.


Implemented Activities

Description of the implemented activities

  • Teaching of undergraduate and postgraduate courses

As Jean Monnet Chair, 100% of my teaching is focused on European Integration courses. I team teach the core first-year undergraduate course “Global Europe” and I am the sole lecturer for my second and third year courses “European Integration: from Community to Union”. All three have maintained good enrolment figures in line with UC class size policy. Outlines for these three courses as well as URLs for the UC “LEARN” website will be supplied in the Year 3 final report.

At the graduate level I have taught two M EURO papers – EU Development Policy and CFSP. This was the first year a taught Masters degree in EU Studies was offered and it represents the only such University-level degree in NZ or Australia (and one of only two others in the Asia Pacific region – in Thailand and Malaysia).

Teaching commitments beyond those specified in the grant were undertaken as follows: “The EU as a Global Actor” comprising 42 hours at the Masters level at the Asia-Europe Institute at the University of Malaya; “The Political System of the EU” comprising 24 hours and “Foreign Policy of the EU” comprising 48 hours both in the Masters of European Studies at Chulalongkorn University. Occasional lectures were also given at Fudan University and Tsinghua in China.


The Chair has taught the following undergraduate and post-graduate papers.

  • EURA 101Global EUrope
  • EURA 210 – European Integration: from Community to Union
  • EURA 310 – European Integration: from Community to Union
  • EURO 457 – European Foreign and Security Policy
  • EURO 458 – EU Development Policy
  • EURO 482European Studies Internship Course


  • Jean Monnet Chair Website

Both the dedicated Jean Monnet webpage as well as the UC Learn online tool have been employed as communication and visibility tools. End of course evaluations were undertaken to ascertain the levels of learning and engagement with EU materials.  Indicators of achievement (such as enrolment numbers, publications, website hits – see Statistics below) are used to measure the success of the WP and inform any necessary adjustments.

Dissemination of all information has been consistent with WP timelines and available via websites, Learn as well as sent to participants and where appropriate to NCRE partners from government, NGO and business sectors. There is a constant informal feedback from key staff and the funding body to ensure that the WP requirements are being met.

Consistency between project objectives, activities and proposed budget have been monitored by Prof. Holland.  These monitoring mechanisms include:

    • Expert Group Network Meetings: Eight JM Chairs have begun to meet to organise research priorities and assess the changing nature of expectations towards the EU in the context of global disruption. The constrained nature of the budget has meant that to date that only the Chair holder and not a Project Team representative attended the first Network Meeting designed to ensure financial and organisational clarity and outline guidelines for reporting and implementation.
    • Early-career researchers’ analysis and outputs are continuously monitored in order to promote their skills and check that their careers are structured and developing as required.
    • The quality of local Dissemination Events (in Bangkok and in NZ) was monitored through reports from local key experts and the quality of policy inputs by the Chair were assessed through the informal feedback from other key experts during Chair Panel Network Meetings.
    • Policy Briefs. In Year 1 policy brief discussions were held with ppt presentations rather than formalised written reports. Over the life of the Chair each member of the Experts Group will produce a written policy brief.
    • Online Seminars. No such seminars were held during Year 1.
    • An EU External Relations Panel at annual EUC New Zealand conference is scheduled for Year 3 of the Chair (one panel over the lifetime of the project expected).
    • An EU External Relations Panel at European Studies Association Asia Pacific Conference (Taipei, June 2018) was held involving both members of the Experts Group and associated researchers. (Two panels over the lifetime of the project are expected.)

Changes in relation to the application


Internships. The Chair has added an extra dimension to its activities by organising three internships for NZ graduate with the Asia-Europe Foundation in Singapore. These internships are funded outside of the JM programme but help to internationally profile the JM Chair’s activities and early-career researchers.

Team involved in the project and their role

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Impact, visibility and dissemination


  • Jean Monnet Chair Premiere Roundtable Series
  • Conference Panel : EUSA-AP Conference
  • International Conference Presentation
  • Stakeholder workshops : EU External Relations in the Asia-Pacific Region 2017-2020
  • Dissemination Event : EU External Relations in the Asia-Pacific Region 2017-2020
  • An additional JM Chair visibility activity took place in relation to the visit of Commissioner Malmstroem to New Zealand in June 2018. A group of 15 early-career researchers mentored by the Chair holder briefed the Commissioner for 45 minutes and the value of the JM programme highlighted.
  • Similarly, on the visit of HR Frederica Mogherini to New Zealand the Chair holder was the only non-official invited to meet her; a gift of one of the Chair’s publications was made.
  • Diplomatic seminars: The Chair organised a series of seminars from Member State and EU Ambassadors during Year 1 (Dutch, French, German, EU, UK) and this initiative has continued into Year 2



Direct Participants (add as many rows as required) YEAR 1

Title of the Event Venue of the Event Number of (direct) Participants Hours teaching
EURA 101 UC 50 10
EURA 210/310 UC 20 36
EURO 457 UC 8 24
EURO 458 UC 10 24
Masters Malaysia UM 18 42
Masters Thailand CU 8 24
Masters Thailand CU 8 48
Lectures China 50 8


Number of Hours per (1st) academic year: 10
Number of Hours per (2nd) academic year: 36
Number of Hours per (3rd) academic year: 160

Number of students per (1st) academic year: 50
Number of students per (2nd) academic year: 20
Number of students per (3rd) academic year: 102

Number of indirect participants:

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