The International Relations Department (HI) of Universitas Muhammadiyah Yogyakarta (UMY) hosted a Focused Group Discussion (FGD) titled “The Jean Monnet Module: European Union International Relations Studies” in the International Relations Court Simulation Room in the first floor of the E3 building, UMY Central Campus, on Friday (23/8). The Jean Monnet module is a European Union International Relations teaching program.
The aim of the program was to promote understanding of the history of the European Union’s integration, social issues, politics, economy, culture, and international relations. HI UMY is one of the three Indonesian representatives appointed by the European Union for the Erasmus+ grant in the form of the Jean Monnet Module, along with Universitas Kristen Indonesia and Universitas Airlangga.
Erasmus+ is a European Union program in education, sports, and youth aspects in order to prepare for social changes, especially in growth, work, equality, and social inclusion. In said program, EU pushes for cooperation and mobility with partner countries, UMY among them, with the creation of the Jean Monnet Module.
“There are several activities in Erasmus+, but we are included in the Jean Monnet program. The Jean Monnet Program itself has four activities such as Academic Module, Chairs, Centre of Excellence, Policy debate with academic world, support to associations, and grant to designated institutions organizes study and conference. We only managed to perform the first program, which is Academic Module Creation,” Stated Sugito, S.IP., M.Si, a lecturer of HI UMY in front of a delegation from UII, UTY, and Amikom.
HI UMY has made EU Studies into a mandatory class to implement the Jean Monnet Module on European Union in International Relations perspective. “The Students of UMY are very interested in studying the European Union, maybe even in all of Indonesia, with 380 students. This also increases the institutions’ interest in receiving the Erasmus+ grant from the EU. I also think the EU is very interesting to study because it is one of the most successful bodies in the world from economic, political, and social perspectives,” Ali Muhammad, Ph.D, a lecturer of HI UMY, added. (Hbb)