Jean Monnet European Module
JEAN MONNET EUROPEAN MODULE
"The module is realized in the frame of the project " Good governance, strong democratic institutions, rule of law: prerequisites for investing in innovation", LLP- Jean Monnet Programme, Key Activity 1, Jean Monnet modules. This project has been funded with support from the European Commission.
Jean Monnet European Module
Introduction – presentation of the Jean Monnet programme at PFUR
The People’s Friendship University of Russia was awarded the European programme Jean Monnet by the European Commission in June 2013.
The Jean Monnet European Module taking place at the People’s Friendship University of Russia is entitled “Good governance, strong democratic institutions, rule of law: prerequisites for investing in innovation”. The coordinator of this project is Prof. E.A. Degtereva and the Jean Monnet European Module will last until August 2016
Such project consists in teaching and research activities, which will take place during the entire project at the People’s Friendship University of Russia. Such activities aims at promote excellence in teaching and research in European integration studies and equip students with knowledge of European Union subjects relevant for their academic and professional lives.
Summary of the project
The overall aim of the project is to share overview of good governance, democratic institutions, rule of law as a basis for investing in innovation, which is relevant to Russia under current modernisation trends. In order to achieve this aim, the team will engage in five multi-disciplinary modules with series of courses in the politics, economics and law, targeting to bachelor and master levels, including students from the developing countries – CIS members, Africa, Latin America, China and Mongolia. The projects starts by the introductory module "Understanding the investment climate: European approach", which gives general presentation of investment climate (international ratings, sectorial and country profiles) and serve a good starting point for the second module “Investment climate as a determinant of innovative development: EU experience” which explains the importance of foreign direct investment and technologies transfer for innovative development. The next module “Good governance and rule of law: European and Russian parallels” underlines the importance of essential principles as transparency and accountability, responsiveness, effectiveness and efficiency, consensus orientation and equity. The forth module «Democracy institutions and investment climate: what can be learnt from Europe» underlines the importance of democracy institutions for business environment. The last module "EU-Russia partnership: ways to modernisation, innovations and social development" touches upon possible opportunities of partnership between Russian and European economy.
Teaching Activities and Resources
Good governance, strong democratic institutions, rule of law: prerequisites for investing in innovation
Academic Year 2013/2014 - Program
Module 1 - Understanding the investment climate: European approach. – Dr. Irina Umerova
(36 teaching hours)
Introductory model aiming to give students basic information about the main approaches to investment climate, but from European point of view, including geographical and industrial dimensions. The main sections of the module are:
1. Terminology, contents and main indicators of investment climate;
2. Regional aspects of investment climate: experience of different European countries;
3. Sectorial aspects of investment climate: lessons from of different European industries;
4. Government support for improving investment climate: European lessons to learn for Russia and CIS countries.
The lectures for this module are schedule in Spring 2014. The lectures are delivered from 9:00 to 12:20each Monday in room 263.
Module 2 - Investment climate as a determinant of innovative development: European experience – Prof. Ekaterina Degtereva (module leader), Prof. Yury Borko (module member)
(36 teaching hours)
The second module of the project is a core one and aims to give students understanding of different facets of the interrelation between innovation development and investment climate. This module is structured in the following sections:
1. Main determinants of innovative development, including European special features;
2. How bad or good investment climate influences innovations;
3. Investment climate and transfer of technology from European countries to Russia.
The lectures for this module are schedule in April and May 2014. The lectures are delivered from 9:00 to 13:30 each Saturday in room 17.
Teaching material for the lectures:
Roundtable debate “Good governance and investment climate”
The roundtable debate is scheduled on 16 June.
Such debate is focused on the interrelations of good governance activity and improvement of investment climate who unites academics from other universities, representatives of the research institutes, Councils of associations of PFUR students coming from different countries, representatives of civil society (NGOs, Fonds).
Academic Year 2014/2015 -Program
Module 3 - «Good governance and rule of law : European and Russian parallels» – Prof. Ekaterina Degtereva (module leader), Prof. Yury Borko (module member)
(60 teaching hours)
The third module of the project touches upon interrelation between good governance activity and principles of rule of law from the one side and investing in innovations from the other side.
This module is structured in the following sections:
1. The basics of good governance and rule of law: general approach. The importance of transparency and accountability, responsiveness, effectiveness and efficiency, consensus orientation and equity.
2. Good governance in Europe: how it is connected with investment climate.
3. Rule of law in Russia: how it is connected with investment climate.
4. Comparison of Russian and European experiences.
The lectures for this module are scheduled in March- May 2015.
Teaching material for the lectures:
The Round Table «Problems of national business at foreign market» was realized on the 10th June 2015. It focused on the overview of main problems and challenges of national companies at foreign markets. About 30 students and other participants took part in this event.
Activities realized during the year 2015-2016:
Forth Work Package
Realisation of Module 4: Democracy institutions and investment climate: what can be learnt from Europe.
The Module 4 (touched upon the institutional background of investment climate favorable for innovations) included 36 hours and was realized by Natalia Volgina.
Five Work Package
Realisation of Module 5: EU-Russia partnership: ways to modernisation, innovations and social development.
The Module 5 (touched upon possible opportunities of partnership between Russian and European economy) included 36 hours and was realized by Yuri Borko (module leader)
and Ekaterina Degtereva (module member).
The Module 5 comprised the following sections:
1. Short overview of EU–Russia economic relations;
2. EU-Russia Four Common Spaces (2005);
3. EU-Russia Partnership for modernisation (2009): priorities and practical mechanisms.
Prof. Ekaterina Degtereva
Graduated at the Department of European Integration of Moscow State Institute of International Relations (University) Ministry for Foreign affairs of Russian Federation (MGIMO University), Prof. Ekaterina Degtereva wrote her Ph.D. thesis on EU-Russia economic relations. Prof. Ekaterina Degtereva has more than 40 publications on different aspects of European integration and EU activities, in particular EU innovative policy, including monographs, chapters in books and textbooks. Master of European Law (Institute of European Law - current European College, Moscow). Since 2008 is the permanent author of the quarterly bulletin «European Union: Facts and commentaries», issued by Institute of Europe of Russian Academy of Science and Association of European studies (http://www.edc-aes.ru/site/ru/union/archive.html).
Prof. Ekaterina Degtereva is the oordinator of the project, leader of the second module “Investment climate as a determinant of innovative development: EU experience” and member in fifth module “EU-Russia partnership: ways for modernization, innovations and social development”.
Experts contributing to the project
Prof. Yury Borko
Leading Russian expert on European integration. Doctor of Science (Economics), professor. Founder and President of Association of European Research in Russia. Prof. Yury Borko held the first Jean Monnet Chair in Russia. Member of the Advisory Council of NGOs under the Chairman of the State Duma (1999 - present. time), member of the Council of Presidents of National Associations of European integration and European Studies at the EU Commission (1996 - present. time), member of the Union of Journalists of the USSR / Russia (1967 - Present. Time). Corresponding Member of the International Academy for Regional Cooperation and Development (2001). Author and co-author of 250 published works - books, chapters in collective books, articles in books and periodicals, including more than 50 foreign publications on current problems of EU activities.
Leader in the fourth module «Democracy institutions and investment climate: what can be learnt from Europe» and fifth module «EU-Russia partnership: ways for modernization, innovations and social development» and member in first three modules.
Dr. Natalya Volgina
Doctor of Economics (2009), Deputy Dean of the Faculty of Economics, responsible for academic research and international relations. Professor of the department of International economic relations. Courses taught: International economics and International business, where a particular section of both lectures is devoted to EU study. World Bank/Russian National Training Foundation (2001-2004): Vice-coordinator of the project; developing the “learning-methodological set” on the course “International Economics. Have more than 95 publications including papers presented at the conferences, articles in academic journals, chapters in books, two monographs (1997, 2008) and one textbook “International Economics”.
Dr. Natalya Volgina is the leader of the third module « Good governance and rule of law: European and Russian parallels» and the member in the fourth module «Democracy institutions and investment climate: what can be learnt from Europe».
Dr. Irina Umerova
Author of more than 15 articles, which are devoted to the problems of EU integration. The PhD thesis of Dr. Irina Umerova was also devoted the the European integration process and her thesis was entitled “Economic links between EU-countries as a factor of unity and development”. Winner of National Scholarship Program of Slovak Government (MINERVA Programme).
Dr. Irina Umerova is the leader of the first module «Understanding the investment climate: European approach».
Institutions and official websites
Permanent Mission of the Russian Federation to the European Union
Studies and Researches - Institutes
Other useful resources
The policy areas:
1 - Europe 2020
2 - Innovation Union - European Commission
3 - Trade policy
4 – The four freedoms