European Union Experts Update in ITAM Classrooms

Europeanists from various Mexican institutions met at ITAM, the site the College of Europe chose to carry out the Indicative Programme for Academics & Experts of EU Affairs. This project, organized and funded by the European Union, aims to update and discuss political and economic issues that involve this political community with those attending the seminar.

Ambassador @RudischhauserEU inaugurated at @ITAM_mx training of the College of Europe on the latest issues of the #EuropeanUnion and its relationship to Mexico led by professors who specialize in European topics.

— European Union in Mexico (@UEenMexico) 28 may 2018

Indicative Programme for Academics & Experts of EU Affairs

During the three-day seminar, sessions were held on various topics. Among them, the future of the European Union, the Lisbon Treaty, Brexit, emerging populism in the region, foreign policy, security and cybersecurity were discussed together with perspectives of the European economy in the area of global trade. Jesús Ballesteros, Director of Development for the College of Europe, said that the event is part of the European Union public relations strategy to stay in contact with the main scholars of these issues in countries such as Mexico, so that the analysis of these topics actually reaches civil society and public opinion.

Panel on the modernization of the Global Agreement #EuropeanUnion – #Mexico with Europeanists in the training course of the College of Europe for teachers at @ITAM_mx

— European Union in Mexico (@UEenMexico) 30 may de 2018

What is the College of Europe?

The College of Europe is a postgraduate study institution based in Bruges, Belgium. Since its foundation in 1949, it has sought to help top graduate students understand major political, social, economic, and international issues, and to prepare them to assume leadership roles that require a strategic understanding of European issues.

ITAM Alumni at the College of Europe

Finally, it should be noted that an important number of alumni of ITAM’s International Relations program study at the College of Europe. Subsequently, several have found work in diplomatic institutions and institutional organizations in the European Union. That is the case, in particular, of two former students who participated in the organization of this meeting: Claudia Castañeda, who has worked for the Delegation of the European Union in Mexico for 15 years, and Erika Guzmán, who after working for a Latin American studies center in Europe at the Mexican embassy in Brussels, now works for a consulting firm in Mexico that focuses on promoting the EU’s value as a strategic partner for Mexico.

Erika Guzmán, Stephan Sberro, Carme Colomina, Claudia Castañeda y Jesús Ballesteros en el Seminario del Colegio de Europa. Foto: ITAM
Erika Guzmán, Stéphan Sberro, Carme Colomina, Claudia Castañeda and Jesús Ballesteros at the Seminar of the College of Europe. Photo: ITAM

In addition to its outstanding alumni, Dr. Stéphan Sberro said that ITAM was chosen for this meeting because of its constant focus on European studies. For example, ITAM is home to the Institute for European Integration Studies, offering a master’s degree in European studies together with a European Union official documentation center. In this center, all the documents available at the College of Europe headquarters in Brussels can be accessed.

Main Speakers

Among the main speakers who shared their analysis at ITAM were Carme Colomina, associate researcher at the Barcelona Centre for International Affairs; Luis Prado, from the Instituto de la Empresa in Spain; and Roberto Ruiz Herrán, professor and lawyer specializing in trade issues at the World Trade Organization. This initiative has sister projects in regions such as Latin America, the United States, Canada, Asia, and Africa.

Dr. Roberto Ríos Herrán speaks about the UE and International Trade, in the refresher course for Europeanists @collegeofeurope @UEenMexico @ITAM_mx
— Luis Huacuja Acevedo (@Luis_Huacuja_A) 30 may de 2018



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