Universities and Institutes
One of JMU’s key partners, the European University Institute (EUI) is located in scenic Fiesole, overlooking the city of Florence. The EUPS program works closely with the EUI, and many program faculty members have their advanced degrees from the institute. JMU masters students also have access to the EUI libraries and participate in the Max Weber Programme’s lecture series at Villa la Fonte. This series brings renowned academics and experts from around the world to cover a broad variety of topics. The EUI graciously hosts the annual JMU research symposium, where European Union Policy Studies graduate students present and defend their original research.
JMU works closely with the University of Florence's Department of Political Science on a number of projects, including the EU Decision Making Simulation, the Learning Europe Project, a series of joint lectures and events, a student and faculty exchange project, and more.
EUPS students attend Italian language classes at the British Institute of Florence. The Institute frequently offers cultural events, including film and lecture series. The Institute also offers language exchanges for English- and Italian-speaking students. European Union Policy Studies master's students have access to additional resources at the Institute's library, including DVD rentals.
Each year, the International Network of Universities, Hiroshima University (HU), and JMU’s Office of International Programs (OIP) fully support one EUPS student's participation in an eight-day Graduate Summer School on Global Citizenship and Peace. The course takes place in Hiroshima, Japan, focuses on Global Citizenship and Peace, and brings together students from universities in North America, Europe, Asia, and Australia. The course involves a series of seminars and lectures, a UN General Assembly role play, visits to Hiroshima’s Peace Memorial Museum, interviews with an atomic bomb survivor, the annual Peace Memorial Service, and a number of Japanese cultural activities.
Public Authorities and NGOs
JMU has an important relationship with the City of Florence. The Commune's famous and significant headquarters (Palazzo Vecchio) has graciously hosted events sponsored by the European Union Policy Studies graduate program. JMU's use of Palazzo Capponi in Via de' Michelozzi is governed by an agreement with the city administration, and EUPS students have worked as interns in the Comune's various offices.
The City of Strasbourg, which is located along the Franco-German border, is a powerful symbol of post-war European integration. Today, the City is home to some twenty European institutions and is the official seat of the European Parliament. JMU in Florence is currently negotiating an agreement with the City, which will generate opportunities for EUPS students and alumni.
Europe Direct is the European Union’s information service. The organization is headquartered in Brussels with local information service centers in every EU member state. These centers provide assistance to people with questions about EU rights, funding, local EU information and networking events, and EU documents and publications. Europe Direct sponsors the EUPS program's Learning Europe initiative, in which EUPS students and UNIFI partners teach the EU to students in Italian high schools in and around Florence. Since its founding in 2007, Learning Europe has involved over 80 EUPS graduate students, 25 high schools, and 1000 students.
Angeli del Bello is a foundation which seeks to restore and maintain the beauty of Florence. It aims to raise awareness and improve the community through volunteerism and civic engagement. The EUPS program partners with Angeli del Bello to participate in regular community clean-up days around the city to help clean public spaces, remove graffiti, etc.
Associazione Via Maggio is a community organization comprised of residents and local merchants that reside around the historic street, Via Maggio. Via Maggio is an important cultural landmark in Florence, filled with many well-known and established antique shops. The aim of the association is to improve the neighborhood and the quality of life for residents and those who work in the area. Specifically, the association has successfully installed new lighting along the street, partnered with Angeli del Bello to reduce graffiti on the walls and in the immediate area, requested to have fewer tour buses through the neighborhood, and pushed for stricter speed enforcement of cars and buses to create a safe environment for residents and tourists.