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THE University of Portsmouth is one of only 17 institutions worldwide to have been recognised as a Jean Monnet Centre of Excellence this year.

The award encourages excellence in the research and teaching of European Union studies.

Awarded by the EU, the University will receive £65,000 for research, teaching and scholarly activities in the field of European studies over a three-year period.

The winning bid was completed by academics from the School of Social, Historical and Literary Studies and the School of Languages and Area Studies.

Mike Mannin is politics lecturer and Jean Monnet chair.

He said: ‘There are only 170 designated Jean Monnet centres throughout the world so this is a considerable achievement for the university, building on the strength of the Centre for European and International Studies Research.

‘We are very excited about this recognition and look forward to research activity, which will include partnerships with local and regional institutions, and universities in Russia, Turkey, the Netherlands and Poland.’