The European Union Center at OU was founded in September 2001, when University of Oklahoma became one of 15 national universities to host a center for European Union studies. Activities during the Center's first three years were supported by a grant awarded through a national competition by the Commission of the European Communities. Mitchell Smith, Max and Heidi Berry Chair and Professor serves as Director of the European Union Center.
The Center seeks to advance knowledge of the European Union at the University of Oklahoma, as well as throughout the local community, the state of Oklahoma, and the southwestern United States. The European Union Center at the University of Oklahoma has established a network of affiliates at universities throughout the southwest providing the program opportunities for reaching a broad regional audience.
About the EU Center
The European Union Center at OU was founded in September 2001, when the University of Oklahoma became one of 15 national universities to host a center for European Union studies funded by the Commission of the European Communities. The Commission has provided substantial support for the Center's activities in the ensuing years.
The role of the Center is to advance knowledge of the European Union across the campus of the University of Oklahoma, as well as throughout the local community and the state of Oklahoma. The EU Center has pursued this objective through a a speaker series, “Issues in a Dynamic Europe,” a Model European Union, research grants for graduate students, and summer seminars for university faculty and for Oklahoma high school teachers.
Objectives of the EU Center at the University of Oklahoma
- Promote knowledge and awareness of the European Union and US-EU relations on the OU campus and throughout the state of Oklahoma
- Educate state business and policy leaders on the importance of the EU to the US economy and to global affairs
- Help regional educators at the high school level develop teaching materials on the EU