Fostering people-to-people links between the Mountain West region of the United States and the European Union.
The Colorado European Union Center of Excellence (CEUCE) aims to foster links between the United States Mountain West and the European Union by promoting mutual understanding and engagement among all types of people. CEUCE is both a physical and virtual space to encourage these encounters among individuals from both sides of the Atlantic which we hope will ultimately support transatlantic relationships.
CEUCE was founded in 2008 with primary support from the European Commission through the Delegation of the European Union to the US in Washington, DC. As one of eight partner institutions forming the Network of EU Centers of Excellence in the US, CEUCE builds transatlantic understanding through teaching, research and outreach activities either on campus or with partners from across the Mountain West region.
On the campus of the University of Colorado at Boulder and within our Mountain West Network of university partners CEUCE promotes teaching and research related to the European Union that include K-12, undergraduate, and graduate students, in addition to the local communities. CEUCE awards grants that create curricula on the European Union, fund study abroad scholarships, support Model EU participation, provide internships, and fund innovative research on the European Union in all areas of study. Each year CEUCE hosts scholars focusing on many areas of the EU to lecture in the Mountain West Region. In addition to these speakers, CEUCE supports academic conferences and workshops with both American and European experts to facilitate critical review and collaborations on many bodies of research on the EU.
Current events influence CEUCE’s outreach activities to engage with policy-makers, the private-sector, non-profits, public officials, journalists, and the informed public. Recognizing the rich and growing, cultural, social, political, and economic ties between the Mountain West and the European Union, CEUCE aims to become a strong connector in the networks linking our region of the US with the European Union, committed to the belief that existing and potential transatlantic bonds will decisively shape our shared fates.
The Frieda Sanidas Leason and Bernard V. Leason European Union Scholarship Fund provides stipends for deserving college students from the Rocky Mountain West Network to participate in unique EU learning experiences. Congratulations to the 2021 recipients of the scholarship: Grego Peña-Camprubí, Padraic Fitzgerald, and Rafael Orozco Leon!