Last modified: Friday, 10 August, 2018 10:26

Jean Monnet Module Gabriela GOUDENHOOFT





This project focuses on EU social values, policy and actions concerning especially education and employment policies and programs. We intend to improve the academic curricula bringing into courses' content  relevant issues and creating bridges between theory and practice, preparing youth for labor market not only with professional knowledge but also with abilities and skills for negotiation, job application, vocational orientation. 
This project started from a special interest in exploring current problems in European social policy. The difficulties which EU social policy is confronted are the challenge of overlapping the EU’s single market agenda over the objectives of welfare system limiting governments’ autonomy in designing their perspective. The scholars talk about “negative integration” (limitative) and we are experiencing retrenchment, recalibration and reorganisation of European social systems. How would a stronger EU role help in the actual crisis? At least it will increase the legitimacy of the EU and of its strategies for political stability and social cohesion. Furthermore to enhance a “positive integration” by increasing the bottom-top approach and the citizens involvement in   redesigning solution for social problems.
Nowadays issues as the problem of youth unemployment, situation which affects year by year our students, conational, Europeans and generally people all over the world define our endeavour contributing to a better understanding of the social issues and in strengthening educational capacity of our institution and equipping students to be prepared to enter in the competitive labour market.
The aim of the project is to stimulate teaching, research and reflection activities in two convergent axes: EU social policy, including employment strategies and educational policy.



  • The Jean Monnet Module aims to promote excellence in teaching, based on a research topic on social and educational EU pursuit and also based on an adequate and modern methodology.  The courses objectives are to provide knowledge, a perspective for  the Romanian students and also, Erasmus and Foreigner students following the course at Oradea University on the social issues, to enhance their skills and abilities of detecting and diagnosing the problems that EU, EU member states and EU citizens are facing, with special respect to the labour market and youth unemployment and to analyze how EU strategies and objectives are feasible in national contexts. The aim of the courses is also to increase the students’ competitiveness and to equip them with skills for increasing employment opportunities.  On the educational layer, the objectives of the course are to familiarize students with the main EU priorities and programs in the field of education and training,  to stress the role of the internships and volunteering activities in gaining experience and increasing the employment chances; to develop their communication skills and critical thinking;  to develop a sense of belonging to the European Union through encouraging mobility and exploring possibilities offered by the European common space of education and research.
  • The lectures, summer school and conference will be attended by students and specialists from the EU Member States and youth from non-EU countries, students and special guests to the University of Oradea. The debates during the proposed events are multidisciplinary due to the specific and diversity of the topics approached. The Module will also cover the synergy with other programs, as it will create the framework to institute European cooperation in the field. It will also generate flexibility and mobility of young specialists by providing a high standard of education in the field.
  • The knowledge and competencies developed during this project will help students to understand: the EU social values, EU priorities and programs in the field of employment, education and training; the importance to take initiative and work collaboratively; the role of the internships and volunteering activities in gaining experience and increasing the employment chances; to bring in discussions logically constructed arguments and well documented points of view.


  • Gabriela GOUDENHOOFT, Module Leader, Associate Professor PhD, University of Oradea, CV
  • Ioan HORGA, member of the Teaching Staff, Professor PhD, University of Oradea, CV
  • Cristina Maria MATIUȚA, member of the Teaching Staff, Associate Professor PhD, University of Oradea, CV


  1. Social Europe and employment policies in the EU, held by Gabriela Goudenhooft and Ioan Horga, course description (link)
  2. Education and training policies in the EU, held by Cristina Maria Matiuța, course description (link)



International Conference A social Europe for youth: education to employment -18-20 May 2017, Call, Poster, Programme, Photo Gallery

International Summer School Ready for Employment10 – 15 July 2017, Call, Programme,  Photo Gallery



Volume 1 Gabriela Goudenhooft , Ioan Horga (editors), Education, social values and European integration, ISBN 978-963-473-977-7, Debrecen University Press/Debreceni Egyetemi Kiadó, Hungary, 2017




Volume 2 Europa socială în termeni. Glosar de concepte și instituții



The Institute for Euroregional Studies