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The Robert Schuman Centre offers academic and executive training programmes, both residential and online, in a variety of fields.

Through its programmes, centres and projects, the Centre targets the training needs of a range of stakeholders, spanning academics, diplomats, policymakers, private sector, international organisations and national government officials, regulators, judges and journalists.


The Cultural Pluralism Area of the Global Governance Programme runs several Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs) in partnership with Future Learn, the Social Learning Platform launched by the Open University UK in 2012. MOOC is an acronym that stands for ‘Massive Open Online Course’. It is a university course offered online and available for free to everyone who has access to the Internet. Currently the courses offer are on Exploring Culture and Heritage, including three different courses on: ‘Cultures and Identities in Europe’, ‘Cultural Heritage and the City’, and ‘Cultural Diversity and the City’. The Migration Courses include: ‘Why Do People Migrate? – Part 1- Facts and Part 2 –  Theories’. The more recent MOOCs are to be launched in September 2018 on Cultural Diplomacy and on ‘Migration and Cities’.

The Academy of Global Governance offers a unique executive training model; a perfect combination of academic, research-based knowledge and evidence-based practice.

The teaching staff includes leading academics from top universities and research centres, officials from national ministries, government agencies and international organisations, and practitioners from the business sector.

The Academy also offers “tailor-made training”, which is designed to fulfil specific institutional training needs and either geared towards the professional advancement of junior, middle or senior management officials or towards offering participants refresher courses on a variety of global governance issues.

The CMPF Summer School offers journalists and media practitioners, mainly from Europe, the opportunity to expand their knowledge on the latest academic, policy, market and professional trends in journalism, as well as to share experiences and ideas.

The School provides a unique experience in which participants can learn from distinguished scholars and journalists, and discuss interactively topics such as the legal perspectives of media freedom and pluralism, media business models, investigative journalism and the challenges of new media.

The Florence Competition Programme (FCP) in Law & Economics - formerly known as ENTraNCE -  focuses on competition law and economics. FCP is a new hub where European and international competition enforcers and other stakeholders can exchange ideas, share best-practices, debate emerging policy issues and enhance their networks. The project is directed by Professor Pier Luigi Parcu who is supported by a research team and a scientific committee of well known experts.

FCP carries out three types of activities:

By linking training, debate and research activity together with the presence and inputs of a varied community of scholars and practitioners, it creates a common cultural space where major scientific projects can be carried out. Furthermore, since 2011 the Robert Schman Centre for Advanced Studies organizes a  training for national judges in competition law and economics, ENTraNCE for Judges. The training programme is co-funded by DG Competition of the European Commission. 

The Florence School of Banking and Finance offers executive training to supervisors, regulators, private banks, EU institutions and Academics

Additional to its residential training series, the school also offers online seminars as well as online courses jointly developed with the European Banking Authority.

Residential training

Online training

Florence School of Regulation offers a wide range of training activities (from fundamentals to executive training), since more than a decade, to staff from European and national regulatory authorities, network companies, as well as civil servants and policy makers from European institutions at different levels of their professional career. The training creates a lively dialogue between forefront academic knowledge and the practice from the field. 

Since 2014 the Florence online School of Regulation offers several online training formats allowing people from all over the world to access our knowledge: 

  • online events, which are interactive live events of less than an hour with our research fellows and other experts presenting their latest research
  • topic gallery, allowing people to access hundreds of open-access publications and multi-media resources in an organised way 
  • online courses, reaching out to hundreds of professionals world-wide studying a topic together from abroad 

All our residential trainings are today offered as blended trainings, combining the best of two worlds, residential and online training.

The Migration Summer School provides advanced training in migration studies to doctoral and postdoctoral researchers as well as to civil servants and professionals from intergovernmental, governmental and non-governmental agencies working in areas relating to migration and asylum. From an interdisciplinary perspective, participants are encouraged to critically interrogate some of the subtle assumptions underlying much contemporary academic, political and media debate surrounding migration.

Teaching is accompanied by research work and discussions, through which participants are encouraged to translate perceived societal problems into social scientific research questions, and to contribute to the solution of these problems by combining insights from demographic, economic, legal and sociological approaches. In addition, ad-hoc specialist training events are held not only at the Migration Policy Centre, but also in countries relevant to its projects.



Future Power Grid Managers Programme: A joint initiative of Vlerick Business School and Florence School of Regulation

Academy of Global Governance “Tailor-made” training schemes


AndersAnroe “We were very privileged to be able to benefit from an excellent training and very forthcoming dialogues with us at ITC during the course and at the social events” .
Anders Aeroe, Director, Division of Market Development, International Trade Centre

Page last updated on 17 August 2017