University of Washington

Public and Private Sector Outreach

Business & Legislator Resources

The European Union Center of Excellence program emphasizes outreach to the business and public policy community. The EUCE at the University of Washington works with local business, state, and local government organizations to provide information and useful workshops to learn about contemporary European Union issues. The EUCE is also a member of the Council of European Chambers of Commerce in Seattle.

Ongoing Events:

MELL: Mapping and Enhancing Language Learning (MELL) is a major collaborative project that CWES is undertaking over the next four years. CWES is working with the Washington State Office of the Superintendent of Public Instruction and other UW partners to collect data on language learning at the high school level. To find out more about MELL, see our policy brief or visit the MELL homepage.


Annual Events for the Business Community:

Europe Day: Each spring, the EUCE collaborates the with European Chambers of Commerce to offer a business-oriented event to celebrate Europe Day.

Legislator's Workshop: Each summer, usually in August, the EUCE invites Washington state legislators, their staff, and members of local government to attend a workshop on the European Union. In 2006, the workshop followed up on issues presented by European Union Ambassador to the United States John Bruton during his visit to Seattle in June. Local business and government leaders discussed the importance of international trade to Washington State's economy and the EU-US trade relationship.


Web resources on Europe that may be of interest to those in business and public policy:

United States Institute of Peace:
The United States Institute of Peace has annual opportunities for scholars, policy analysts, policymakers and other experts to conduct research in residence at the Institute, with its Jennings Randolph (JR) Senior Fellowship and its Annual Grant Competition, with this year's deadline on September 8 and October 1, respectively. For more information, visit or

The European Union in the EU:
The official web site of the Delegation of the European Commission to the US, with direct links to policy areas and news headlines.


Opportunities to travel to or research in Europe:

Robert Bosch Foundation Fellowship:
A fellowship program that enables young American professionals to participate in an intensive work and study program in Germany. Candidates are competitively chosen from the fields of business administration, economics, journalism, law, political science and public policy.

Alexander von Humboldt Foundation:
German Chancellor Scholarships awarded annually to prospective leaders from the USA (under 35 years of age) in the academic, economic and political fields, enabling them to carry out projects of their own choice in Germany.

European Union Visitors Program:
The European Union Visitors Program (EUVP) invites young, promising leaders from countries outside the European Union to visit Europe to gain a first-hand appreciation of the EU's goals, policies and peoples and to increase mutual understanding between professionals from non-EU countries and their EU counterparts.

European Union Center of Excellence
120 Thomson Hall
Box 353650
University of Washington
Seattle, WA 98195-3650
(206) 616-2415 office
(206) 616-2462 fax