The University System of Georgia’s European Union Center is developing a series of Internet-based courses that will lead to a certificate in European Union (EU) studies and is scheduled to open for enrollment in January 2001.

The public-private partnership between the center and the Vancouver, Canada-based educational software company WebCT will provide interactive learning for students throughout Georgia and in Europe. It is funded by an initial investment of $500,000 set aside by the Georgia General Assembly for the development of long-distance learning programs.

“The EU is Georgia’s largest global economic partner,” Brian M. Murphy, the center’s co-director, told GlobalFax. “We need to produce graduates who understand the political, economic, social and cultural dimensions of this important transatlantic relationship.”

The program will feature courses in four main areas: business, natural and health sciences, social sciences and humanities and fine arts.

Teams composed of faculty from Georgia universities, other leading EU scholars in the U.S. and experts from partner institutions in Europe will develop the Web-based certificate.

The center is headquartered at The Sam Nunn School of International Affairs at the Georgia Institute of Technology. It was established in 1998 to promoted education, policy research and public outreach about the EU.

To reach Dr. Murphy, call (706) 864-1909 or send an e-mail to