Manipal Centre for European Studies (MCES) was the first in the country to be recognized as a Jean Monnet Centre of Excellence by the European Union in 2018 - It has evolved as a hub of European Studies in the country in the last decade offering two programs in European Studies in the country. It is an active participant in the Association of European Studies in India and works with many universities in Europe and within India while focusing on research in European economics, politics, culture, literature, education and society.