Background Information European Danube Academy
The Danube Summer School is the result of the work of several institutions, associations and engaged individuals. Since the European Commission adopted the EU Strategy for the Danube Region (EUSDR) in 2010, there has been a growing demand for individuals who understand this complex region as well as the structures of the EU and other international and national institutions. The EUSDR was implemented to create synergies and coordination between existing policies and initiatives taking place across the Danube Region. The apparent lack of qualified danube experts however obstruct such aims.
Since the other macro region of the EU the Baltic Sea Region had its own postgraduate study program to bring up young experts for the Baltic Region, it suggested itself that the Danube Region with its heterogeneous portfolio of countries, cultures and structures needed its own program to educate young people to understand and shape their home region, too.
Since 2012 the European Danube Academy has worked with partners such as the University of Ruse – in particular its BRIE-Institut (Bulgarian-Romanian Inter University Europe Center), the University of NoviSad, the University of Applied Sciences New-Ulm and others on the creation of such postgraduate program. One feature of this study program will be the Danube Summer School, which is planned to take place every year in Ulm/New-Ulm, Germany. All students of the Danube Master Program will take part in the summer school as well as other students who are interested in Danube related issues. The Danube Summer School 2014 is one piece of the postgraduate study program which is brought forward.
The Summer School relies on a network of partner institutions consisting mostly of universities of the Danube Region. All cooperation partners help in regards to the organization, the academic concept and moreover they contribute speakers and have the possibility to develop their own workshop. Our current partners are the:
- University of Applied Sciences Neu Ulm
- University of Applied Sciences Ulm
- Danube University Krems
- University of Ruse
- University of Novi Sad
- Andrassy University Budapest
- Danube Area Research Center (DAReC)
Information on the Danube Summer School 2016
This year’s summer school will be the third Danube Summer School in Ulm/Neu Ulm, Germany. We are currently laying out the program. Similar to last year will be the venues (Vöhlin Castle, City Hall Ulm) and the structure and the time (Sep 25 – 30). We will however include more international lecturers and high level political decision makers from the Danube Region. It will be open for applicants from all over the Danube Region.
The Danube Summer School is a short term study program for postgraduate students and young professionals, who learn and discuss about facts, challenges and projects of the Danube Region. It is organised by the European Danube Academy in cooperation with several Universities of the Danube Region and takes place in Ulm and Neu-Ulm. About 25 participants meet for one week to discuss with academics and decision makers what happens in the Danube region and how to shape it for the better. The program as well as accommodation and catering is free of charge.
For non-german participants, the European Danube Academy will cover the accommodation and catering during the Summer School.
The requirements to the program are
- Strong interest in the Danube Region’s politics, economy, culture and history.
- Between 20 and 30 years old
- Postgraduate student, student in the last years of the undergraduate studies or recent graduate
- Fluent in English
You can find the the online application form by clicking "Further official information" below.
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