Have you ever wondered what is going behind the scenes of international political bodies? Have you ever wondered what it would be like to be a member of these organisations? How much do you know about the many calls for reform of the United Nations and regional organisations? Would you like to be aware of the possibilities for the improvement and reform of international organisations? If you are ready to discuss, assess and answer these questions, the ICRP Summer Academy 2015 is waiting for you!
The Institute for Cultural Relations Policy (ICRP) offers a ten-day-long summer academy that focuses on possible improvements and reforms that can be implemented in the system of international organisations. The operation of these institutions is of particular interest in our globalised world. These organisations provide closer cooperation, intergovernmental communication, and mutual support for member states. Whether a country joins an economic, monetary, security or political organisation it will most likely have benefits. Recently, however, more and more criticism is levelled at these institutions worldwide.
The main principle of the ICRP’s ten-day-long summer academy is not only to address the bright, positive side of the coin, but to highlight the possible routes for improvement as well. Courses will focus on the function and operation of regional integrations (e.g. EU, African Union, CIS), security organisations (e.g. NATO), economic organisations (e.g. NAFTA), international organisations (e.g. UN), and other international institutions. Courses will provide a short historical background to each of these organisations and introduce their shortcomings and failures. Participants will be encouraged to observe these intergovernmental organisations with a critical eye. The ICRP Summer Academy’s goal is to find possible solutions for the problems that emerge with the help of the students. The group will work together with lecturers to find ways to improve and reform the system and draft new system models. At the end of the summer school, students will participate in a simulation of an international conference.
The ICRP Summer Academy offers a number of scholarships of 400 EUR each. These scholarships are open to all applicants and will be awarded on a professional, merit and need basis.
Eligible to apply for a scholarship are those who stay for the whole duration of the summer program.
We encourage all students to search also for outside funding to cover their fees and/or travel expenses, by exploring funding opportunities available through their home universities and local non-governmental organisations.
All participants are expected to pay for their own travel to and from Budapest.
Language of the Program
The international Summer Academy will be held in English.
How to Apply?
Applicants should be graduate students working towards Masters or Ph.D. degrees, but we usually admit some advanced undergraduates, as well as researchers and practitioners. All applicants should be fluent in English. The application should include the following material:
1) a completed application form;
2) a copy of your CV; and,
3) a letter of recommendation.
Please download the application form and submit it electronically.
The application deadline is May 31, 2015 and decisions will be mailed out by June 10, 2015. Early applications, especially for those seeking financial aid, are strongly encouraged.
Admitted foreign students will be provided with all necessary documentation in support of a visa application, if this is needed.
For further inquiries please contact us by email: firstname.lastname@example.org, tel.: +36 20 572 5972.
Participation is open to all ages and all nationalities coming from any country. A broad range of interested participants can apply for the Summer Academy on Remodelling Global Governance such as:
Undergraduates, (post-) graduates, researchers and International Relations experts and any interested people who want to develop their academic knowledge and capacities in global governance, regional organisations as well as different views and proposals remodelling international decision-making.
Representatives of universities and academic staff who want to get knowledge on the latest developments in political integration, institutionalisation, multilateralism and globalism.
Representatives of (I)NGOs who want to get knowledge about the involvement of non-governmental organisations in global decision-making process and cooperative problem-solving arrangements.
Representatives of governments, political parties and diplomatic corps who are interested in the reform of macro-regional decision-making systems and getting more knowledge about the formal and informal structures of international organisations.
Representatives of business and private sector who want to get knowledge on the economic, civil, political and legal aspects of a more sustainable global order.
Representatives of the media who want to have a better understanding of world politics, geopolitics and various efforts to reform international institutions.