What is Transparency International School on Integrity?
Transparency International School on Integrity (TISI) is an annual state-of-the-art anti-corruption and accountability training for futureleaders. The upcoming TISI 2016 will take place during 4-10 July, 2016 in Vilnius, Lithuania. TISI exposes its participants to the latest developments in the field of anti-corruption and accountability and offers real opportunities to try and implement their ideas in practice.
Following a rigorous selection process, selected students spend 7 highly intensive days learning from leading anti-corruption and accountability professionals. TISI seeks to create a peer-to-peer learning and integrity-building environment that links theory with practice and helps young leaders to acquire better skills in bringing the anti-corruption message across.
School lectures, seminars, training and field trips provide TISI participants with a unique blend of international and local know-how, while also challenging students to approach the subject from outside the box and offer novel, previously untested solutions. Since 2010, TISI has welcomed more than 700 youth leaders from around 90 countries worldwide.
Is this School for you?
This one is easy. TISI is for senior students, graduates and young professionals eager to learn how to make a stand against corruption and to achieve greater transparency in their country. The seven-day format offers a powerful mix of an intensive academic schedule, unconference-like atmosphere and continuous peer-to-peer interactions which all make it into an unforgettable one-week-long adventure.
TISI usually hosts an equal share of participants from private and public sectors, NGOs and academia from Europe, Asia, Africa and the Americas. Such diversity in background and experience further strengthen our applied approach to anti-corruption and transparency. Therefore, students not only learn about the causes of corruption but also spend a large part of their time learning practical ways in which societies can become more transparent and accountable.
In July 2015, once again we welcomed around 140 future leaders from more than 60 countries for a 7-day event in the beautiful Lithuanian capital Vilnius.
What will you learn?
TISI is organized in cooperation with Mykolas Romeris University in Vilnius. Upon completion of the TISI course, students receive 6 ECTS (European Credit Transfer System) credits, which only stresses the fact that participants come to the school to learn and are required to do additional preparatory reading before the School starts. The course reading material is published in advance and students are encouraged to get in touch with TISI organizers for additional reading recommendations.
The School curriculum is presented through a variety of learning modules such as lectures, seminars, trainings, discussions, field trips, film screenings and social events. The program follows a dynamic schedule which, as the week goes by, gradually moves away from introductory topics to seminars and training aimed to address particular subjects and let participants acquire new skill sets. In short, the goal of the program is to leave all the participants inspired and empowered by creating opportunities to learn in small groups as well as through mentoring hours.
The School features three teaching modules that cover the public sector, the private sector and civic empowerment tools. Each module deals both with theory and practice and includes:
Public sector – grand and petty corruption, measuring corruption, state capture, political party financing, public procurement, etc.
Private sector – international anti-corruption mechanisms, corporate reporting standards and corruption in different industry sectors, such as the media or sports, etc.
The civic empowerment module addresses the role of citizens in monitoring the activities of the state and explores ways in which people can become involved in the public decision-making process, in reporting corruption and in anti-corruption activities.
If interested to apply for the TISI 2016, please check the 2015 curriculum for a glimpse of what the week at TISI looks like.
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We believe young people have extraordinary potential to create change. For this reason, at TI School we seek to put our alumni in a position where they can use their newly-acquired knowledge and test their ideas in practice. We also know that anything good has to be sustainable and develop organically. This is why during TISI, interested students are assisted in developing their unique micro-project proposals, which can then compete for financial support from our partners at the IACC. Innovative game-changing ideas can receive an action mini-grant of up to 5000 EUR and be assisted by TI School team to help implement the best ideas back in their home countries.
Learn more about this Social Entrepreneurs Initiative here.
The School on Integrity is organized in cooperation with Mykolas Romeris University in Vilnius. It is the second largest university in Lithuania with 21,000 students and over 200 doctoral candidates. Its mission is to educate young people to become creative, innovative and productive members of society in all areas, from science to culture and technology.
The application process
Applying is really simple – just fill out and submit our online application form. Please note that you will be asked to upload a short motivational letter along with your Europass CV. We strongly advise that you prepare these in advance and have them ready before you start filling out your application form.
Who can apply?
The School is open to senior students, graduates and young professionals under the age of 35. We welcome individuals from public, private, non-governmental and academic sectors, from all academic backgrounds. TI School does not discriminate its applicants on the grounds of race, color, national origin, disability, sex, gender identity, religion, political beliefs, marital, familial or parental status, sexual orientation or any other basis.
Fees & Accommodation
The course fee covers tuition fee, course material, accommodation, meals and extra-curricular activities. The fee for TISI 2016 is EUR 600.
Students applying for TISI without a scholarship are encouraged to apply as early as possible and are accepted on a rolling basis. Deadline for scholarship applications is 1 May 2016, for non-scholarship applications – 15 May 2016. Non-EU students are encouraged to take into account the possible length of visa-related procedures and apply well ahead of the deadlines.
Please note that citizens from a number of countries may be eligible for TI School scholarships. For more details, deadlines and procedures of scholarship applications please see the Scholarships section.
Participants from non-EU member states that require a visa to enter Lithuania will be issued an invitation letter upon request. Please address this request to email@example.com. Please note that an invitation letter will only be issued to those participants who have already paid the registration fee.
If you have any additional questions or encounter difficulties concerning the online application form, please contact us firstname.lastname@example.org.
A limited number of scholarships is available for students from certain countries. Full scholarships cover transportation, tuition and accommodation expenses. Students seeking to receive full or partial scholarships are encouraged to apply as soon as the application process opens. In certain cases, students may be also offered partial tuition fee waivers to cover a part of their course expenses.
The list of countries from which applicants are eligible for full or partial scholarships for TISI 2016 will be announced in January 2016. Last TISI (2015) scholarships were provided for participants from the following countries: Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Bulgaria, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, Georgia, Iceland, Latvia, Moldova, Norway, Poland, Romania, Russia, Sweden, Turkey and Ukraine.
If you wish to apply for a scholarship, make sure to fill out the appropriate section in the online application form, stating your reasons for applying.
More information about scholarships will follow from January 2016.
For additional questions regarding the application procedure, fees, scholarships or other general inquiries, please contact us at email@example.com.
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