In her opening remarks, Dr. habil. Boglárka Koller, dean of the Faculty of International and European Studies told the participants that although the faculty is only 3 years old, it already has a great amount of research going on thanks to the multidisciplinary approach that incorporates history, law and political sciences into international studies.
“The field of international relations creates competition among the student applicants with the best results and language skills” – she remarked. The Dean also mentioned the already existing International Public Service Relation master programme and talked about the new, English language programme under development focusing on identity politics.
Following the opening remarks it was Dr. János Bóka, Vice-dean for at the Faculty of International and European Studies who talked about the concept and the aims to be achieved in the course of the V4 & EU Summer University. He highlighted that this is a very topical issue because Hungary is holding the rotating presidency of the Visegrad Group now.
“There is great emphasis placed on the V4 nowadays, since it seems that it has found its place in the European cooperation network” – said Dr. Bóka. He also remarked that the lectures and workshops of the summer school are great place for interested students and researcher to discuss the increased importance and future role of the V4.
The one-week-long course is organised by NUPS with the co-operation of Matej Bel University (Banská Bystrica), Metropolitan University (Prague), Pan-European University (Bratislava), University of West Bohemia (Plzen) and The Centre for the Studies of New Security Challenges (Edinburgh, UK) and it is hosted by the Orczy Dormitory of the University. Each day of the course is delegated to the discussion of one issue with the question of multi-speed Europe on Monday, euroscepticism on Tuesday, EU - Russia relations and security and defence policy on Wednesday, European cooperation formats on Thursday, and
The Third Global Minority Rights Summer School, organized by the Tom Lantos Institute, Middlesex University of London and the National University of Public Service (NUPS), was successfully held between 19-26 July 2015.
The Summer School was organised for the third time and enjoyed great popularity, receiving 430 applications from more than 80 countries. The selected 30 participants arrived to Budapest from various nations including Austria, Bangladesh, Belgium, China, Croatia, Denmark, Ethiopia, Finland, Georgia, Germany, India, Indonesia, Italy, Kosovo, Kyrgyzstan, Lithuania, Mexico, Montenegro, the Philippines, Poland, Russia, Serbia and Ukraine.
During the one-week Summer School, students could discuss a wide range of up-to-date minority and migration issues, such as the increased migration towards the European Union and, regarding this issue, the pros and cons of the border fence constructed on the Hungarian-Serbian border, the situation of minorities in the Middle East, the 2014 Scottish referendum on independence, the issue of the Crimea, the effects of settling border issues in the 20th century and the situation of the Roma population in Europe.
The first two days were open to the public and on the 22nd of July the Summer School gave floor to the introduction of the book titled “Managing Diversity Through Non-Territorial Autonomy – Assessing Advantages, Deficiencies and Risks” edited by Tove Malloy Director of the European Centre for Minority Issues, Alexander Osipov senior research associate at the European Centre for Minority Issues and Balázs Vizi associate professor at the Faculty of International and European Studies at NUPS.
In addition to the renowned speakers, students could also present their respective research results. Accordingly, the Russian population living in the Baltic States, the minority policies within the post-Soviet region, the participation of minority group in decision-making and the minority law issues in the Middle East, Bangladesh and Indonesia were discussed. Similarly to previous years, participants were given the opportunity to publish their respective works in the English special edition of NUPS’ journal Acta Humana.
Apart from participating in the lectures and discussions, students could also visit the main sights in Budapest in a bus tour. The event was closed with a one-day trip to Komarno in Slovakia where participants could closely examine the situation of the Hungarian minority and to the Csillag Fortress where they could learn about the history of the Roma Holocaust during World War II.
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This year’s Global Minority Rights Summer School is organized jointly by the National University of Public Service and Tom Lantos Institute, in cooperation with Middlesex University and is held in Budapest between 20 and 26 July. The third round of the international summer school focuses on “The Impact of Boundary Politics on Identity and Inequality One Hundred Years after the First World War”.
During the opening session of the summer school the members of the organizing board of the summer school, Dr. Anna-Mária Biró, Director of Tom Lantos Institute in Budapest, Professor Joshua Castellino, Dean of the School of Law at the Middlesex University, and Dr. Balázs Vizi, associate professor at NUPS welcomed the participants and introduced the concept and schedule of this year’s summer school.
Dr. Norbert Kis, Vice-Rector for Continuing Education and International Affairs at NUPS, expressed the university’s interest in supporting not only Hungarian but all other nations and cultures as well. The National University of Public Service is an ideal institution in this regard, with its main focus on serving the public good in general. He highlighted the role of Hungary and the European nations towards the current challenges, more specifically the migration and cross-border challenges that might bring new concerns for our nations and governments.
The 30 participants of the summer school briefly introduced their own field of research and interest. Most of the students are graduates in political science, social science, religion, history, human rights, minority and ethnicity with the main focus on human rights and minority issues in different regions, including Asia, Eastern and Central Europe, North America and the Middle East. The diversity of the group of participants in discipline and geography will give a chance for a better understanding of human rights and identity politics to the participants.
In essence, the programme provides important information on the international minority protection regime that is the norms, institutions, and mechanisms. The programme emphasizes the role of civil society and individuals in every single community in minimizing differences and building bridges for drawing a multi-disciplinary approach that creates a society for all, regardless of differences.
The summer school offers highly interesting lectures and discussions with qualified experts and practitioners who are specialized in different concepts and concerns about minority problems in different regions. Among others, the lecturers include Jennifer Jackson-Preece from London School of Economics and Political Science, Zaid Eyadat from the University of Jordan, Tove Malloy from the European Centre for Minority Issues and Dimitrina Petrova, Executive Director of the Equal Rights Trust in London. As part of the summer school, the participant will have a field trip to Komárno, Slovakia to learn about the situation of Hungarians in Slovakia.
For more information please visit the website of the summer school: http://mrss.uni-nke.hu
The Tom Lantos Institute, the Middlesex University of London and the National University of Public Service cordially invite you to the open sessions of
Venue: National University of Public Service, Education Building of Faculty of Public Administration, Room 104/AB (1118 Budapest, Ménesi út 5.)
Monday 20 July
|10:00 - 12:00||
Boundaries and Conflict Resolution from a Normative Perspective
|13:30 - 15:00||
The Protection of Minorities in the Middle East
|15:30 - 17:30||
Boundaries and International Law
Tuesday 21 July
|9:00 - 10:30||
Changing Boundaries in Europe: the Impact of the Peace Treaties
|11:00 - 12:30||
Has the International Community Changed its Rules of Ethnic Conflict Resolution Since the First World War?
For futher information about the lecturers please visit: http://mrss.uni-nke.hu/lecturers
The National University of Public Service invites You to the book launch of
The book launch is organised as part of the Global Minority Rights Summer School. A discussion with the editors:
will be held by Anna-Mária Bíró, director of Tom Lantos Institute.
Venue: National University of Public Service
1118 Budapest, Ménesi St. 5.
Date: 22 July 2015 (Wednesday) 12:45
Your attendance is highly appreciated.
The Global Minority Rights Summer School organised jointly by National University of Public Service and Tom Lantos Institute in cooperation with Middlesex University ended successfully.
The summer school on minority rights is organised this year for the second time has excited wide interest. Thirty participants from all over the world – Austria, Azerbaijan, Czech Republic, Ethiopia, Georgia, Germany, Iran, Kazakhstan, Kenya, Kyrgyzstan, Lithuania, Nepal, Peru, the Philippines, Poland, Romania, Serbia, Slovakia, Sri Lanka, Turkey, Turkmenistan, the UK, Ukraine, USA – attended lectures in the field of ethnocultural diversity management and of minority rights.
Lectures of the summer school were held by outstanding professors and lecturers – lawyers, politicians, historians, sociologists – who are prominent experts of the above mentioned fields with extensive professional experience and academic background.
Students and participants attended lectures where wide range of issues were discussed and analysed as diverse as ethnic conflict resolution in Europe and Africa, the situation of minorities in Turkey and the Middle-East, the movement and rights of Indigenous People in Africa and the Far East, the issue of political participation of women in Africa, freedom of speech, the pro-Roma global civil society and transnational social mobilisation.
Some of these sessions were open to attend for external participants as well. In addition, some participants also had the opportunity to present their own research, therefore different topics were brought into focus, such as the issue of the rights to food of indigenous women in Nepal, the situation of Roma minority in Kyrgyzstan, minority rights in Sri Lanka and in Iran, the implementation of the law on the use of languages in Kosovo.
Additionally to the prestigious academic programme, students also had the opportunity to discover Budapest, its Jewish neighbourhood, as well as the town of Subotica (Serbia) and its Hungarian and Jewish heritage.
Videos of the lectures delivered by Brendan O’Leary, Joshua Castellino, Valmaine Toki and Bineta Diop will be available soon on the website of Tom Lantos Institute and of National University of Public Service.
For the second time, the National University of Public Service and the Tom Lantos Institute have jointly organised Summer School with special focus on the issue of human rights. Three opening speeches marked the star of the Summer School held by Prof. Dr. András Patyi, the rector of National University of Public Service, Anna-Mária Bíró, the director of Tom Lantos Institute and Joshua Castellino, the dean of School of Law at Middlesex University of London.
This year, the Middlesex University of London also joined to the initiative as a host university along with the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade which clearly made the programme even more prominent and prestigious. The Summer School is between the 14th and 20th of July.
In 2013 the aim of the first programme was offering a course focusing on the issue of minority rights in Central-Eastern Europe which can contribute to the high level of courses offered by world-renowned Western European universities and which is open for application for students from Hungary.
Last year 230 students applied for the Summer School programme which was supported by the State Reform Operational Programme. This number further increased in 2014 and the University received 460 applications which indicates very well that the Summer School is on the way to further success. Thirty-three students from over 96 countries and every continent are attending the programme in 2014, fifteen of them have been awarded full scholarship. This year, the scholarship granted by the University was enlarged which enabled even more international students outside of the EU to stay in Hungary and to take part in the programme. This initiative was highly supported by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade.
In additional to attending lectures, the students also have opportunity to take part in a daytrip to Subotica, Serbia. The lectures have a special focus – among others – on the evaluation of the relationship between international constitutionalism and minorities, as well as on the spreading tendency of nationalism and minorities.
Brendan O’Leary, professor of University of Pennsylvania, expert of ethnic conflicts gives lecture on the related global political mechanism. Tove Malloy, the director of ECMI and the member of the Advisory Committee on the European Framework Convention for the Protection of National Minorities introduces the issue of the political participation of minorities. The lecture by Balázs Vizi, the associate professor of National University of Public Service focuses on the EU’s role to protect language diversity and also on the linguistic rights of the citizens of the European Union. Joshua Castellino, the dean of School of Law at Middlesex University of London aims to elucidate the issues of minorities and constitutionalism in the Middle-East.
Several lecturers aim to highlight the issue of the Roma community as Roma community are considered as transnational minority of Europe. The issues of the Jewish minority in Middle-East, the challenges of peacebuilding processes in Africa, along with the issues of Turkish minority are also in the focus of the programme. Within the framework of the programme, detailed attention is paid to the evaluation of the issues of those Hungarian minorities who are living in the neighbouring countries.
At the summer school – among others – Jennifer Jackson-Preece, professor of London School of Economics and Bineta Diop, president of Femmes Africa Solidarité is also among the outstanding lecturers of the programme. Along with the students, exerts of the topic raised during the programme also attend the courses from Ethiopia, Egypt, Philippines and Sri Lanka.