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    Original sender: Emma Lantschner Master in European Integration and Regionalism - deadline open Dear all, After a successful start
    Message 1 of 2 , Apr 8, 2004
      Original sender: Emma Lantschner <Emma.Lantschner@...>


      Master in European Integration and Regionalism - deadline open

      Dear all,

      After a successful start in 2003, we have the pleasure to inform you
      about the launching of the second academic year of the Masters programme
      in European Integration and Regionalism.

      The programme is offered by the University of Graz (www.kfunigraz.ac.at)
      and implemented in cooperation with the European Academy of Bolzano
      (www.eurac.edu/org/Minorities/index.htm) and the European Institute of
      Public Administration, Antenna Luxembourg (www.eipa.nl).

      The CORE TOPICS are:

      - Module I: European Integration (2 residential weeks in
      August/September 2004)
      - Module II: EU Law (2 residential weeks in November 2004)
      - Module III: Federalism and Regionalism (2 residential weeks in January
      2005)
      - Module IV: Regional and Social Cohesion (2 residential weeks in March
      2005)
      - Module V: Minority Protection and Cultural Diversity (2 residential
      weeks in June 2005)

      Three of the five modules will take place in Bolzano/Italy, two in
      Luxemburg.
      A limited number of scholarships are available.
      Applications can be made either to the full programme or to single
      modules. In the latter case, attendance of a module will lead to the
      award of a certificate.

      DEGREE
      Successful participants of the Masters programme will be awarded by the
      University of Graz, the academic degree of a "Master of European
      Studies" (M.E.S.).

      TARGET GROUP

      - Civil servants from local, regional or national administrations who
      primarily work with EU law and therefore require both theoretical and
      practical training in EU and regional issues;

      - Lawyers, economists, social scientists and others in the employment of
      non-governmental organisations wishing to enhance inter-disciplinary
      skills and to specialise on different aspects of European integration,
      regionalism and diversity;

      - Graduate students wishing to acquire a more in-depth understanding of
      EU and regional issues, beneficial for a future career in academia or
      even practice-orientated work.

      DEADLINE FOR APPLICATION
      For the academic year 2004/05: 31 May 2004.

      START OF THE PROGRAMME
      The first module of the academic year 2004/05 will start on 30 August
      2004.

      Further information about the programme as well as the application form
      can be found at www.eurac.edu/meir.

      We would appreciate if you would disseminate information about the
      Masters programme to anyone who may be interested in participating.

      With kind regards,

      Emma Lantschner

      CONTACT:
      European Academy of Bolzano
      Minorities and Autonomies
      Drususallee/Viale Druso 1
      I-39100 Bozen/Bolzano, Italy
      Phone: +39 0471 055 200
      FAX: +39 0471 055 299
      email: meir@...
    • Balkan Academic News
      EIPAs Antennae in Luxembourg (European Centre for Judges and Lawyers) and Barcelona (European Centre for the Regions) cooperate with the University of Graz and
      Message 2 of 2 , Feb 17, 2006
        EIPAs Antennae in Luxembourg (European Centre for Judges and Lawyers) and
        Barcelona (European Centre for the Regions) cooperate with the University
        of Graz and
        EURAC (European Academy of Bolzano) in offering an innovative Masters
        programme entitled Master in European Integration and Regionalism (MEIR).


        The programme targets
        mainly
        - civil servants from local, regional or national
        administrations;
        - lawyers, economists, social scientists and people working
        for non-governmental organisations; and
        - journalists and teachers.

        Following a medieval European tradition, MEIR students
        will not focus on the European integration process from one
        single perspective within the European Union but go on an
        exciting trip taking them to centres of excellence in various
        EU countries. This will enable them to grasp what is meant
        by the European Union being united in diversity.
        In joining a small group of participants carefully selected
        for this Masters programme, you, as a future leading
        expert, will have the opportunity to travel Europe and study
        its major trends, underlying legal structures and political
        processes in the framework of an interdisciplinary, high-level
        programme. This innovative Masters programme
        consists of ve modules that will take place in four European
        cities: Bolzano/Bozen (Italy), Luxembourg (Luxembourg),
        Graz (Austria) and Barcelona (Spain).

        The modules

        The first module (in Bolzano) on The Enlarged European The Enlarged
        European The Enlarged European The Enlarged European The Enlarged European
        Union and Its Regions Union and Its Regions Union and Its Regions Union and
        Its Regions Union and Its Regions will provide an overview of different
        national historiographies by discussing the role of myths
        and the (mis)use of history for nationalistic purposes and
        exclusion or inclusion mechanisms. The module will also
        explore the development of federalism in the history of
        European integration. Much attention will focus on the
        processes of Eastern enlargement, combining sociological
        with legal and economic questions, as well as on the
        position of Turkey and the Western Balkans. A thorough
        analysis of the concepts of federalism and regionalism in
        Europe will lead to a two-day case study, i.e. on the
        example of South Tyrol as a strong region in an enlarged
        Europe. The module will provide participants from various
        disciplines with the necessary foundational knowledge in
        politics, law and economics so as to enable their full
        involvement in an interdisciplinary programme.

        The second module delivered by EIPAs Antenna in
        Luxembourg on European Union Law European Union Law European Union Law
        European Union Law European Union Law was originally
        designed with the aim of attaining two principal aims: firstly
        to provide a comprehensive view of the constitutional
        organisation of the European Union (including the
        functioning, interrelation and rule-making processes of the
        various institutions), and secondly to introduce fundamental
        concepts of European Union law (general principles, non-discrimination,
        fundamental freedoms, internal market
        harmonisation and competition). In 2005, a third and
        new element was included in the module, i.e. an overview
        of the implementation of European Union law and the
        consequences thereof for the EU Member States in terms of
        development of administrative capacities and human
        resources. The overall objective of this module is to provide
        participants with a practical understanding of current EU
        legal issues and the resulting effects on national
        administrations.

        The third module (in Graz) will be on Political and Political and Political
        and Political and Political and
        Economic Aspects of Regionalism and Federalism Economic Aspects of
        Regionalism and Federalism Economic Aspects of Regionalism and Federalism
        Economic Aspects of Regionalism and Federalism Economic Aspects of
        Regionalism and Federalism and
        aim at providing understanding of the different possibilities
        for regions not only to determine their own affairs using
        instruments of self-government but also to influence decision
        making at national and European level. The considerable
        diversity of regions in Europe will raise the question of how
        a model region should be created. Last but not least, the
        federal nature of the EU itself will be thoroughly explored
        by examining how greater transparency, accountability
        and more active participation in the development of a
        genuine European civil society may be achieved.

        The fourth module, Regional and Social Cohesion Regional and Social
        Cohesion Regional and Social Cohesion Regional and Social Cohesion Regional
        and Social Cohesion,
        will provide a thorough understanding of how regions may
        steer their own economic destiny. In order to take full
        advantage of EU regional policy and funds, civil servants
        have to be familiar not only with policies such as those on
        technology and innovation, but also with the various
        funding schemes of the EU.

        The second part of the module
        will deal with the EU measures against social exclusion. The
        participants will be familiarised with principles in the areas
        of equality, anti-discrimination and affirmative action under
        European law. This module will be organised in Barcelona,
        the capital of Catalonia, which is one of the 17 Autonomous
        Communities in Spain and a prominent example of a
        strong and prosperous region. The population speaks
        Catalan, a regional language in European terms, and thus
        has a strong regional identity. All this makes it well-suited
        for studying the EUs regional policy and the issue of social
        inclusion at EIPAs European Centre for the Regions (EIPA-ECR).

        The last module (in Bolzano) will deal with the complexities
        of Cultural Diversity and Minority Protection in Europe,
        mainly through discussion of the international and
        interregional protection mechanisms of the European Union,
        United Nations, OSCE and Council of Europe with leading
        experts from these organisations. Moreover, the wide
        range of linguistic, educational and political rights to be
        found in different national constitutional systems will be
        studied. Special attention will be paid to the concept of
        cultural diversity under European law since it is gaining
        increasing significance beyond the context of minority
        protection.

        The method
        The proposed curriculum will be highly interdisciplinary
        and designed to provide in particular a firm understanding
        of institutions and fundamental concepts of EU and European
        Community law, regional and social policies, regionalism
        and federalism, cultural diversity and minority protection in
        the context of the European integration process. The sessions
        will be of a highly interactive nature, combining theory with
        practice and making use of individual and group exercises,
        presentations by participants and simulations.
        Each module will last 2 weeks, taking place at eight to
        ten weeks intervals. Internships at a local, regional or
        national authority of an EU Member State, an international
        organisation or other bodies at regional level may be
        carried out during the programme. Participants who wish
        to obtain a formal Masters degree will, during the third
        semester, be expected to produce an academic thesis on an
        appropriate topic. Research and preparation for this thesis
        may be undertaken either at a partner university or as part
        of the internship.

        Participation in individual modules Participation in individual modules
        Participation in individual modules Participation in individual modules
        Participation in individual modules

        Applications may be made for either the full study
        programme or for individual modules. Modules may be
        collected at a pace suitable to the student and lead to the
        award of the Masters title once all five modules and the
        thesis have been completed.


        The application process will start on 1 March 2006, with the
        deadline for applications for the academic year 2006/
        2007 being 31 May 2006

        Applications for participation in individual modules
        may be lodged until 2 weeks before the module will take
        place.
        The first module of the academic year 2006/2007 will
        start on 28 August 2006.
        Further information about the overall programme as well as the application
        form can be found at
        http://www.eurac.edu/meir
        and/or by contacting:
        Peter Goldschmidt,
        Senior Lecturer, Head of Unit ad interim, European Centre for Judges and
        Lawyers (EIPA Antenna Luxembourg),
        Member of Executive Board M.E.I.R.;
        E-mail: p.goldschmidt@...
        Alexander Heichlinger,
        Senior Lecturer & Project Leader, European Centre for the Regions (EIPA
        Antenna Barcelona),
        Member of the Executive Board M.E.I.R.;
        E-mail: a.heichlinger@...
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