Recent economic and political turmoil has shaken the European Union to its foundations and at the same time has demonstrated how the EU has grown in importance, and how its politics affect so many aspects of the daily lives of its citizens. But for many of those citizens, the EU remains remote. The way it works is often difficult to grasp, and the interactions between its institutions, with their different roles and powers, are not immediately apparent. The complexities are increased by the fact that the EU is evolving all the time.
Journalists have a major role in boosting EU’s citizens understanding of what is at stake – despite all the intricacies. They can:
– help citizens understand the EU’s integration and decision making processes;
– empower them to exert influence on European affairs
– provide information on what the EU does, and how it affects citizens’ lives
– explain complex debates and conflicting opinions
To equip journalists with the tools for these tasks, IHECS, an official Brussels-based high school, runs a pioneering executive Master in European Journalism. This is a one-year full-time daytime course, beginning in September. The course is structured around project learning and multiple partnerships with European bodies. The teaching component runs from September through to April. In April, May and June students complete their end-of-course assignments.
The highlights of the Master are:
– Workshops led by recognised professional journalists from across Europe who combine first-class teaching with practical experience in the field.
– Small class size (maximum 20 students)
– In the heart of Europe, close to the EU institutions
– Contacts with stakeholders
– Numerous media projects
– In- the-field investigations
– Constant contact with professionals
I warmly invite you to tonight’s cocktail on behalf of the work done by Roots & Wings International in Guatemala. The cocktail is part of the NGO’s fundraising projects organized to pay for its diverse programs. The organization is a wonderful example of success since I became acquainted with its work and we need your support to continue growing its educational programs in Guatemala.
Roots & Wings Programs:
23 sponsored in 2010
Seeking sponsors to provide 50 more
Goal: 600 elementary students
Paving the path to higher education
25 computers and 600 children
Need donor sponsorship
Planning and resolution
of local development issues
Promoting higher education
Academic and career guidance
to 250 youth per year
Access to high school education
Currently raising $1.5 million
I am currently enrolled in the MA in Global Studies 2013 at Roskilde University and I am very happy to share this news with you; Roskilde University is a very new (founded in 1972) and leading University in a new focus on Education that is hard to find in Europe. The focus of the courses in the University is not based upon traditional lectures but in group orientated methods and projects. It currently has more than 8,000 students and offers BA, MA and PhD degrees. Now, they are offering a new PhD scholarship in Global Studies at the Department for Society and Globalisation: http://www.ruc.dk/en/jobs/phd/
The research topic is within Global Studies and the focus of the proposed research projectshould fall within one of the following themes:1. New actors and alliances in North-South relations
2. The Arab Uprisings and the global changes
3. The squeezed middle classes: Europe and Asia compared
All the best,
Kennet Lynggaard Associate Professor, PhD.
Department of Society and Globalisation
Roskilde University, Bld. 25.1
Universitetsvej 1 P.O. Box 260