Prishtina International Summer University 2011

In  the  summer  of  2011 (11 – 22 July),  the  University  of  Prishtina (UP), Kosovo, will organize the 11th edition of the Prishtina International Summer University. The11th edition of the PISU is open to all students and will help all participants to gain from new methods of lecturing and research as well as enjoying the international atmosphere. As set by the traditional program itself, this year's program also bring together regional & international professors and lecturers for a period of two weeks and provide the opportunity for local and international students to learn and share their experiences.

The  Programme  will  provide  approximately  21 courses and workshops  in  the  field of humanities, social sciences and natural sciences, engineering, etc. In addition, public discussions, lectures etc, will be organized on prominent  issues  in Kosovar  and  (South) East European society.

Participants who attend 80 % of their classes and pass course assignments and examinations will receive a European Credit Transfer System (ECTS) compatible certificate “Prishtina International Summer University Certificate”. You are kindly invited to check with your home institution if such certificates are accepted. In most cases you may transfer gained ECTS credits at the Prishtina International Summer University to your own studies at your home institution.

Courses available

Family, Social Security and Transnational Networks; Principles and Strategies for Humanitarian Relief; Participation of ethnic minorities in state governance in the Western Balkans; Constitutional frameworks and political praxis; Academic Learning and  Personal Development; Critical and Creative Thinking; Modern Academic Writing; Balkan Politics: From Communism to European Integration; Public International Law; Globalization and the ascent of China; International Financial Market; Public Finance; Towards Energy Efficient Building; Industrial and Environmental Safety Management; Combined Heat and Power Production with District Heating; Molecular Microbiology and Bacterial Pathogenesis; Child and Adolescent Psychiatry: Diagnostics and Intervention; International Food and Agriculture Policy: From Great Depression and into the 21st Century; Food Safety in Global Production; Chamber Music Connects the People; Music and Society; Strategies in Education for Sustainability; Sustainable Preschool and Peace Education; Kosovo’s Way to EU. 

Eligibility  

Your present level of studies should match the course you apply for. The selected course should be relevant to your education at your home university. You should have excellent English skills. 

Scholarships

The  Prishtina  International  Summer  University  distinguishes  two  categories  of non-Kosovar participants: Participants  that are entitled  to a scholarship &  those that are not.  If you are a citizen of one of  the eligible countries (Albania, Bosnia and  Herzegovina,  Croatia,  Macedonia,  Montenegro,  and  Serbia),  you will automatically be considered for a scholarship.

Be aware  that scholarship students must attend at  least 80% of  their classes. If you  fail  to meet this requirement, your scholarship will be discontinued and your accommodation cancelled.

For all those who are awarded a scholarship, the following benefits apply:
  • Free accommodation in  the university dormitory. Room shared with one other student.
  • Travel  stipend.  In most  cases,  the  stipend  will  cover  the  total  sum  of  your travel expenses  to and  from Prishtina. However,  for some  itineraries,  the  travel stipend will only partially cover  the costs.  In  this case, additional costs will have to be covered by the participant him/herself
  • Travel Stipend:
    Albania €50
    BiH  €100
    Croatia  €150
    Montenegro €50
    Macedonia €50
    Serbia €50
  • Students will receive three daily meals at the student restaurant.
Please note  that you have  to be a citizen of one of  the scholarship countries  in order  to be eligible  for a scholarship. For  instance: a Dutch student studying  in Bosnia will not be able to apply for a scholarship. UP requests that you advance the necessary payments. Participants who receive a travel stipend need to keep all receipts  for  travel  costs made. Without  receipts,  no  reimbursements  can  be made.

Participants who do not receive a scholarship will have to cover all costs affiliated with  their  participation themselves,  i.e.  travel,  visa,  accommodation,  food,  etc. However, they will not be charged any tuition fee. If desired, accommodation can be arranged for these participants in the university dormitory. The cost of staying in the dormitory will be posted on the website and is expected to be around 50 € per week, including 3 daily meals at the student restaurant. 

Appication

You can apply online by filling in the application form. 

For further information you can contact: mirjeta.ismajli@uni-pr.edu

Internship Program at the International Monetary Fund

The Technology and General Services Department (TGS) of the International Monetary Fund (IMF) is offering internship opportunities. The internship program aims to provide graduate-level students the opportunity to acquire cutting edge work experience in the context of an international organization. The program is designed to complement development-oriented studies with practical experience in areas such as Information Technology, Languages, and Facility Management.

Internships take place at the IMF's headquarters in Washington, D.C. Internship assignments range from 3 to 6 months. During this period, interns work under the supervision of an experienced TGS staff. Internship projects and assignments vary and are dependent on TGS' work program.

Compensation and Benefits:
  • competitive salary;
  • round-trip economy class air travel to Washington, D.C. from their duty station (university);
  • limited-term visa is provided for non-US and non-resident candidates;
  • limited medical insurance coverage; and
  • information to help interns locate suitable accommodation in the Washington area.

Qualifications

  • have outstanding grades;
  • have an excellent command of English (both written and oral);
  • show an interest in, and aptitude for working in a multicultural environment.
The TGS Internship Program does not guarantee further employment with the IMF upon completion of the internship or graduation. Nonetheless, successful interns could be considered if suitable openings arise in the future.

Selection Process
Interns are selected on a competitive basis. Candidates are short-listed based on their qualifications, their field of specialization, their academic performance record, and their interest. The selection decision, based on how well the candidate's studies align with the department's work, is made by the hiring managers.

Educational Requirements
Students interested in the TGS Internship Program should be enrolled in a graduate-level degree program in a relevant field, such as information technology (computer science, information systems management), business administration (with emphasis on materials management, strategic sourcing or supply chain management, project management), or language studies (international translation/interpretation program). Only those students who will return to school upon completion of their internship assignments would be eligible.

Click here to apply online. 

Global Conference on Innovations in Management

The Global Conference on Innovations in Management will take place in London, UK on July 21-22, 2011. The conference is dedicated to research and best practice within the business and management areas, both within the public as well as the private sector. The call for papers is now open. The conference offers researchers a chance to present their work in all areas of business and management as well as having their work published in both the conference proceedings and a referred journal. The conference also offers participants an excellent learning opportunity.
 
About the Conference
The global conference is a place for researchers, academics, public sector workers and practitioners alike to come together and share their knowledge, research and best practices. The conference is open to all areas of business and management, including but not limited to: Marketing, Finance, Human Resource Management, Public Sector Management, Information Technology Management, Information Systems, Economics, etc.
 
Journal publication
CIBMP has teemed up with a number of journals for various conferences. In our last conference, two journals sponsored special issues for the CIBMP. The International Journal of Online Marketing and the International Journal of Finance and Management published over 30 papers in two special issues.

Similarly for the Global Conference 2011 we have teamed up with the International Journal of “Innovatory Marketing” and to International Journal of Finance and Management publish special issues. Each journal will have their own selection criteria. It is recommended that you visit the sites of these journals to get more info. Also, please note that CIBMP itself does not run these journals, nor do we manage them. If you have questions related to these journals, please contact them directly.

 
Quick paper selection process
All papers are blind peer reviewed. However, we endeavor to get back to you in the shortest possible time frame. The conference works on a first come, first reserve basis. Once a paper has been submitted, it will be sent off to reviewers. If the paper passes the criteria for selection, i.e. it gets enough marks from the reviewers, a notification will be sent immediately. Hence, there is no need to wait for deadlines, and you as the author will get a reply in a short period of time, allowing you to make appropriate arrangements for your travel, etc.
 
Online presentations
For those speakers who are unable to attend the conference physically, you can still have your paper published! We will allow you to make an online presentation. You can send us your presentation and/or a video, which will then be uploaded to the site. This will allow you to have a paper published, and get feedback! Please contact us if you have any issues in getting to London, and would like to arrange an online presentation. You can get in touch with us at admin@cibmp.org.

 
Doctoral Symposium
Doctoral researchers (PhD scholars) are strongly encouraged to attend and participate in the doctoral symposium which is being held concurrently. The doctoral symposium offers PhD scholars the opportunity to share their research or ideas with other like-minded individuals and get feedback. You can submit an abstract of your research. The research can be in any stage of the process. You will benefit from getting feedback on your work, meeting other students who may be doing similar work and the opportunity to network with people from all across the globe. The conference will also organize a ‘meet the editors’ event, where you will have the opportunity to meet with journal editors to find out what it takes to get your work published.

 
Important Dates
Although we can provide a relatively fast decision on your paper (within 7-14 days), we do have a limited number of spaces available for presenters. Therefore it is suggested that you send us your papers as soon as possible. Never-the-less the following are a list important dates:
· Final date for abstract submission: May 31, 2011
(We encourage you to submit your abstract as early as possible to get your feedback about paper acceptance)
· Early bird registration ends on April 30, 2011
· Last date for registration: July 1, 2011
· Conference dates, July 21-22, 2011

 
Submitting a paper
Please submit an abstract of your paper with a word limit of 600 words. We welcome all forms of research methodologies, including case studies, quantitative research, in-depth interviews, focus groups, other qualitative research, as well as practitioner cases. When submitting the abstract, please make two documents. The first should have the names, affiliations, and contact details of the authors, as well as the title of the paper, and up to 5 keywords that describe the paper. The second document will have the main body of your paper, with its title. Please do not include any author details in the abstract / paper submission.

Once an abstract is accepted, you can chose to either include only the abstract in the conference proceedings, or publish a full paper. Full papers should be no longer than 20 double spaced pages, including references and appendices. For paper formatting click here to download the guidelines. Papers should be original work, and not have been published elsewhere. By submitting a paper to the conference, the authors agree that their work has not been published elsewhere, and is their original work.

Please send your submissions to: submission@cibmp.org

 
Organize a special session
If you would like to arrange a special session on a particular topic of interest then you will need to submit a proposal for this. The special session can be any topic, however you need to justify its relevant to the conference. You should also specify the proposed speakers within this session. Please note, if you wish to submit a proposal for a special session, you will be responsible for arranging the speakers for this session.

 
Conference Fees
Doctoral Symposium: £200 (gives you access to both the main conference as well as the symposium)
Fee for members: £150
Early Bird Fee: £200 (before 30th April, 2011)
Normal Registration Fee: £300 (up till the 1st of July, 2011).
Fee for presenting more than 1 paper: £150 (for each subsequent paper)
Please note, online presentation fee remains the same as the normal fee.

 
Venue
The conference will be held in London at the City University.
The address of the conference venue is:
Northampton Suite
City University London
Northampton Square
London, EC1V 0HB
United Kingdom
 
Accommodation
Doctoral students can benefit from low cost student accommodation at the university campus. There are limited spaces available, so please get in touch with us as soon as possible. For accommodation inquiries, please email admin@cibmp.org.

Student Survival Tactics in Australia

Recent revelations about the difficulties experienced by some foreign students in Australia horrified educators and the education industry alike. Many students were in quite tough financial circumstances, working lethal hours, and living as well as they could, while trying to study. Students going to English school in particular had additional problems in that their English was of dubious value trying to make ends meet in Australia. 

These situations are quite avoidable, and we’ve come up with a few ways of making your stay in Australia much more straightforward and less demanding. The basic fact is that a bit of forward planning can greatly simplify your stay in Australia, and help you breeze through your studies. You can actually arrange your stay to avoid any difficulties at all. 


Australia- Basic issues for foreign students

There are a few things you need to know before you set foot in Australia:

Accommodation costs: These can be expensive, and represent a large slice of the working budget for foreign students. The Australian rental market is currently quite high, with low vacancies. Do not make any financial commitments in situations where you’re concerned about your ability to independently support yourself in Australia. Try to organize your accommodation so you can be sure you can cover your costs yourself without having to depend on others. 

Using local contacts in Australia is an excellent way of cutting your accommodation costs. If you can arrange to stay in private accommodation with friends or relatives, you’ll save money and secure your budget. This also means you have a handy source of local knowledge for finding your way around, which can be invaluable. 

Living expenses: Australia’s cost of living is reasonably good for food, clothing and entertainment, but costs like running a vehicle may not suit the budget, because on-road costs in Australian dollars can be quite high relative to other currencies. See how your budget feels about spending on these things before adding any extra costs of this type. 

If you’re not sure of your budget’s tolerance for spending in general, stick to basics until you’re satisfied you can afford to spend extra money on luxuries.  

Working in Australia: Depending where you come from, getting work is easy enough if you’re from a Commonwealth country, the US or Europe. Check with the Australian High Commission or Embassy regarding specific work visa requirements. Please note that Australian employers are obliged by law to verify your documents before hiring. Very important: Always make sure your documentation is current in Australia. The laws are quite strict, and the authorities are obliged to enforce them. 

Wages: It’s best to take the time and make the effort to get work in secure types of employment like office jobs. You can go job hunting the minute you’ve got your papers, and you can also apply online, so you really do have a chance to have something decent lined up for you, at least job interviews, when you arrive or soon after. This is another area where local knowledge and contacts can be invaluable.

Watch your bottom line: Keep an eye on the financial issues at all times. You don’t need “surprises”; you need a secure base to study. Get that right, and your study in Australia will be a holiday. 

Bucharest Summer University 2011

The Students’ Senate of the Bucharest University of Economics – ASE gladly invites you to take part in one of this summer’s most interesting educational experiences: Bucharest Summer University 2011. This seventh edition of the International Summer School, held annually in Bucharest, gathers professors and specialists from all over the world to discuss the topic of “Energy and Economic Growth”. Bucharest Summer University will select 55 participants from all over the world, with emphasis on EU students. It will take place between 14th and 28th August.

Bucharest Summer University is an international academic and cultural event, held over a period of 2 weeks, which has an annual theme from the economic field. The Summer University is organized by the Students’ Senate under the aegis of the Bucharest University of Economics ASE, in partnership with business, press and non-profit organizations.

Themes/Topics
1) World Energy Market: Trends, Shifts, Forecasts and Strategies

1.1. Primary Energy Consumption and Final Energy Demand

1.2. Energy Supply and Power Generation by Energy Sources

1.3. Energy Prices
2) Energy Economics: Resources, Consumption and Policies

2.1. Conventional Energy: Oil, Natural Gas and Coal

2.2. Conventional Energy: Hidro Electricity

2.3. Conventional Energy: Nuclear

2.4. Energy Transportation

2.5. Main Market Segments: Residential,Commercial,Industrial,Transportation

2.6. Energy Policy and Practices
3) Energy and Sustainable Development

3.1. Green Energy, Climate Change and Sustainable Development

3.2. Renewable Energy: Solar Energy, Wind Turbine Energy

3.3. Renewable Energy: Ocean, Biofuels and Geothermal Energy

3.4. Energy Resources and Local Communities Development
4) Toward a Competitive European Energy Market

4.1. European Energy Market

4.2. Regional and National Markets

4.3. Romanian Energy Market
5) Developing a career in the Energetic field

I. PERIOD AND LOCATION
The courses will take place between the 14th and 28th of August 2011. Together with speakers and professors from top universities around the world, the 55 participants will spend 2 weeks in the Bucharest University of Economics ASE campus and one extended week-end exploring particular destinations across the country, chosen by the organizers for leisure time.

II. APPLICATION & COSTS
There are three possibilities in order to apply for Bucharest Summer University 2011. Depending on the type of application you choose, you will have to send a set of documents to our Recruitment Officer – at application@bsu.ase.ro

1. STANDARD APPLICATION
Required documents:
- Curriculum Vitae (in Euro Pass Format)
- Costs: 495 euros
Application Deadline: 24th of June 2011
Students who choose a standard application will receive an answer concerning their acceptance in 7 days from the date of application!

2. PARTIAL COVERAGE OF EXPENSES
Required documents:
- Curriculum Vitae (in Euro Pass Format)
- Letter of intent (Why should you be accepted for BSU 2011? How do you think this will benefit you in the future? Why do you need the partial coverage of expenses? (max. 500 words)
- Costs: 250 euro
Application Deadline: 24th of June 2011
Students who apply for partial coverage of expenses will receive an answer concerning their status of acceptance in two weeks time from the date of application.

FAST SIGN-UP!
Students who choose a standard application will receive an answer regarding their acceptance within 7 days from the date of application! The last day when you can apply using this option is the 31st of May! Cost: 200 euro

3.FULL SCHOLARSHIP
Required documents:
- Curriculum Vitae (in Euro Pass Format)
- Letter of intent (Why should you be accepted for BSU 2011? How do you think this will benefit you in the future? Why do you need the partial coverage of expenses? (max. 500 words)
- An essay on the following topic: “World Energy on the Horizon  – a new perspective on resources and consumption”. The essay should have no more than 800 words written with Times New Roman, Size 12, Spacing 1,5.
Application Deadline: 10th of June 2011
The ten applications that are ranked highest after evaluation by our board of advisors will receive full coverage of costs.
Students who apply for a full scholarship and do not receive one, will receive a 50 € discount for a for partial payment application (if accepted).

NOTE: Do not forget to check the correspondent options in the Application Form.

What’s included? (independent of the type of application you choose)
  • Tuition
  • Accommodation ( housing + 3 meals a day)
  • One extended week-end trip
  • Reading materials
  • Welcoming package (that you will receive upon your arrival)
What’s NOT included?
  • Transportation costs
Independent of the type of application you choose, tuition, accommodation (housing + 3 meals a day), one extended week-end trip, reading materials and the welcoming package you will receive upon your arrival, will be covered.

All students must cover transportation costs at their own expense.

You can inquire us about the program at application@bsu.ase.ro


Rovira i Virgili University Мaster's Degree Program in Spain

The Rovira i Virgili University (Tarragona, Spain) is announcing a competitive call for grants to study on a university Master’s degree programduring the academic year 2011– 2012. This scholarship aims to facilitate and increase the participation of new international students who fulfill the entry requirements of the URV university master’s degrees.

The URV offered 46 official university Master's degrees in the 2009-10 academic year. More than half of these are joint degrees, some in collaboration with research institutes  (ICIQ, ICAC, ICMAB) and others in association with European universities, covering almost all the fields of study available at the URV. Official university Master's degree's are the result of adapting current Spanish university studies to the European Higher Education Area, in accordance with the Bologna process of 1999 and complementary accords. The ultimate aim of this reform of the structure of university qualifications is to harmonize the length of degree programmes, the learning methods employed and the academic activities offered in European universities. This is expected to facilitate the mobility of students and their integration into the European labour market.

There are three different types of official university Master's degree: professional, designed for students to learn and acquire the skills they need to specialize in their profession of choice; research, designed for students to acquire knowledge that can be applied to the sphere of research and academic, which is a hybrid of the first two types.

Eligibility
Applicants must be new international students who meet the following criteria:
* must not be the beneficiaries of other incompatible grants or bursaries
* must be registered for at least 60 ECTS credits of a URV university master’s degree
* must have been favorably evaluated by the specially appointed Committee and their coefficient must be within the total number of grants to be awarded
* must not have Spanish residence

Application
Documents that must be presented with the application:
a. Signed application form addressed to the rector of the university
b. Declaration that the beneficiary does not reside in Spain
c. Academic transcript with the average grade of the previous academic year
d. The Postgraduate and Doctoral School can ask students for any other documents that may be required to appraise their application during the selection process

Applications can be submitted by e-mail at the address escoladoctorat@urv.cat. Application dedaline is April 30, 2011.

Alternatively, they can be submitted by certified mail or handled physically at he following address:
Escola de Postgrau i Doctorat
Universitat Rovira i Virgili
Crta. de Valls s/n, Edifici W1, planta baixa,
43007 Tarragona
SPAIN

Scholarship
The grants consist of the whole amount of the registration of the first academic year (60 ECTS credits, including registered and recognized, fees and insurance) and a study bursary of 4.000€.

Please note that the registration or tuition fees will not be transferred to the students. The Postgraduate and Doctoral School will transfer this amount directly to the Academic Management Service, which is also responsible for paying the insurance premium for these students (covers the costs of health care, accidents and repatriation during the period they are beneficiaries of the grant).

Read more (scroll down to find in the list "Competition for master's degree grants aimed at international students").

Interregional Youth Forum “Team-2011”

The Interregional Youth Forum “Team-2011” will be held on August 8 – 15, 2011 in Vologda Oblast, Russia. The forum is expected to gather about 600 young people from Vologda Oblast, other Russian regions and from abroad.

The educational programme will be divided into several sections, one of which will be “International cooperation”. It is aimed to promote intercultural dialogue, youth cooperation, provide a platform where young people can share their rich experience, give an opportunity to develop international projects and find partners for them. The organizing committee is inviting 30 participants from abroad to the section.

Duration: August 8 – 15, 2011.
Venue: campground, Velikiy Ustyug district, Vologda Oblast, Russia.
Number of participants of the section: 60: 30 – from Russia; 30 – from abroad.
Working languages of the section: Russian and English.
Costs reimbursement: 70% of travel costs are reimbursed for the foreign participants. Food, accommodation (in a campground) and equipment are provided by the organizing committee.

Aim of the section “International cooperation”:
- to encourage young people in Vologda Oblast to be more active and involved in youth cooperation on the international level.

Objectives of the section “International cooperation”:
- to conduct educational activities on such topics as international relations and international cooperation;
- to conduct workshops and practice sessions on project design, social management;
- to provide conditions for the participants from different countries to share their experience in the field of youth policy;
- to provide a platform where the participants can discuss such issues of today’s world as xenophobia, racism, ways of solving them and promoting tolerance;
- to conduct an entertainment programme;
- to give the participants an opportunity to learn more about Russian language, culture and history and its place in the international community;
- to provide efficient communication for those participants, who do not speak Russian.

Educational programme:
1.      Lectures on the theory of international relations (international relations, international communication, globalization, global issues as ecology, interreligious conflicts, terrorism, overpopulation, etc.).
2.      Practical sessions on project development (idea generating, project design).
3.      Activities on Russian culture (Russia and Russian language in today’s world, cultural traditions of Russian people).
4.      Round tables (discussions of youth policy in different countries, youth as a global stakeholder, today’s hot issues).
5.      Intercultural events (presentation of countries, cultures, folk traditions).

Profile of the participants for the “International cooperation” section:
- young leaders who are actively involved in youth work, in social projects in their own countries;
- young people who are willing to develop mutual cooperation with the international community;
- people who have participated in international projects, events or/and organized one in their home countries;
- young people who are interested in learning about Russia, its language, history and culture, understand its role in the global community and wish to foster the international dialogue with this country;
 
Priority will be given to those young people, who speak both Russian and English. If a person speaks only one of the mentioned languages, he/she should be at least involved in learning the other.

The call for participants is open until May 22, 2011. Potential participants have to fill out an application form and write a motivation letter. In order to find out more about the participation procedure and receive an application form, please contact Kseniya Shorokhova, ir@upinfo.ru.

Contact person:
Kseniya Shorokhova,
International relations specialist
Vologda Oblast “Sodruzhestvo” Youth Center
ir@upinfo.ru

International Student Week in Timisoara (ISWinT) 2011

ISWinT team is proud to announce that preparations for this year’s festival, which will take place between the 18th and 27th of July, are in full swing. ISWinT (International Student Week in Timisoara, Romania) is an international festival that gathers participants from all over the world each year since 1994. The purpose of this festival is to give the students from different countries the opportunity to communicate freely, to express their opinions in a productive manner, while enjoying a taste of our local culture. The theme for this summer is “Celebrate Innovation. Keep Tradition”. The reason behind this particular choice of words is to emphasize the antithesis that appears between tradition and innovation, two sides of a continuously flipping coin.

During the 10 days of festival the participants have the opportunity to make new friends, discover the Romanian culture, discuss and express their opinions during the workshops or while attending the conferences. As a means to relax and have fun, they get to attend parties, themed evenings, or afternoons dedicated to recreational activities, such as games, sports, or simply escape into the tranquility of nature. Romania's beautiful landscapes are revealed during the two-day trip when we will visit the surroundings of Timisoara. 

Program
The festival program is composed of 13 different workshops and a number of cultural events and study trips.

Costs
There is a 100 euro participation fee that will cover accommodation, food (3 meals/day), free entrance to parties and all the places we will visit, the costs for the trip in the surroundings of Timisoara, transportation around the city during the festival and materials for the workshops. The 100 euro fee does not include travel expenses to and from Timisoara and visa costs.

Application and Eligibility
All you have to do is fill out the application form until May 15, 2011, and we'll contact you by June 10 if you are selected! There are also some conditions required for eligibility: it's absolutely necessary for you to be an 18-28 years old student. The working language of the festival is English.

If you have any questions, end an e-mail to: contact@iswint.ro

Convention of Young European Citizens 2011 in France

Convention of Young European Citizens 2011 will take place on 7 – 17 July 2011 in Cluny Abbey, Burgundy, France.  Since 2001, more than 460 young people from more than 30 different countries have come together at the Convention of Young European Citizens in Cluny. This year’s themes will be threefold and interconnected. The first one, ‘The Environment’, will be dealt with along with Energy Resources. The second one, ‘Economic Development’, will take into account the economic crisis we are currently experiencing. The last one, ‘Social Progress’, puts a particular emphasis on the current circumstances regarding social issues. We will propose food for thought and will suggest a few proposals on each topic separately and on the whole issue.

Since 2001, the Convention of Young European Citizens has received the label “Université Européenne d’Eté“ from the French Ministry of Youth, Education and Research (Ministère de la Jeunesse, de l’Education Nationale et de la Recherche) every year.

Working principles:
• Participative method
• Theoretical lectures : conferences and interventions
• Hands-on teaching : negotiation and mediation training
• Intercultural and interdisciplinary exchanges
• Active participation through dialogue and Open Space debating techniques
• Experts are available on site
• Participants are guided through the process by an experienced team of Cluny alumni

The summer school can grant ECTS credits (a certificate of participation is sent to the participants after the approval of a final report).

Eligibility
Interested students of any faculties over 20 (the candidates must be born before 1 st January 1991).  Apart from these language skills, no other academic or professional qualifications are required. Working languages are French and English.

Application
Send your application, which must contain :
- a letter of interest,
- a CV.
Applications must arrive before 30 April 2011 by e-mail to europe@cluny.ensam.fr or by post, to Institut Européen de Cluny, rue Porte de Paris, F 71250 CLUNY.

The selected candidates will be informed by email before 15 May 2011.

Costs
The selected candidates must confirm their participation by transferring the sum of :
* 200 € for citizens of: Germany, Austria, Belgium, Denmark, Spain, Finland, France, Ireland, Italy, Luxembourg, The Netherlands, United Kingdom, Sweden.
* 120€ for citizens of: Bulgaria, Cyprus, Estonia, Greece, Hungary, Latvia, Lithuania, Malta, Poland, Portugal, The Czech Republic, Romania, Slovakia, Slovenia, and third countries.

The costs for accommodation, working materials and meals will be paid for by the European Institute. Travel costs will be at the expense of the candidates.

Contact
Institut Européen de Cluny – CCIC
Arts et Métiers ParisTech
Rue Porte de Paris
71250 CLUNY – FRANCE
Tél. : (00 33) (0) 3 85 59 53 60
Fax : (00 33) (0) 3 85 59 53 66
europe@cluny.ensam.fr

Click here to read more and download application form.

PhD Opportunities at Open University Business School, UK

The Open University Business School is triple accreditated (AACSB, AMBA and EQUIS) business education establishment located in UK. 50,000 people from more than 107 countries have already chosen it, as Europe's largest management school, to progress their careers. We invite you join them or to sponsor your staff to join them. 

In 2011, the Open University Business School is inviting applications for a number of full-time funded PhD studentships (circa £15,000 per annum) in the following areas:
  • Marketing
  • Strategic management
  • Human resource management, organization studies and organizational behaviour
  • Finance
  • Managing knowledge and innovation
  • Public leadership and social enterprise
In order to be considered for a studentship your application must be based on one of the following proposed projects. Once you have decided which project interests you the most, you should make an application through the online Research Degrees Prospectus.

Please note that your application should include a 1000 word statement which indicates your knowledge of the literature, methods and likely approach to your project of interest; a covering letter indicating your suitability for the project, as well as your application form and any transcripts or certificates you are required to include. Please also note that you require 120 credits of research methods training for direct entry onto the PhD programme. If you do not have this training you will be required to do a one year full time MRes first.

The closing date for applications is 30th April 2011. Start date 1st October 2011.

wiiw GDN-SEE&CIS Announces Research Competition 2011

The Vienna Institute for International Economic Studies (wiiw), with financial support from the Global Development Network (GDN), the Austrian Ministry of Finance and the Oesterreichische Nationalbank (Austrian Central Bank), announces a SEE & CIS research competition within the framework of the wiiw Global Development Network Southeast Europe (wiiw GDN-SEE) research project.

Proposals are invited from economists and other social scientists. Projects with a significant commercial aspect or those that seek the funding of the dissemination of previous results (such as book preparation) rather than original research are explicitly excluded.

For the competition, the following topic has been identified: ‘Crisis Effects: Growth Prospects, Social Impact and Policy Responses in SEE and CIS’. The main hypothesis to be tested is the following: The crisis shock introduces structural breaks in the distribution (e.g. increase of inequality) across different dimensions conditional on the change in potential speed of growth, the quality of development, and the induced or adopted policy changes.

The areas of research are the following:
· Macroeconomic effects: Financial flows and inequality; Distributional effects of public spending; Intergenerational justice and investments
· Microeconomic effects: Crisis effects on income and poverty
· Policy response: Incomes policy; Fiscal policy; Monetary policy
· Improving labour market institutions: Wage setting process; Organisation of vocational training and skill upgrading; Potentials for improved social partnership
· Political economy implications: Including social responses and institutional changes

Details
• Funding for individual projects will range between € 5,000 and € 8,000. Grants may begin as soon as 01 July 2011 and end no later than 30 November 2012.
• Depending on the size of the individual grants, the research competition will reward up to 12 grants.
• Applicants from outside the Southeast European region1 and the Commonwealth of Independent States2 will not be excluded a priori, however one of the goals of the wiiw GDN-SEE&CIS project is regional capacity building. Thus, each research team should include at least one young researcher (up to 35 years of age) from the region.
• Applications may be submitted by individuals or teams of researchers. No applicant can submit or be a part of more than one proposal.
• Funds for accepted projects will be released according to the following schedule: onethird upon award of the grant, one-third upon the receipt of a progress report at the midpoint of the research, and one-third upon the receipt of the final deliverables of the project. Where this schedule would constitute a serious hindrance to the proposed research, the applicant may petition for funds to be released on a different schedule after the award of the grant. Final deliverables must include at least one formal research paper that has been submitted to an international peer-reviewed journal. Proof of submission will be required.
• All successful applicants should agree to come to Vienna to present the results of the research at a seminar at wiiw’s expense. In addition we anticipate smaller workshops involving recipients in the various thematic areas held at wiiw in order to encourage links across researchers.

For a more detailed description, please download the wiiw GDN-SEE project proposal at: http://www.wiiw.ac.at/balkan/files/wiiw GDN Proposal 2011.pdf

Proposals must be postmarked by 15 May 2011.

Questions and inquiries may be addressed to: research.competition@wiiw.ac.at

First International Conference on Youth Development (ICYOUTH 2011)

The First International Conference on Youth Development (ICYOUTH 2011) that will be held in Putrajaya, Malaysia on 1-3 November 2011 aims to explore issues surrounding the current state and role of adult-youth relations in forging and nurturing positive youth development. Diverse perspectives are sought from those who work with, and on behalf of, young people from a variety of disciplines and backgrounds with a focus on how youth and adults currently engage one another to forge meaningful relationships for promoting young peoples’ healthy development.

We invite academicians, researchers, graduate students, stakeholders, youth professionals, NGOs and other interested parties to participate by exchanging and sharing their experiences, new ideas, and research findings.

Objectives
1.To broaden participants understanding of the critical role that adults play in youth development-related efforts through the sharing of research, information and experiences.
2.To identify the sources of sustainability for youth-adult partnerships and their relationship to economic, community, cultural and social factors both locally and internationally.
3.To create an effective forum for cooperation among paper presenters and participants
4.To provide input for strengthening National Youth Development Policies and other policies related to youth development.

Submission Deadlines
Abstract submission 11 April 2011
Notification of acceptance 11 May 2011
Full paper due 11 July 2011
Early bird due by 10 June 2011

Abstract submission process
Acceptance of Abstract : If your abstract of no more than 250 words is accepted by the review team and you pay the conference fee by the specified deadline, your submission will be scheduled in an appropriate session for oral presentation at the conference.

Final paper submission process
If your abstract is accepted for oral presentation, you are encouraged to submit a full paper before 11 July 2011 for inclusion in the ICYOUTH 2011 Conference Proceedings. The full article should be submitted in Word (NOT .pdf). Final papers should be sent via email to icyouth2011@gmail.com. Please ensure that your paper is ready to go to press by the submission deadline, having thoroughly read the paper for errors. If English is not your first language then this is especially important. To facilitate easier processing, reviewing, and publishing all submissions, PLEASE follow this checklist:
  • 12-point Times New Roman font
  • Single-spacing throughout the document
  • Double space (instead of indent) to designate a new paragraph or section
  • Page numbers at the bottom center of each page.
  • Top, bottom, and side margins no less than 1 inch or 2.5 cm.
  • Cover page that includes title, authors, their affiliations, their contact information, and the topic of the submission.
  • Title, authors and affiliations repeated at the beginning of the body of the paper.
  • Manuscripts longer than 5,000 words will be returned for editing.
  • Graphs and visuals can be reproduced electronically.
Registration Fees
Local participant / presenter RM 500 Early bird due before 10 June 2011 RM 450
International participant / presenter USD 270 USD 240
Local Student RM 250 RM 250
International Student USD 110 USD 95

*Fees will cover meals during conference days and conference material only.

Contact
ICYOUTH2011 Secretariat
Institute for Social Science Studies
Universiti Putra Malaysia
43400 Serdang, Selangor
Malaysia
Tel : 603 8947 1869
Fax: 603 8947 1856
Email : icyouth2011@gmail.com

MBA Scholarship 2011 at University of Cyprus

On behalf of the Department of Public and Business Administration of the University of Cyprus, we welcome you to apply to the University of Cyprus MBA. During the past few years, the University of Cyprus has demonstrated its commitment to excellence in scholarship, research, and service. Building on the success of the previous years, we now launch a Master of Business Administration (MBA) program that takes pride in creating visionary and influential leaders in the local, regional and international business community.

We are looking to take on board individuals with promising leadership potential and excellent academic credentials, who will share knowledge and ideas, actively contribute to the program, and shape the future of business practice. These participants, the innovative program supported by world recognized faculty, and the academic environment that fosters scientific research, form the pillars of the leading MBA program in the region.

Your participation in this program will enhance your professional development and provide you with the management tools and skills to become an agile and highly adaptive leader with the ability to succeed in a rapidly changing business environment. We encourage you to take part in this truly unique and exciting learning experience. We look forward to welcoming you soon to the University of Cyprus MBA family.

Scholarships
The following scholarships are available:
1. The MBA program aims to attract the strongest applicants. For this reason, the MBA program offers a number of scholarships for candidates who are accepted for the academic year 2011-2012 based on:
  • Academic excellence
  • Financial need
  • Application deadline: 15 April 2011
2. The MBA program, within its social responsibility and contribution dimension of creating leaders of tomorrow, has announced 32 scholarships for the academic year 2011-2012. The scholarships will be awarded based on the academic achievements and work experience of applicants who have been accepted in the program and are currently working for the following organizations:
  • Government departments
  • The Police Force
  • Association of municipalities
  • Authority for Supervision and Development of Cooperative Societies, Cooperative Societies
  • Electricity Authority of Cyprus
  • Cyprus Telecommunications Authority
  • Mass media
  • Private Sector Firms
Admission
Candidates must submit a completed application before the deadline, along with a copy of their academic degree(s), a verification from KYSATS if required, copies of certificates of other relevant examinations, and two recent photographs.
Admission Requirements:
  • Degree from a recognized academic institution or equivalent.
  • The program accepts students according to the selection criteria that focus on work experience and prior academic performance.
  • Priority will be given to applicants who have at least 3 years of full-time work experience and superior academic performance, which may also be demonstrated through GMAT or GRE exams.
  • Candidates that apply to the program in English must demonstrate proficiency in English through one of the following: TOEFL or IELTS or GCE or equivalent, unless they hold a degree from an English speaking institution.
  • Two recommendations from academics or people who are familiar with the work of the candidate.
  • Applicants will be invited for a personal interview to assess their contribution potential to the program.
How to Apply
Application forms and additional information can be obtained from the MBA office at the University of Cyprus or can be downloaded from the official website indicated below.

Application Deadline : 15 April 2011