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V4 Summer School as a new brand

The Visegrad Cooperation will celebrate its 30th anniversary of its foundation in 2021. This cooperation tough not an institutional regional integration in a traditional sense, it always meant to be a good platform to find and synergize the common interest of the four countries and to synchronize our efforts on the European and global level. Students in Higher Education and the wide range of the popularity of the V4 have poor knowledge on this region, its historic importance and the opportunities it could offer to the citizens in many fields (e.g. in economic, business, trade, tourism, cultural, educational, etc. cooperation).

The aim of the project is to promote the significance and historic importance of the V4 cooperation, and also highlight the common knowledge to teach the younger generation. The younger generation should be taught on and be promoted of the importance and interest of this regional community to deepen their knowledge and improve their willingness for a more intensive regional cooperation. The main activity of the project is to organise a summer school, which is to shed light on the development of the past 30 years starting from the democratic transformation of the Central European countries and the joint efforts to join to the Euroatlantic community. Partners have specific interest in the V4 region as this is one of the main parts of their education. The new curriculum/content in a digital form/space should be valid joint knowledge transfer and knowledge base platform in the short run within the V4 community, and in the long run in the EU as well as in the world professional/interested community. The project could facilitate the development in institutional level offering a model for other HEIs in the region. It also can strengthen the regional identity which is quite poor recently. Summer school students will have a deeper knowledge and learn in a joint community with the same aim. The common experience, the deepen knowledge of this region and regional issues, problems, challenges, the acquired skills will be incorporated in a joint knowledge base which can be used by any learning community in the region.

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The aim of the University is to provide a high level of education by international as well as EU standards in the educational fields of social science, economics, art and art mediation, communication and tourism as part of BA, MA, specialist training, higher-level vocational training, higher educational vocational training, adult training.

Our university provides graduates with a wide-range of competitive knowledge, skills and competencies to make them fit for the Hungarian and international labour market.

Our education is based on innovative methods that are delivered by our academic staff with international experience in an inspiring / innovative educational and research environment. METU has specific courses as International Relations, METU College for Advanced Studies since 2015, postgraduate studies as Protocol counselling and event organisation. Main mission of METU by this project: build a network in International Relations with special focus on the CE and V4 region, connect actors active in this field, set up a wide-range of collaboration among the V4 HEIs - the common thread binds all of them is the common root, culture, history and interest. METU has organised the International Communication and Behaviour Culture Competition every year in the past 10 years which beside the competitors interested people took part in, as well. The idea of the event reached other HEIs of the neighbouring countries.

Mendel University (MU) in Brno is a public higher education institution. The Faculty of Regional Development and International Studies is reflecting growing importance of the regional dimension of social and economic life and policies in regional, national and international contexts. With globalization proceeding, today the regional development in many areas may be more convenient, but it is also experiencing serious problems such as disappearing diversity, missing inclusion and solidarity during the economic downturn, environmental devastation and resource depletion. This raises the need for regional revitalization and development by scientifically studying regions in the comprehensive sense. The Coordinator of the Czech team is Eva Taterová, Vice dean for International Relations. She is an assistant professor of MU and was a visiting professor in the University of Nebraska.

  • Constantine the Philosopher University in Nitra, Faculty of Central European Studies –

The Faculty of Central European Studies of Constantine the Philosopher University in Nitra focuses on the preparation of specialists in the field of culture, public administration, regional policy, economy and tourism, who are capable of supporting the development of our regions by asserting themselves in the mentioned fields. Our educational and scientific programs are based on the preferences of the CE cultural area with particular regard to the issues of cultural diversity, heritage and history of the peoples of this region, CE phenomenon in literary and cultural discourse, problems of cultural communication and mutual cooperation in CE, specificities of CE literatures, intercultural aspects in translation strategies, cultural and historical potential and opportunities for local tourism development in CE, as well as the importance of media culture for strengthening regional identity.

The Department of Philosophy and Sociology of Politics in Political Science Division of Maria Curie-Sklodowska University educates students in the fields in which they can participate in the project course: Information Society, Political Science, International Relations. In the course of their studies, students could use a broader knowledge of the Visegrad Group countries. A member of the team dr Ewelina Kancik-Kołtun, an assistant professor in the Department of Public Administration scientifically deals with V4 policy, carries out foreign scientific research and also has scientific achievements in this field, he also speaks Slovak and Czech. She is currently working with the Mendel University in Brno implementing a project ‘New political parties in the party systems of Poland and the Czech Republic’.

The project is co-financed by the Governments of Czechia, Hungary, Poland and Slovakia through Visegrad Grants from International Visegrad Fund. The mission of the fund is to advance ideas for sustainable regional cooperation in Central Europe. 

Coordinator of the project: Péter Rada PhD
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Coordinator's phone: +36-70-408-8447