EUCAIS: New Semester Starts with the Second Workshop in Berlin

Participants of the Workshop in front of the Federal Foreign Office.

From 22nd to 31th January 2011 the second presence workshop of the EUCAIS online master programme took place at the Institut für Europäische Politik and the Centre inter­na­tional de Formation européenne in Berlin. Within one week the 31 partic­i­pants from various countries of Central Asia passed their first official exams of the master programme and coevally attended the four starting-sessions of their second semester:

1. “The EU and Central Asia in World Politics”; Prof. Dr. Reimund Seidelmann, Justus Liebig University Gießen
2. “European and Inter-national Law”; Andreas Knödler, University of Heidelberg
3. “EU Trade Policy and the Single Market”; André Schmidt, University of Witten
4. “Energy Economy and climate Change”; Dr. Oliver Bettzüge, Dr. Frieder Borggrefe, University of Cologne

Additionally, the students discussed the German perspective on the EU strategy towards Central Asia with Christine Weil, Head of Southern Caucasus and Central Asia Division of the German Federal Foreign Office, and Mathias Roth, also of the Southern Caucasus and Central Asia Division of the German Federal Foreign Office. Bernd Hüttemann, secretary general of the “Network European Movement Germany”, presented insights to the role of NGOs in European politics.

In the course of just one week the students success­fully completed the exams of the first semester and got an intro­duction to the courses of the second semester. Beyond that the students continued to develop a feeling of community. Friend­ships that evolved during the first presence workshop between the multi­cul­tural master students were visibly deepened. This fuels the expec­ta­tions for the next workshop taking place in July 2011 in Berlin.

For more infor­mation see the EUCAIS website: www.eucais.org