Opening of the second class of the EUCAIS master programme in Berlin

From September 23rd through the 27th, the first workshop of the online master programme  „Studies on the EU and Central Asia in the Inter­na­tional System“ (EUCAIS) took place in Berlin. The e‑learning period for the master programme’s second class of students, organized by the Institut für Europäische Politik (IEP) and the Centre inter­na­tional de Formation européenne (CIFE) with support of the Volkswagen Foundation and funding by the Jean-Monnet-Programme of the European Union, began in August.

The 30 students from Afghanistan, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajik­istan, Turkmenistan, Uzbek­istan as well as from the Chinese province of Xinjiang and the Indian region of Kashmir were welcomed through an official opening ceremony hosted in the Europäisches Haus in Berlin on September 23, 2013. Repre­senting the European Commission in Germany,  Marzenna Guz-Vetter conducted the programme’s welcoming address. Following were short speeches given by the programme’s organizers, Mathias Jopp and Hartmut Marhold, as well as a welcoming address by Wolfgang Levermann, a repre­sen­tative of the Volkswagen Foundation. Marc Bogdahn, head of the division Southern Caucasus and Central Asia, Foreign Office, Berlin, provided a look at the relations between the EU and the Central Asian states from a German perspective. His speech was followed by a lively discussion on the future of these relations.

Over the course of the workshop, the partic­i­pants not only completed an intensive study programme and obtained an outlook to the upcoming semester, but.also had the oppor­tunity to personally interact and establish contacts.

In addition to the seminar programme, the students discussed the functioning of the German Parliament and the work of a member of parliament with Claudia Schur, head of press and commu­ni­cation in the office of the member of German Parliament Stephan Mayer. Karoline Münz, Vice – general secretary of the European Movement Germany (EBD), provided the students with insight into the work of the EBD and its member organi­za­tions. This was followed by a visit to the Topog­raphy of Terror, where the partic­i­pants dealt with specific German questions concerning the history of European integration.

For more infor­mation in English please visit the homepage of the programme:  http://www.eucais.org