PIR Summer School 2018: “The Western Balkans: Recovery, Cooperation and EU Accession”

Event date
June 25-29, 2018
Short description

This summer school is organised by the Department of Political Science and International Relations of Epoka University and is open to all current bachelor, master, PhD students, policy-makers, NGO activists, private sector employees, and is open to all nationalities.


Course description: This cutting-edge summer course is designed for students and professionals interested in acquiring new or complementing their existing knowledge of Western Balkan politics. While examining a range of ever-present issues, the course places a strong emphasis on the development of critical thinking about current and future challenges as well as possible solutions.

Prerequisites: Some basic knowledge about the Western Balkan region and the European Union is required. The course is of particular interest to students interested in politics and international relations including international political economy, European studies and law.

Eligibility: The summer school is open to all current bachelor, master, PhD students, policy-makers, NGO activists, private sector employees, and is open to all nationalities.

Duration: 1 week (24 hours teaching/seminar time).

Assessment: One, 2,000-word, policy paper (to be submitted within a week after the summer school). 

Summer school fee: 300 euro per participant. The fee covers: transport from/to Tirana centre to/from Epoka campus; lunches at Epoka campus cafeteria; participation certificate.

Travel and accommodation costs: The summer school organizers will not cover travel and accommodation costs of participants coming from outside Tirana and from outside Albania. Tirana is relatively cheap in terms of accommodation. On the summer school days, free transport will be provided to and from Epoka University, with pick-up and drop-off from the centre of Tirana.

How to apply: Please submit 250 words motivation letter with contact details to: jkoprencka17@epoka.edu.al.  

Contact person: Ms. Jona Koprencka, E-mail: jkoprencka17@epoka.edu.al.   

Deadline for applications: 30 April 2018.

Credits: 5 ECTS and 3 Epoka credits. All participants will receive transcripts from Epoka University for their participation to the summer school. Participating students are advised to check credit recognition policy with their home institution. 

Venue of the Summer School: Conference Hall E-Building, Epoka University campus, Rinas, Tirana, Albania. 

Course conveners:

  1. Dr. Islam Jusufi - Chair.
  2. Dr. Branislav Radeljic (University of East London) – Co-Chair. 
  3. Ms. Jona Koprencka - Coordinator. 
  4. Ms. Tea Hodaj - Member.  

Preliminary program:

  • Arrival of participants: Any time before 0830 hours, Monday, 25 June 2018.
  • Registration of the participants: 0830-0900 hours, Monday, 25 June 2018.
  • Opening of the Summer School: 0900 hours, Monday, 25 June 2018. 
  • Summer School courses and sessions: Monday, 25 June 2018 - Friday, 29 June 2018.
  • Departure of participants: After 1600 hours, Friday, 29 June 2018. 

Visit the official website for more information

Geographical focus
  • Albania
  • Europe
  • European Union (EU 27)
  • International; Other
  • Western Balkans
Scientifc field / Thematic focus
  • Humanities
  • Social Sciences
Event type
  • Conference WBs

Entry created by Admin WBC-RTI.info on February 15, 2018
Modified on February 15, 2018