From January 19th until January 23rd 2015 saw the Winter University on “EU Affairs and Europeanization of Kosovo’s Society, Economy and politics through accession”.
This year’s Winter University was organized by the EU Scholarship Scheme projects, the European Young Cells Alumni (EYCA) – Kosovo and the University of Prishtina.
Participants in this year’s Winter University were students from the International Business College Mitrovica (IBCM), University of Prishtina (UP), American University in Kosovo (AUK), University of Business and Technology (UBT) and Universum College.
The points that were discussed during this year’s Winter University were mainly focused on:
EU Integration process, challenges and opportunities;
Professors and practitioners from the EU and Kosovo lectured at this year’s Winter University. Participating students had a chance to be part of the debates, workshops and interact with lectures.
Dardana Perteshoni, a third year student in the Public Sector Management programme at IBCM, said the following:
“My experience during the EU Winter School 2015 made me reflect in a different perspective the concept of Europeanization. Thus, we as Kosovars will be ready to be part of the EU only when we understand that we can feel European by reaching a living standard which is the same as other Europeans, instead of requiring the membership.”
Another participant, Erza Selmani, a first year student at IBCM, explained her experience at the Winter University as following:
“EU Winter School has been a great experience, since most of the lecturers were from EU universities. Also, we had the chance to improve our knowledge and become more professionally advanced in three streams that were dealt during this program.”
As a conclusion, the students of IBCM gained a lot of practical knowledge from the European Integration process. Moreover, it gave the opportunity for students to establish contacts with lecturers and other participants, which will be of great value towards their professional development.
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