Summer Academy for Young Professionals
The SI Summer Academy for Young Professionals (SAYP) is a Swedish Institute training program developed to build awareness, capacity and resilience in the practice of governance in the Baltic Sea region and countries in the EU Eastern Partnership.
The aim of SAYP is also to strengthen young professionals and their individual capabilities to meet the requirements of a modern governance structure. The overall thematic framework is sustainable modern governance. During SAYP, the participants will be able to expand their own contact networks and share ideas, experiences and challenges.
In 2020, the School of Public Administration at the University of Gothenburg and the School of Social Sciences at the Georgian Institute of Public Affairs are organizing a thematic module within SAYP focusing on Migration and Integration in the Eastern Partnership and the Baltic Sea Region: Policy and Administrative Challenges for the Development of Inclusive Societies.
The module is open for applications for persons from Armenia, Belarus, Estonia, Georgia, Latvia, Lithuania, Moldova, Sweden and Ukraine. The module will be held from June 8-19, 2020 in Tbilisi, Georgia.
Migration and Integration in the Eastern Partnership and the Baltic Sea Region: Policy and Administrative Challenges for the Development of Inclusive Societies.
Managing migration and integration remains one of the primary challenges facing the overall European Union, the Baltic Sea Region, and Eastern Partnership countries. Within the EU, this challenge is most visible in terms of responses to the ongoing Syrian refugee crisis and the need for sustainable policies and administrative practices to foster refugee inclusion. For Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania, an additional integration challenge exists in the form of the large number of ethnic Russians who remained following the dissolution of the USSR, with issues regarding official languages, discrimination and majority-minority relations remaining particularly contentious. For both Georgia and Ukraine, the most pressing challenge is to devise policies and measures addressing the needs of internally displaced peoples (IDPs) in the wake of recent conflicts. In Moldova, managing migration has centered on the societal impact of seeing over a quarter of the population emigrate. Lastly, the case of Belarus, a transit country for refugees seeking to enter the EU and without an advanced asylum management system, highlights unique circumstances when it comes to managing refugee flows and ensuring fair treatment under international law.
The first aim of this Swedish Institute Summer Academy for Young Professional module is to assist public servants, policymakers and civil society workers in developing a more comprehensive understanding of the diverse political, societal, and administrative challenges associated with migration and integration relevant to Eastern Partnership countries and the Baltic Sea Region. The second aim is to focus on identifying good practices, all levels of governance both within these regions and the broader EU. Such practices can serve as concrete inspiration for public servants, policymakers and civil society workers in a range of settings, allowing for more coherent and sustainable responses to migration and integration challenges, and ultimately resulting in more inclusive societies
The module relies on a mix of lectures, problem-based learning exercises, seminars and project work, providing participants with a rich analytical and practical toolkit for addressing migration and integration issues of relevance. To achieve this, we examine cases within the Eastern Partnership, the Baltic Sea Region, the European Union, as well as Asia and Africa. As the module will be held in Tbilisi, Georgia, there will be an opportunity for study visits highlighting the experiences of an EaP country in meeting practical migration and integration challenges associated with refugees and IDPs. The module will include both a preparatory activity to allow participants to work together in pairs to identify themes of particular relevance, and a follow-up activity providing participants the opportunity to collaborate in pairs on an migration and integration issue of relevance for their respective region.
About the organizers
The School of Public Administration at the University of Gothenburg is the leading Swedish academic department training students for careers in Swedish public administration, and has a well-established track record of providing commissioned education to public actors throughout Sweden seeking to increase staff competency. School staff have been actively involved in a variety of initiatives focusing on migration and integration policy. These include externally funded international research projects, courses and international summer schools, and cooperation with major European cities to develop more effective integration policies.
The School of Social Sciences at the Georgian Institute of Public Affairs features staff with wide-ranging practical and research experience in integration policies, with a particular focus on the refugees and internally displaced peoples. School staff are actively involved with an extensive network of practitioners in both the public sector and civil society who work with migration and integration initiatives throughout Georgia and beyond. Staff at the School have been the recipient of multiple program grants focusing on the development of educational, economic and civic initiatives for refugees and IDPs.
Round-trip airfare, meals and accommodation in Tbilisi are included. Accommodation will be shared double accommodation in a local hostel.
The language of instruction is English.
Applications are made directly to the module co-organizer, Professor Gregg Bucken-Knapp (School of Public Administration, University of Gothenburg) starting February 11, 2020 and must be sent by email to email@example.com. The application period closes on March 11, 2020. Please note that the subject line for the email to Professor Bucken-Knapp including your application materials must read: SAYP2020 APPLICATION.
Further details, including the application templates, can be found at the SI Summer Academy for Young Professionals website.
For further information, contact Gregg Bucken-Knapp
Please feel free to check out interviews with some of the participants from the 2019 module in Tbilisi: