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Swedish Institute Academy for Young Professionals (SAYP)

The Swedish Institute 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, countries in the EU Eastern Partnership, as well as the Western Balkans.

The aim of SAYP is 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.

Please feel free to check out interviews with some of the participants from the 2019 module in Tbilisi:

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SAYP 2019 Migration and Integration

There are two different modules of SAYP 2021: Migration and Integration in the Eastern Partnership and the Baltic Sea Region and Migration and Integration in the Western Balkans. Scroll down to read more about the respective modules below.

EASTERN PARTNERSHIP AND THE BALTIC SEA REGION:

Migration and Integration in the Eastern Partnership and the Baltic Sea Region: Policy and Administrative Challenges for the Development of Inclusive Societies

In 2021, 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.  (Due to the current situation in Belarus, SI took the decision that, as of 1 October 2020, we will not provide financial support to Belarusian state employees for on-site activities within SAYP. However, the participants may still attend online activities free of charge.)

We welcome applications from :

  • Public servants (non-political civil servants at local, regional or central level)
  • Policymakers (politicians, government officials, employees of political parties)
  • Civil society workers (CSO/NGO volunteers/employees)

You can apply if you are age 35 or younger.

The module will be held in three separate blocks, for a total of eleven days during Autumn 2021. The first two module blocks will be for three days each and will be held online. The third module block will be for five days, and will take place in Tbilisi, Georgia:

  • Block One: September 27-29, 2021 (Online)
  • Block Two: October 25-27, 2021 (Online)
  • Block Three: November 15-19, 2021 (Tbilisi, Georgia).

Module Details

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.

Module aims

The first aim of this Swedish Institute 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.

Module organization

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 third block of 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 a 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.

Practical matters

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 15, 2021 and must be sent by email to gregg.bucken-knapp@gu.se. The application period closes on March 29, 2021 at 23.59 UTC+2. Please note that the subject line for the email to Professor Bucken-Knapp including your application materials must read: SAYP2021 APPLICATION.

Your application must contain the following documents:

  • Motivation letter using this template.
    Motivation letters in any other templates or formats are NOT valid. Make sure to read the questions in the Motivation Letter thoroughly and be specific and personal in your reasoning. Without exception, answers may not exceed the allowed number of characters (letters and spaces) for each question.
  • Curriculum Vitae (CV) in the Europass format of maximum 3 pages.
    A CV submitted in any other format than the Europass is NOT valid.
    Additional pages will be disregarded.
  • Letter of Reference.
    It is recommended to use this template for your letter of reference.
    Remember that a letter of reference that is not signed is NOT valid.
    Only one letter of reference is required.
  • English language certificate.
    • To participate in SAYP 2021 we will require at least English 6 or Independent User B2 (in average) according to the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages. This must be verified in one out of three ways mentioned here:
    • If you have completed a BA/BSc, master’s- or PhD degree in English, you may use the diploma as a certificate.
    • If you have other certificates that can prove your level of English, this will be also be accepted. It should include contact details to certifying authority. Your certificate should be issued no later than 5 years ago.
    • If you do not have an English language certificate, kindly prepare this template for English language certificate to be submitted with your application. An English language teacher or other professional who has studied English language (higher education), may evaluate your language proficiency and sign the template.

Further details can be found at the SI Academy for Young Professionals website.

If you are interested in learning more about the module and the application process, there will be two information sessions held on Zoom, where the organizers will hold a short presentation about the module and there will be an opportunity to ask questions. Please register for one of the meetings using the links below:

Migration and Integration in the Eastern Partnership and the Baltic Sea Region: Policy and Administrative Challenges for the Development of Inclusive Societies is funded by the Swedish Institute as a part of SI Academy for Young Professionals (SAYP).

WESTERN BALKANS:

Migration and Integration in the Western Balkans: International Perspectives on Policy and Administrative Challenges for the Development of Inclusive Societies

The Swedish Institute 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 Western Balkans.

The aim of SAYP is 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 2021, 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 Western Balkans: International Perspectives on Policy and Administrative Challenges for the Development of Inclusive Societies.

The module is open for applications for persons from Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Kosovo, Montenegro, North Macedonia and Serbia.

We welcome applications from :

  • Public servants (non-political civil servants at local, regional or central level)
  • Policymakers (politicians, government officials, employees of political parties)
  • Civil society workers (CSO/NGO volunteers/employees)

You can apply if you are age 35 or younger.

The module will be held in three separate blocks, for a total of eleven days during Autumn 2021. The first two module blocks will be for three days each and will be held online. The third module block will be for five days, and will take place in Tbilisi, Georgia:

  • Block One: September 13-15, 2021 (Online)
  • Block Two: October 18-20, 2021 (Online)
  • Block Three: November 8-12, 2021 (Tbilisi, Georgia).

Module Details

Migration and Integration in the Western Balkans: International Perspectives on Policy and Administrative Challenges for the Development of Inclusive Societies.

The Western Balkan states of Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Kosovo, Montenegro, North Macedonia and Serbia continue to face pressing migration and integration challenges stemming from the legacy of multiple events: the wars involving successor states to the former Yugoslavia from 1991 to 2001 that resulted in vast numbers of internally displaced peoples (IDPs) and a substantial diaspora, the consequences of the Syrian War that has seen large numbers of refugees attempting to make their way to the European Union through the Western Balkans, the recent impact of COVID-19 on IDPs and refugees in the region, plus a growing brain drain as a young workforce emigrates in search of employment opportunities abroad.

Yet, the migration and integration challenges facing the Western Balkans are not unique. Indeed, many of them are similarly present in Eastern Partnership states, the Baltic Sea Region and other EU member states. These shared migration and integration challenges serve as an ideal focal point for a Swedish Institute Academy for Young Professionals module allowing participants from the Western Balkans to explore the complex ways in which the management of migration and integration – by public servants, policymakers and civil society workers – are addressed in the neighboring Eastern Partnership, the Baltic Sea Region, the Western Balkan states themselves, and globally.

Module aims

The first aim of this Swedish Institute 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 of particular relevance to the Western Balkans. The second aim is to focus on identifying good migration and integration policy practices, at all levels of governance and from different parts of the world. Such practices can serve as concrete inspiration for public servants, policymakers and civil society workers in the Western Balkans, allowing for a more coherent and sustainable set of responses to migration and integration challenges, ultimately resulting in more inclusive societies.

Module organization

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. The module will expose participants to concrete cases of managing migration and integration across diverse geographical settings within Europe, Africa and Asia which have proven to be especially challenging and are of particular relevance. Given the prominence of IDPs as an integration challenge in the Western Balkans, special emphasis will be put on the Ukrainian and Georgian cases during the onsite November block in Tbilisi.

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.

Practical matters

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 15, 2021 and must be sent by email to gregg.bucken-knapp@gu.se. The application period closes on March 29, 2021 at 23.59 UTC+2. Please note that the subject line for the email to Professor Bucken-Knapp including your application materials must read: SAYP2021WB APPLICATION.

Your application must contain the following documents:

  • Motivation letter using this template. Motivation letters in any other templates or formats are NOT valid. Make sure to read the questions in the Motivation Letter thoroughly and be specific and personal in your reasoning. Without exception, answers may not exceed the allowed number of characters (letters and spaces) for each question.
  • Curriculum Vitae (CV) in the Europass format of maximum 3 pages. A CV submitted in any other format than the Europass is NOT valid. Additional pages will be disregarded.
  • Letter of Reference. It is recommended to use this template for Letter of Reference. Remember that a letter of reference that is not signed is NOT valid. Only one letter of reference is required.
  • English language certificate.
    • To participate in SAYP 2021 we will require at least English 6 or Independent User B2 (in average) according to the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages. This must be verified in one out of three ways mentioned here:
    • If you have completed a BA/BSc, master’s- or PhD degree in English, you may use the diploma as a certificate.
    • If you have other certificates that can prove your level of English, this will be also be accepted. It should include contact details to certifying authority. Your certificate should be issued no later than 5 years ago.
    • If you do not have an English language certificate, kindly prepare this template for English language certificate to be submitted with your application. An English language teacher or other professional who has studied English language (higher education), may evaluate your language proficiency and sign the template.

Further details can be found at the SI Academy for Young Professionals website.
If you are interested in learning more about the module and the application process, there will be two information sessions held on Zoom, where the organizers will hold a short presentation about the module and there will be an opportunity to ask questions. Please register for one of the meetings using the links below:

Migration and Integration in the Western Balkans: International Perspectives on Policy and Administrative Challenges for the Development of Inclusive Societies is funded by the Swedish Institute as a part of SI Academy for Young Professionals (SAYP).