Sirke Mäkinen, Doc.Soc.Sc., political scientist from the University of Tampere (Finland), made a research trip to Irkutsk State University (ISU) and delivered an open lecture to students and faculty of the ISU History Department and all interested people on November 24, 2011. The lecture was entitled “Teaching Russian geopolitics in Finland” and was delivered in English. It was based on Dr. Mäkinen’s experience of teaching such a course at the School of Management of the University of Tampere and on research that Dr. Mäkinen is carrying out within several projects aimed at studying the way geopolitical perceptions are transmitted through political system and higher education in Russia.
The European Union (European Commission/DG Education and Culture) is inviting university graduates from European Neighbourhood Policy countries to apply for scholarships for post-graduate studies for the 2012-2013 academic year at the College of Europe.
Delegation of the European Union to Russia published on its website the information on new grants and research projects for European and non-European researchers, as well as the list of educational programmes open for participation.
Over 50 applications were submitted for participation in the international scientific conference “The EU and Russia: Paths of Modernization”. There were 9 applications from undergraduate and graduate students among them. 33 applications came from faculty members and PhD students representing six EUCES partner universities. EUCES also received applications from Ukraine, Germany, Turkey, United Kingdom, and Belgium.
The international scientific conference “The EU and Russia: Paths of Modernization” will be held in Tomsk on October 24-25, 2011. The conference title echoes the Russian-EU Partnership for Modernization launched in 2010. It is suggested to focus on the theoretical aspects of modernization and its manifestations in Europe and Russia, in addition to bilateral and multilateral cooperation of the European Union and Russia in various domains: politics, economy, law, science and technology, culture, education etc.