Social Dimension: Estonian Business Environment, EU-Russian Relations and Baltic Regional Security
10-30 July, 2016 (including arrival and departure dates)
The programme takes place in three different cities of Estonia: Tallinn - the capital, Tartu - the University town and Pärnu - the coastal "summer capital".
The programme will introduce the challenges and achievements of social, economic and political reforms and their past, present and future impacts on local as well as on international scale. Students will learn of state-of-the-art achievements generated by quick and efficient transformation from state-controlled economic system into free market economy. Matters of foreign policies of the countries of the Baltic Sea region and the ever-changing EU-Russian relations illustrate the complexity of Estonian political and social transformation. In addition, the programme also addresses areas which have made Estonia to stand out globally and noted by international observers like BBC as a new Silicon Valley: digital society and e-state with various ICT services and technologies.
Week I in Tallinn - Estonian Business Environment 10-17 July
Week II in Tartu - EU and Russian Relations 17-24 July
Week III in Pärnu - Baltic Regional Security 24-30 July
Each week the lectures will be held from Monday to Friday. In the afternoons there will study trips to state establishments such as the Parliament and the Representation of the European Commission in Estonia, as well as to the important fondations, NGOs and entreprises.
There is also a cultural and social programme in every city to introduce Estonian society, culture and history in a wider perspective. The students visit different museums and attend guided city walking tours.
Two weeks prior to the start of the programme all participants will be forwarded readings which they need to work through by the start of the programme. This contains both referrals to materials available online and/or copies of materials as an attachment. The programme will be supervised by Professor Andrey Makarychev who has the responsibility of assessing the performance of each student and giving the final grade.
Upon successful completion the participants will receive the Certificate of Completion and an Academic Transcript of the University of Tartu.