International summer school brings young Ukrainians to Tartu to learn from the Baltic experience
The international summer school held on 25–29 August by the Centre for EU-Russia Studies (CEURUS) will bring 30 students from Ukraine to Tartu. During five days, they will discuss the prospects of Ukraine’s democratisation and Europeanisation with students from Estonia and the EU and will learn from the Baltic experience.
“This year’s summer school, focussing on democracy, stability and Europeanisation in Ukraine, invoked significant interest in the students of Ukraine: we received 263 applications from different regions in Ukraine, but could only accept 30,” said Piret Ehin, Senior Research Fellow of the Institute of Government and Politics at the University of Tartu. “The participants include those who have fled Crimea annexed by Russia to Western Ukraine as well as students from Eastern Ukraine.”
The summer school deals with questions concerning domestic as well as foreign policy. The topics of discussion will include building a state and a nation, the functioning of democracy in divided societies, rule of law and corruption problems, and tensions and conflicts arising from identity and collective memory. The summer school will analyse the prospects of EU enlargement and Eastern Partnership and evaluate the changed state of security in Europe and in the world. Special attention will be given to the threats from Russia to Ukraine’s security and territorial integrity and their influence on international relations in general.
The 41 participants of the summer school will hear lectures from and participate in discussions led by UT’s Professor of Comparative Politics Vello Pettai, UT’s Professor of Baltic Politics Andres Kasekamp, Professor of EU-Russian Studies Viacheslav Morozov, UT’s Senior Research Fellow in Comparative Politics Piret Ehin, Director of the UT’s Centre for Baltic Studies Heiko Pääbo, UT’s Professor of Social Communication and a member of the European Parliament Marju Lauristin and many others.
On Thursday, 28 August, at 17:00, the participants of the summer school will meet UT students at Philosophicum (Jakobi 2-226) to give presentations and share their thoughts on the Maidan revolution, the crisis continuing in Eastern Ukraine and the future of their country. Everybody is welcome (see the invitation).
The last day of the summer school will take the students to Tallinn to learn about eEstonia and meet the President Toomas Hendrik Ilves. The young Ukrainians will also participate in a discussion on defence policy and meet the Ukrainian ambassador in Estonia as well as the leaders of the local Ukrainian community.
The international summer school of CEURUS “Prospects for Democracy, Stability and Europeanization in Ukraine: What lessons from the Baltic experience?” is co-funded by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs from the development cooperation programme.
Additional information: Siiri Maimets, Coordinator for the Centre for Baltic Studies, Institute of Government and Politics at the University of Tartu, phone: + 372 737 5199, e-mail: siiri.maimets [ät] ut.ee.