EUROSUD Graduation Diploma Presentations by Dr Myrto Tsakatika

Dr Myrto Tsakatika, Programme Director, University of Glasgow, presented the students at the Glasgow post dissertation social event with their diplomas which were well received by the students who were able to attend the ceremony in person.


High achiever Alba Priewe!

Well done Alba Priewe who graduated from the 2019-21 student cohort with the award of โ‚ฌ500 euros for achieving the highest Grade Point Average across the two years of the International Master in South European Studies (EUROSUD) programme. What a great achievement!

Post Graduation Social Event - 2019-21 Cohort

After the graduation event on 30 November the EUROSUD 2019-21 cohort of students headed to the Adam Smith Building at the University of Glasgow, where the Programme Director, Dr Myrto Tsakatika, presented the students with their Diplomas followed by a small social gathering with their families, the Glasgow staff, Student Reps and helpers from the 2021-23 cohort for a glass of bubbly and some nibbles to celebrate the completion of the 2-year Erasmus Mundus International Master in South European Studies award.

We were pleased to see the students back in Glasgow for the ceremony - our Partners and students who were unable to make the journey due to the pandemic were all sadly missed but included in the celebration!
It was a great night well celebrated!๐Ÿฅณ๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿพ๐Ÿฅ‚

๐„๐”๐‘๐Ž๐’๐”๐ƒ ๐…๐ˆ๐‘๐’๐“ ๐†๐‘๐€๐ƒ๐”๐€๐“๐ˆ๐Ž๐ - ๐Ÿ๐ŸŽ๐Ÿ๐Ÿ—-๐Ÿ๐Ÿ ๐‚๐Ž๐‡๐Ž๐‘๐“ - ๐–๐ž๐ฅ๐ฅ ๐๐จ๐ง๐ž!

It was a great pleasure to see our first cohort of students graduate. These students had a very challenging time with working and travelling to various countries during a world pandemic, coping with sometimes challenging personal issues to have graduated and done exceedingly well in the end result is a proud moment for everyone involved with the students and the programme. Well done - We are all very proud of you!

To all the students who graduated in absentia for various reasons - we were thinking of you on the day!

๐‚๐Ž๐๐Ÿ๐Ÿ” ๐†๐ฅ๐š๐ฌ๐ ๐จ๐ฐ ๐‚๐ข๐ญ๐ฒ, ๐’๐œ๐จ๐ญ๐ฅ๐š๐ง๐ โ€“ ๐ƒ๐จ๐œ๐ฎ๐ฆ๐ž๐ง๐ญ๐š๐ซ๐ฒ ๐…๐ข๐ฅ๐ฆ ๐–๐š๐ญ๐œ๐ก๐ข๐ง๐ ย  ๐‘๐„๐๐Ž๐‘๐“

๐„๐”๐‘๐Ž๐’๐”๐ƒ ๐Ÿ๐ŸŽ๐Ÿ๐Ÿ-๐Ÿ๐Ÿ‘ ๐’๐ญ๐ฎ๐๐ž๐ง๐ญ๐ฌ: ๐„๐ซ๐ข๐ค๐š ๐‚๐š๐ซ๐ข๐ง๐š ๐ƒ๐ž๐ฅ๐ ๐š๐๐จ ๐‘๐ฎ๐›๐ข๐จ ๐ฐ๐ข๐ญ๐ก ๐€๐ง๐ง๐ž ๐‰๐ž๐ง๐ฌ๐ž๐ง ๐’๐š๐ง๐

Anne and I watched four documentary films related to an indigenous call for climate action. We had the great pleasure of listening to voices from Colombia, Peru, Bolivia and Myanmar.

At the end of the documentary films we also witnessed the testimonies of two representatives from the Wampi Nation in Peru and I even had the opportunity to discuss and take a picture with one of them.

We enjoyed very much the event and learnt a bit more of the different realities of the indigenous communities in Latin America and Asia. As a Peruvian I felt proud of assisting to this screening. It was undoubtedly a great satisfaction that the whole auditorium could see the indigenous situation in the Peruvian Amazon due to illegal mining and logging, as well as understand how important it is to protect the area and its people.

COP26 Glasgow Scotland


Story by Erika Carina Delgado Rubio

๐‚๐Ž๐๐Ÿ๐Ÿ” ๐ข๐ง ๐†๐ฅ๐š๐ฌ๐ ๐จ๐ฐ - ๐•๐จ๐ฅ๐ฎ๐ง๐ญ๐ž๐ž๐ซ ๐š๐ญ ๐ˆ๐ง๐๐ข๐ ๐ž๐ง๐จ๐ฎ๐ฌ ๐•๐จ๐ข๐œ๐ž๐ฌ

๐‚๐š๐ญ๐ซ๐ข๐ง ๐ƒ๐š๐ฅ๐›๐ฒ โ€“ ๐Ÿ๐ŸŽ๐Ÿ๐Ÿ-๐Ÿ๐Ÿ‘ ๐’๐ญ๐ฎ๐๐ž๐ง๐ญ ๐‚๐จ๐ก๐จ๐ซ๐ญ: I volunteered at the march on Saturday 6 November. The protest was split into blocks, and it was led by indigenous groups and groups based in Glasgow that support indigenous voices. The COP coalition felt it was paramount for the protest to be led by those who are the most affected by climate change and who are often the least amplified voices in mainstream media. As a march steward, I felt very honoured to be assisting with this block throughout the march and met some very inspirational people. It was about 3 miles long in some quite heavy rain at points so we definitely all helped each other to keep the morale up! But my main role was to support safety and facilitate the march. We created a human block around the protestors as we all marched, so that photographers and other members of the public wouldn't disrupt the flow of the march or become a threat to anyone's safety. These pictures were taken before the march began- the artwork was created by some of the indigenous protestors and people were invited to create a circle of solidarity around the brilliant artwork laid out in Kelvingrove Park.


European Migration Management - Seminar

On 10 November 2021, EUROSUD hosted a Seminar on โ€˜European Migration Managementโ€™, held in Glasgow city centre, with participation of distinguished guest speakers, over zoom.

Lefteris Papagianakis is the Director of the Greek Council for Refugees, with extensive policy, advocacy and research experience on migrant and refugee affairs. Among others, he served as Vice Mayor of Athens (2016-19), responsible for Migrants, Refugees and Municipal Decentralization. Short Bio.

Steffen Lรผdke is a journalist at Der SPIEGEL and prominent researcher on the failures of Frontex in securing human rights for migrants. Here are some of his articles, translated to English: 23 October 2020; 5 February 2021; 29 April 2021, and an article summarising recent investigations: "Our Orders Are Clear. Nobody Gets Through."

Contributing to the fascinating discussion, along with our students, was Dr Gerasimos Tsourapas, a leading academic expert on refugee politics and migration diplomacy and our newest EUROSUD (and Glasgow University) staff member.

Participants explored the challenges and contradictions of European migration policy and its implications for crisis management, international human rights and European integration.



Meet our Programme Director - EUROSUD Autonomous University Madrid (UAM)

Assistant Professor in Politics

My name is Anne-Marie Reynaers. I am a Professor of Public Administration at theย Department of Political Science and International Relationsย at the Autonomous University Madrid. I joined the Erasmus Mundus International Master in South European Studies (EUROSUD) as Programme Director, (Madrid), in September of this year, a role I am very much looking forward to.

Previously, I worked at the Universityย of Amsterdam and the VU University Amsterdam. Iย hold a PhDย in Public Administrationย (VU University Amsterdam)ย and a Research Masterโ€™sย degree in Public Administration and Organizational Scienceย (Utrecht University School of Governance).

My research interests include Public-private partnerships, Public management, Public service delivery, Public sector reform, Good governance, and Public values.ย  I am a member of theย Innovation, Technology and Public Managementย research group and I coordinate theย Master in Democracy and Governmentย and the Master EUROSUD South European Studies.

More information:ย Research Gate,ย ORCID,ย CV.

We wish to welcome Dr Reynaers to the programme.


Afaf represents COY 16 (16th) United Nations Conference of Youth at COP26 Glasgow, Scotland

Afaf Sebbar, a 20-year old, EUROSUD student (2021-2023 cohort) on the Madrid-Aix pathway . Has been chosen to represent her home country (Morocco) at the COY16.

COY 16 is the (16th) United Nations Conference of Youth. An official event in preparation for the COP 26. This conference serves as the official space for capacity building and policy training for young climate leaders from across the globe. The conference will culminate in a policy document shared during COP26. being held in Glasgow, Scotland.

COY16 will be held in Glasgow on 28-30 October.

Afaf said "My EUROSUD courses have helped me understand the climate cause from an International Relations perspective. As our main focus is on Mediterranean countries, I am now aware of the environmental dangers surrounding this region and how they can be solved through climate diplomacy".


Conflict Resolution (Cyprus) Seminar - October 2021

The Conflict Resolution seminar took place in October 2021 via zoom. We were in the fortunate position to have two outstanding guest speakers for this session who were invited to the EUROSUD class of Southern Europe in International Affairs taught by Prof Georgios Karyotis. Professor Ahmet Sรถzen (Eastern Mediterranean University ) and Professor Costas Constantinou (University of Cyprus). Both shared their professional and personal experiences of navigating this conflict with the students.

Professor Sรถzen commented: "EUROSUD students, by far, have been one of the most active and engaged students compared to the other groups to whom I give seminars several times a year.
Indeed, as Costa put it, it is always a pleasure and easier to do this seminar with students who have prior knowledge and have special interest in the region."