Anne Jensen Sand - EUROSUD Research Track at the Aix-Marseille Université!

Anne Jensen Sand

Hi everybody!

My name is Anne, and I am a Danish master’s student of EUROSUD with a background in journalism. I have for some time wanted to add an academic specialization to my more practical profile. When I saw that the EUROSUD master existed, this was the perfect option for me, as it allowed me to dig into one of my all-time favourite subjects - Southern Europe - and combine it with in-depth research, particularly when doing the dissertation in the fourth and final semester.

Wanting to improve my French, I therefore chose to spend my third and fourth mobility at Aix-Marseille Université as a student on their research track. As most people choose the professional track, we were the only 2 EUROSUD students on the research track, and the only 6 French students. This made teaching very intense, but it was also a privilege having so few of us in class, as it made it easier for everyone to engage in discussions. We had classes on methodology, nationalism, religion, migration, borders, political transitions, cultural and collective memory in South Europe, with some classes specifically focused on the Balkans. We also had a French language course and one compulsory language class, which in my case was Italian.

As our schedule was almost entirely different from the one that professional track students follow, and the fact that they often had classes at another facility, we unfortunately didn’t see the other EUROSUD students at the university, unless we bumped into each other at the library or at lunch at the university cafeteria. However, this was made up for in the evenings or weekends, since I lived in a university dorm with four other EUROSUD students.

I never doubted that I wanted to choose the research track, and this didn’t change while being in Aix-en-Provence. Furthermore, if you’re really keen on an internship, it’s possible to do that on a part-time basis while also writing the dissertation. However, this requires a great amount of discipline. I have chosen to focus solely on the dissertation and possibly hand it in in June instead of September, and I am actually looking forward to it. After having moved around and gotten used to new universities, subjects and classes on a half-yearly basis, it is going to be interesting to get the time to really dig into one subject, in my case left-wing populism. If you are going to Aix and have any questions, feel free to reach out!

Anne Jensen Sand


Alaa Amro - Future EUROSUD Student Entrepreneur?

Alaa Amro Entrepreneurial event in Bethlehem Palestine

On the 24th of November, I had the opportunity to meet and network with a group of 12 Austrians in Bethlehem, Palestine. Proudly, my startup proposal on food waste management in the city of Hebron was selected for the next level.

The U-Solve project focuses on the major challenges that cities in the Euro-Mediterranean region, including Cyprus, Italy, and Greece, as well as Egypt, Palestine, and Jordan. The project supports us in our efforts to make our cities sustainable, livable, and resilient over the long term. As well as assuring potential entrepreneurs, especially young people, that they can turn ideas into actual businesses.

As a EUROSUD student at the Autonomous University of Madrid, a course on public policy making inspired me to apply for this project, and to develop policy proposals that promote entrepreneurship as a tool for sustainable development in urban areas, with direct participation from public institutions throughout the process.

I am grateful for my ongoing journey with EUROSUD, which provides me with an incredible opportunity to learn and grow through the Career Development Fund that supported me to attend the event.

By Alaa Amro


Ayaulym Participates in COY17 in Sharm El Sheikh

Last month, Ayaulym Sarybayeva, a second year EUROSUD student on the Madrid-Marseille track, participated in the 17th UN Climate Change Conference of Youth COY17 in Sharm El Sheikh, Egypt. COY17 is an annual event and was held this year on the sidelines of COP27 from 2-4 November. Thousands of young change-makers from over 140 countries gathered with one main goal; Saving Earth. Ayaulym wrote about her experiences of meeting and working with young people from all over the world to build a better future for everyone below. 


I had the honour to represent Kazakhstan at the 17th UN Youth Conference on Climate Change (COY17), held in Sharm El Sheikh, Egypt, where young people from all over the world came together with one goal – to make the planet a better place for all of us.

Young changemakers from 140 countries were brought together to exchange ideas and share experiences on how they are working on this issue in their countries and communities with the aim of Saving the Earth on Nov. 2-4.

I am truly grateful for this experience of meeting the most active young people from all over the world, participating in workshops where you see different points of view and learn from their experience. I am more motivated than ever to work to engage young people in climate change and raise awareness in my region, and build a better future for everyone.

Young people are the future agents of change and the COY17 conference reinforced the capacity building of young people through round tables and workshops, where we not only learned about varied topics ranging from green economy and waste management, water scarcity, global food security, renewable energy, but also learned from representatives of global organizations on how to effectively engage young people in climate action.

In addition, the conference allowed participants to enter a multinational environment through intercultural exchange, thus creating an open space for the expression of ideas and the exchange of culture. We have seen that the world gets smaller and cozier when we peacefully gather and discuss what is really important for young people who demand action, not promises or words.

The biggest impression of the conference was getting to know like-minded people from all over the world and realizing that you are not alone on the way to solving global problems. We exchanged ideas and discussed possible ways to collaborate for a sustainable future. Personally, I found it really aspiring to learn more about different student and youth organizations for climate action in other countries, where some have built an educational platform and others engaged young people through social media.

Most of all, I appreciate the opportunity to learn from their experiences and offer new ideas for my region of Central Asia and Kazakhstan. As a content creator and digital community builder, I will work to raise awareness among young people from Central Asia by introducing them to important topics, public lectures and materials. I am inspired to act, teach others and engage youth in building a better future for each other.

Alone we can bring a difference, but only together can we change the world.

The text of the youth statement can be found by clicking the link.


Mingyue attends Summer School in Belgium

I attended the Summer School for Data and Algorithms in Leuven, Belgium. This Programme was hosted by KU Leuven, Google and other renowned research institutions. Scholars and senior industry scientists were invited to speak about their cutting-edge research at the summer school. Furthermore, the discussions included but were not limited to practical techniques in data science tools such as MySQL, NPL (natural language processing) and its applications in social science, data cleansing and database imputation, and data analysis models ranging from traditional DID to regression discontinuity design. Many papers dealt with big data in social and political science. One study, for example, used machine learning to analyse a wide range of public policy documents concerning patents.

Also, this summer school offered a combination of talking with academic researchers and industry experts. This was appealing to me as a student preparing for a quantitative thesis project and looking for career opportunities as a data analyst in NGOs or public sectors. In addition, I used the Difference-in-Difference model to complete previous research on Spanish local election turnout and the COVID-19 pandemic. So I  was able to re-access the data sample and fixed effects with other participants. In all, this intensive data summer school was an intellectually challenging but enriching experience. And I am very grateful that the Career Development Fund helped support my participation.

By Mingyue Feng


EUROSUD supports Irakli's professional development at the OECD Project

I would like to thank EUROSUD Studies and Career Development Fund for supporting me in professional development and joining the Global Relations Secretariat at Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD). In the Eurasia Division I will be working in the Ukraine team and contributing to the planning of recovery projects for the next 6 months. It is a great responsibility and excitement to be at the forefront of the initiatives which aim at speeding up the reconstruction of Ukraine. Gained research skills and knowledge thanks to the immersive learning experience at the University of Glasgow, NKUA and LUISS have enabled me to contribute to the OECD’s work on Ukraine’s recovery and reconstruction. For more than a quarter-century, the OECD has worked closely with the Eurasia region to encourage sustainable and inclusive growth in Eurasia, promoting structural reforms and capacity building, and facilitating policy dialogue. In the midst of Russia’s unprovoked war against Ukraine, the OECD is bringing together its latest insights, analysis and data to shed light on the policy challenges ahead.

By Irakli Gabidzashvili

 


Mariam Participated in an International Conference on Cultural Diplomacy in Berlin, Germany

I participated in the international conference "Cultural Diplomacy to Counter Disinformation," which took place September 3-5, 2022, in Berlin. The program included lectures, workshops, and panel discussions among representatives of the Eastern Partnership/EaP countries (Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Georgia, Moldova, and Ukraine).

The conference covered the topics of cultural diplomacy, countering disinformation, and civil society education and echoed the following questions: What is meant by cultural diplomacy? How can diplomacy counter disinformation? How should countries help the voice of the truth to sound louder with the help of cultural heritage and diplomacy? Can culture be the speaking trumpet of dispropaganda? Given that today's societies are more vulnerable to disinformation and propaganda, the conference's combination of theoretical and practical components served as a good toolkit for putting this experience into practice in the settings of both the EaP and Southeast European countries.

The conference was organized and implemented by Berlin-based NGO CRISP with the financial support of the German Federal Foreign Office and in a partnership with the Civil Society Cooperation Program.

I am grateful to my program and the Career Development Fund of the University of Glasgow for supporting my participation in the conference.

Mariam Gugulashvili, Georgia, cohort 2021–2023.