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10th Visegrad Summer School
June 30, 2011   
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An international educational project known as the Visegrad Summer School will be held for the tenth time in Cracow July 3-16.

The project, held annually since 2002, is organized by the Villa Decius Association together with the Cracovia Express-Hungarian Center Foundation in Cracow, the International Affairs Association in Prague, the Ethnicity and Culture Research Center in Bratislava, and the Euroregio Ukraine Institute in Kiev. Every year, the Visegrad Summer School is attended by 50 students, eight each from the Czech Republic, Poland, Slovakia and Hungary, joined by students from other countries in Central and Eastern Europe.

The students are selected by an international group of experts who make the choice based on applications. The applicants need to outline their research projects and job experience, name the expectations they have of the Visegrad Summer School and state how they plan to use the knowledge and skills they acquire at the school. Almost 450 students have taken part in the Visegrad Summer School so far, coming to the Villa Decius conference center in Cracow from Visegrad Group countries and over 20 other countries, mostly from Central and Eastern Europe.

The two-week syllabus of the Visegrad Summer School focuses on current affairs in the Visegrad Group, Central and Eastern Europe and the EU. The students attend lectures, seminars, debates and workshops (in photography, movie-making, literature, etc.) conducted by an international group of experts. They also take part in team-building events and pay study visits to different locations in Cracow and the Małopolska region. Selected Visegrad Summer School lectures and debates are open to the public.

During the first week, this year’s Visegrad Summer School students will be divided into work groups tackling issues that they earlier identified as the most urgent problems in the EU and Central and Eastern Europe. The week will end with a two-day, open seminar for 50 participants selected through a recruitment procedure, followed by a multiethnic concert. The second week will feature a traditional, interdisciplinary Visegrad Summer School program. As usual, it will open with a debate of the V4 Group ambassadors to Poland. The main topic of the debate is the Polish rotating presidency of the Council of the EU that began July 1.

The organizers have invited Visegrad Summer Schools students from previous years, including individuals who now work in the European Parliament and the European Commission. Other guests will include diplomats and people who deal with international affairs in their daily work, heads of nongovernmental organizations, business people and journalists.

The Warsaw Voice is a media patron of the Visegrad Summer School.

Visegrad Sound Fusion open-air concert featuring
Fókatelep (Hungary), VooVoo and Ukrainni (Poland/Ukraine), and the vocalist Szidi Tobias (Czech Republic/Slovakia)

July 8, 6:30 p.m., Kleparz Forts
at 2/4 Kamienna St., Cracow.
Free tickets
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