1: About Summer School for Young Professionals (SSYP)
2: Call for applications
3: Application process
4: Previous Summer Schools
5: Photo gallery
1: About Summer School
The main objective of this broader international project is to assist in professional development of young professionals, future experts and partially representatives of political parties in the field of international relations, security and foreign policy. Presentations and interactive discussions are realized by well-known experts from Slovakia, as well as international organisations. The Summer School is focusing on young professionals from V4 countries, Eastern Europe, Balkan countries and South Caucasus. The number of participants is about 30 annually. The total number of participants has hitherto been more than 200 from 18 countries. The successful participants are receiving certificate and they become a member of NYP – Network of Young Professionals. In 2014 CENAA is organizing the 9th Summer School for Young Professionals.
The Summer School will enable you:
- to experience an interactive weeklong forum focused on the current issues of the security policy, mainly in the form of interactive discussions, lectures and workshops led by top speakers from various international and Slovak organization
- to challenge yourself in many ways, test your leadership skills and expose you to cross-cultural experiences
- to deepen your academic knowledge and provide you with better overview in security policy issues
- to enlarge personal and professional networking with people of the same interest
- to enjoy the environment of the Armed Forces Academy of General M.R.Štefánik in Liptovský Mikuláš, located between the beautiful High and Low Tatras.
Feedback from participants of previous Summer Schools:
“SSYP was a wonderfull opportunity to enjoy Slovakia and Ukraine, to meet new interesting and professional people as well as deepen my knowledge on the topics discussed. Thanks a lot for a wonderfull team that managed to organize it and made it happen!”
“Never-ending fun, deprivation of sleep and melting of cultures are the best combination ever . SSYP was great and unique experience full of pleasant surprises, but also culture shocks.”
“Great summer school! New knowledge, new experience, new contacts. Good luck to CENAA and SSYP in future!”
“I really appreciate all your efforts and desire to put this event together. I´m glad I took part and met all these nice people, including CENAA team:). Good luck with future plans!”
“Study hard, party hard. SSYP was great opporunity to connect having fun and experience with new knowledge”
“One of the best summer schools I ever participated. I will definitely recommend it to all my friends and colleagues”
“Amazing experience, wonderful organizers and program!”
“SSYP has enriched me in many ways. Besides interesting lectures and lively discussions, different cultures met and exchanged their views, perceptions and experience. I´m sad that I cannot participate again the next year . Maybe one day I´ll be invited as a speaker ”
If you are interested in more detailed information please feel free to contact us via email: firstname.lastname@example.org .
2: Call for applications
Centre for European and North Atlantic Affairs (CENAA) together with its partner Armed Forces Academy of General M. R. Štefánik (AFA) in Liptovský Mikuláš, Slovakia is organizing the following educational event:
Summer School for Young Professionals 2014: Challenges of Global Security Environment
21 June 2014 – 28 June 2014
Armed Forces Academy of General M. R. Štefánik Liptovský Mikuláš, Slovakia
If you are a master or doctoral level student of political science and/or international relations, or a young professional who is interested and active in the foreign and security policy issues, then we would like to invite YOU to join other students from Central Europe (V4), South Eastern Europe (Western Balkans), Ukraine and South Caucasus in an interactive weeklong forum focused on the current issues of the security policy.
You can enjoy the environment of the Armed Forces Academy in Liptovský Mikuláš, located between the beautiful High and Low Tatras. The structure of the teaching at the summer school is aimed to provide you with the basics of the security policy background and overview of the current security issues such as Afghanistan beyond 2014, NATO partnerships, smart defence or current events in Africa and other conflict region.
One of the main objectives of this international summer school is the preparation of young professionals – future leaders from mentioned regions – to act in the foreign and security policy. Interactive discussions and lectures led by top speakers from various international and Slovak organizations will therefore focus on open exchange of ideas and interaction of participants from different backgrounds. There will be many side activities besides the classroom lectures and discussions – dynamic workshop, trip to nearby High Tatras and city of Liptovský Mikuláš, receptions, Airbase in Sliač and others.
The teaching language of the summer school will be English. At the end of the school, you will receive certificate of course attendance issued by the Armed Forces Academy.
The Summer school for young professionals will challenge you in many ways, test your leadership skills and expose you to cross-cultural experiences. We hope the summer school will be an educational experience you will never forget!
Please visit our website for further information.
3: Application process:
(put word “application” into the mail subject). The deadline for receiving your application is April 30, 2014 (Wednesday). You will receive the information on your acceptance within one week after this deadline. If accepted you will be provided with complete details regarding the summer school.
Participants will be selected according to the following criteria:
1. Educational background
2. Level of English as a second language
3. Motivation letter, in which the interest in the issues of the foreign and security policy will be valued the most
Motivation letter should address your interest in the issues related to the topic of the summer school and should explain how do you intend to turn the knowledge and experiences gained at the summer school for your benefit. Motivation letter should be maximum 550 words. It will be taken into consideration that English is not your mother tongue; however, a good command of English is required.
Participants from V4 countries,Ukraine, South Caucasus or Western Balkans: Your travel costs will be fully covered. The participation fee is 290 EUR and you should pay your visa if required by yourself.
Participation fee for participants from other countries is 500 EUR (to cover accommodation, transport, etc.) You should cover your travel costs and visa by yourself.
Mobile: +421 904 497 865
4: Previous Summer Schools (programs)
- Summer School for young professionals 2013
- Summer school for young professionals 2012
- Summer school for young professionals 2011
- Summer school for young professionals 2010 (SSYP 2010 Poster)
- Summer school for young professionals 2009
- Summer school for young professionals 2008
- Summer school for young professionals 2007