International Development, Post-Conflict Societies, Decentralization, Conflict resolution- Kosovo and the Balkans
AAB Summer School on Democracy and Development: International Development, Decentralization Conflict Resolution and Post-Conflict Societies – Kosovo and the Balkans is an educational program that provides students enrolled in a university outside of Kosovo and the region with the opportunity to spend two weeks in Kosovo studying and learning about development in practice in a post-conflict area right in the middle of Europe. Participants of the program will also visit three other Balkans countries, Albania (listed no. 4 in the New York Times‘ list of places to go in 2014) and Macedonia. The AAB Summer School on Democracy and Development is modeled after the Balkans Peace Program, which was initiated and run by TBG Foundation between 2012 and 2016.
The program consists of three key components:
- one academic course (of 4 ECTS credits) on International Development, Decentralization Politics, Conflict Resolution and Post-Conflict Societies: Kosovo and the Balkans and meetings with government officials in Kosovo;
- a tour of historic and tourist sites of Kosovo, Albania, and Macedonia;
- cultural immersion – students will be paired with local students;
- publication opportunity – 10 best essays will be published in the international scientific review “Thesis” in autumn edition provided you submit your AAB Summer School paper (essay) in time and as per given guidelines, you may be included in the Thesis 2017 edited book scheduled to be published in the fall of 2017.
AAB Summer School 2017 takes place from 14 to 27 August 2017. Participants will be accommodated in the Pristina area, the largest city in Kosovo, with a population of over 400 000.
Did you know?
You will be visiting and seeing some of the most interesting and historical places of South Eastern Europe while on this program.
Kosovars are considered the most optimistic people in Europe. Despite their harsh past, they look forward to a better future. About half of Kosovo’s people are under the age of 25, Kosovo is a model of interethnic tolerance and coexistence for the entire country.
Think of the Law of Gravity and then try to make sense of Kosovo’s famous Gadime Cave where this basic law of physics seems not to apply. The Gadime Cave is home to some crystals that seem to break the law of gravity by growing upwards. The cave is considered to about 80,000 years old.
Now, if you have heard of Mother Teresa, think about being able to stand right on the grounds of her birth house. Her life story has served and continuous to serve as a helpful guide for many. An Albanian by origin, she was born in the city of Skopje, Macedonia.
This program is organized and administered by AAB College as a successor to the TBG Foundation’s Balkans Peace Program.
The AAB College
AAB College was established in 2002 as the first non-public higher education institution in Kosovo. Today with over 18 000 students, 42 study programs (BA and MA level), over 600 teaching staff, and campuses in three towns in Kosovo, AAB is the largest private higher education institution in the region.