On 29 June, ten students coming from the Eastern Partnership countries, who received the EU4Youth scholarships, finished their studies at the College of Europe in Natolin.
Their potential successors willing to widen their perspective on Europe can still follow their steps. Online applications for the academic year 2023/24 will be open from October 2022 till mid-January 2023.
At the graduation ceremony at the College of Europe in Natolin, held on 28 June, the Deputy Prime Minister for European and Euro-Atlantic Integration of Ukraine, Olha Stefanishyna, who, unable to physically attend the event, recorded a special message for the Natolin community, delivered a short keynote address. The Deputy Prime Minister reminded the students that “the EU was created to ensure peace and development on the European continent“, expressed her gratitude for the support of Ukrainian students through the initiative “We, Natolinians for Ukrainians” and urged the audience to try to create the world they would like to live in.
The message came at the end of the students 10-month academic journey, during which the students following the European Interdisciplinary Studies at Natolin chose their curriculum, amounting to a total 66 ECTS, from an offer comprising as many as 43 courses in the first semester and 83 in the second. In the process they specialised in one of the four majors enhancing the understanding of the European Union and its policies. The students gained up-to-date interdisciplinary knowledge on a range of topical interconnected issues such as energy governance, climate transition, security, and digital in the EU and its neighbourhoods.
Furthermore, as part of the academic programme, the students embarked on two week-long study trips. In the first semester they explored (intellectually and physically) the concept of Borderlands by visiting the regions located at the border of Poland and its neighbouring countries. In the second semester they could choose among three destinations: Brussels and Luxembourg, the Western Balkans (including Sarajevo and Mostar), and the Baltic States with Finland. Their intense itinerary was filled with exploration of breath-taking cultural venues, as well as meetings with top academics, representatives of media and NGOs, and top-level officials, such as the President of Montenegro.
In addition to the academic programme, the scholarship recipients could further improve their career prospects by attending a fully-fledged professional development programme, taking language courses, participating in academic extracurricular activities and student-led initiatives, such as the National Days. They could also benefit from special events with VIPs (the Prime Minister of Moldova Natalia Gavrilița, the Deputy Prime Minister of Ukraine Olha Stefanishyna, the Austrian Minister of EU Affairs Karoline Edtstadler, Stefano Sannino, Secretary General of EEAS, and Herman Van Rompuy, President Emeritus of the European Council). One of the highlights of the academic year was also the opportunity to follow the European Citizens’ Panel taking place in Natolin in the framework of the Conference on the Future of Europe.One of the EU4Youth scholarship beneficiaries, Barbare Okropiridze from Georgia, reiterates that the experience of Natolin taught her that “it is never too late to learn something new and if you are surrounded with the right people, you are not afraid of new challenges”. Would you like to experience what Natolin has to offer? Applications for the academic year 2023/2024 will open in October 2022 and close in mid-January 2023. Don’t miss out! Pre-register now at coleuropenatolin.eu to receive a reminder about the opening of applications.
The ‘EU4Youth Phase III Youth Employment and Entrepreneurship’ programme is co-funded by the EU and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Lithuania and implemented by the Lithuanian Central Project Management Agency (CPMA) in the Eastern Partnership countries (Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Georgia, Moldova and Ukraine).
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