Politics and Policy Making at the Local Level

Internationalization of university studies
Elaborated by:
Daniel Klimovský
Project description
Mission and aims
• For CEE is typical just recent interest in the modern local
government studies
• The project aims at:
– enhancing the focus on local government or related issues
– advancing courses linked to local government
• First step: individual connections to several colleagues
• Second step: institutionalization of the partnership (agreements)
• Third step: agreement on collaboration within IP and
implementation of related activities
• Fourth step: evaluation and agreement on continuation
• Further (future) steps:
– new partner universities
– extension of activities (research, guest lectures, etc.)
Focus and intentions of partners
• Project is aimed at the field of local government and related
• Programme as well as partnership is interdisciplinary backgrounds of the participants vary a lot:
human geography
political science management
public administration
regional science public policy
• Partners wans to share their knowledge and experience in
order to improve/increase their capacities
• Unique combination of high-level keynote lectures, interactive
seminars/workshops and presentations/discussions from practice
• Keynote lectures are given by the well-known and distinguished
• Young teachers play both role of participants (keynote lectures)
and role of teachers (seminars/workshops) – i.e. they teach and
learn themselves at the same time
• Final results include evaluation of essays, written tests, and open
coloquial debates
• 4 ECTS
1st POL-LOC Summer School
Erasmus - IP
• Organizator: Faculty of Economics, Technical University of
• Main coordinator: Dr. Daniel Klimovský
• Duration and venue: 19 June – 3 July 2011, Košice (Slovakia)
• Stage: first year of the project
• Number of participants: 30 students + 10 teachers
• Partner universities: 6 universities
Academic extension
• Total number of participants: 52 students + 14 teachers
• Specialized partners: 3 expert/scientific organizations
• Other partner universities: 9 universities
Keynote lectures I
Emília Sičáková-Beblavá, Slovakia
Robert Hertzog, France
Michal Illner, Czech Rep.
Anders Lidström, Sweden
Tomáš Sabol, Slovakia
Alexandru Stratan, Moldova
Milan Vemić, Serbia
Soňa Čapková, Slovakia
Oto Hudec, Slovakia
Veli Kreci, FYR of Macedonia
Gaari Raagmaa, Estonia
Katarína Staroňová, Slovakia
István Tosza, Hungary
Keynote lectures II
Seminars and workshops I
• Seminars and workshops included:
– students‘ presentations (local government systems)
– seminars and workshops prepared by young teachers:
Michaela Bátorová, Slovakia
Saša Drezgić, Croatia
Diana Camelia Iancu, Romania Petr Jüptner, Czech Rep.
Daniel Klimovský, Slovakia
Uroš Pinterič, Slovenia
Katarzyna Radzik, Poland
Jan Stejskal, Czech Rep.
Miriam Šebová, Slovakia
Tomáš Želinský, Slovakia
Viera Žúborová, Slovakia
Seminars and workshops II
Other presentations/discussions I
• List of other presenters/discussants included the
representatives of:
– Government of the Slovak Republic (Commissioner for
Territorial Self-Government)
– Municipal associations of Slovakia and the Czech Republic
– Transparency International Slovakia
– ETP Slovakia
– Agency for Support of Regional Development, Košice
– Project Košice 2013 – European Capital of Culture
Other presentations/discussions II
Social activities and entertainment I
• Social activities included:
– ice-breaking activities:
high ropes (Tarzania)
ZOO in Košice
summer bobsleigh
– trip UNESCO Sights in Eastern Slovakia:
Manor House in Betliar Aragonite Cave in Ochtiná
Spiš Castle
Town of Levoča
– music performance of Ólafur Arnalds (Iceland)
– bowling contest between teams composed of participants
Social activities and entertainment II
Donors / sponsors / supporters
Media partners
2nd POL-LOC Summer School
Duration and place
• Košice, Slovakia
• 1-15 July 2012
• The event was organized under the auspices of the
– Member of the European Parliament, Mr. Vladimír Maňka
– Mayor of Košice, Mr. Richard Raši
– Dean of the Faculty of Economics, Technical University of
Košice, Mr. Vincent Šoltés
Keynote lectures I
Hellmut Wollmann, Germany
Ulrik Kjaer, Denmark
Maroš Finka, Slovakia
Ján Buček, Slovakia
Georg Sootla, Estonia
William Gilles, France
Piotr Pachura, Slovakia
James H. Svara, USA
Arto Haveri, Finland
Darina Malová, Slovakia
Attila Ágh, Hungary
Ellen Wayenberg, Belgium
Agnieszka Pawlowska, Poland
Inga Vilka, Latvia
Keynote lectures II
Other lectures/seminars/workshops/
presentations I
Adrián Des Champs, Argentina
Michaela Bátorová, Slovakia
Liviu Andrei, Romania
Daniel Klimovský, Slovakia
Katarzyna Radzik, Poland
Liviu Andrei, Romania
Jozef Šuľak, Slovakia
Oltion Kadaifciu, Albania
Olga Sharapova, Russia
Ekaterina Mikhailova, Russia
Saša Drezgić, Croatia
Petr Jüptner, Czech Rep.
Uroš Pinterič, Slovenia
Jan Stejskal, Czech Rep.
Tomáš Želinský, Slovakia
Blanka Berkyová, Slovakia
Marek Isak, Slovakia
Other lectures/seminars/workshops/
presentations II
Social activities and entertainment I
– ice-breaking activities:
high ropes (Tarzania)
mini golf
summer bobsleigh
football match
– trip UNESCO Sights in Eastern Slovakia:
Manor House in Betliar
Cave in Gombasek
Ice Cave in Dobšiná
Spiš Castle
– entertainment in aqua-parks (Poprad / Prešov)
– barbecue
– bowling contest between teams composed of participants
– farewell party
Social activities and entertainment II
• 43 students-participants and 18 young teachersparticipants
Competition between the students
• Every student-participant was included
• 100 pts.:
– Essay (30 pts.)
– Written test (30 pts.)
– Oral exam (40 pts.)
• Certificates
• Six students with the best results were awarded
The best student
Sweet surprise
100 eur (in cash)
One-month stay in the European Parliament
• Special prize for the best PhD student/candidate
– Participation in the EUROLOC summer school
Donors/sponsors and other partners
Media partners
Experience – pros and cons
Experience – pros
• International recognition – TUKE became well-known at
different universities / international institutions or
• Networking – students / young teachers / keynote
lecturers / other presenters
• Improvement of the study programmes at the partner
• Motivation for the students and young teachers to be
more interested in local political issues
Experience – cons
• Logistical difficulties – travel tickets, expectations and
• Administrative difficulties
• Time management – it is impossible to find optimal
dates of IP
Project POL-LOC
Faculty of Economics, TU of Košice
Nemcovej 32
04001 Košice
[email protected]

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