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Wide Europe
Start date: 01 Sep 2014, End date: 31 Aug 2017 PROJECT  FINISHED 

Presidential Academy of Public Administration is willing to host a comprehensive study course in European integration to raise awareness, convey up-to-date knowledge, deepen understanding and promote competence on economic and sociopolitical issues of European integration processes and current interaction between EU and Eastern-European countries and a number of other key topics. The Academy carries out continuous education and professional training for the incumbent civil servants and public administrators and the course will be introduced in the curricula of the in-service students whose professional engagements will allow of further longstanding dissemination and implementation of the course’s content and outcomes. Apart from sporadic lectures with insignificant academic value so far no independent study cycle in European integration has been taught in Belarusian universities. The proposed project will promote excellence in teaching and research in EU studies as it is the first ever independent comprehensive study course in European integration in Belarus with overarching scope of examined issues, multidisciplinary approach to teaching and unconventional target audience in the framework of the country’s education system. Although the course will be attended by undergraduate students specializing in international relations its core content has been tailored for the in-service students, i.e. incumbent public administrators and the country’s key decision-makers, with the main aim to equip the latter with relevant knowledge on European integration processes, deepen their understanding of the EU policies and stretch their outlook for more effective foreign policies and actions. As the course will engage both academic thinkers and public policy practitioners it will serve as an effective tool for influencing and modernizing the country’s integration and foreign policies thus improving Belarus-EU relations and promoting democratic governance.
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