The head of the Research and Projects Office Dr. Diturije Ismaili and the head of the Department of Economics Assoc. Prof. Dr. Eglantina Hysa participated in the Bridge Building Summer School on Social Welfare which took place from July 10 to 14, 2017 at the European Centre for Social Welfare Policy and Research, in Vienna.
The summer school aimed at contributing to more European Cohesion by building capacities of different stakeholders across sectors and countries; providing training on innovative approaches, good practices and up-to-date research results; as well as joint development of relevant research projects. The summer school was co-funded by the Central European Initiative and particularly addresses stakeholders with expertise on Albania, Armenia, Azerbaijan, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Georgia, Kosovo, Macedonia, Moldova, Montenegro, Serbia, Turkey and Ukraine.
The summer school stimulated an interactive, participatory and reflective learning process amongst the participants. Various innovative learning methods were applied such as design thinking, concept maps, brain walking and peer learning. The summer school also provided training in project acquisition and management, which helps participants to develop preliminary project ideas by taking a hands-off approach and support them by providing hints on how to best respond to upcoming calls of various programmes (e.g. IPA/EU-funded calls as Erasmus+, Horizon2020 and other Bilateral Calls) with collaborative research projects.
Participants of the BB Summer School participated as well in the EESPN Public Forum held on July 12, 2017 titled “Divided Society – Cohesive Europe?”, organized in the Ministry of Social Affairs.