Odesa, 7 March – Today EUBAM HQ hosted a visiting group of students and professors of the Natolin Campus of the College of Europe. The College is among a number of international higher educations and research institutions with which EUBAM shared it expertise over the last months. Others include the Warsaw-based Centre for Eastern Studies, the Carnegie Europe Foundation, the International Peace Institute, and the Eurasia-Slavic Research Center of Hokkaido University.
The EUBAM Head of Mission, Ambassador Andrew Tesoriere, held a lively inter-active question and answer session with the visiting staff and students. In opening the discussion, he said “EUBAM values the College’s sustained interest in the broader issues underlying EUBAM’s work, notably the regional strategic outlook, and trends in border management and trade facilitation. Such educational links, we believe, showcase the practical work of the EU, contribute to the associated academic research of institutions of higher education and inform and motivate students in their career ambitions.”
Sociology professor Georges Mink commented “Our College has a privilege to bring the students to different countries and let them gain the deep understanding of EU priorities in the Eastern Partnership countries. EUBAM is an important element of EU strategy in the region. The up-to-date border security information the students have received during the discussion will widen their horizons and help in their professional life.”
Azerbaijani studnet Lialifa Ibragimova expressed enthusiasm for her visit to EUBAM. “Often we study various EU policies from the distance. Visits like this help to enrich our theoretical knowledge with hands-on experience on the full cycle of EU Missions’ operations from the planning process to implementation.”
The College of Europe is a post-graduate education institution with campuses in Bruges (Belgium) and Warsaw (Poland). The College provides the students with profound understanding of the EU’s political, legal, economic and international core issues, and to prepares them for leadership functions requiring a strategic understanding of European matters.