From the 31st of October to the 2nd of November, 2017 an event aimed at high school and University students interested in Regional Studies was held on the site of the Regional Studies and National Economies Department of the International Relations Faculty. The event was registered as Young Regional Studies Specialist School and was attended by 14 students from different educational institutions of Voronezh and the region.
The School program was very intensive. The event included lectures and seminars delivered by the Department lecturers on relevant international, political, economic and legal aspects of European regions development, foreign language learning workshops and communication with students of the Department.
Three international projects implemented at the Department according to the European Erasmus+ Jean Monnet Actions program “Educational Module” were introduced to the participants:
The students took a great interest in the role-play "Council of Europe", which considered the problem of mass refugee influx to Europe. The game was organized by Associate Professor N. E. Zhurbina as part of the Educational Module "Migration in the European Union: Problems and Prospects". The participants were not only the guests of the Young Regional Studies Specialist School, but also Bachelor’s degree students in their final year.
The goal of the game was to familiarize both university and high school students with migration and refugee problems in the EU.
The course of the game:
Stage 1 – students select EU countries, whose interests they wish to represent in the Council of Europe.
Stage 2 – students study the present demographic and migration situation in the selected countries.
Stage 3 – holding a meeting in the Council of Europe to consider the distribution of refugees in the EU, followed by a discussion of the countries’ representatives.
Stage 4 – summing up and signing the resolution.
The students faced a difficult task: they had to represent the interests of the selected countries relying on the analysis of the current demographic and migration situation and to agree on a way to distribute 50 000 refugees who, according to legend, have recently arrived at the territory of the EU.
The joint work of the School and University students showed not only their good knowledge of the topic of migration in the EU, but also keen interest of Secondary School students in this issue.
Natalia Zhurbina, Associate Professor at the Regional Studies and National Economies Department of the International Relations Faculty, and Elena Yakushkina, Associate Professor at the History of Philosophy Department of the Philosophy and Psychology Faculty, were participants of the International Forum “European Higher Education Area: Development Trends” held on the 18th of May, 2017.
The forum involved a teleconference with Snejina Nikolova, project adviser of Erasmus+ Jean Monnet Actions (EACEA), during which the Project participants delivered a presentation of the Module “Migration in the European Union: Problems and Prospects”, as well as intermediary results of its implementation.
On 26 June 2017 the panel discussion on the topic “About Demographic Situation in the Voronezh Region and Implementation of the State Family Policy Concept in Russia to 2025” was held in the Information and Business Center (library 1). The event was initiated by “Independent Women’s Democratic Initiative”, a non-profit organization.
E. I. Yakushkina, Assistant Professor (VSU), gave a speech on gender dimensions of family policy and sociocultural aspects of migration in the Voronezh region in the context of migration processes in the EU.
The panel discussion was attended by members of the “Independent Women’s Democratic Initiative” (19 representatives), the Central District Administration and the District Registry Office (8 representatives).
On the 8th of April, 2017 the 6th UN International Student Model was held at the International Relations Faculty. The participants were not only Russian but also foreign students.
This year’s meetings of the United Nations Committees were devoted to International Migration problems. Thus, the Second Student General Assembly considered the issue of international migration, its problems and prospects. The working language of the section was English. The chief foreign expert of the Assembly was Martin Tamke, Professor of the Theology Faculty, Director of the European Center of the Göttingen University (Göttingen, Germany).
27 people took part in the work of the Committee. Among the delegates were students of the International Relations Faculty and high-school students as well as two foreign delegations: the US delegation of five members and the German delegation of two members. The US delegation was represented by students from Utah and Texas. The German delegation was represented by students of the Göttingen University.
During the work of the Committee no coalitions were formed, so all the delegates worked on the Joint Resolution Draft, the basic draft copy of which was prepared by the delegation from Nigeria. During informal debate with no presidency some amendments to the operational part of the Resolution Draft were proposed by the delegations of France, Germany, Great Britain and Russia. The Resolution developed by the Second Committee of the General Assembly was adopted.
The Resolution is comprised of 8 Paragraphs of the Preamble and 12 Paragraphs of the body. This document appeals to countries to aim at cooperation and compromise, emphasizing the importance of the International Law to migrants (especially to women and children), and recommends that countries should support migrants via socioeconomic programs. In addition, special attention was drawn to border security, identity check and development of security measures to prevent terrorist threats. Special attention was drawn to the International Refugee Organization, which should closely cooperate with the UN and its bodies.
The meeting of the Second Committee of the Voronezh UN Model General Assembly was aimed at discussing international migration issues. As a result, a collection of articles is to be published, that will outline the position of the Committee as a whole, as well as the positions of the individual delegates.