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Posted on on March 23rd, 2012
by Pincas Jawetz (


Project description

The Academic Council on the United Nations System, in close cooperation with the United Nations specialized agencies in Vienna (CTBTO, UNIS), the Czech and Hungarian United Nations Associations, the University of Vienna, the University of Economics (Prague), the University of Szeged, the Diplomatic Academy of Vienna, the European Peace University, the Austrian Federal Ministry for European and International Affairs and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Czech Republic is proud to announce the launch of the Regional Academy on the United Nations. This international project aims to assist students of international relations their knowledge of United Nations’ mission, values, and work.

The program will offer 40 students from Central European countries the possibility to attend lectures covering the wide range of United Nations activities, held by high-ranking practitioners, who will share their rich experience. It will be organized in form of international lecture sessions for students in participating countries and in addition, students will make field trips to the United Nations institutions in Vienna. This unique opportunity will enable them to talk to well-known experts and practitioners directly collaborating with United Nations. Moreover, students will be required to work in team and do research on topics relevant to the United Nations throughout the year. At the end of the program, they will present the outcomes of their collaboration before a jury of experts at the UN headquarters in Vienna.

Eligibility criteria

The program is open for Bachelor and Master students who study international relations, world politics and diplomacy in the partner universities. Applicants to the program will be selected based on their knowledge and interest in the United Nations. Eight to ten students from each country (Austria, Czech Republic, Hungary, Slovenia and Slovakia) will be chosen to participate in the program. After completing the program, students will be awarded a certificate of participation. Those who bring an outstanding contribution will be offered the opportunity of an internship at the UN office in Vienna.

Costs of the program

Participants of the program need to cover all their costs of transportation, accommodation and meals, however the sending institutions might provide funding for some of the costs. Organizer of each session will offer budget accommodation and meals for reasonable prices for the participants.


Preliminary Program:

9th -11th May 2012: session in Prague, Czech Republic

– “getting to know each other”, teambuilding activities, discussion about the UN system and their tasks throughout the year

– Topics: outer space, nuclear safety and security, UN peacekeeping missions

– Partners: Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Czech Republic, United Nations Information Centre Prague, State Office for Nuclear Safety, academia

– 3-day programme: lectures, case studies, visit at the office of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs

– Host organizations: Jan Masaryk Centre of International Studies, University of Economics, Prague, and Czech United Nations Association


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11th – 13th October, 2012: session in Szeged, Hungary

– Topics: migration, refugees

– Partners: UNHCR Regional Representation in Budapest, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Regional Immigration Office, academia

– 3-day programme: lectures, case studies, visiting a refugee camp

– Host organizations: University of Szeged and the United Nations Association Hungary


January, 2013: closing session in Vienna, Austria

– Topics: international organizations in practice, career opportunities workshop

– 3-day programme: visiting the UN organizations in Vienna International Center (including “A day with the CTBTO”) – introduction and insight into their work; meeting national representatives from Austria, Czech Republic, Hungary, Slovenia and Slovakia; presentation of research outcomes of the teams of students at the Annual Academic Council on the United Nations System Conference; career opportunities session hosted by both the United Nations Information Service and the Diplomatic Academy of Vienna; closing ceremony and awarding the diplomas.

– Host organizations: the Academic Council on the United Nations System (ACUNS), the Comprehensive Nuclear-Test-Ban Treaty Organization (CTBTO), the United Nations Information Service (UNIS) Vienna and the Diplomatic Academy of Vienna.



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