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University of Bologna - MIREES: call for applications

Dear colleagues and friends,

We would like to pass on information about the two-year Master of Arts in Interdisciplinary Research and Studies on Eastern Europe (MIREES) which might be of interest for your students.

This program was launched some years ago by the University of Bologna, Italy; it is taught entirely in English (120 ECTS) and provides a joint diploma of the Universities of Bologna, Ljubljana, Vytautas Magnus University at Kaunas, Corvinus University of Budapest and, from the next Academic Year 2009-2010, the State University of St Petersburg. MIREES students will spend the first year in Forlì (one of the five campuses of the University of Bologna), while in the second year a minimum of 5 months will be spent at Partner Universities and, in particular cases, at MIREES Associated Universities in the Balkans. A mobility grant is offered to all enrolled students.

More detailed information on the teaching plan and the Faculty, together with the application form, can be found at our web site: www.mirees.unibo.it. The deadline for applications is May 15th, 2009 .

The program is especially recommended for prospective PhD students . Our best alumni are currently attending doctorate programs at the Universities of Oxford, Kent, the New School in New York and other prestigious international academic institutions. Moreover, the program is designed to forge analysts, area experts, consultants and mediators, to meet the needs of research institutes, the European Commission, international agencies, voluntary organizations and NGO’s, public administration, managers, corporations and banks located in East-Central Europe and the Balkans or promoting investments in these regions. Most of our alumni have found employment precisely in these fields.

The MIREES program offers specialized, in-depth knowledge of the post-socialist countries in transition, the new EU member states, and the new East-European neighbour countries to students with a BA in Economics, Politics, International Relations, History, Languages (and Slavic languages in particular), agricultural studies and cultural studies generally.

The program aims at developing language skills . MIREES offers courses in Bosnian-Croatian-Serbian, Bulgarian, basic and advanced Russian, and Slovak (Hungarian and Lithuanian are also available in the 2nd year), as well as Italian for foreigners as an additional option. The curriculum stresses interdisciplinary studies in the economics of transition; politics and international relations; media studies; and history and cultural studies focused on Central, Eastern Europe and the Balkans. Thirdly, the international dimension of the programme is enhanced through student mobility, by an international faculty composed of prominent scholars of international repute, and a genuinely international student body. (In the previous five cycles we enrolled students from 21 countries including the US, Mexico, Russia, Georgia, Estonia, Macedonia, Croatia, Bulgaria, Hungary, Serbia, Germany, the United Kingdom, Turkey, Albania, Poland, Armenia, Norway, Slovenia, Bosnia-Herzegovina and, of course, Italy.)

Should you need further information, please feel free to contact the Tutor of the course at
facscpol-fo.tutormirees at unibo.it or the Faculty Student Office (info.spfo at unibo.it , phone +39.0543.374145).

Thank you very much for your kind attention and cooperation.

Best regards,
Prof. Stefano Bianchini
Director, Master of Arts MIREES




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