About the workshop

In collaboration with Andrássy University, Corvinus University of Budapest, the University of Pécs and in agreement with the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Hungary, the Antall József Knowledge Centre organized a weekend of workshops for the young talented university students or researchers.

Launching this particular event perfectly fitted into the profile of the Knowledge Centre, since our institution finds it of crucial importance to help educated young people, especially from the field of political and social sciences, to manage themselves on the road of becoming more professional.

The goals of the project

The aim of this series of workshops was twofold. Beyond the above mentioned intention of further nurturing professionalism in the educated youth of the Central European area, our institution, with this workshop, was to offer solutions to the divisions  – which are cultural, linguistic, ethnic and religious in nature  – Central European had faced during its history.

For these purposes, the seventeen participants – who came from nine countries of the Central European Initiative; that is, Austria, Croatia, the Czech Republic, Hungary, Italy, Poland, Romania, Serbia, Slovakia as well as Germany– discussed, in the form of coordinated debates, the questions of migration and ethnic minorities.

The tasks of the participants

Each of the participants was asked to present two topics: one of them being a brief presentation, with a maximum time frame of 5 minutes, on the minority regulations or migration policies of their home countries; while the second included a topic of their own choosing within the section they applied for.

After the closure of the workshop, students summarized their thoughts in an Action Plan to provide the participating countries with creative and innovative suggestions for regional development, and to provide university students with good impressions and ideas that they can take away with them to their countries and universities. The aforementioned Action Plan was discussed by the Cultural Committee of the Central European Initiative and was received well by them.