Launched in 2013, the Antall József Summer School is a twelve-day programme focusing on one of the most important regional partnerships of Europe, the Visegrad Cooperation. Through traditional and more interactive forms of education, including lectures, workshops, debates, roundtable discussions, and short trainings, the event series, organised annually, provides a profound analysis of the Visegrad Cooperation’s history, economy, energy policy, foreign and security policy, and sustainable development policy, as well as its business and innovation-related activities.
The 2019 event will revolve around the role of the Visegrad Countries in regional partnerships, such as the European Union, NATO, and the OSCE. Given the fact that 2019 marks the fifteenth anniversary of the V4 joining the EU and the 70th anniversary of signing the treaty that created NATO, the V4 are presented with the perfect opportunity to think about, rethink, and discuss their role played in such partnerships. In addition, as Slovakia assumes the chairmanship of the OSCE for the year 2019, participants will be able to gain a better understanding of the security cooperation between the Visegrad Countries, as well as Central Asian and North American states, and also the role of the Visegrad Cooperation in this political dialogue. The above-mentioned issues will be analysed in the light of current political and security policy events (for example, the European Parliamentary elections, Polish parliamentary elections, Slovakian presidential elections, the Brexit, or NATO missions) by talented young people coming from the Visegrad Countries, as well as the Western Balkan and the Eastern European member states. In addition to the educational programme, the Summer School also provides an avenue to learn more about the Central European culture and values, and other participants’ cultural heritage. For this purpose, museum visits, study trips, and other informal activities are also organised.
The Antall József Summer School is more than a two-week alternative educational programme. As talent management is a crucial part of AJKC’s portfolio, the Antall József Summer School is structured in a way so as to serve this mission, too. Our aim is to support talent and give opportunities to young experts who are keen on developing professionally. The fifth anniversary of the AJSS in 2017 provided us with the chance to establish the AJSS Alumni Society and launch our AJSS Alumni Leadership Programme and the Alumni Leadership Talks Series.
The AJSS Alumni Society is a network of participants of the previous instalments of AJSS. The majority of our former participants are either successful researchers or faculty members at various universities in Europe or North America, or they are building their career in public administration, diplomacy, or the private sector.
The Alumni Leadership Forum is an event organised in every two years to support outstanding former participants in their professional career. Our aim with the programme is to address those academically or professionally advanced former participants who have leadership potential and further aspiration to rise. In addition, we aim to develop a hub of talented young experts with high potential, who are dealing in their work with the Visegrad Cooperation and the broader Central and Eastern European region. During the Alumni Leadership Programme, we give them the opportunity to meet important decision makers, develop their leadership skills, and initiate new projects together.
The Alumni Leadership Talks Series is an event organised annually as part of AJSS. Every year, we invite our former participants to attend AJSS as speakers and lecturers and present their results.
Operating since 2010, the Antall József Knowledge Centre (AJKC) is a Budapest-based non-governmental organisation with an educational, publishing, and research profile. The Knowledge Centre’s main objectives, in line with the Antall philosophy, are talent management and providing students and young professionals with wide-ranging practical knowledge through various events. The Knowledge Centre is a think tank conducting research in topics such as the Visegrad Cooperation, the future global role of the US, China, and the Middle East, security policy, sustainable development, as well as technological and social innovation.
Our institution operates three international offices—dealing with the EU and the V4, the USA, and Asia and Africa—three thematic offices—focusing on security policy, sustainable development, and talent management,—two regional offices in Pécs and Győr, as well as the Brussels Office, all of which are working toward strengthening institutional relations both at the national and international level, developing scholarship and internship programmes, and boosting professional cooperation via international conferences, workshops, and event series.
The publishing activities of AJKC involve releasing professional publications, scientific works on political and social sciences (with special regard to security policy and international relations), as well as university textbooks.
The European Union and the Visegrad Cooperation are one of the cornerstones of the Knowledge Centre’s activities, given the fact that József Antall, the first freely-elected Prime Minister of Hungary who served from 1990 to 1993 and the namesake of the institution, initiated the revival of the V4 partnership and considered European integration as a factor playing a key role in the future of Hungary.
The EU-V4 Office organises various educational and professional programmes to a wider international audience, including workshops for both students and experts, EU career orientation presentations, and negotiation-simulation competitions. The Office also aims to release books and publications and conduct research that focus on the EU and the V4 Cooperation. Establishing and maintaining good relations with the institutions of the German- and French-speaking countries, as well as building a network that covers all of Europe and all Brussels-based EU institutions are the major objectives of the Office.