Upcoming Courses and Events

2017-2018 Regional Academy on the United Nations (RAUN, in cooperation with GPA)
10 - 12 May 2017, Bratislava
4 - 6 September 2017, Prague
16 - 18 January 2018, Vienna
The 2017-2018 RAUN sessions will contribute to the ongoing debate and discussion on the contribution of women and girls in achieving global peace and security. It will discuss the efforts of implementing relevant targets of the Sustainable Development Goals; the United Nations Global Counter Terrorism Strategy; the United Nations Secretary General Plan of Action to Prevent Violent Extremism; Resolution 1325 and its subsequent reviews; Other United Nations’ instruments related to involvement of women and girls in global peace and security. For the program see here.
upon invitation

Policy Advisers Course for Eastern Partners
22 – 26 January 2018, Sandö (Sweden)
Organized by the OSCE Office for Democratic Institutions and Human Rights (ODIHR) and SPP's Global Policy Academy, this intensive training program aims at strengthening the professionalism and policymaking knowledge of 30 policy professionals, particularly in the area of foreign policy. The 5-day course focuses on enhancing practical skills and competences vital for deliberating, shaping and implementing policy. It provides knowledge and understanding of the roles and tasks of the foreign policy advisers within the policy cycle, analytical tools, advising techniques, speech writing, negotiation and public communication. Individuals from Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Georgia, Moldova and Ukraine are welcome to apply.
open enrolment
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Roma Health and Policy: Equality and Participation
6 - 10 March 2018, Budapest
Substantial evidence suggest that the health status of Roma is significantly less favorable than that of the general population independent of the country in which they live. Despite various policy initiatives and targeted interventions in countries of Central and South-Eastern Europe, however, progress has been limited in reducing health inequalities endured by Roma. This executive workshop, co-organized by Open Society’s Public Health Program and CEU’s Global Policy Academy, will provide an opportunity for public health professionals, experts and civil society representatives from the region to share resources relevant for improving Roma health and to define future collaborative interventions to support efforts at Roma inclusion in national health policies.
more information will be available soon

Action Research, Effective Writing, Visualization and Advocacy
9 - 14 April 2018, Budapest
This 6-day training will engage OSF policy fellows in a series of discussions on how to re-think evidence-based, forward-looking and data-enabled policy advocacy. The first segment will familiarize fellows with the most important methods for data collection, analysis and operationalisation of research questions. It will draw on quantitative and qualitative methodological approaches. The second segment introduces the fundamentals of research design with an emphasis on how to present data in charts and tables and how to conduct and interpret more complex statistical analyses. The final segment will then train fellows on how to structure analytical reports, papers and briefs and write effectively. It will also equip them with practical skills of effective advocacy planning for their policy paper, popularization of findings for decision makers, civil society, media and general population.
upon invitation

Reversing the Resource Curse
16 – 26 April 2018, Budapest
Co-organized with the Natural Resource Governance Institute (NRGI), the two-week course is designed to equip a pool of exceptional individuals from civil society, government, international organizations, and academia with the knowledge and tools necessary to help reverse the "resource curse." Specifically, the course will examine the political economy of governance in resource-rich states and look into how it impacts policy debates and practice, both domestically as well as internationally. Already in its 6th year, the course will also offer practical lessons for policy improvement, based on best practices from across the globe, targeting individuals already engaged in the management and/or oversight of extractive industries.
open enrolment
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Migration Policy in a European Context
3 - 4 May 2018, Budapest
17 - 18 May 2018, Vienna
7 - 8 June 2018, Budapest
Over six modules between April and June 2018, high-level migration policy experts and practitioners will focus on issues raised by contemporary migratory dynamics, steering and integration capacities by the nation-state, the changing architecture of global migration governance as well as regional, local and municipal responsibilities. Special attention will be paid to the interplay between international/regional arrangements and domestic policy processes, as well as to the different and complementary roles of government branches. Supported by OSF's International Migration Initiative (IMI) and Open Society Initiative For Europe,  the course will be open to CEU and SPP students, to refugees, as well as to migration professionals based in Budapest, Vienna, Belgrade and Bratislava (both government agencies and NGOs).
open enrolment (more information available soon)

Policy Advisers Course for Western Balkan Partners
June 2018, Budapest
Organized by the OSCE Office for Democratic Institutions and Human Rights (ODIHR) and SPP's Global Policy Academy, this intensive training program aims at strengthening the professionalism and policymaking knowledge of 30 policy professionals, particularly in the area of foreign policy. The 5-day course focuses on enhancing practical skills and competences vital for deliberating, shaping and implementing policy. It provides knowledge and understanding of the roles and tasks of the foreign policy advisers within the policy cycle, analytical tools, advising techniques, speech writing, negotiation and public communication. Individuals from Serbia, Montenegro, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Albania, Kosovo and Macedonia are welcome to apply.
open enrolment (more information available soon)