SPP’s Iryna Koval Selected ‘Best Student’ at U.N. Young Scholar Session

January 15, 2018

2nd year MPA student Iryna Koval was recognised as “best student” in the final session of a multi-disciplinary program hosted by the Regional Academy on the United Nations (RAUN) based in Vienna. The year-long course trains young scholars on issues related to the U.N.  and was this year devoted to “Women and Girls in a Changing World”.

40 students competitively selected from universities in Prague, Bratislava, Vienna, Szeged and Budapest mastered a program of meetings in several countries. Koval was one of three SPP students who participated in the four-credit elective. The capstone project they developed in teams with U.N agencies contributed to the ongoing debate on the role of women and girls in achieving global peace and security.

Iryna Koval wrote her research paper for the Vienna-based U.N. Office for Disarmament Affairs. In it, she evaluated the overall impact of the Office’s women scholarship for peace initiative.

“The RAUN program was an excellent opportunity to better understand the U.N. system, learn from leading experts and scholars in the field of gender equality, and build lasting friendships with students from around the world”, Koval said. 

SPP participated in the RAUN program through its Global Policy Academy. The course will be offered again in spring 2018.