MINELRES: Peace Studies in Austria (apply by 15 Sept. 2006)

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Tue Aug 22 19:20:16 2006

Original sender: Dietrich Fischer <102464.1110@compuserve.com>

University Center for Peace Studies (EPU), Stadtschlaining, Austria
Website www.epu.ac.at, Email epu@epu.ac.at, Tel +43-3355-2498-515.

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We wish to invite you to join a select group of 44 students from
around the world in an intensive course in peace and conflict
studies at the European University Center for Peace Studies (EPU)
in Stadtschlaining, Austria.  All the courses are taught in
English, by leading specialists in their field from around the
world, including Johan Galtung, one of the founders of the academic
discipline of peace research and frequent mediator in international
conflicts.  Studying with the founder of a new academic discipline
is a rare opportunity, like studying philosophy with Socrates.
EPU offers students a well-rounded program covering Peace with
Security, Development, Freedom, Nature and Culture.

The Program, established in 1988 by Dr. Gerald Mader, Founder and
President of the Austrian Study Center for Peace and Conflict
Resolution, received the 1995 UNESCO Prize for Peace Education.

In addition to attending courses, students get to know each other
closely and conclude friendships for a lifetime. In spring of 2006,
we had 42 students from 29 countries from five continents, half
from Africa, Asia and Latin America. Many former students said that
studying at EPU was the best time of their life.  Peace Studies are
a highly interdisciplinary and growing academic field.  Students
who have successfully completed our program are well grounded in
both theory and practice to face the challenges of global conflict
transformation.  We are happy and proud that many of our former
students now have thriving careers in international organizations,
NGOs, business, universities, or work with their governments.

TOPICS INCLUDE: Introduction to Peace Studies, Cross-Cultural
Communication, Peaceful Conflict Transformation, Human Rights,
International Law, Governance, Participation, the Global Economy,
Peacebuilding and Development, Safeguarding a Livable Environment,
Demilitarization, Nonviolence, Security, United Nations Reform,
Mediation, Peace Education, Peace and the Media, Reconciliation
after Violence, Peace and Deep Culture.  In addition, there are
several academic excursions.  For a more detailed explanation of
the program, a course calendar and a catalogue with course
descriptions, see www.epu.ac.at

Spring term 2007: 4. February - 28. April  (Apply by 15 Sep. 2006)
Summer term 2007: 3. June - 25. August     (Apply by 15 Jan. 2007)
Fall term 2007:   1. October - 22 December (Apply by 15 Mar. 2007)

LOCATION: Stadtschlaining is a beautiful, small and quiet medieval
town with a 766-year old castle hosting a peace museum, in the
foothills of the Alps, between Vienna and Graz, surrounded by
hiking trails, with a hot spring and spa nearby.  Classrooms and 44
single rooms with private bath are located in a new building.

PEACE LIBRARY: next to the castle is a famous peace library with
25,000 books and many films, most of them in English.

WHO SHOULD APPLY: Students from any discipline interested in peace
and conflict resolution, young diplomats, government officials, NGO
members, teachers, journalists, lawyers, social workers, officers,
psychologists, and anyone interested in solving conflicts by
peaceful means. A first university degree (bachelors or equivalent)
is required, and preferably some professional experience.

DEGREES: Those who successfully complete one trimester obtain a
Certificate in Peace and Conflict Studies.  Those who complete
three trimesters (Fall, Spring and Summer) and write a thesis
obtain a Master of Arts in Peace and Conflict Studies, approved by
the Austrian Ministry of Education.  Students can begin in any of
the three trimesters.  The three trimesters need not be taken in
succession, they can be spread over several years if preferred.

COSTS: Euro 2500 tuition + Euro 1400 room rent per trimester, plus
a Euro 700 fee for two thesis advisers for the Master of Arts
program, or 12'400 Euro for the entire MA program.  A few highly
competitive full scholarships are available for applicants from
focal countries of Austria's development cooperation (for one
trimester only).  Some partial scholarships are also available.

FOR MORE INFORMATION AND TO APPLY: see www.epu.ac.at, and click on
"European University Center for Peace Studies", second on the left.
If you have further questions, please contact Anita Flasch, EPU
Administrative Assistant <epu@epu.ac.at>, Tel +43-3355-2498-515
(mornings). We will be happy to answer your questions and help you.

EPU does not discriminate on the basis of (among others) gender,
race, class, age or national origin.

With best regards, Dietrich Fischer, Academic Director, EPU


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