February 23, 2012

Summer Academy 'Challenges of Sustainable Development'

Three-week Summer Academy Challenges of Sustainable Development is one of the most important educational events connected to sustainability in Poland. More than 350 people took part in it since 1998. Since the 12th edition we accept also participants from abroad. This year the Academy will be held on 08-28 July 2012 in Kartuzy, Pomerania Region, Poland.

Who can take part in the course?
The course is addressed to students and PhD students, researchers as well as representatives of the business, administration and NGO-sector from the Central and Eastern Europe and the Baltic Sea Region. Students represent different areas and specialties, especially they were: nature protection and environmental engineering, architecture, management, economic sciences, agriculture, biology, ecology, arts, history, journalism.

How can I take part in this course?
If you want to take part in 15th edition of our Summer Academy, you should send an application form, that is available on our website. An integral element of the recruitment process is also two-step e-learning course that we will provide from 10th March 2012.  

What is the subject of the course?
Sustainable development: explanation of the concept, theory from different perspectives and practical workshops and projects. The course includes also additional activities which integrates the group such as dance classes or hiking.

What can I expect from this course?
The programme includes: lectures, debates, workshops, simulation games, country activities and practical projects in the domain of sustainable development. Guided by experienced instructors from Poland and abroad, the participants work on two important practical projects. First concentrates on the implementation of sustainable development principles into the municipality; the other into the companies or institutions.

Application and Participation 

Please submit the application form till the 7th of March 2012.

60 people will be selected during phase 1 (the application form as well as the short exam result and the essay will be taken into consideration). They will be invited to participate in the 2nd part of the e-learning course - Applications of sustainable development. This part will consist of several individual and group tasks related to sustainable cities development and CSR. 28 persons that will show us their motivation to take part in the ChoSD course and a high level of engagement will be granted a scholarship to take part for free in the 15th edition of the Summer Academy ChoSD in Kartuzy between 8th and 28th of July 2012.

The additional criteria taken into account will be:
  • fluency in English,
  • country of the applicant (approximately 60% of participants will be from Poland, from other CEE and Baltic countries we will accept up to 3 participants from a certain country taking into consideration the number of application from a given country),
  • specialization (the course has an interdisciplinary character and we try to create a diverse group of participants to share knowledge and experience in their fields).
You will be informed about the final results at the end of May, but the course tutors on constant basis will provide feedback to the applicants. All of the participants who fulfill all of the course tasks will be granted a certificate that they graduated the Application of sustainable development course.

Website: http://www.sendzimir.org.pl/en/course
Contact: Marcin Walkow, Promotion&Communication Specialist, 
e-mail: marcin.walkow@sendzimir.org.pl 

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