ANU students selected for a European encounter
ANU students selected for the DAAD ‘Encounter Europe’ course in Germany
Six ANU students participate in the two‑week ‘Encounter Europe’ intensive course European Academy in Otzenhausen (Germany) during 4‑17 December 2011. The Academy organises the course on behalf of the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD), which selected 28 undergraduate and graduate students from Australia and New Zealand on academic merit through a competitive process.
The ANU Centre for European Studies participated in the selection process at DAAD in Sydney. The Centre Director, Professor Jacqueline Lo, said: ‘This is an excellent outcome for the ANU and a great opportunity for students to gather experience with the operations of key institutions of the European Union.’
The ANU students are Ms Farzaneh Edraki, Mr Brodie Warren and Mr Sham Sara (all three Bachelor of Arts/Law), Mr Ingram Niblock (Graduate Diploma of Strategic Studies), Mr Aslan Mesbah (Masters in Diplomacy and Strategic Studies) and Mr Leif Eldridge Smith (Bachelor of Law/Actuarial Studies).
DAAD funds the costs of tuition, local travel and accommodation of the students. The course introduces students to the political, economic and environmental issues of European integration. From Otzenhausen, the course takes the students on study trips to Saarbruecken and Trier, Luxembourg (European Court of Justice), Strasbourg (European Parliament, European Court of Human Rights in Strasbourg), and to Germany’s former capital Bonn.
Mr Mesbah said that the course ‘is a great and rare opportunity to gain an in depth knowledge and firsthand experience of the workings of the EU’. Mr Eldridge‑Smith declared that he has an ‘interest in Europe’s pioneering efforts to push the scope of international cooperation beyond commerce, and into judicial and executive policy‑making.’ Ms Edraki added: ‘What particularly draws me to the European Academy is its emphasis on human rights and the maxim of sustainable development as its core principles.’ Mr Niblock is looking forward to the course, ‘because I hope that my future research and career will focus heavily on Europe’. Mr Sara agreed that the course will help him to gain ‘a clearer understanding of the nature of higher degree research that I may pursue in the future’.
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