MIREES is an innovative graduate programme, taught entirely in English , unique in Italy and Europe, devoted to students that have a BA background in Economics, Politics, International Relations, History, Agricultural or Cultural studies at large, and would now like to acquire a specialized, in-depth knowledge of the Post-socialist Countries in transition, the new EU member States after the Enlargements of 2004 and 2007, as well as the New East-European Neighbour Countries.
MIREES combines an academic approach with professional training, forging potential insightful consultants, analysts, and managers as Area Experts for international agencies, public administrations, private and public companies, and NGOs, while also offering a solid basis for further academic studies at the PhD level.
In order to be accepted to the MIREES program, applicantsmust possess a BA Degree or any equivalent title obtained abroad, legallyrecognized, in one of the following fields of study: law, economics, politics,social science , geo-politics, demography, gender studies, psychology,anthropology, history, philosophy, literature, foreign languages, culturalstudies, agriculture science.
To fully benefit from the Master's inInterdisciplinary Research and Studies on Eastern Europe, thefollowing skills are required:
· agood knowledge of English language of at least level B2 in the Common EuropeanFramework of Reference (equivalent to TOEFL computer-based 213 points orTOEFL paper-based 550 points or TOEFL Internet-based 79 points; IELTS 6.0points or FCE B, or a B2 level certificate awarded by a University language center);
· basicIT skills;
· appropriateindividual culture based on solid knowledge in at least one of the followingfields: law, economics, politics, sociology, geo-politics, demography, genderstudies, psychology, anthropology, history, philosophy, literature, foreignlanguages, cultural studies, European and international agriculture science, aswell as a good knowledge of European and international economic and politicalcurrent affairs, which is usually provided by a Degree (BA).
Admittance to MIREES is based on an assessmentof the student's level of knowledge in the above-mentioned fields by anInternational Commission representing all partner Universities. The assessment isbased on conditions and procedures as indicated in the call for applications onthe basis of a set of criteria (e.g. assessment of degree, graduation mark andaverage of the study career grades, curriculum vitae, academic and non-academicworking experiences, personal motivations, endorsement letters, interview). Theseadmission criteria are established on a yearly basis by the MIREES IAB,confirmed by the Faculty Board of the Degree Program and published on the MIREES web page.
Lacking the appropriate documentation related to the abovementioned degree and qualifications, the admittance to MIREES is subject to a preliminary assessment by the IAB, which verifies whetherthe applicant possesses the required knowledge and competencies, if necessary,by means of an oral interview.
The international Master of ArtsMIREES is a Second cycle JointDegree (120 ECTS), jointly awarded by the School ofPolitical Sciences of the University of Bologna - Forlì Campus, VytautasMagnus University at Kaunas; Corvinus University of Budapest; Saint-PetersburgState University. MIREES is an innovative graduate program, taught entirely in English , unique in Italy and Europe, devoted to students thathave a BA background in Economics, Politics, International Relations, History,Agricultural or Cultural studies at large.
MIREES main characteristics are based on (1) an international Faculty(provided by partnership); (2) an international students' environment (providedby an internationally wide students' enrollment); (3) a compulsory students'mobility within the partnership; (4) a strong research component; (5) languageskills; (6) interdisciplinarity; (7) a wide and intensive methodology aimed toencourage active participation and to provide organizational, analytical, multifunctional,cross-cultural mindset skills and empathy towards the geopolitical Area ofspecialization.
Indeed, the main educational goals of MIREES Program are inspired by acomprehensive rationale, marked by the following:
Providing aspecialized, in-depth regional knowledge of the Post-socialist Countries intransition, the new EU member States after the Enlargements of 2004 and 2007,as well as the New East-European Neighbor Countries;
Encouraging an interdisciplinary approach, able to encompass economic, social, politicaland cultural studies and understand their interaction and interdependency;
Invigorating analytical skills with language expertise and transnational mobility,in order to get access to primary sources, strengthen the empathic approach tothe area of studies and diversities on the basis of the 1996 UNESCO report “Learning the Treasure Within” and itsfour pillars of education applied to MIREES peculiarities (i.e. Learning to know: the Area studies; Learning to do: analytical, research,organizational and other skills as reported in the above boxes; Learning to Live Together: thanks tomobility, international environment and cross-cultural communication; Learning to Be: building a strong senseof social responsibility to public and common goals in terms of trust,knowledge and cooperation).
Equipping thestudents with multifunctional abilities through an educational 2-years program,whose disciplinary learning goals are expended by a set of proficiencies interms of work organization, respect of deadlines, multiple obligations tofulfill, dynamic life experiences, transnational and cross- cultural commitments andchallenges.
Thanks to these comprehensive learning goals, MIREES combines anacademic approach with professional training, forging potential insightfulconsultants, analysts, and managers as Area Experts for international agencies,public administrations, Ministries and EU institutions, private and publiccompanies, NGOs, and Research and Study Centers, while also offering a solidbasis for further academic studies at the PhD level.
Students are expected to attend the first semester ofthe second year in one of the following partner Universities for at least 5-6months: Vytautas Magnus University at Kaunas, Corvinus University of Budapest,Saint Petersburg State University. The student mobility can be carried outalso at an associated partner University, on the basis of separate specificagreements, including the Universities of Ljubljana, Belgrade, Marmara and NewBulgarian.
The mobility is an integral part of the studentteaching program and is aimed at carrying out educational activities in orderto fulfill the required number of University credits as well as the researchactivities related to the master's thesis.
Living and studying for a semester in a MIREES PartnerUniversity allow students to combine knowledge, fieldwork, and concrete experience on the ground. In addition,they will become aware of the importance of learning different languages (evenless used or taught languages) and perspectives in order to get access to localprimary sources, to become more open minded and tolerant in the context ofmultilingual and multicultural Europe, to acquire an insightful empathy towardsthe Area for his/her own interest. As a result, they will be better prepared inmanaging differences, cross-cultural communication, transnational interactionas well as in rooting a sense of co-ownership of the process of Europeanintegration.
Therefore, as soon asthe 1st and 2nd term are spent in Italy, where in any case the Faculty isinternational and provided by the partner Universities, MIREES students canexperience their mobility and attend courses in the 3rd semester in anotheracademic institutions after the period of study in Italy.
The selection of the University partner forthe mobility period is to be negotiated with the MIREES International AcademicBoard (IAB) on the basis of the following:
The teaching plan and the thesis project
The student's skills developed during thefirst year of study in Forlì and motivation (including language skills)
The number of available exchange placesoffered by the hosting University.
MIREES mobility is provided by theLLP/Erasmus, by the Erasmus Mundus External Cooperation Window and by theMIREES Mobility Scheme (MMS, for European countries or students who are noteligible to the LLP/Erasmus scholarships) or by any other bilateralagreement with the University of Bologna.
Exceptions might be considered by the IAB andinvolve the Associate partners' Universities.
One of the main peculiarities of MIREES program is its research component.Particularly, students are strongly encouraged to improve their research anddata processing skills by collecting essential sources for their thesis work inthe geo-political field as well as in the selected disciplinary field throughfieldworks. This is one of the main task of their mobility experience in one ofthe Partner Universities during the 3rd semester. In other words, students areexpected to take benefit from their mobility by deepening their knowledge whilevisiting their geopolitical area of specialization, and by doing fieldworkresearch. Moreover, in order to strengthen the research dimension, a compulsorymethodological seminar is foreseen during the second year (between February andMarch), when students are expected to present a work-in-progress of theirthesis research, including research questions, bibliography, and one chapter toan international Commission of Mirees professors. These work-in-progressseminars take place in the Universities were students spend their mobility andin Forlì, for those who are spending the mobility in Associated Universities.Furthermore, during the second year, students are warmly invited to apply toapply and submit paper proposals to international convention: if included inpanels they can compete for a MIREES grant.
The 4th semester, when no teaching activity isscheduled, is completely devoted to the thesis writing and implementation.
Finally, during the whole academic year and for thepurpose of expanding its range of cultural activities, MIREES organizes orpromotes together with other subjects, many extra-curricular activities (inparticular conferences, seminars, workshops, book presentations, cinema events,summer schools) on topics relating to the challenges of modern society inpolitical, historical, economic and sociological thought concerning the Eastwardenlargement of EU, relationships with new neighbors and the changes takingplace in Central, Eastern Europe and the Balkans.
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