Faculty of ManagementComenius University in Bratislava

Activities

11th international students‘ conference to commemorate the Day of Europe

Activities organised within Jean Monnet programme

Jean Monnet Programme’s anniversary

The Jean Monnet program aims to bring together academics and researchers working in the field of European affairs. Under this program, the emphasis is placed on studying and researching on EU integration issues highlighting proper understanding of Europe's role in a globalized world. Within the Jean Monnet program, the Faculty of Management of Comenius University in Bratislava organized several events of international dimensions. On 8th April 2019 an international student academic colloquium was held on the occasion of the 30th anniversary of the Jean Monnet program, which was named an honorary citizen of Europe in 1976. The event was attended by 1st year-graduate students  of the international management and foreign students studying under the Erasmus program at the Faculty of Management, Comenius University in Bratislava. The important anniversary was commemorated not only because of  accomplishig the tasks of Jean Monnet Module, but also because the Faculty of Management of Comenius University in Bratislava is one of the largest players in the Erasmus program and academic mobility has a rising tendency not only for students but also for teachers. The life of Jean Monnet – his contributions and his legacy (L. Rašková) were presented at the event. The Slovak or Erasmus+ programme’s students were presenting other interesting topics linked to the EU integration. The head of international affairs offce for Erasmus+ spoke on the students mobility and the importance of teachers‘ academic mobility (E. Černeková). The 30th anniversary of Jean Monnet's programme was also a good opportunity to discuss multiculturalism. (E.Hoti)

Day of Europe

Another important event was XI. International Student Conference on the occasion of "Europe Day" and "15. anniversary of the Slovak Republic's accession to the European Union ”(6 May 2019). In addition to students from Slovakia, students from Serbia, Georgia, Ukraine, Kenya, Portugal and Spain attended the conference. The anthem of the European Union „Ode to Joy“ opened the Europe Day celebration, which is associated with Robert Schuman, a humanist who proposed a new form of transnational political cooperation in Europe with the aim of creating an international community of states. His vision was only economic cooperation, peaceful and prosperous coexistence of people within and among the nations of Europe. In this context, we must emphasized that the Schuman Declaration is now regarded as the 'birth certificate' of the European Union. Europe Day is one of the European symbols and therefore the symbolic birthday of the European Union must be commemorated with great reverence.

The opening speech by prof. RNDr.Michal Greguš, PhD., the current Dean of the Faculty addressed the importance of deepening European integration and the importance of student and teacher mobility under the Erasmus program. He also mentioned the importance of Slovakia's membership in the European Union. Ms. Sláviková, a former student working in Brussel’s institution, spoke to students on the institutional system of the European Union. The Faculty of Management of Comenius University in Bratislava carries out education in several languages ​​and therefore the sessions in the sections were held in English, French and German. It was in the sections that students presented their views and attitudes to the past, present and future of the European Union. In the German section, students presented the benefits of their student mobility for the development of their knowledge and skills within the Erasmus program. Student Tokárová presented students the planned development of the European Union by 2030. In their speech, Hájeková and Mihalovičová dealt with the specific relations of the Federal Republic of Germany and the European Union. Grillova and Meňhartová in their presentation analyzed the development of relations between the Republic of Austria and the European Union, the first-year students explained the impact of German investors in Slovakia.

The French section stressed Jean Monnet‘s importance and contribution to the creation of the European Communities and the establishment of a common coal and steel market. This section was moderated by Dr. Delaneuville, the coordinator of the double diploma "Etudes européennes" in Slovakia, in cooperation with the University of Lorraine, in Nancy, France. He emphasised the challenges of European integration. Ms. Sláviková, a former graduate of the Faculty of Management of Comenius University and the holder of a double diploma, told students about her work within the European Commission in DG Competition. She also drew an attention to the importance of the upcoming European Parliament elections. Zummerova presented France's contribution to the emergence of European integration and highlighted  an important role of France in the process of forming a closer union among the nations of Europe. Uhriková focused on the ancient roots of European democracy in her speech, emphasizing current trends in its development. Students Blaháč and Martišovič presented the balance of foreign direct investment in Slovakia and investment abroad in Slovakia. Finally, Otrubová and Huliková illustrated investments of French company "Occitanne" which introduced operations in Slovakia.

The English section featured students from different countries around the world. Even African students contributed to the debate with their speech stressing the message of Robert Schuman, the architect of a united Europe, the bearer of the idea of ​​mutual cooperation among states and supporting the peaceful coexistence of the nations of Europe.Ganyovicsová, Horiev, Šeligová informed the participants of the conference about the development of the European Union migration policy and at the same time clarified current problems concerning migrants. Slovak students from Serbia Povolni and Krošlak presented the current development of relations between the European Union and Serbia and the process of preparing Serbia for full membership in the European Union. Mulonga Shirley and Maryam Dima from Kenya have contributed to the debate with their contributions on African-EU relations and partnership.

Spanish students Javier Herrero Lara, Carmen Carla Perez Cuesta, Francisco Argüeso explained Spain's accession to the EU, the topic was further developed by Marta Alén Morenza, Javier Serrano Casado and Conrado Cano, who were discussing the benefits of using European funds. Since Spain is a larger beneficiary than a donor of funds, they highlighted the positive attitude of EU Member States to help those in need by emphasizing the importance of the principle of cohesion.

Alejandra Borrell Ortiz and Andres Valdivia Miranda demonstrated the use of financial assistance from the European Regional Development Fund for business development in a real example of Textil Santanderina. Garcia Reeves Sofia la Mer, Cuyas Padron Lea del Carmen and Placeres Picos Harimaguada del Pino discussed Horizon 2020 - the largest EU research and innovation program with nearly € 80 trillion of capital available for funding in seven years (2014 to 2020) and Adriana Rodríguez Mesa and Paula Andrea Ramos Ahumada closed the afternoon by discussing the current problems of migration, asylum policy and integration of Spain and the European funds dedicated to this purpose, helping to tackle this problem in Spain, as Spain has become the main gateway for migrants in the EU.

Such events are just contributing to raising awareness of the European Union as well as developing the European Union's relations with Member States and non-member states. The Faculty of Management, Comenius University in Bratislava has always endorsed the idea of ​​European economic integration. This was declared already in 1995, when the students of this faculty took the first course on European integration in English as part of the TEMPUS European Dimension in Education project. As the first university in Slovakia within the MATRA program, it published a professional journal entitled “Slovak and European Law” (2000-2002).

The pro-European dimension is reflected not only in the solution of international projects, but also in the educational process, where the emphasis is on acquiring language skills and knowledge in the field of international management and entrepreneurship in the European Economic Area. Thanks to professional language skills, considered to be a competitive advantage, but also to professional knowledge, graduates of international management usually work in multinational corporations or in European institutions, not only in Slovakia but also abroad.

The International Student Academic Colloquium

On April 8, 2019, the international student academic colloquium was held on the occasion of the 30th anniversary of the Jean Monnet program, who was bestowed Honorary Citizen of Europe in 1976. Students – of the master program in the International management and foreign students studying under the Erasmus program at the Faculty of Management of Comenius University participated in the event. The students of the University of the Third Age (Civil society) also took part in this event. We commemorated the important anniversary not only because of the Jean Monnet program, but also because the Faculty of Management of Comenius University in Bratislava ranks among the greatest players in the Erasmus program. The academic mobility of not only students but also teachers has an increasing tendency. The workshop was aimed at highlighting Jean Monnet´s contribution and his legacy. There were presentations on the Jean Monnet´s life and his contributions and merits for European integration (L. Rašková). The students  were informed about the students mobility results within the Erasmus program at FM UK, numbers of outgoing and incoming students, Erasmus opportunities to travel for the studying or work-internship purposes, about the application process by the  head of international affairs office Ms. E. Černeková, as well as, the contribution and importance of academic mobility. Jean Monnet's 30th anniversary was also a good opportunity to discuss multiculturalism.(E. Hoti). Within the workshop students discussed positive and negative aspects of Erasmus program and possibilities to improve Erasmus program mobility (selection of subjects for studying, social and cultural integration, user-friendly administration).    

  

 

 

Round Table on the future of the European Union

 

PROGRAM
Round Table on the future of the European Union
11.03.2019 o 11.00 – 13.00

Political reflection on the future of the European Union

(Daniela Nováčková)

EU Enlargement

Stabilisation and Association Process - Serbia

(Anja Povolni )

Stabilisation and Association Process –Ukraine

(Olena Starchenko)

Economic  cooperationof the  European Union - Azerbaijan

(Anastasia Mazina)

 

Discussion

 

 

This project is funded by the EU. This document has been produced with the financial support of The Erasmus Programme (2018-2021) of the European Union. Project reference: 600433-EPP-1-2018-1-SK-EPPJMO-MODULE

Publication as a part of the Project

 

 

 

Publication as a part of the Project

 

The Jean Monnet Kick-off meeting

Date: November 29th, 2018 - 08:30 - Start
Venue: MCE Management Center, Rue de l'Aqueduc 118, 1050 Brussels
Country: Belgium
Organizer: Education, Audiovisual and Culture Executive Agency (EACEA)
Action(s) covered: Jean Monnet – Kick off meeting

 

The Jean Monnet Kick-off meeting brought together the representatives from the projects selected under the call for Proposals (EAC/A05/2017), members of the Executive Agency's Jean Monnet team and collegues from the European Commission.

The Executive Agency's Jean Monnet team hosted information sessions, offering support and guidance on operational and financial aspects in of their activities in order to facilitate the implementation of their projects.

The Kick-off meeting should allow to facilitate the creation of synergies between the beneficiaries. The event offered also an opportunity to network and exchange information on good practice, it was especially useful for us, as our university obtained this Jean Monnet project first time.

The activities of the whole day programme included:

Welcome and introduction to the Jean Monnet Kick-off meeting
François WILLEKENS, Head of Unit, Education, Audiovisual and Culture Executive Agency (EACEA) - Please find the presentation here

"Jean Monnet activities – An action to address challenges in contemporary Europe''
Jose-Lorenzo VALLES, Head of Unit, EAC A.1

Grant Management I
Santiago GUTIERREZ JIMENEZ, Education, Audiovisual and Culture Executive Agency (EACEA)

Grant Management II
Santiago GUTIERREZ JIMENEZ, Education, Audiovisual and Culture Executive Agency (EACEA) 

Dissemination: Erasmus+ Project Results Platform
Edith GENSER, Education, Audiovisual and Culture Executive Agency (EACEA)

Roundtable discussion with your financial and project officer
Jean Monnet Team, Education, Audiovisual and Culture Executive Agency (EACEA)

Bilateral meetings with your financial and project officer
Jean Monnet Team, Education, Audiovisual and Culture Executive Agency (EACEA)

Concluding remarks
François WILLEKENS, Head of Unit, Education, Audiovisual and Culture Executive Agency (EACEA).

It was very thorough meeting.
Great thanks to all organizers.

Daniela Nováčková a Darina Saxunová