Project Description

2013
In the spring of 2013, MESA10, in cooperation with its partner, Center for Euro-Atlantic Studies in Belgrade (CEAS), launched the project of innovative online debates between the university students from Serbia and Slovakia.

It aims at promoting democratic values, strengthening debate skills, and encouraging independent and critical thinking among university students in both Serbia and Slovakia. In cooperation with two universities from Serbia and two from Slovakia, MESA10 organized two series of lectures and conducted two debate tournaments on Euro-Atlantic integration, with a special emphasis on NATO.

2013 Handout: Debates of University Students from Serbia and Slovakia

Serbian and Slovak University students: NATO member states are our friends

Press Release November 7 2013: Second round of online student debates about NATO in Serbia

2014
In 2014, MESA10 and its partner, Center for Euro – Atlantic Studies (CEAS), continued implementing the debate project. Student Debate Teams traveled to meet their competitors. Each Student Debate Team thus traveled once and once received the team another participating University. This direct interaction, still accompanied by a live broadcast from the place of the debate to the other participating University resulted in more engagement of the students. The students in the audiences of both Universities at each debate tournament had a chance to ask questions and comment on the arguments used by the Student Debate Teams.

2014 Handout: Debates of University Students from Serbia and Slovakia

“Security is the oxygen to prosperity” Debates of Serbian and Slovak University students continue in 2014

On 28 and 29 October, 2014 University students from Slovakia and Serbia met in the continuation of their debate tournaments

2014: Serbian and Slovak University students expect Serbia to harmonize its foreign policy with the European Union, increasingly identify themselves with NATO values and demonstrate a growing interest in European and Transatlantic security

2015 – 2016
From October 2015 to June 2016, MESA10 and the Center for Euro-Atlantic Studies (CEAS), continued the implementation of the project. CEAS had leadership in the management of the project.

2015 Handout: Debates of University Students from Serbia and Slovakia

Serbian and Slovak university students continue to debate security

Survey 2016: Students from Serbia and Slovakia meet again and discussed hot topics of today’s Europe and world

2016 – 2017
From October 2016 to June 2017, MESA10 and Center for Euro – Atlantic Studies (CEAS) continued to work with two universities from Serbia (the University of Belgrade and University of Novi Sad) and two from Slovakia (Comenius University of Bratislava and Matej Bel University of Banska Bystrica) as partners for the project. The project expanded to include a university from: Bosnia and Herzegovina (International University of Sarajevo), from Montenegro (University of Montenegro) and from Moldova (Academy of Economic Studies of Chisinau). Lectures and workshops preceded two rounds of debates. All participating Student Debate Teams had the opportunity to travel and debate each other in person during the fall semester in Slovakia, and during the spring semester in Serbia. Workshops and debates were broadcasted online onto all the participating universities and students in the audiences will be able to ask questions. Debates were accompanied by opinion polls among the students from the universities.

Students Debate EU/US cooperation, Brexit and Russia

For actual informations visit our Facebook Platform – University Debates

Majority of university students in five countries are positive about joining the EU, aware of risks posed by populist parties and persuaded that the EU plays a positive role in the political and economic development of their countries

June 2017: Results of the survey on European and world security and political situation of more than 3500 university students from 5 states and 7 facultieshttp://mesa10.org/survey2017/

2017 – 2018

From September 2017 to May 2018 project continued with the same structure as during 2016-2017. In addition the teams were travelling after spring debate into Brussels and presented recommendations to members of the European Parliament.

Survey Results: University Students from Bosnia and Herzegovina, Moldova, Montenegro, Serbia and Slovakia

EU Policy Recommendations presented to members of the European Parliament

2018 – 2019

From October 2018 project continues with the same structure as in 2017 – 2018. In a follow up to the successful initiative introduced last year, each student team will have the opportunity to select one of the debate topics and interview members of their respective parliaments on their related policy views. Under the coordinators’ mentorship, each team will write a policy assessment and make recommendations for relevant EU institutions regarding their country’s cooperation with the European Union. The students will present these recommendations in Brussels to MEPs engaged in cooperation between the EU and each represented country. In addition, MESA10 and CEAS will try to organize a study visit to NATO Headquarters, where the students will have additional policy advocacy opportunities relevant to their countries’ Euro-Atlantic integration.

University Debates workshop – “Europe, whereto?”, October 22, 2018

Participating Universities
2013-2018 Belgrade University, Faculty of Political Sciences, Belgrade, Serbia
2013-2014 Comenius University, Faculty of Social and Economic Sciences, Bratislava, Slovakia
2015-2018 Comenius University, Faculty of Philosophy, Bratislava, Slovakia
2013-2018 University of Novi Sad, Faculty of Philosophy, Novi Sad, Serbia
2013-2018 Matej Bel University, Faculty of Political Sciences and International Relations, Banska Bystrica, Slovakia
2016-2018 International University of Sarajevo, Sarajevo Bosna and Herzegovina
2016-2018 University of Montenegro, Faculty of Political Science, Podgorica, Montenegro
2016-2018 Academy of Economic Studies, Chisinau, Moldova

Support

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National Endowment for Democracy

Duration

April 01, 2013 – June 30, 2019

Participants

 

April 27, 2016

Faculty of Political Sciences and International Relations, Matej Bel University in Banska Bystrica
Faculty of Political Sciences, University of Belgrade

April 26, 2016

Faculty of Philosophy, Comenius University in Bratislava
Faculty of Philosophy, University of Novi Sad
November 24, 2015

Faculty of Philosophy, University of Novi Sad

Faculty of Political Sciences and International Relations, Matej Bel University in Banska Bystrica

November 23, 2015

Faculty of Political Sciences, University of Belgrade

Faculty of Philosophy, Comenius University in Bratislava

October 29, 2014

Faculty of Philosophy, University of Novi Sad

Faculty of Social and Economic Sciences, Comenius University in Bratislava

October 28, 2014

Faculty of Political Sciences, University of Belgrade

Faculty of Political Sciences and International Relations, Matej Bel University in Banska Bystrica

May 20, 2014

Faculty of Philosophy, University of Novi Sad

Faculty of Social and Economic Sciences, Comenius University in Bratislava

May 19, 2014

Faculty of Political Sciences, University of Belgrade

Faculty of Political Sciences and International Relations, Matej Bel University in Banska Bystrica

November 7, 2013

Faculty of Philosophy, University of Novi Sad

Faculty of Social and Economic Sciences, Comenius University in Bratislava

November 5, 2013

Faculty of Political Sciences, University of Belgrade

Faculty of Political Sciences and International Relations, Matej Bel University in Banska Bystrica

May 16, 2013

Faculty of Philosophy, University of Novi Sad

Faculty of Political Sciences and International Relations, Matej Bel University in Banska Bystrica

May 14, 2013

Faculty of Political Sciences, University of Belgrade

Faculty of Social and Economic Sciences, Comenius University in Bratislava

Debate in Novi Sad and Bratislava November 7, 2013

Debate in Belgrade and Banska Bystrica November 5, 2013

Debate in Novi Sad and Banska Bystrica May 16, 2013

Debate in Belgrade and Bratislava May 14, 2013

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