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NVITATION TO STUDY PEACE AND CONFLICT TRANSFORMATION at the European University Center for Peace Studies (EPU), Stadtschlaining, Austria (European University Center for Peace Studies - EPU, [email protected], Tel +43-3355-20726)


The application deadline for summer 2008 is 15 January 2008.

We wish to invite you to join a select group of 44 students from around the world in an intensive course in peace and conflict studies. All courses are taught in English, by leading specialists in their field from around the world, including Dr. Johan Galtung, one of the founders of the academic discipline of peace research and frequent mediator in international conflicts; Dr. Hossain Danesh, founder of unity-based conflict resolution, and international lawyer Dr. Richard Falk. Imagine you could study psychology with Sigmund Freud, or economics with Adam Smith!

The EPU program is designed to provide students with the intellectual competence to analyze conflicts and their underlying causes, with practical skills in conflict transformation and peacebuilding, and with the motivation to do everything in their capacity to help create a better world. We seek to enable and motivate our students to help build a more peaceful, equitable and just global society, in harmony with nature. The Program was founded in 1988 by its current President, Dr. Gerald Mader. It has so far educated about 1000 students from about 100 countries in peace studies and conflict transformation. In 1995 it received the UNESCO Prize for Peace Education.

In addition to attending courses, students get to know each other closely and conclude friendships for a lifetime. Currently we have
44 students from 30 countries, about half from Africa, Asia and Latin America. Many former students said that studying at EPU was the best time of their life. Students who have successfully completed our program are well grounded in both theory and practice to face the challenges of global conflict transformation and peacebuilding. We are happy that many of our former students have successful careers in international organizations, NGOs, businesses, universities, or work with their governments.

-EPU has a comprehensive program that covers ALL aspects of peace.
-EPU combines theory with practical experience. Our professors work on practical applications in the field as well as doing research.
-Different from most other universities, which have their fixed faculty, EPU enjoys the advantage of inviting the best teachers from around the world from a wide variety of disciplines. We have
51 faculty members from 29 countries, from all 6 continents!
-You live in a close community with people from all over the world.
-EPU offers one of the oldest, best known peace studies programs.

TOPICS INCLUDE: Introduction to Peace Studies, Peaceful Conflict Transformation, Negotiation, Mediation, Arbitration, Peacebuilding, Demilitarization, Nonviolence, Security, Strengthening the United Nations System, A Life-Sustaining Economy, Theories of Development, Human Rights, Governance and Participation, Peace and Gender, International Law, a Livable Environment, Cross-Cultural Communication, Peace Education, Peace and the Media, Conciliation, Peace and Ethics, Peace and Religions, Peace and Deep Culture. In addition, there are several academic excursions. For a course calendar, course descriptions and biographical notes about our faculty members, see European University Center for Peace Studies - EPU

Summer term 2008: 1. June - 23. August (Apply by 15 Jan. 2008) Fall term 2008: 29 Sept. - 20. Dec. 2008 (Apply by 15 April 2008) Spring term 2009: 2. February - 25. April (Apply by 15 Sep. 2008)

LOCATION: Stadtschlaining is a beautiful, small and quiet medieval town with a 13th century castle hosting a peace museum, in the foothills of the Alps, between Vienna and Graz, surrounded by hiking trails. Austria's best known spa with hot springs is nearby.
Classrooms and 44 single rooms with bath are in a new building.

PEACE LIBRARY: next to the castle is a famous peace library with 25,000 books, journals and many films, mostly in English.

WHO SHOULD APPLY: Students from any discipline interested in peace and conflict resolution, young diplomats, government officials, NGO members, teachers, journalists, lawyers, social workers, officers, psychologists, and anyone interested in solving conflicts by peaceful means. A first university degree (bachelors or equivalent) is required, and preferably some professional experience.

DEGREES: Those who successfully complete one trimester obtain a Certificate in Peace and Conflict Studies. Those who complete three trimesters (Fall, Spring and Summer) and write a thesis obtain a Master of Arts in Peace and Conflict Studies, approved by the Austrian Ministry of Education. Students can begin in any of the three trimesters. The three trimesters need not be taken in succession, they can be spread over several years if preferred.

COSTS: 2500 Euro tuition + 1400 Euro room rent per trimester, plus a one-time 800 Euro fee for two thesis advisers for the Master of Arts program, or 12'500 Euro for the entire MA program. Those who pay in advance obtain a 500 Euro discount. If you cannot come for any reason, you get a full refund. If you need to end your studies early, you get a pro-rated refund. A few partial scholarships are available for students who need one.

FOR MORE INFORMATION AND TO APPLY: see European University Center for Peace Studies - EPU If you have further questions, please contact Anita Flasch, EPU Administrative Assistant <[email protected]>, Tel +43-3355-2498 or Dr. Dietrich Fischer, Academic Director ([email protected], Tel+43-3355-20726).
We will be happy to answer your questions and help you.

EPU does not discriminate on the basis of (among others) gender, race, class, age or national origin.
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