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Master: MIREES of the University of Bologna‏

Master's degree in Interdisciplinary research and studies on Eastern Europe (MIREES) jointly offered by the University of Bologna (Faculty of Political Science "Roberto Ruffilli") together with Vytautas Magnus University at Kaunas, Corvinus University of Budapest, Saint Petersburg State University, and the cooperation of the University of Ljubljana, I would like to remind you that the next deadline to apply is May 21st, 2012.

The programme is especially recommended for prospective PhD students. Our best alumni are currently attending doctorate programmes at the Universities of Oxford, Kent, the New School in New York and other prestigious international academic institutions. Moreover, the programme is designed to forge analysts, area experts, consultants and mediators, to meet the needs of research institutes, the European Commission, international agencies, voluntary organizations and NGO's, public administration, managers, corporations and banks located in East-Central Europe and the Balkans or promoting investments in these regions. Most of our alumni have found employment precisely in these fields.

The MIREES programme offers specialized, in-depth knowledge of the post-socialist countries in transition, the new EU member states, and the new East-European neighbour countries to students with a BA in Economics, Politics, International Relations, History, Languages (and Slavic languages in particular), agricultural studies and cultural studies generally.

The programme aims at developing language skills. MIREES offers courses in Bosnian-Croatian-Serbian, Bulgarian, Russian, Slovak, Lithuanian (Hungarian is also available in the 2nd year), as well as Italian for foreigners as an additional option. The curriculum is focused on Central, Eastern Europe and the Balkans and includes interdisciplinary studies in economics; history, media and international relations; politics and sociology. The international dimension of the programme is enhanced through student mobility abroad, through courses offered by an international faculty composed of prominent scholars of international repute, and by a genuinely international student body. In the previous cycles we enrolled students from 31 countries including China, USA, Mexico, Russia, Georgia, Estonia, Macedonia, Croatia, Bulgaria, Hungary, Serbia, Germany, United Kingdom, Turkey, Albania, Poland, Armenia, Norway, Slovenia, Ukraine, Bosnia-Herzegovina, Azerbaijan, Slovakia, Finland, Ireland, Lithuania, Belarus, Moldova, Romania, Austria and, of course, Italy.

Therefore, I would be extremely grateful if you could encourage your BA students to consider applying to our two-year Master programme and, at the same time, if you could forward this message to your colleagues interested in this part of the world.

Should you need further information, please feel free to contact the Tutor of the course at