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Summer School: Public Policy at Mother Theresa, Skopje‏


Call for participants for the School of Public Policy |Mother Theresa|

The call for participants for the third generation of students of the School of Public Policy |Mother Theresa| is now open. The School is organized by the leading Macedonian think tank Center for Research and Policy Making from Skopje (www.crpm.org.mk), under the auspices of the Council of Europe Schools of Political Studies Program. The School advocates for good governance and responsible policy making based on the democratic rule of law and liberal impartiality, multiculturalism and tolerance. Our goal is to create a learning environment where mutual understanding prevails among leaders from across the political spectrum, to provide a platform for them to work together for the common good while preserving their ideological differences and political competitiveness, and to lay the foundations for a constructive political dialogue today and in the future. We believe in the work of Mother Theresa and her being a unifying figure of the Macedonian society. In a comprehensive survey of the values held in Macedonia, 78% of the Macedonian citizens of all ethnic backgrounds saw Mother Theresa as a unifying figure. Our aim is also to provide an opportunity for students to meet other students – to promote dialogue and a better understanding between politically active and democratically oriented people from different Macedonian backgrounds. Lecturers and guest speakers of the School are practitioners, academics or experts recognized in their field of competence.

Organizing the School of Public Policy |Mother Theresa| CRPM has committed itself to the following objectives:
• to provide training and development in liberal democratic values and practice;
• to encourage the development of responsible and ethical leadership also accepting the principles of Mother Theresa to aid “in the struggle to overcome poverty and distress, which also constitute a threat to peace.”
• to provide opportunities for political and civic leaders from across the spectrum of public life to come together to discuss a wide range of current political, social and economic issues;
• to encourage transparent public policy making process which takes into account the core principles of good governance and the different public interests and opinions;
• to enhance public dialogue and media debate by fostering appreciation of the values of liberal multiculturalism, encouraging participation, inclusion and the free exchange of ideas.

The typical School activities are: four weekend courses, weekly lectures and a World Forum at the Council of Europe. The subjects of the weekend courses are: Improving Public Policies in the Western Balkans, Euro-Atlantic enlargement, Multiculturalism in theory and practice. The fourth topic of the weekend course is flexible but it is always related to the Council of Europe program and current and important topics for discussion for Macedonia and the region. All participants must speak and write fluent English and Macedonian. Participants must attend all the weekend courses, while the weekly lectures are optional. They are expected to fulfill the tasks assigned to them at the lectures. Diplomas by the Council of Europe and CRPM are awarded at the end of the academic year. The selection of the participants after a public call for participation is published in the main dailies of the country and is distributed via the internet is made each fall. Each generation typically starts the activities holding the first course at the end of the calendar year.

Participants are young leaders (ages 24-40) in the public and private sectors, selected with the following criteria: advanced knowledge in the field of public policy; readiness to work on improving liberal democracy in Macedonia and minimizing poverty in the country; and multicultural values. In the selection process we take into account that participants with different political, social, cultural, gender and ethnic identities in the country are represented. We expect the participants to be fully involved in the whole educational process. We see them as future partners, who will together with the lecturers and guests, build a new political and governmental culture. For applying you will need to submit the following documents:

- Curriculum vitae
- Letter of motivation (not longer than one page)
- Two recommendations (optional)

Please send the required documents to: crpm@crpm.org.mk and montenigr@yahoo.com not later than 20th August, with subject: Application for the School of Public Policy |Mother Theresa|. Only short listed candidates will be contacted. Please note that in the selection of the candidates we will pay special attention to the professional, regional, ethnic, and gender balance of the group. The call is open only to Macedonian citizens.

For more information visit: http://www.crpm.org.mk/?page_id=6