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“Education: fundamental to a countries future”

The University of Pretoria is proud to host a joint initiative by the European Commission and the United Nations Development Programme in the form of the Kapuscinski Development Lecture 2016.

Prof Norman Duncan, Vice-Principal (Academic), cordially invites you to attend the Kapuscinski Development Lecture on the theme: Education: fundamental to a country’s future. The focus will be on education and employability and how this is fundamental to all aspects of a country’s development.

Top global thinkers use this platform to discuss development. Since 2009, more than 80 lectures have been held at partner universities and think tanks reaching over 25 000 people.

Date: Tuesday 31 May 2016
Time: 18:00

Cocktail after the lecture 19:30-20:30

Venue: Senate Hall, Hatfeld Campus, Lynnwood Road, Pretoria

GPS: S25° 45’ 21” E28° 13’ 51”

Dress: Day Wear

Enquiries: Neo Maseko, 012 420 2631

RSVP: here by 27 May 2016

 

 

“Sport, Security and Language in African and European perspectives”

A Soft Student Seminar under the umbrella of the European Studies Association of Sub-Saharan Africa (ESA-SSA) was held on the 16th of May, 2016, at Old College House, University of Pretoria. It was presided over by officials of the EU-Delegation to the Republic of South Africa, led by the Deputy Head of the European Union Delegation to South Africa, Ms Sofia Moreira de Sousa. Members of the EU Delegation who also participated in the seminar included, Arno Schaefer, Mano Queiro and Carmelo Cocuzza (European Investment Bank regional representative for Southern Africa).

The seminar was held to mark the European Union Anniversary and its focuses included EU and Africa relations, as well as sport, security and language in African and European Perspectives. Ms Sofia reacting to questions on Trade, Development and Cooperation Agreements (TDCA) in Africa said that part of the objectives of the EU and Africa relations, making reference to South Africa in particular is to build a stable country that is economically developed, that would be able to invest in Europe and create a safe place for European investments in the country.

Among the academics of the seminar panels were: Dr. Chris Nshimbi, GovInn Deputy Director, who gave the opening remarks, representing Prof. Lorenzo Fioramonti, Dr John Kotsopoulos, a postdoctoral and Senior Research Fellow at GovInn, Dr. George Dosumu, who represented Dr. Samuel Adeyemo, a Senior Lecturer at Educational Management and Policy Studies’ department. The seminar was also attended by a good number of UP students from various departments and moderated by ESA-SSA student members.

 

 

EU-Africa dinner at the EUIA conference in Brussels

Members of the European Studies Association of Sub-Saharan Africa (ESA-SSA) met in Brussels on 12 May for a special EU -Africa dinner. This event took place during the European Union in International Affairs Conference, 11-13 May 2016 and was attended by GovInn senior researchers Camilla Adelle, John Kotsopoulos and Frank Mattheis

“Sport, Security and Language in African and European perspectives”

Student members of the European Studies Association of Sub-Saharan Africa (ESA-SSA) are pleased to announce their soft seminar to mark the European Union’s anniversary. Entitled “Sport, Security and Language in African and European perspectives” the seminar will explore sports migration from Africa to Europe, the multi-linguistic model of the European Union and its applicability to African regional and sub regional organisations as well as the challenges posed to Europe by radicalism and terrorism. The event will take place on Monday the 16 May 2016 in the seminar room at Old College House. GovInn director Lorenzo Fioramonti will provide opening remarks and guest speakers include GovInn senior research fellow John Kotsopoulos, Sofia Moeira de Sousa (Deputy head of the EU delegation to South Africa) Angelo Fick (ENCA current affairs and news analyst) and Dr. Samuel Adeyemo (senior lecturer at the Department of Education & management policy studies, UP).

 

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Date: Monday 16 May 2016

Time: 14:00-16:00

Venue: Seminar room, Old College House, Hatfield Campus, University of Pretoria

 

Analysis of the perception of the EU and of the EU’s policies abroad

The results of the study, “Analysis of the perception of the EU and of the EU’s policies abroad” have been published. The study was conducted by the PPMI (Public Policy Management Institute), NRCE (National Research Centre for Europe) and NFG-Asian Perception of the EU in partnership with TNS Global. The report aims to provide a better understanding of the perception of the EU and EU’s policies primarily in ten EU strategic partner countries. GovInn junior researcher Kirsty Agnew and GovInn director Lorenzo Fioramonti were invited to participate in the project.

In developing a baseline on the perception of the EU, the study also aims to improve the ability to assess the results of our future actions in the field of Public Diplomacy and beyond. Through its findings and recommendations, this study also aims at contributing to HRVP’s (High Representative of the European Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy/Vice-President of the European Commission) efforts that will lead to the new EU Global Strategy.

This study is particularly relevant for staff in the delegations in the 10 strategic partner countries and EEAS (European External Action Service) desks covering those countries and for those involved in communication and public diplomacy activities in third countries

To access the report follow the link here

“Europe needs idealism and pragmatism simultaneously” BDLive 06/04/2016

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 “THE terrorist attacks in Brussels highlight the overall fragility of Europe, a continent affected by the worst convergence of crises since the Second World War. After Paris a few months back, the fact that bombers have now targeted the administrative capital of the European Union carries a powerful symbolic message…”

Prof. Roberto D'Alimonte

Professor Roberto D’Alimonte visit to GovInn

The first two weeks of June saw GovInn hosting Prof. Roberto D’Alimonte from Luiss University in Rome. During his time at GovInn, Prof. D’Alimonte presented three seminars:

  • “What is wrong with the Euro?” on 4 August 2015 at the Old College House.
  • “Macho Politics: Power, conflict and scandal in the age of Berlusconi and Zuma” on 12 August 2015 at the Old College House, co-presented with Prince Mashele.
  • “Electoral systems and democratic accountability: a critical analysis with lessons for South Africa” on 14 August 2015.

The events were both successful and well attended, with a wide range of seminar guests from local municipalities, embassies to students and University of Pretoria staff. These seminars were well received, with Prof. D’Alimonte not just showing his knowledge of Italy, but providing lessons for South Africa. Prof. D’Alimonte based this on his own accumulated knowledge and on a seminar he co-presented with Prince Mashele on 12 August.

GovInn looks forward to extending this partnership with Prof. D’Alimonte and Luiss University.

 

"Africa should avoid copying Europe’s failing experiment" Business Day 30.07.2015

“Africa should avoid copying Europe’s failing experiment” Business Day 30.07.2015

"Africa should avoid copying Europe’s failing experiment" Business Day 30.07.2015GovInn Director Lorenzo Fioramonti discusses the EU crisis from an African point of view: is the EU really the right model of regional integration?

“THE European Union (EU) is generally presented as the most advanced case of regional integration in the world. It has progressed from a system of sectoral co-operation in energy governance among six states in the early 1950s to a multifaceted body of 28 members, with unprecedented powers in areas such as economic and social development, monetary governance, legal affairs and foreign policy.

Its approach to integration has been driven by bureaucratic and economic elites, mostly through technical co-operation among key national departments. There is little doubt that such a top-down approach was a key strength during the takeoff phase of integration, as technocrats managed to forge co-operative mechanisms despite the volatility of politics and the fierce ideological battles of the time. Citizens’ involvement came late, with the first parliamentary elections only in 1979. Albeit marginally on the increase, genuine popular participation in Europe’s affairs has been deliberately kept at bay by its architects. Over time, this has resulted in the populace endorsing a rather utilitarian approach towards the EU: happy to be part of it for as long as the benefits largely outweighed the costs.

Since the late 1990s, however, things have changed dramatically. A continent traditionally marked by progressive social policies, functioning welfare states and high living standards has been turned into a very unequal one, with shrinking budgets to support healthcare and education, but vast resources to subsidise financial markets.” […]

Read the full article on Business Day, 30.07.2015

External perceptions of the EU research group

Workshop on the external perceptions of the European Union

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GovInn’s director Professor Lorenzo Fioramonti and junior researcher Kirsty Agnew participated in a three day workshop in Brussels as part of an ongoing project on the external perceptions of the European Union (EU). The project is funded by the EU as part of their expanding public diplomacy initiatives. The project is coordinated by the National Centre for Research on Europe (NCRE) at the University of Canterbury, the NFG Research Group from the Freie Universitat Berlin and the Public Policy Management Institute (PPMI) located in Lithuania. Research is also being conducted by nine other research groups located in the EU’s strategic partner nations around the world. Prof. Fioramonti and Kirsty are conducting research into South Africa’s perception of the EU with an aim to provide innovative growth to the relationship between EU governance structures and South Africa. The workshop in Brussels was to present data from the first stage of the research process.

Linking up Africa to European Union

In this article for The New Age political commentator and former SA diplomat Tom Wheeler report on his participation to the launch of ESA-SSA (European Studies Association of Sub-Saharan Africa), during GovInn Week 2015.

“It was pointed out that unlike Europe and America, where there are many university departments of African studies, there are few if any of such institutions for European Studies in Africa. The result is often that Europe is dealt in Africa in terms of political rhetoric”

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