Visegrad Summer School

Founded by Visegrad Fund

About project: Visegrad Summer School is organised by the Willa Decius Association, Library of Vaclav Havel (Prague), Bratislava Policy Institute (Bratislava), Cracovia Expressz Foundation (Budapest), and EuroRegioUkraine (Kiev).

The Visegrad Summer School is a unique cultural and educational programme catering for students, graduates, young researchers and journalists from the Czech Republic, Poland, Slovakia and Hungary as well as other Central and East European countries. Given its international, macro-regional and regional dimension, the initiative is aimed at promoting a positive image of the region on an international scale alongside the promotion of the intellectual and cultural heritage of Czech, Polish, Slovak and Hungarian societies.

Every year 45 students and graduates in political sciences, economics, international relations, European studies, history, social studies, philology and cultural studies, as well as young researchers, teachers and journalists from Central and Eastern Europe are recruited in an open call for applications.

Role of BPI: BPI selects participants from Slovakia, secures experts from Slovakia, fundraises for the Summer School, prepares program of the Summer School, and BPI experts lecture at the Summer School.

Scholars At Risk


Founded by: Scholars at Risk Network, Hanns Seidel Stiftung

About project:

Scholars at Risk is an international network of over 500 higher education institutions and associations (including BPI) in 37 countries dedicated to protecting scholars and promoting academic freedom. SAR provides sanctuary and assistance to more than 300 threatened scholars worldwide each year. By arranging temporary academic positions at member universities, Scholars at Risk offers safety to scholars facing grave threats, enabling them to continue their important work. Scholars at Risk also provides advisory services for scholars and hosts, campaigns for scholars who are imprisoned or silenced in their home countries, monitoring of attacks on higher education communities worldwide, and leadership in deploying new tools and strategies for promoting academic freedom and improving respect for higher education values everywhere.

The activities of SAR can be divided into three main areas:

  • Advocacy
  • Protection
  • Learning

Role of BPI: SAR Slovakia is initiative of BPI, which aim is on the regular basis promote and remind the fragility of the academic freedom, human rights and other values which are being threatened in the conflict zones and the totalitarian regimes. The aim of the SAR Slovakia is to stabilize these activities in the areas of Slovak academic and educational sphere and support the ideas of the mutual cooperation, help and partnership of the organizations and institutions, which are directly or undirectly supporting the activities in the area of human rights and freddoms. BPI plans through activities of SAR Slovakia bring these core values even closer to academic and educational institutions and organizations since they are one of the pillars of the liberal and open society.

The establishment of the SAR section in Slovakia can bring many benefits and opportunities (reported also in other countries, where the sections were established) not only for the SAR Section, but also for the Slovak republic as a modern, liberal and open society.

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