Heimerer College and FES are organizing the Spring School on Migration and Public Health in Pristina, Kosovo. The main objective of the school is provision of Kosovo youth with the required expertise on research and evidence-based policymaking. This, due to the fact that the selected students will be part of the decision-making mechanisms in the near future which will ensure sustainable development in Kosovo. Having said this, politically involved students are more than welcome to apply. Political reforms and action with responsibility are urgently needed; Kosovo ranks last with its socio-economic indicators in comparison with the neighboring countries in Europe.
Mobility/ Migration: Globally it is estimated that approximately 3% of the world population (232 Million) are migrants. In Kosovo one out of every four Kosovans lives or resides outside of his/her birth country. Kosovo diaspora financial flows correspond to one fifth of Kosovo’s GDP. Approx. 13,000 Individuals leave Kosovo to work study or just live abroad annually. 15% of GDP flows into Kosovo by the short-term migrants and Diaspora. Every third Kosovan between 18 and 36 years old plans to migrate. Kosovo Agency of Statistics (KAS) estimates Kosovo Diaspora at 703,978 Individuals. Having in mind these facts it is crucial to have a debate between all Kosovo and foreign institutions involved in migration and development.
Public Health: Public health is recognized as a human right. It is a precondition for- and an outcome/-indicator of all three dimensions of human development: environmental-, economic- and social sustainability. Well-performing public health system can help tackle the social determinants and improve public health equity. A healthier population improves the overall level of productivity in the economy, increases employment and thus helps to reduce poverty, and improves school attendance of children. At present, the Kosovo public health infrastructure is considered to be one of the most underdeveloped in the Balkan region and some of the worst public health results in Europe can be found in Kosovo. UNDP Kosovo’s recent crowdsourcing initiative determined that Kosovans prioritize “public health” as one of the most pressing challenges.
The Spring School will consist of one learning module: A 10 days in-residence module, 5 w/h daily (May, 2017, in Pristina). Spring School participants will have access to an electronic library and on-line forum for discussions to be moderated by thematic facilitators. The best 25 – 30 students, based on grades (above the average) and English language proficiency will be selected to participate in the Spring School’s in-residence module, to be held in Pristina. The in-residence module will consist of practical exercises and discussions led by experts and field professionals (from the government, civil society, academia, and international/ local development organizations operating in Kosovo).
The best performing students who successfully complete the module will be awarded with Spring School completion certificates as per recommendation of the evaluation panel. Additionally, the Heimerer College will award two best students with a Scholarship, whereas the best three Research/ Academic Essays/ Papers submitted by the Groups (5 persons each group) will be awarded with 300 Euros (1st Price), 200 Euros (2nd Price), and 100 Euros (3rd Price).
Please note: The in-residence module requires that all selected participants make their own arrangements and start/end the planned lessons on the arranged time. For additional information in relation to registration feel free to contact Shkumbin Gashi.
For final confirmation the selected candidates should additionally send a letter of motivation to Shkumbin Gashi firstname.lastname@example.org