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[PEACE] Peace Studies (apply by 15 September 2005)



INVITATION TO STUDY PEACE AND CONFLICT RESOLUTION at the European
University Center for Peace Studies (EPU), Stadtschlaining, Austria
Website www.aspr.ac.at, Email epu at epu.ac.at, Tel +43-3355-2498-515.
Please share this with anyone who may be interested!  Thank you.

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We wish to invite you to join a select group of 45 students from
around the world in an intensive course in peace and conflict
studies at the European University Center for Peace Studies (EPU)
in Stadtschlaining, Austria.  All the courses are taught in
English, by leading specialists in their field from around the
world, including Johan Galtung, one of the founders of the academic
discipline of peace research and frequent mediator in international
conflicts.  Studying with the founder of a new academic discipline
is a rare opportunity, like studying psychiatry with Sigmund Freud.
EPU offers students a well-rounded program covering Peace with
Security, Development, Freedom, Nature and Culture.

The Program, established in 1991 by Dr. Gerald Mader, Founder and
President of the Austrian Study Center for Peace and Conflict
Resolution, received the 1995 UNESCO Prize for Peace Education.

In addition to attending courses, students get to know each other
closely and conclude friendships that last a lifetime.  In the
spring of 2005, we had 47 students from 32 countries from every
continent. Many former students said that studying at EPU was the
best time of their life. Peace Studies are a highly
interdisciplinary and growing academic field. Students who have
successfully completed our program are well grounded in both theory
and practice to face the challenges of global conflict
transformation.  We are happy and proud that many of our former
students now have thriving careers with international
organizations, NGOs or work with their respective governments.

TOPICS INCLUDE: Introduction to Peace Studies, Cross-Cultural
Communication, Peaceful Conflict Transformation, Human Rights,
Governance, Participation, the Global Economy, Peacebuilding and
Development, Demilitarization, Nonviolence, Security, United
Nations Reform, Mediation, Peace Education, Peace and the Media,
Reconciliation after Violence, Peace and Deep Culture.

Spring term 2006: 5 March - 27 May (Apply by 15 September 2005)
Fall term 2006: 24 Sept. - 16 December (Apply by 15 March 2006)

LOCATION: Stadtschlaining, a beautiful, small and quiet medieval
town with a 700 year old castle hosting a peace museum, in the
foothills of the Alps, between Vienna and Graz, surrounded by
hiking trails, with a hot spring nearby.  Classrooms and 44 single
rooms with private bath are located in a new building.

PEACE LIBRARY: next to the castle is a famous peace library with
25,000 books and some films, most of them in English.

COSTS: Euro 2500 tuition + Euro 1400 room rent per semester, plus
Euro 700 examination fee for the Master of Arts program.  A small
number of full and partial scholarships (30% reduction in tuition
only) are available for participants from focal countries of
Austria's development cooperation, but they are highly competitive.

WHO SHOULD APPLY: Students from any discipline interested in peace
and conflict resolution, young diplomats, government officials, NGO
members, teachers, journalists, lawyers, social workers,
psychologists, officers, and anyone interested in solving conflicts
by peaceful means.  A first university degree is required, and
preferably some professional experience.

DEGREES: Those who successfully complete one semester obtain an
Advanced Certificate in Peace and Conflict Studies.  Those who
complete two semesters (Spring/Fall) and write a thesis obtain a
Master of Arts in Peace and Conflict Studies, approved by the
Austrian Ministry of Education.  Note: Starting in Fall 2006, the
Masters Program will include 3 trimesters in one year (Fall, Spring
and Summer).  Students can begin in any of the three trimesters.

FOR MORE INFORMATION AND TO APPLY: see www.aspr.ac.at, and click on
"European University Center for Peace Studies", second on the left.

If you have further questions, please contact Anita Flasch, EPU
Administrative Assistant <epu at epu.ac.at>, Tel +43-3355-2498-515
(mornings). We will be happy to answer your questions and help you.

With best regards, Dietrich Fischer

APPLICATION DEADLINE FOR THE SPRING TERM 2006 IS SEPT. 15, 2005!
We need to RECEIVE BY SEPT. 15, a completed application form
(available at www.aspr.ac.at), a curriculum vitae, and an essay of
about 2-300 words explaining how you intend to apply what you
learned.  Please send it by email (no scanned documents, please!),
fax or airmail. Recommendation letters, COPIES (not originals!) of
transcripts and diplomas, and proof of English proficiency (a TOEFL
test or proof of having studied at least one year at a school where
courses are taught only in English) can follow later by airmail.

EPU does not discriminate on the basis of (among others) gender,
race, class or national origin.

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The Peace Center Burg Schlaining also offers two-week courses by
EPU's sister organization, the INTERNATIONAL CIVILIAN PEACE-KEEPING
AND PEACE-BUILDING TRAINING PROGRAM (IPT).  In the 1992 "Agenda for
Peace", then UN Secretary General Boutros Boutros-Ghali encouraged
the establishment of regional training centers for civilian
peace-keeping and peace-building activities.  Austria's government
responded positively and supported the development of a training
program for the preparation of civilian personnel.  Established in
1993, IPT became the first program world-wide of this kind.

CORE COURSES (Weeks 1 and 2) are offered three times a year,
usually in February, June and September.  They provide the
participants with the basics of civilian involvement in crisis
regions and include the following main elements: Communication and
intercultural understanding; Human Rights Protection; Conflict
Transformation and Mediation; Case Studies on Particular Conflicts;
Stress Management and Working with Trauma; Gender Aspects in
Peace-building; Co-operation with the Military; Mine awareness
training; Radio communication and map reading; four wheel drive.

SPECIALIZATION COURSES (Weeks 3 and 4) provide in-depth training in
one of the major functions of peace-builders:
- Conflict Transformation
- Disarmament, Demobilization, Reintegration
- Election Observation and Assistance
- Empowerment for Political Participation
- Human Rights Protection and Promotion
- Humanitarian Assistance
- Information Dissemination
- Project Management in Field Operations

The core course is a precondition for participation in a speciali-
zation course. Both can be taken in one 4-week session.  For dates,
topics, costs and application forms, see www.aspr.ac.at, write to
ipt at aspr.ac.at, call +43-3355-2498-506, or fax to +43-3355-2662.

RESOURCE PERSONS: Faculty is drawn from an international group of
resource persons familiar with UN, OSCE, EU and NGO activities in
the realm of civilian peace-keeping and peace-building. The
resource persons have a long record of practical professional
experience, they have the ability to ground this experience
theoretically and have excellent teaching and training skills.

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For information and to register for on-line peace studies courses,
see "www.transcend.org/tpu". Costs for a 15-week course (3 Oct 2005
to 16 Jan 2006) are 300 Euro for participants from OECD countries,
150 Euro for others. Deadline for Registration: September 15, 2005

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A limited number of the famous collection of Johan Galtung's 9
volumes of Essays in Peace Research (total 4000 pages) are
available at a discount by writing to <zulfiya_tursunova at yahoo.com>

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