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Since 2014 the European University Viadrina has been a member of the International Network of Universities (INU) - a global consortium comprised of higher education institutions that actively seek international partnerships and experiences, create innovative programming and delivery methods, and embrace the internationalization movement.

The INU activities focus on:

  • Advancing internationalization of member universities
  • Preparing students for lives and careers as global citizens
  • Engaging students and staff in international mobility programs
  • Sharing experiences and best practices
  • Delivering joint teaching and degrees
  • Supporting early career researchers

In order to realize the abovementioned activities the INU has implemented a range of international programs targeting both students and staff members:

Program Overview

The INU Student Seminar on Global Citizenship and Peace is a unique immersion program offered at Hiroshima University. The seminar is structured around the August 6 commemoration of the atomic bombing of Hiroshima.

The Student Seminar prepares an international group of students to live and learn as active global citizens. It is structured as a week-long interdisciplinary course for full time students attending INU member institutions. Students in the seminar are interested in developing a holistic understanding of the conceptual challenges around global citizenship and peace. This program provides students with a working knowledge of global citizenship andpeace with a focus on cross-disciplinary problem solving of real-world political, economic, social and cultural problems.

The team of instructors from INU member institutions includes faculty and practitioners with expertise across key disciplines in the social sciences. The program includes lectures, case studies, small group discussions, field trips to nearby attractions, participation in the peace memorial ceremony on August 6, and a cultural program.

Who should apply?

The student seminar is designed for highly motivated students who are interested in:

  • Increasing their understanding of political, economic, social and cultural challenges emerging in an increasingly globalized world
  • Understanding the notion of global citizenship and considering their potential as global citizens
  • Deepening their appreciation of the challenges and payoffs of cross-cultural and international engagement
  • Sharing reflections with students, academics, and other seminar participants.

Eligibility

All bachelor students from the Viadrina are eligible to apply.

Funding

Participants from the Viadrina are eligible to receive a travel allowance of 650 $ and the Japanese JASSO scholarship of 80.000 ¥.

Application and Selection Process

The next call for applications wil be opend in spring 2018.

Henry Fong Award

Upon successful completion of the Summer School, qualifying participants are encouraged to apply for a Henry Fong Award.

Program Overview

The INU Master’s Summer School on Global Citizenship and Peace brings together graduate students to examine that globalization and its challenges affect the concept of global citizenship. The Master’s Summer School considers the ways that human rights, gender, security, migration, and the environment play out in an increasingly interdependent world and explores ways of achieving policy outcomes that promote and occasionally impede global citizenship. The course involves an intensive series of seminars and lectures by professors from INU member universities and concludes with a simulation of an international decision-making process.

Pre-course Assignment

In preparation for the course, graduate students write a 4000-word paper on one of four themes related to global citizenship and peace (to be provided in spring 2016), which they present during the course.

Eligibility

All master students from the Viadrina are eligible to apply.

Funding

Participants from the Viadrina are eligible to receive a travel allowance of 650 $ and the Japanese JASSO scholarship of 80.000 ¥.

Application and Selection Process

The next call for applications wil be opend in spring 2018.

Program Overview

Each year, the INU recognizes an outstanding student within the INU network who exemplifies a person committed to the concept of global citizenship with the Henry Fong Award for Global Citizenship and Peace. The INU defines global citizenship as the awareness of the world as a global community and the recognition of the rights and responsibilities of citizens within it. This award is possible due to generous contribution of Dr. Henry Fong Yun-Wah, a prominent Hong Kong business leader, philanthropist and Honorary Doctor of Letters at La Trobe University in Australia.

The award comprises a scholarship to study for a maximum of one semester at another INU member university and a stipend of $2,000 (USD) to support travel costs and living expenses.

The exchange semester should be a non-degree semester on the undergraduate level; the awardee cannot get his or her degree from the hosting INU university.

Application Process

Applicants need to complete and submit the following:

  • Essay: In an essay of no more than 1,200 words participants are asked to reflect upon and demonstrate their personal understanding of the concept of Global Citizenship, drawing upon the contents of the seminar and personal reflections. The essay should refer to sessions, provide examples from the exercises and discussions they have been involved in, and demonstrate their commitment to global thinking/understanding/action.
  • Host University: Applicants should identify the INU university at which they would like to study for an exchange semester. They should also identify courses in which they are interested.
  • CV: Applicants are asked to enclose their curriculum vitae (resume) and contact details.

All documents must be presented in English.

The essay, host university, courses of interest, and CV (resume) should be submitted via email to the INU Office.

Eligibility

All bachelor students from the Viadrina with a good knowledge of English, who attended the Student Seminar on Global Citizenship and Peace.

Selection Process

A selection committee consisting of INU academics teaching at the INU Student Seminar will be responsible for selecting the award winner. The selection will take place in September of the current year. The name of the Award recipient will be published in October.

Program Overview

The INU Staff Shadowing Program aims to strengthen the links between members by providing opportunities to administrative staff to visit, study, discuss, and benchmark administration and governance systems across the network. Through the visits, both the sending and the hosting universities benefit from sharing best practices. The program allows staff members spend one or two weeks with one or two different INU partners to “shadow” a colleague at the hosting universities.

Areas of Interest

The Staff Shadowing Program focuses on the following areas; however, other areas can be added if members express sufficient interest.

  • Alumni Relations
  • Finance Management
  • International Programs & International Student and Staff Services
  • Student Affairs/Student Support Services
  • Community Engagement
  • Fundraising
  • IT Support
  • Service Learning
  • Library Services
  • Human Resources Management
  • Research Management

Requirements

Participants must:

  • be employed at the Viadrina.
  • have a good working knowledge of English.

Financial and Practical Arrangements

Costs will be covered by the INU host university and the Viadrina. The Viadrina will provide airfare, while the host university will arrange and fund housing (e.g., hotel or home stay) and some meals. Applicants may be asked to pay for their local transportation and some meals.

The INU Project Manager will facilitate the process between the applicant and the hosting university to come to a mutual agreement on suitable dates for the visit. The ideal shadowing period is a week per institution. This will allow time for travel, three days of business, and extra time for personal and cultural visits. Applicants may apply to shadow at one or two institutions at a time, as their home institution permits and host institutions can accommodate.

Selection Criteria

  • Benefit of the visit to the Viadrina's and host universities’ overall international strategies;
  • Potential of the visit for contributing to the applicant’s professional development;
  • Value of the visit in contributing to INU cooperation activities.

Application Process

1. Staff seeks approval at home institution: Staff interested in participating should seek advice from the INU point of contact at his/her own institution regarding any specific selection procedures that may be in place. Once approved for participation in the Shadowing Program, interested staff should prepare the application documentation and information.

2. Information required for completing the online application:

  • Applicant’s name, title, address, email, phone
  • Areas of interest (see above)
  • Host institution preferences (the applicant should look at member university websites to make informed decisions about host universities that most closely match the applicant’s interest)
  • Selected time periods for the visit (e.g., two specific months or weeks). Applicant should allow enough time for the INU Project Manager and host universities to process the request – at least six months before the intended travel dates. Additionally, a set of dates will allow the host universities flexibility in identifying the appropriate unit/office/department and setting the schedule.
  • Supervisor’s name and contact information

3. Documents required for the application:

  • A summary of key tasks undertaken in current job (maximum one page)
  • A description of what applicant wants to experience and learn
  • A signed letter of support from home institution approving authority (i.e., supervisor)
  • A signed letter of support from the international office (i.e., INU point person at home institution)
  • A copy of applicant’s CV or Resume

Documents should be either Microsoft Word or PDF files. Applicant will upload the documents in the process of completing the online application.

4. Complete the online application using the INU Staff Shadowing Application Form.

5. Processing application. The INU Project Manager will track applications, initiate contact with the selected host university, determine a mutually agreeable date, and inform the applicant of his/her application status.

Reporting about the Experience

Following the completion of the Shadowing Program, participant will be asked to complete a brief survey reporting about the learning experience.

Program Overview

The INU Seed Money Fund addresses the need for INU faculty and staff to start a project of significance to network partnerships.  This is an open seed-funding call seeking creative ideas that support internationalization and global engagement within the INU. The call is open to all disciplines and a variety of activities (i.e., not limited to research only). Up to $5,000 annually is available in the Seed Money Fund. Priority will be given to projects that align with INU mission, vision, and value statement.

Who can apply?

All faculty or staff members from the Viadrina. The Network encourages collaboration among two or more INU members. A member institution can submit multiple applications.

How to apply?

Complete the application form and send to the INU office: inu@jmu.edu or +1 540 568-3310 (fax).

Funding Amount

Up to $5,000 annually

Submission Deadline

October 31 to be considered by the selection committee before the end of the calendar year.

Funding Period

Up to one year. INU makes one award annually. The INU budget begins January 1 and ends December 31. Regardless of the start and end date of the project, the expenditure, outcomes, and narrative reports of the results should be submitted to the INU office by December 31.

Decision Criteria

The primary criterion is project alignment with the INU mission, vision, and value statements. Additionally, project proposals will be rated based on the outcomes and potential impact. The selection committee is comprised of three representatives of INU institutions.

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