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Leading Scholar: Celso Cancela Outeda

Vigo University is a young and dynamic institution that offers a wide range of training programs in the three specialized and innovative campuses that make it up. It is located in the municipalities of Ourense, Pontevedra and Vigo with three specialized campuses where are more than 30 centers for training and research, as well as facilities for sports and leisure, with a continuous cultural program. It also has the Campus of International Excellence, Campus do Mar, led by the University of Vigo and which adds more than 3000 researchers, forming a cross-border network of research and knowledge with the sea as a driving force.

There are available 122 official degrees and masters, 39 doctoral programs, 4 joint programming degrees and 4 double degrees with foreign universities. It offers hundreds of programs, events, workshops and language courses and, a senior’s university program.

The University has been built on deep positive values based on transparency and good management, integration, equality.

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l’Istituto per l’Europa Centro-Orientale e Balcanica

In 1995, only two years after the advent of the “Europe and the Balkans International Network” (EBIN), a number of newly-connected scholars from all over the world worked together to found IECOB, l’Istituto per l’Europa Centro-Orientale e Balcanica (the Institute for Central Eastern and Balkan Europe). In December 1995, the organisation was granted full non-profit status in Bologna, Italy. IECOB has since received strong support from the University of Bologna, the European Commission, the Italian Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the Region of Emilia-Romagna, and the City Councils of Forlì, Cervia and Bologna, as well as from the main banking foundations of Emilia-Romagna.

The IECOB has its headquarters at the University of Bologna, Forlì Campus. In recent years, ties between the IECOB and the University have strengthened, largely due to their collaboration in building the Masters of Arts in Interdisciplinary Research and Studies on Eastern Europe (MIREES) program. Strategic cooperation increased, and in 2002, the IECOB merged with the University of Bologna. In response to and support of this merger, scholars founded a consortium called the Centro per l’Europa Centro-Orientale e Balcanica (CECOB, the Centre for Central Eastern and Balkan Europe).

IECOB’s close connection with EBIN gives it a unique international perspective that informs the execution of all of its initiatives. Members of EBIN act as IECOB’s International Academic Board, ensuring that the Institute remains firmly situated in a global context.

IECOB has established strong relations with other institutions as well, including the Italian Foreign Trade Institute, the Italian Diplomatic Institute, the Central European Initiative (CEI),The Virtual University of the Adriatic-Ionian Initiative (UniAdrion), and the Conference of European Rectors (CRE). IECOB is also connected to major international organizations, including UNESCO and the World Bank.


Leading Scholar: Prof. Ondrej Hamulak

Palacký University Olomouc is a university with long-standing tradition. Founded in the 16th century, it is the oldest university in Moravia and the second-oldest university in the Czech Republic. Today it is a modern higher education facility with a wide range of study programmes and copious scientific and research activities. In 2017, 20 395 students studied in accredited study programmes at eight faculties. Palacký University Olomouc is one of the very top Czech universities, and ranks among the best universities in the world, according to international rankings. Palacký University Olomouc (UP) is one of the most important Central European centres of education and research, boasting achievements on the European and global levels in a number of disciplines. UP also plays a significant role in the region. It is one of the largest employers in the Olomouc Region and the City of Olomouc. The economic growth and development of the region would not be possible without the University.

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Our mission is to conduct in-depth research that leads to new ideas for solving problems facing society at the local, national and global level.

We bring together experts in government and academia who provide the highest quality research, policy recommendations, and analysis on a full range of public policy issues.

The research agenda and recommendations are rooted in open-minded inquiry and our scholars represent diverse points of view. Research topics cover foreign policy, economics, development, governance and metropolitan policy.

We are a nonprofit organization devoted to independent, in-depth research that leads to pragmatic and innovative ideas on how to solve problems facing society. Our commitment to institutional independence is rooted in the individual independence of its scholars. Therefore, the Institution does not take positions on issues.

We recognize that in order to produce high-quality research that informs innovative, practical policy recommendations, we need to ensure that our personnel represent a diversity of thought, experience and personal background. Such diversity within the workforce enhances the relevance and substance of our work, and also helps us adhere more closely to our guiding principles of quality, independence and impact.


Vytautas Magnus University (VMU) is the first higher education institution of independent Lithuania, a classical liberal arts (artes liberales) university, founded in Kaunas in 1922, called the University of Lithuania and Kaunas University in certain historical periods. After the Soviets closed the university in 1950, it was restored in 1989 by the joint efforts of Lithuanian and diaspora Lithuanian scientists.

The university has 11 faculties: the faculties of politics and diplomacy, social sciences, humanities, natural sciences, law, economics and management, arts, computer science, Catholic theology, the Academy of Music, the Academy of Education and the Academy of Agriculture. The university also has an individual study program "Academia laude", botanical garden, institutes of foreign languages and innovative studies.


The University of Bialystok (UwB) is a state-owned university based in Białystok, established in 1997 as a result of the transformation into an independent university of the Branch of the University of Warsaw founded on July 15, 1968 (with effect from July.

Until 1948, obtaining education and the right to become a teacher in Białystok was possible only at the level of vocational school (Teachers' Seminar founded in 1919) and secondary school (State Pedagogical High School founded in 1932). On 1 September 1948, the State Teacher Training Course was launched in Białystok, the completion of which gave semi-higher education. It was closed in 1954. In its place, on 1 September 1955 and 1 September 1961, two Teacher Training Studies were opened in Białystok, while on 20 July 1968 the Higher Teacher Training School was established in the Branch of the University of Warsaw.

UwB is one of the largest universities in north-eastern Poland, educating in the fields of humanities, social sciences and mathematics and natural sciences. The University consists of 9 faculties, including one foreign (in Vilnius). 4 out of 9 faculties have the highest scientific category A. UwB has 6 habilitation qualifications (in the field of law, economics, chemistry, biology, history and physics) and 10 doctoral qualifications.

Creative Ideas

Creative Ideas is a NGO from Riga, Latvia, and specializes in education, society integration, culture and rural development, as well as EU priorities.

We provide training and mentoring, organise creative workshops, art exhibitions and competitions for various target groups: adults, youth, migrants, children etc. We work to help people discovering and reaching their full potential.

Creative Ideas was established on 12 October 2011 in Balvi, when its members came together to promote development and international recognition of Balvi municipality, to diminish social exclusion, to solve important issues for community by elaborating and implementing projects and by mobilizing local society. Currently we work in Balvi and capital city Riga.

Competence and Expertise Offered

Now we are 41 member, people employed in education, culture, art and social sphere; artists, craftsmen, teachers and professionals in development, administration and implementation of projects. We cooperate with state and municipal institutions (ministries, employment office, library, museum, art school, schools etc.), higher education institutions, NGOs and NGO networks to exchange experience and bring best practices to the community.

Expertise sought

Looking for exchange of experience, best practices, methods piloting and transfer to local and international level, common activities with partners for capacity building, using culture for job creation, entrepreneurship, rural areas development, mobilising local society etc. We are open and flexible to work on many fields and issues as we have a network of partners in Latvia and EU countries.


Comenius University Bratislava is a modern European university which in 2019 celebrated its 100th anniversary. It is the only Slovak university to be regularly placed in the international rankings of the best universities in the world. With thirteen faculties, it offers the widest selection of study programmes (over 900) at three levels, and several of these study programmes are the only ones of their kind offered in Slovakia. There is a wide range of areas of human knowledge to choose from when studying, be it in medicine, humanities and social sciences, natural sciences, mathematics, theology, and much more.

Comenius University is a research institution that runs hundreds of domestic and international research projects. As a result, many of the students engage in important research during their studies and can actively participate in projects, grants, and professional internships (including abroad).

Every year Comenius University sends the highest number of students abroad out of all Slovak universities, and it receives the most international students, including from such places as Ukraine, Germany, Austria, Norway, Iceland, Iran, and Spain.