EUC-RSIS Summer Programme on “The EU in Asia: Reflections on European Integration, Institutions and Influence”, 4-30 June 2012
7 students from NTU, 7 from NUS and 7 from universities in the ASEAN University Network (AUN) were selected from close to 200 applicants to attend the inaugural 4-week Summer Programme on the EU jointly organised by the EU Centre and the S Rajaratnam School of International Studies (RSIS).
The 4-week programme comprised two weeks of seminars and two weeks of field trip to Europe. (Click here for outline of programme and itinerary in Europe)
The lectures and seminars were conducted primarily by Dr Yeo Lay Hwee (Director of the EU Centre) and Professor Thomas Christiansen, Jean Monnet Professor of European Institutional Politics at Maastricht University. There were also several guest lectures by and dialogue with policy makers and diplomats.
The field trip to Europe where the participants visited all the key EU institutions, dialogue with policy makers and researchers, and attend a lecture at the Katholieke Universiteit Leuven were particularly enriching. Knowledge and appreciation of the EU and how the different institutions work together deepen. Frank exchange with EU officials on the Euro-crisis and on EU-Asia / ASEAN relations stimulated critical thoughts and reflections by the participants on their own region – Southeast Asia.