59 Participants from 23 Countries Join The Online Summer School on Comparative Regionalism in a Changing World Order

01 July 2021

The original version of this news item appeared on the website of the Graduate School of Universitas Airlangga (UNAIR). 

With the theme, Comparative Regionalism in a Changing World Order 2021, the Online Summer School organised by the Graduate School of Universitas Airlangga (UNAIR) started on June 21, 2021 and lasted for 5 days. While opening the online summer school, Director of UNAIR Postgraduate School, Prof. Badri Munir Sukoco, introduced regionalism issues currently unfolding around the world.“Regionalism can be said to be the focus of policy in various countries. Moreover, the presence of the Covid-19 pandemic will certainly change the world order. For that reason, we need to understand each region’s perspective on various global issues through comparative regionalism,” he explained.

The Indonesian Ambassador to Kazakhstan and Tajikistan, H.E. Rahmat Pramono, emphasised upon the importance of comparative regionalism studies in responding to multidimensional issues using appropriate perspectives. Meanwhile, Dr. Saule Kemelbayeva, the Dean of the Higher School of Economics M.Narikbayev KAZGUU University Kazakhstan, in his welcome video encouraged participants to collaborate with each other through innovative ideas and active involvement. 

The opening of the summer school included keynote addresses by Philippe De Lombaerde, Director Ad Interim, UNU-CRIS and Dr. Farkhad Tolipov as Director of Non-governmental Research Institution ‘Knowledge Caravan’ Uzbekistan. While Lombaerde explained the basic theories, current developments and potential of comparative regionalism, Tolipov focused on regionalism in Central Asia, particularly related to integration, geopolitics, and the theoretical aspect of regionalism.

This event was a collaboration between the Postgraduate School of UNAIR with KAZGUU University Kazakhstan and UNU-CRIS, managed by Convenor Dr. Rosa Ristawati from UNAIR, Dr. Ikboljon Qorabayev from KAZGUU University and Dr. Fililipo Costa Buranelli of St. Andrew University, United Kingdom.  

With 102 applicants, the convenor selected and passed 59 participants from 23 countries, including the United States, Malaysia, Cambodia, Argentina, China, Thailand, Azerbaijan, India, Kazakhstan, Latvia, Nepal, Mexico, Scotland, Tajikistan, United Kingdom, Uzbekistan, Brazil, Nigeria, and Indonesia. This online summer school comprised lectures, workshops, and self-study with instructors and tutors from various institutions such as the European Council on Foreign Relations (ECFR) Africa Program, London School of Economics and Political Science, St. Andrew University United Kingdom, KAZGUU University Kazakhstan, Ghent University Belgium, as well experts from UNAIR.

About the Summer School