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Euro-Asia Summer School

The European Union and East Asia are major actors in global governance. In a globalized world, the two regions are confronted with similar challenges, like financial crises, rising protectionism, climate change, human rights violations and poverty, that both require regional and global action and solutions. They also signed up to the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) of the United Nations, which were adopted in 2015. The SDGs will determine the course of the global social, ecological and economic agenda until 2030. In the context of the SDGs international trade and international partnerships between different actors play an important role. SDG 17 singles out international trade, trade policy and international partnerships as key mechanisms to achieve the SDGs.

In this summer school we will specifically explore how international trade and partnerships will affect key SDGs which relate to economy and society with a focus on SDGs related to economic growth, cities, trade and industry and innovation.
Mutual knowledge of the European and Asian perspectives on these global issues and how they should be dealt with is often lacking. The main goal of the summer school is to examine and compare how these major issues are being considered and tackled both in the EU and in Asia. In this regard, the goal of this summer school is to create an in-depth understanding of the SDGs from both a European and Asian perspective. At the end of the summer school you will:

  • Understand the emergence and development of the SDGs and how the different SDGs are interrelated
  • Understand the complexities of the 169 individual targets that are part of the 17 SDGs
  • Reflect on the challenges with which the SDGs are confronted
  • Learn from practitioners what the difficulties are in achieving the SDGs
  • Gain an in-depth understanding of how international trade and trade policies affect sustainable development. 

The summer course will be offered online and will consist of several activities which will bring European and Asian students together.