The Prague Security Studies Institute and Masaryk University in Brno (MUNI) are pleased to announce a three-year joint educational initiative on energy security. This new partnership aims to offer talented and qualified Czech and regional students with an energy-related focus, a unique educational program designed to equip and train the next generation of Czech and Central/East European energy experts and policy practitioners. Energy security has long been a key foreign policy priority of the Czech Republic. Until the recent opening of MUNI's Masters' Degree program in the field, the nation lacked a proper curriculum devoted exclusively to this portfolio of issues. MUNI´s leadership in the field of energy security and PSSI´s established track record of convening conferences, roundtables and workshops on this topic paved the way for this new partnering arrangement.
This partnership will concentrate on: 1) bringing value-added to the existing programs of each institution; 2) expanding each side’s distance learning capabilities primarily through the use of teleconferencing facilities to bring U.S. and other foreign experts into the lecture halls and roundtables; 3) conducting joint studies on cutting-edge topics in the field, beginning with an assessment of Gazprom’s plight in the evolving European market; 4), convening conferences, roundtables and workshops in both Prague and Brno on breaking developments in the field; and 5) accelerating the creation of new courses at Masaryk University as well as the start of MUNI’s English language curriculum for its existing Master’s Degree in Energy Security.
A near-term component of this joint initiative will be a one-week intensive course, held in Prague. Leading foreign and domestic experts will lecture on today’s most pressing energy security challenges, ranging from an updated overview of the subject to specific energy security policies of regional players and their respective strengths and limitations. The smaller class sizes will provide students with an unusual opportunity to interact directly with leading figures in the field from academia, industry, government and the NGO community. Moreover, certain qualified students will be selected to participate in internships with energy-related institutions in the US and EU.
PSSI and MUNI are committed to expanding this brand of cooperation in the interest of offering students more stimulating and career-relevant educational opportunities in the field as well as practical experience wherever possible. In so doing, we will be making a significant contribution to producing future government and private sector policy practitioners and executives with a rich, nuanced energy security background and a sophisticated, global perspective.
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