The Centre for Small State Studies at the University of Iceland is hosting an intensive summer school focused on small states and European integration from June 20 to July 2, 2016. This is the fourteenth year in a row in which the summer school is held. Students from six universities in Europe participate in the school and the teaching is carried out by internationally renowned academics in the field.
The summer school is part of a larger Erasmus+ strategic partnership project that received the Erasmus+ Quality Award this year, see here. The University of Iceland is the lead partner, with five other universities participating in the project: The University of Copenhagen, Vilnius University, Tallinn University of Technology, University of St. Andrews and the University of Malta. The six higher education institutions have been developing close cooperation in the field of small state studies. The grant is used to organize summer schools, seminars, student mobility and to develop cooperation with regard to teaching.
The University of Malta, in cooperation with the Centre for Small State Studies at the University of Iceland, hosted the first open seminar of the project in May 2015 and the next seminar is scheduled for April 15 in Tallinn, Estonia. The Institute of International Relations and Political Science at Vilnius University will be offering an intensive five day winter course in Vilnius, January 24 – 30, 2016. The Small States Winter School will focus on the changes in the security environment after the annexation of Crimea and their impact on small states in Europe. The Centre for Small State Studies is run under the auspices of the Institute of International Affairs at the University of Iceland.