The International Higher Education Support Program (HESP) of the Open Society Institute (OSI) invites concept papers for cross-border student initiatives from the following Southeast European (SEE) university student communities: Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Croatia, Kosovo, Macedonia, Moldova, Montenegro, Romania, Serbia, and Slovenia.The aim of the Southeast European Student Initiatives (SESI) is to empower students to address systemic changes in higher education. SESI supports the involvement of students in democratization of the educational process and in building transnational student alliances in Southeast Europe.
SESI invites students to submit concept papers on the following issues:

  • Students' participation in the democratization of higher education

  • Students' involvement in evaluation of teaching, learning, research, and administration in higher education institutions
  • Prevention and elimination of corruption in SEE higher education

  • Protection of students' rights

  • Equal access to and inclusiveness of higher education with a special focus on minority groups (Roma, students with special needs, students with disabilities, and other minority groups)

Students' involvement in higher education policy discussions

Deadline for submission of concept papers: December 15, 2003.

Submission of online applications is strongly encouraged. To submit an online application please, go to our Online Application System (OAS) at: www.soros.org/grants/oas. If you are a first-time user, you will need to register. Click on "Register an Organization Account" in order to submit an application.

For additional information please contact: / Concept papers should be submitted to:
Open Society Institute, Higher Education Support Program
Nador utca 11, 1051 Budapest, Hungary, Attn: Zorana Gajic, Senior Program Manager, Telephone: (361) 327-3147, Fax: (361) 411-4401, E-mail: zorana@osi.hu, Website: http://www.soros.org/initiatives/hesp

2004-2005 Undergraduate Exchange Program the Open Society Institute (OSI) is pleased to announce the Undergraduate Exchange Program (UEP) for the 2004-2005 academic term. UEP supports students from Bulgaria, Croatia, Macedonia, Moldova, Mongolia, Romania, and Serbia in the US for one-year of non-degree academic studies. The program aims to create lasting ties among participants and their American colleagues thereby contributing to cultural understanding and tolerance. Participants attend a university or college in the United States for one year. While in the US, grantees must complete 25 hours a semester of community service work in an area of interest to them. At the end of the year, they are expected to return home to complete their degrees. Once back in their home country, grantees are expected to complete a community service internship or service project in their own community. For more information about the participating universities, please visit www.soros.org/scholar/uep.html. The application deadline is Monday 1 December 2003. Applications and program information can be downloaded at www.soros.org/scholar/uep.html

ThinkQuest competition.The contest, which is open to students and their teacher- coaches from anywhere in the world, is designed to promote collaboration and cross-cultural learning by encouraging students to team with their peers in other regions or countries to develop Web sites on educational topics Students between the ages of nine and nineteen are invited to form teams of three to six students, supervised by a teacher-coach. For complete program details and links to winning Web sites from the recent ThinkQuest USA competition, see the ThinkQuest Web site http://www.thinkquest.org Location: Online Deadline: Feb 29, 2004

Nuffield College Oxford, Postgraduate Studies in the Social Sciences. The College welcomes applications from candidates for research or postgraduate study in economics, politics and international relations, and sociology, all broadly conceived. Interdisciplinary applications are very welcome, as are applications from students with substantial social science interests in other fields. Applicants are advised to consult the Nuffield Web-site - http://www.nuff.ox.ac.uk - for further information on the interests of the College Fellows.

Second Odessa National University Model United Nations conference 2003
If you're interested in international affairs and are concerned with world problems, if you want to experience what the members of United Nations feel and do - Second Odessa National University Model United Nations conference 2003 is a great opportunity for you to experience the decision-making process of the UN. This is your chance for fun and productive work. The Conference is organized by MUN Club and AEGEE-Odessa. On 29-30 November the most prominent students of Ukraine will focus on world's crucial concerns while playing the roles of the ambassadors to United Nations. This year's ONU MUN 2003 promises to be a remarkable, enriching & simply thrilling event. We're looking forward to see you join this rewarding & interesting challenge! As you might know, Model UN conference is a simulation of the work of United Nations Organization. This is role-playing game, during which participants assume the roles of envoys of different countries to United Nations. For more information, please go to the web-site of Odessa National University Model United Nations 2003 www.onumun.iatp.org.ua or write to onumun@ukr.net You can register at http://www.onumun.iatp.org.ua/register.html Contact person: Olga Zhurzhenko, Secretary General, ONUMUN 2003 Odessa, Ukraine mailto:zh_olga@iatp.org.ua tel. +38 067 9216327, +38 048 7155369 Location: Ukraine,Odessa Deadline: Nov 29-30, 2003 (apply asap)

Apply now for the International Youth Parliament Event, IYP2004 International Youth Parliament 2004 Do you have energy, passion and a belief in social justice? Do you want to be part of ongoing skill development training for the next two years? Are you aged between 18 and 25? Apply now for the International Youth Parliament event, IYP2004. WHEN: 5-12 July 2004 WHERE: Sydney, Australia WHO: 250 young leaders aged 18-25 from across the globe working together to change the world. Applications close January 15th, 2004 For more information, visit http://www.iyp.oxfam.org Location: Australia Deadline: ASAP Website: For more information, visit http://www.iyp.oxfam.org