Overview of 2017 Leading the Future workshop

July 6th, 2016

Overview of 2017 Leading the Future workshop

Overview of 2017 Leading the Future workshop

The first annual “Leading the Future” workshop, organized by Department of Political Science and International Relations of Epoka University, was held on 26 April 2017 at Epoka University.

The Department of Political Science and International Relations, is home to the Leading the Future workshop, an annual event that prepares promising young girls and boys as future leaders with a foundation in political science and international relations.
 

2017 was the first edition of the workshop that is designed for the needs of high school students. 

The workshop program included a session on the value of studying political science and international relations and then there were two module sessions. One on “How to Resolve Conflicts” and another on “Simulation of United Nations Security Council”. Both workshops, that were led by our respective professors of Epoka University, provided interactive experiences to build key skills for tomorrow’s leaders, skills in negotiation, problem-solving, peace-building, and clear, and effective communication.


Participants to Leading the Future workshop

The programme is open to all current high school students. Participants to 2017 edition of the Leading the Future workshop included students from high schools in Tirana and from other cities of Albania.

All participants received certificates for their participation to the workshop.

The cost of the workshop was covered by Epoka University and was thus free to participants. Transport was provided free of charge to and from Epoka University, with pick-up and drop-off from the centre of Tirana.

Agenda of 2017 Leading the Future workshop
Epoka University
Department of Political Science and International Relations
“Leading the Future” workshop
Wednesday, 26 April 2017
Agenda
Place: Epoka University, Conference Hall, E-Building

08:00: Departure of the bus from the centre of Tirana.
08:45: Arrival to Epoka University campus.
08:45 – 09:00: Registration of the participants.
09:00 – 09:05: Opening words by the master of the ceremony: Ms. Dejniz Shahu, 3rd year student in Political Science and International Relations
09:05 – 09:15: Opening remarks: Dr. Islam Jusufi, Head of the Department, Political Science and International Relations
09:15 – 10:00: Opening panel with students of the Political Science and International Relations.
1.      Brief remarks on the value of studying Political Science and International Relations:
a.       Mr. Bjorn Kamberi, 3rd year student in Political Science and International Relations
b.      Ms. Ines Tugu, 2nd year student in Political Science and International Relations
c.       Mr. Ijon Muca, 2nd year student in Political Science and International Relations
d.      Mr. Klajdi Ballanca, 1st year student in Political Science and International Relations
2.      Discussion with audience.

Working sessions


10:00 - 12:00: Module 1: “How to Resolve Conflicts: A toolkit of 12 Essential Conflict Resolution Skills”, by Dr. Reina Shehi.
Have you ever had a conflict with someone and wished you could have handled it better? Conflict comes about from differences we have in needs, values, interests and motivations. Conflict is not a problem in itself; it is what we do with it that counts. We cannot avoid conflicts, yet when we try to resolve them, we may find the peacemaking process exhilarating! Thus, are you ready to be part of this unique training and get a toolkit of 12 skills that will help you resolve problems, turn conflicts into opportunities and create more fulfilling relationships?

12:00 – 13:00: Lunch

13:00-15:00: Module 2: “Simulation of UN Security Council Meeting”, by Dr. Timothy Hagen.
This module offers students the opportunity to build research, problem-solving, and negotiating skills by assuming the role of a representative in the United Nations Security Council. Students will have the opportunity to research the position of a country on the UNSC and negotiate with representatives from other countries to work toward a solution on an important problem in the world. Topics may include resolutions on conflicts in Syria, Iraq, South Sudan, the Central African Republic, Nigeria, or Ukraine, and may also include issues such as the refugee crisis, illicit trafficking, or the control of weapons of mass destruction.
 

15:00 - 15:15: Coffee break.
15:15 – 16:00: Conclusion and award ceremony.
16:15: Departure of the bus from Epoka campus to the centre of Tirana.