Strengthening the cooperation with Universities: ALDA and the University of Bologna and Trieste sign the internship agreement
Since the beginning of its activity, ALDA – the European Association for Local Democracy – is deeply engaged in the promotion of good governance, local democracy, citizen participation and decentralised cooperation, working side by side with civil society organisations and Local Authorities, and it has been working on the cooperation with Universities for a long time.
Several kinds of cooperation have been developed until now: some Universities are actively involved in ALDA’s activities as members, such us the European University of Tirana in Albania, the International Institute for Peace and Human Rights in France, the Tbilisi Teaching University Gorgasali in Georgia, the Ukrainian School of Political Studies in Ukraine, the Center of Documentation and Studies on complex organisations and local systems and the IUAV – University of Venice in Italy.
Another relevant goal achieved by ALDA together with Universities is represented by the project Re.Cri.Re – Between the Representation of Crisis and the Crisis of Representation, funded by the EU Commission in the framework of the programme Horizon 2020. In this project, focusing on the change of social identity of European societies, partners involved are 15 Universities from all around Europe: Aalborg University, Università del Salento, University Ta Malta, University of Cyprus, Aristotelio Penaptismo Thessalonikis, Università degli Studi Roma Tre, New Bulgarian University, Universiteit Van Amsterdam, Paneptismo Kritis (University of Crete), Tallinn University, University of Leicester, Ludwig-Maximilians Universitaet Muenchen, Université d’Aix Marseille, Universidad Nacional de Educacion a Distancia, and Istituto Scientifico Biomedico Euromediterraneo SCPA – ISBEM.
Furthermore, in addition to the several activities run with Universities, ALDA also provides with the opportunity of signing agreements in order to host interns in its offices in Brussels, Strasbourg, Vicenza and Skopje. This possibility is particularly important for young students and their educational and professional growth: they will be able to learn how the work of an international NGO is organised and how to fulfil specific and practical tasks working in the department they are interested in, such as the Secretariat, the Resources and Project Development Unit, the Department of Project Implementation (with the opportunity of a specific focus on different fields, like Active Citizenship, International Cooperation, Eastern Partnership, Mediterranean Partnership, Decentralisation), the Communication Department and the Financial Unit.
After the first internship agreement signed about one year ago with the Palacky University in Olomouc, Czech Republic, also the University of Trieste and the University of Bologna, Italy, are now among the sending institutions that will provide young students with this opportunity. ALDA is very proud of this new cooperations, also considering the relevance of the University of Bologna, which is one of the oldest and , together with the University of Trieste, one of the most renowned Universities in Italy.
For further cooperation with ALDA, please find below the membership form, or contact Mattia Brazzale by email (firstname.lastname@example.org).