El clássico in Linköping

Posted in: Life in Sweden on 28 April, 2017 by Oliver

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WhatsApp Image 2017-04-24 at 15.35.24   Last Sunday, as any football fans will know, was a big football game: Barcelona vs Real Madrid. So a group of friends from my course and I decided to go to a local bar here in Linköping to watch the game. The bar is called Legends (a sports bar). It’s a good bar, as they always show the football games, but the drinks are a little bit pricey there.

If you saw the game, you will know it was a good one: 5 goals 😀 And there was a red card 😮 By winning, Barcelona now have a chance of winning la liga. Andrea (back left) is a big Barcelona fan, so he was very pleased with the result.

 

 


 

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New course: Europe’s Relations with the World

Posted in: Master's in International and European Relations on 26 April, 2017 by Oliver

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I am now in the middle of a new course, which is called ‘Europe’s Relations with the World’. The focus of the course is on how the EU interacts with other countries and regional organisations in the world, particularly on the interaction between the EU and developing countries.

The course is very interesting, and provides insights that one would not normally consider. Particularly interesting are the EU’s policies towards countries that used to form part of the colonies of the EU Member States. The course is taught by a number of lecturers, who all specialise within their teaching areas. The difficult part of the course is the amount of reading we have to do; however, if you are interested in the topics, it’s not a problem 🙂

Later this week we will be doing a model UN as part of the course. If you haven’t heard of model UN, it is basically a simulation of the UN Security Council. The topic of our Model UN will be the use of chemical weapons in Syria, a very current topic in international relatiosn. A friend and I will be representing Sweden, so no pressure there for us…


 

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Mongolian Buffet in Linköping

Posted in: Life in Sweden on 24 April, 2017 by Oliver

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Mongolian buffet

Today we went to restaurant Ghingis in Linköping. This is a place you will have to visit when you arrive here in Linköping. They offer a ‘Mongolian Buffet’ for just 99 kronas (about 10 euros), and it’s all you can eat 😀 And trust me, that’s a really good price here in Sweden!

I can’t say that I’ve eaten Mongolian food before, so I can’t really compare, but the food is good. They offer a lot of different forms of chicken and vegetables. There is also a salad bar and a sushi section (I’m not quite sure why though).

As a student, my budget is obviously tight, so if you go to an all-you-can-ear restaurant, you make the most of it. As a result, I wasnt feeling too good when leaving the restaurant :/

 


 

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The international nature of our Master’s programme

Posted in: Master's in International and European Relations, Uni life on 22 April, 2017 by Oliver

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Master students of ‘International and European Relations’

As you know, I’m doing the Master’s programme in ‘International and European Relations’. One of the great things about the Master’s programme is the international nature of the Master’s programme: the programme consists of students with many different nationalities. There are students from: Sweden, France, Germany, Italy, Denmark, Greece, Spain, Ireland, England, Turkmenistan, Russia, Belarus, Canada, the USA, Belgium, Kosovo, and probably some more countries that I can’t think of right now 🙂

Not only is there a large number of countries represented on the course, but also a few individuals, like myself, have more than one nationality. The diversity of nationalities is an asset to the course, and certainly makes any debates that we have in class all the more interesting 😀


 

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UF Linköping goes to Kosovo

Posted in: Allmän on 21 April, 2017 by Oliver

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Group photo at EULEX

Those of you who follow my blog will know all about UF Linköping, the foreign affairs association at Linköping University. Last week, UF Linköping organised a political trip to Kosovo. Some of you may never have heard of Kosovo, as it is one of the newest democracies that declared independence from Serbia in 2008. Due to the interesting and at times, flared, political situation in Kosovo, UF Linköping thought it would be interesting to organise a trip there.

Meeting at the centre for security studies

Meeting at the centre for security studies

The trip was amazing! In total we spent 7 days there. The main part of the trip consisted of meetings with politicians and NGOs. The highlights were: meeting the former Foreign Minister of Kosovo; going to EULEX; going to the Youth Initiative for Human Rights; and going to the NGO ‘Lëvizja FOL’ (which campaigns against corruption in Kosovo).

Two things stood out for me during the meetings. First, there is a lot of curruption in Kosovo, and the country is having a lot of problems solving this

Montenegro

Montenegro

issue. Second, gender inequality is high in Kosovo. We heard various statistics, but the Swedish Embassy in Kosovo told us that only 12% of the official workforce in Kosovo consists of women. However, it needs to be remembered that Kosovo is still a very young country! It is less than 10 years old. Taking this into account, the progress made by the country is incredible. It does NOT look like a country that was involved in a war just 20 years ago. The people of Kosovo are also extremely friendly, and they are very much like western Europeans.

At the weekend, me and two others decided to do a bit of travelling in the region. We hired a car and went to Albania for a day and then to Montenegro for a day. Montenegro was beautiful!

UF Linköping offers a political trip once a year, so if you decide to study at Linköping University, I definitely recommend you to participate on their trips. You wont regret it!


 

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