Last UFL Lecture: Natural disasters – preventive action of the Red Cross

Posted in category: Uni life on 29 May, 2017

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WhatsApp Image 2017-05-23 at 12.39.37Last week was UF Linköping’s last lecture of this academic year. The lecture was held by the Red Cross and the topic of the lecture was ‘Natural disasters: preventive action of the Red Cross’. The speakers of the Red Cross told us about the work carried out by the Red Cross from Linköping to North Korea.

However, the focus of the lecture was on the help provided by the Red Cross after natural disasters. The example that was given was the work carried out by the Red Cross after the earthquake in Haiti, in which 200,000 people lost their lives 1,5 million people became homeless. The initial support provided by the Red Cross involved the provision of food, water, accommodation etc to those who were most in need.

It’s sad that this was the last lecture of UF Linköping this year. But it’s been a great year full of very interesting lectures. If you’re reading this, it means you will probably be studying in Linköping University next year, so make sure you check out which lectures are offered by UF Linköping.


 

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UF Linköping goes to Kosovo

Posted in category: Allmän on 21 April, 2017

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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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UF Lecture: Catalonia – A New State in Europe?

Posted in category: Uni life on 7 April, 2017

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WhatsApp Image 2017-04-05 at 12.20.24The other day, UF Linköping, the foreign affairs association at Linköping University, hosted a lecture at the university held by David Pallarès. Mr Pallarès is the coordinator of Catalan Assembly in Sweden, which is an organisation that promotes Catalonian independence.

The topic of the lecture was ‘Catalonia – A New State in Europe?’ This is a very current topic in international relations and is therefore very relevant to my Master’s programme.

Mr Pallarès started by giving us a brief overview of Catalonia and then an overview of the history of Spain (and Catalonia). We were then introduced to the reasons behind the independence movement in Catalonia and the extent of the support for the movement.

It was very interesting to hear the perspective of the pro-independence movement and was once again a great lecture held at Linköping University.


 

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UF Sverige Forum weekend

Posted in category: Uni life on 21 February, 2017

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Attendees of the Forum Weekend

Attendees of the Forum Weekend

In a previous post I mentioned that I am organsing the ‘Forum weekend’ for UF Sverige (the Swedish Association of International Affairs). This Forum Weekend took place last weekend (10.02-12.02). The aim of the weekend was to bring the 13 subsidiary associations of UF Sverige together to enbable them to exchange ideas and participate in workshops and lectures to improve the functioning of their associations in their respective cities.

 

 

On the Saturday, there was a seminar on engagement followed Me and the other 3 organisers of the Fourm Weekendby a seminar on external communication. These seminars were followed by workshops to enable the different associations to
share/exchange ideas. On the Sunday we organised a debate on current issues in foreign affairs. This was followed by a seminar on internal communication.

 

 

 

Overall, the feedback was overwhelmingly positive and the members of the different UF associations learnt a lot from one another, so we were very happy with the outcome 🙂

 

 

UF Linköping at the Forum Weekend

UF Linköping at the Forum Weekend

 


 

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UF Lecture: Rwanda – The Road to Recovery

Posted in category: Uni life on 8 February, 2017

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Rwanda lectureToday, the international affairs association in Linköping, UF Linköping, organised a lecture by the Ambassador of the Republic of Rwanda (Christine Nkulikiyinka) in the university. The topic of the lecture was ‘The Road to Recovery’.

Many of you will be well aware of the genocide that took place in Rwanda ikn 1994. Many thought it would be an almost impossible task for Rwanda to recover from this.

Christine Nkulikiyinka explained to us, how against all odds, Rwanda has recovered at a miraculous pace: Rwanda has made more advancement in development than any other country  in the world in the last 25 years!

This was a very interesting lecture; I’ll keep you updated on any other interesting lectures organised by UF Linköping 🙂


 

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