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The Anna Lindh Chairs Overview

The Anna Lindh Chairs are collaborations, resting on the overall objective of promoting public participation and debate on issues related to coexistence and intercultural dialogue in the Euro-Mediterranean region, and on the following principles:

  • The promotion of peaceful coexistence and intercultural dialogue in the Euro-Mediterranean region;
  • Understanding the importance of social activities to spread the values of respect, mutual understanding and tolerance among the population of the region;
  • Recognizing the importance of supporting young people and the promotion of intercultural dialogue and social cohesion within their communities.
  • Working together for the development of mutual knowledge and exchange between youth from different countries of the Euro-Mediterranean region
  • Stimulating debates on issues related to the promotion of intercultural dialogue, appreciation of cultural diversity and social cohesion in the societies of the Euro-Mediterranean region
  • Mobilizing local civil society actors and stakeholders to participate in international seminars/gatherings/workshops with experts, scholars and students to explore the needs, the challenges and opportunities linked to the promotion of intercultural relations and social cohesion.  

The first Anna Lindh Chair for Intercultural Studies was inaugurated in the Academic Year 2008/2009 at the University of Salerno and the program has been running for five consecutive years so far. Since the inauguration, two other Chairs have also been launched – one in Rome and one in Istanbul, and we are planning to further expand the “network” of Anna Lindh Chairs in the future onto other countries of the Euro-Mediterranean.

The basic aim of the program is the promotion of knowledge about Mediterranean countries, taking into account the historical and cultural specificities and the political-juridical and social-economic aspects, and the development of focused cultural and scientific relations with Institutions and Organizations of the Euro-Mediterranean area. A particular attention is given to the relations among the different countries and between the two Mediterranean shores, including the Partnership policies of the European Union.

The structure of the academic course consists of two modules: one on fundamental themes concerning history, economy, politics, law and society, and a second one, which provides an in-depth insight into specific topics, such as migrations, the environment, development, democratization, culture, media, gender issues, cultural diversity and international relations in the region. The teaching activity is based on traditional didactic methodologies, but also on the most innovative ones, including workshops, case studies, international exchanges, and internships.

The teaching path is coherent and it has been structured in such a way, as to allow for a smooth coordination between different professors, without overlaps of the taught subjects. The teaching staff have been selected accurately on the basis of the expertise of each professor, and the professors themselves have expressed a high level of satisfaction regarding the course. Moreover, the student’s satisfaction has been verified through evaluation questionnaires and of course also by our direct contact with the them.

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