Summer University Project
Established in: 1988
The Summer University project aims to promote European integration. It is the main tool that AEGEE uses to attain this difficult, but fascinating target.
Summer Universities are events that take place during the summer in most of the cities where AEGEE is present, lasting between 1 and 4 weeks. Understanding and exploring the multicultural dimension of the European continent, tasting its diversity, removing national borders, fighting for tolerance and creating open-minded citizens are some of the reasons why 20 to 50 young Europeans from all over Europe come together for each Summer University.
Activities of the Summer University Coordination Team:
- Website management
- Gathering every year all the Summer University descriptions and approving them
- Creating and publishing the Summer University booklet, posters, and leaflets (PR material)
- Supporting the local organisers of Summer Universities
- Organising Summer University Project Schools in cooperation with the AEGEE-Academy
- Managing the Summer University applications and the open calls
- Providing all the necessary information to members
- Providing members with guidelines for organising a Summer University
- Assuring the high quality of Summer Universities
- Evaluating Summer Universities
The Summer University Project was born in 1988, with the intention to promote European integration. So was the Summer University Coordination Team, which is the body responsible for the implementation of the Summer University project within AEGEE.
The Summer University project is based on a cultural exchange, where understanding and exploring the multicultural dimension of the European continent, removing national borders, fighting for tolerance and creating open-minded citizens are common themes.
“Last month AEGEE was exactly three years old.” It was with these words that the first edition of the Summer University booklet started, in 1988. During the first year, AEGEE presented 11 courses in 10 different cities, for 290 participants. The courses were in 6 languages: Catalan, Spanish, German, Italian, Dutch and French.
- In 1989, there were already 16 courses and, for the first time, it was possible to study Greek and Computer Sciences.
- In 1990, Summer Universities took place in 23 cities, with courses in 9 different languages and also other subjects.
- In 1991, 1638 people applied for the 887 avaliable places. They came from 91 cities all over Europe and 37 courses were organised that year.
- In 1992, AEGEE offered 57 courses in 52 places, with classes of German, Danish, English, Dutch, Greek, Spanish, Catalan, Italian, French, Romanian, Hungarian, Russian, Czech, Bulgarian, and also theatre, economics, geology, architecture, photography, folklore, journalism, statistics, law, sports and arts.
- In 1993, AEGEE organised 68 courses in 72 different European cities, with classes in 16 different languages (Bulgarian, Catalan, English, Finnish, French, German, Greek, Hungarian, Italian, Polish, Romanian, Russian, Spanish, Turkish, Ukrainian) and 10 other subjects (communication, computers, environment, politics, sports, water sciences).
- In the year of 1994, AEGEE could look back at 81 courses in 92 different European cities with 16 languages taught (Bulgarian, Catalan, Croatian, Czech, English, Dutch, French, Galician, German, Greek, Hungarian, Italian, Romanian, Russian, Slovak, Spanish) and 13 other subjects (associations’ organisation, communication, computers, culture, European law, gastronomy, folklore, history, navigation, philosophy, photography, politics, sports). 4028 persons applied and more than half of them participated in a Summer University that year. Today, more than 20 years later, the project continues to be just as popular.
The Summer University Project is organised by students for students and it is centrally coordinated by the Summer University Coordination Team. The SUCT is a team of four AEGEE members, elected at every Autumn Agora, plus one appointed member of the Comité Directeur. Within the team, there are different positions: Project Manager, Public Relations Responsible, Publications Responsible and Information Technology Responsible.
The Summer University Coordination Team is responsible for the good functioning and development of the project during their term of one year. Throughout this period various tasks are being carried out: from approving Summer Universities registered by AEGEE locals to publishing PR materials and printing the booklet that includes information about all Summer Universities. Moreover, the Summer University Coordination Team helps Summer University organisers by providing them with advice on how to organise such an event successfully and informs future Summer University participants about the application procedure and the general concept of AEGEE Summer Universities.
After all Summer Universities are finished, the Summer University Coordination Team collects evaluations submitted by participants to check the quality of the events.
What is more, every year the Summer University Coordination Team organises a training for future Summer University organisers: the Summer University Project School (SUPS), which is done in cooperation with the AEGEE-Academy.
Covers of booklets
The ideal member of the Summer University Coordination Team is an experienced AEGEE member, who has been the Summer University Coordinator of his/her local or is an experienced SU organiser, willing to offer his/her best for the continuity and the development of this project, a person who loves cultural exchange and is willing to devote his/her time to this team.
New members can contribute to the work of the SUCT in IT or design, which can then lead them to apply for a position in the team, at the Autumn Agora.
Requirements to get involved depend on the different positions.
- Project Manager – board member of a local/SU Coordinator or very experienced in organising an SU
- IT Responsible: studies related to IT, SU organiser
- Publications Responsible: studies related to design, SU organiser
- PR: SU organiser, fluency in English
Related fields of study:
E-mails, Skype meetings, sharing data systems (Google docs, Dropbox, etc), live meetings (1 at the beginning of the term and then others at the statutory events).
Amount of work required:
The amount of daily work depends mostly on the months of the year:
- October – early February: a big amount of work especially for the IT and the Publications Responsibles
- February – April: a big amount of work, especially for the IT Responsible
- April – June: still a big amount of work, but less than in the previous months
- June – early September: normal amount of work
- September – October: normal amount of work
The work is done by all the Summer University Coordination Team members, but each one has his/her specific tasks. The SUCT members are committed to their work for one year, during which they have to face several challenges and fulfill different types of tasks.