Klaipėda, Lithuania

Global Challenges from the Local Perspective

when 16 August 2017 - 31 August 2017
language English
duration 3 weeks
credits 6 EC
fee EUR 450

Klaipeda University is a multidisciplinary national and Baltic Sea Region research and studies leader, promoter of cultural heritage, and lifelong learning center integrated in international academic networks. There are 120 three-cycle study programs providing the student with research-based modern knowledge and technological based on higher university education level and higher education qualification, develops fully educated, responsible, creative and entrepreneurial personality.

Klaipeda University was established in a specific coastal area of Lithuania from economic, cultural and geopolitical point of view, in the only port city where from Lithuania opens wide prospects for maintaining relations with the Baltic Sea countries and other parts of the world.

During the Summer School Course the following topics will be examined:

1. Social Policy in Europe. The course examines social dimension of the EU integration, the content, structures, trends and main priorities of social policies. The course analyses legal documents regulating the EU social policy and opportunities of their realisation. It also explores social policy models of the EU member states, the features of the types of countries and their harmonization. The course examines the employment policy, principles and means of unemployment protection, problems of deprivation and poverty reduction, gender equality and women’s social rights guarantees, features of such rights, social welfare and social insurance principles, policies for elderly and programmes of social integration of disabled people in the EU.

2. Cultural differences: understanding cultural differences; how cultural differences affect business; consequences of cultural differences: stereotypes and prejudices.

3. Corruption and Prevention. The main aim is to develop expertise in a broad, creative and critical thinking, the need for new interest in preventing corruption in the achievements of global trends. The course analyses: local government between state and market; corruption prevention in local government; risks of the financial crimes in local government and links to the corruption.

4. Factors of Attractiveness for International Tourism Development in the Curonian Lagoon Region: a comparative analysis of the processes relating to the development of international tourism in Lithuania in the context of the Baltic States.

5. Cluster Development Workshop. This workshop will introduce the process of cluster development and equip participants with the necessary skills to nurture their business ideas jointly. Participants will gain the skills and confidence needed to: identify and prioritize their region’s businesses and create added value within the initiative of cluster; implement an interactive, collaborative strategy development process by involving key leaders from business, government, education and civic life; mobilize business participants in the implementation of action initiatives that directly address regional competitiveness challenges. The goal of this Cluster Development Workshop is to provide the right for these students jointly to work in teams and develop the business idea in order to enhance their idea competitiveness and establish a dynamic work in teams to get tools to achieve these objectives. With all this baggage accumulated workshop result it will be provided a comprehensive and very specific knowledge of how to work with different companies and ideas in the cluster (companies, institutions and administration), how to create added value with proposed business idea, how to develop initiatives to strengthen the competitiveness, identifying and map the clusters in a territory and its management. Thematic topics include:
Drivers of competitiveness – why, how and when businesses compete?
The Diamond model – is it shining as diamond?
Cluster – what kind of company we are talking about?
Stages of development – what leads to progress/regress?
Roles of different levels of government – are we making business along with government?
Economic strategy – how to make this strategy really alive?

6. Crash course of Lithuanian: The beginners will acquire basic skills of spoken and written Lithuanian (conversation skills, shopping, travelling, etc.)

The programme of the Summer School will be complemented with lectures and seminars of teachers from Partner Universities as well.

Course leader

Erika Župerkienė

Target group

Undergraduate, Graduate Students and Graduates.

Course aim

This summer school programme aims to help students and graduates improve their knowledge of political science, economics, social geography, management, media and their cultural knowledge of the country, to give students an experience of life in a foreign country that can be invaluable later in life. The programme includes short Lithuanian language crash course.

We expect that short and intensive programme of the Summer School in the field of Social Sciences will offer interesting courses and cultural workshops/field trips. It would be a great way to get international experience for the students in a short time.

Credits info

6 EC
University students, who wish their home university to recognise and award credits for their summer programme, should first
check with their home institution so that they can assess and award credit as appropriate. The Klaipeda University recommends
the course is equivalent to 6 ECTS credits. Students will be able to demonstrate their successful course attendance and completion by presenting their Completion Certificate.

Fee info

EUR 450: Regular fee. The Course fee includes tuition, all Course materials and cultural programme. Cultural programme will include some lectures, tours around Klaipeda and some sites out of town. Participants are expected to cover the costs of travel and accomodation themselves.
EUR 30: Registration fee


Klaipeda University offers a scholarship to students from partner institutions (additional bilateral agreement) in the form of fee reduction. Fee for students from partner institutions – 250 EUR for the Course.