Peace and Conflict Summer Program Status Update – Canceled

Dear Student,

It is with deep regret that we inform you of the cancellation of the RITK 2020 Peace and Conflict Summer Program (PCSP) in Kosovo.  Over the past few weeks, the PCSP leadership and staff have been monitoring worldwide developments related to COVID-19. With many countries and regions recommending self-quarantine and many institutions strongly advising staff, faculty and students to restrict travel, we know it is no longer practical nor ethical to continue with our annual summer program.

We will continue to share additional information about the direction of the PCSP via our website. Also, please follow-us on social media @ritkpcs to receive the most up-to-date information about our program and possible upcoming events. I encourage you to check this page regularly to be aware of important updates.

Again, I would like to emphasize that we our decision to cancel the 2020 Peace and Conflict Summer program came with after great deliberation and examination of all possibilities. The PCSP is one of RITK’s highlights. It is only out of deep concern for the health and safety of all students that we made this decision. Students are and will continue to be our first priority.

With this in mind, we look forward to future opportunities of engagement and activities at RITK. We hope to see you in the near future. In the meantime, if you have any questions or concerns in the interim please do not hesitate to contact the PCS Program Coordinator, Lindita Bicaj, lbicaj@auk.org, or myself, the PCS Program Director, rmcginnis@auk.org. We are here to help.

Best,

Rachel E. McGinnis, Ph.D.

Director Peace and Conflict Summer Program RIT Kosovo (A.U.K.)

Welcome to the Summer Program 2020 in Kosovo

Dates: June 22 – July 24 2020

RIT Kosovo (A.U.K)’s unique Summer Program in Peace and Conflict Studies will run from June 22-July 24, 2020.  It provides an experience students will never forget.

  • The program opens with a one-week study tour to Albania, Montenegro, Croatia and Bosnia, where students meet officials and activists, and visit historic and recreational areas in the beautiful Balkans.
  • Upon return to Prishtina, students work in Kosovo’s ‘living laboratory’ of history in the heart of the Balkans to explore the origin and resolution of armed conflict, reconstruction and institution building at the end of wars.
  • Courses are taught by senior civilian and military officials, NGO activists and academics with hands-on experience in the Balkans, Middle East and elsewhere.
  • Students meet Kosovo Government senior officials and activists, as well as senior officials from diplomatic and international missions. They visit historically significant sites in Kosovo, take part in informal late-afternoon seminars on current issues, and participate in workshop/simulations of peace keeping operations.