Summer School on Development Policy at University of Bonn

The University of Bonn invites graduate and postgraduate students as well as young professionals from any field of study or discipline to a Summer School on Development Policy in Bonn. The program is organized in cooperation with the German Corporation for International Cooperation / Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH. The Summer School will take place from July 30 to August 10, 2018.

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Masterclass on the EU’s medium-term budget with Commissioner Oettinger

  • When: Thursday 18 January from 11.00-12.30 (including a simple lunch). The room is open from 10.30 hrs. There will be no “Leids kwartiertje”. Participation is free.
  • Where: Building De Wijnhaven of Leiden University, room 3.16.
  • How to sign up: please send an email to There is space for 30 participants maximum, on the basis of ‘first come, first served’.

The European Commission is preparing the next multiannual budget framework of the EU (2021-2027). The framework constrains the annual budgets of the Union in that period. This has implications for the adoption of new policies, especially when existing commitments already absorb a part of these resources.
Commissioner Oettinger indicates in a recent blogpost that the “starting point in this debate is that the budget is not an end in itself. It helps us implementing what we want to do. This is why the debate must start with the question how Europe should look like in 2025 or 2030. To help identifying these priorities, I propose a simple test: Does this policy, this instrument provide an EU added value?”
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Mass Starvation: The History and Future of Famine | 22 February

Until the 1980s, famine killed ten million people every decade, but by early 2000s mass starvation had all but disappeared. Today, famines
are resurgent, driven by war, blockade, hostility to humanitarian principles and a volatile global economy.

DATE: Thursday, 22 February 2018
TIME: Book Signing and Sales from 17:30pm; Panelist Discussion Commences 18:00 – 19:30pm
LOCATION: Leiden University, Spanish Steps, The Hague Campus, Turfmarkt 99, 251 DP The Hague
PANELISTS: Alex de Waal, Wayne Jordash QC, Catriona Murdoch, and a Fourth Speaker TBA Signed editions of Mass Starvation will be available for sale

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Spring Data Science Fellowship Opportunity

Program: The Data Incubator is an intensive 8 week fellowship that prepares masters students, PhDs, and postdocs in STEM and social science fields seeking industry careers as data scientists. The program is free for Fellows and supported by sponsorships from hundreds of employers across multiple industries. In response to the overwhelming interest in our earlier sessions, we will be holding another fellowship.

Who Should Apply: Anyone who has already obtained a masters or PhD degree or who is within one year of graduating with a masters or PhD is welcome to apply. Applications from international students are welcome. Everyone else is encouraged to sign-up for a future session.

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20-12 Sweden and the Netherlands in the UN Security Council – areas of cooperation

The United Nations Association of Sweden (UNA Sweden) and the Netherlands Association for the United Nations (NVVN), in cooperation with UGlobe, the Utrecht Centre for Global Challenges, and the Grotius Centre for International Legal Studies of Leiden Law School, invite you to a conference in The Hague. The conference will focus on the challenges and opportunities of occupying a seat, by Sweden and the Netherlands, in the United Nations Security Council in 2018. What are and should be the countries’ priorities? What are the possibilities for cooperation? What difference can the countries make as elected members?

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Dé mogelijkheid voor Nederlandse jongeren om vijf weken lang zonder kosten te studeren aan een Amerikaanse universiteit

Het Fulbright Center mag 13 kandidaten voordragen voor een intensief zomerprogramma rondom drie thema’s, milieu, sociaal ondernemen en maatschappelijke betrokkenheid: dé mogelijkheid voor Nederlandse jongeren om vijf weken lang zonder kosten te studeren aan een Amerikaanse universiteit. Ik zou het zeer op prijs stellen als u in uw omgeving mogelijke belangstellenden op deze kans wilt wijzen.  

Het programma is bedoeld voor undergraduate studenten aan hogescholen en universiteiten die na deelname nog minimaal een semester van hun opleiding zullen voltooien. De deelnemers dienen tussen de 18-25 jaar te zijn. Nederland mag 13 kandidaten voordragen, 5 voor sociaal ondernemen, 3 voor maatschappelijke betrokkenheid en 5 voor milieu: de uiteindelijke selectie van 5 Nederlandse deelnemers uit deze 13 voordrachten vindt in Washington plaats. Er zijn ook deelnemers uit andere Europese landen, per onderwerp zullen er 22 deelnemers zijn. De deelnemers verbeteren hun Engelse spreek- en schrijfvaardigheid, volgen cursussen op het gebied van de onderwerpen en gaan op bezoek bij bedrijven en instellingen. Er zijn geen kosten verbonden aan deelname.  

Het Fulbright Center richt zich bij de voordracht op deelname van jongeren die minder vertegenwoordigd zijn in internationale programma’s. De gastuniversiteit houdt rekening met de verschillen in achtergronden (halal, kosjer, vegetarisch eten; kerk of moskee; gemengde of niet gemengde huisvesting). 

De deadline voor aanmelding is 8 januari 2018, 12 uur ‘s middags. Het programma vindt plaats in juni/juli 2018 en duurt 5 weken (de precieze data zijn nog niet bekend). De inschrijfformulieren en meer informatie zijn te vinden op onze website via de volgende link:


Antonio Morone (Pavia), Sub-Saharan migrants in contemporary Libya: containment policies and international relations (With LIMS). Discussant Marlou Schrover (History, Leiden).

11 December 2017, 3.30-5 pm,  Huizinga Building, Conference Room 2.60

Over the past three decades Libya has been a ‘laboratory’ for the European and especially Italian migration policies. The 1990s have been characterized by two conflicting tendencies in Libya: on the one hand, the policies of the Qadhafi regime characterized by an open-door policy towards the influx of low-cost labor from sub-Saharan Africa and the Arab countries; on the other hand, the containment policies put in place by Italy to halt illegal migratory flows through the Mediterranean Sea, which were however an infinitely small proportion of the total number of migrants in Libya. Italian-Libyan bilateral relations were thus heavily characterized by the restrictions Libya imposed over the migratory flows, which Italy exchanged with its commitment to support the end of the international embargo on Libya and its readmission to the international community. With the collapse of the regime in 2011 and the beginning of the civil war, a new phase opened up in which the very distinction between legal and illegal migrants has progressively lost meaning, inasmuch as the weakness, if not the actual disintegration of Libyan institutions, has led informality to prevail over the rule of law. Italy and, increasingly, the rest of Europe have continued to exert a series of direct and indirect pressures on the new Libyan authorities, with the aim of reaffirming the policies of migratory containment, but political instability and the persistence of conflict have strongly compromised the effectiveness of this attempt, urging rather a further externalization of containment policies (and European borders) to other African countries to the south of Libya, from which migrants leave or transit. The presentation aims at analyzing the policies of containment, detainment and deportation of sub-Saharan migrants in the framework of international relations between Italy and Libya. Specific attention is devoted to discuss the role of the colonial and postcolonial history in the bargaining between Italy and Libya on the migration issue.

Antonio M. Morone is Assistant Professor at the Department of Political and Social Sciences, Pavia University, Italy, where he teaches Colonial and Postcolonial African History. His publications are related mainly to the contemporary history of Somalia and Libya. He was recently visiting scholar at the University of al Manar, Tunisia, and the University of Tripoli, Libya.

If you would like to attend the seminars or to be added to our mailinglist please send an email to

Thank you very much and looking forward to see you there!

Housing Anywhere Accommodation Service

Dear student,

Soon you will start your international experience abroad. Maybe you already secured your accommodation abroad or perhaps you are still searching for a room. For those students Leiden University has partnered with Housing Anywhere, the international booking platform for student accommodation.

To help you find and book your new home abroad, we warmly recommend you to sign up for the Housing Anywhere Accommodation Service. Housing Anywhere has specialized in helping international students find and book their new room abroad, and is doing that for over 150 universities worldwide.

This service is free to use for you, you are not obliged to book any of the suggested rooms. Only if you accept a room by Housing Anywhere a Secure Booking Fee will be charged to you.

You can sign up for this service here.

We wish you all the best in your period abroad.

Avicenna Excellence Program 2018

Ben jij een gemotiveerde masterstudent met interesse in multidisciplinaire samenwerking en innovatie in de gezondheidszorg? Solliciteer dan nu voor 1 januari het Avicenna Excellence Program 2018!
De thema’s voor het Avicenna Excellence Program 2018 zijn: Privacy, Beschikbaarheid van zorg en medicatie, Bekostiging van de zorg, Communicatie in de zorg, Technologie en Groene zorg. Op de website staat uitgebreidere informatie over de thema’s.

Het Avicenna Excellence Program 2018 is het enige nationale multidisciplinaire extracurriculaire programma waarbij innovaties binnen de zorg centraal staan. Wij zijn op zoek naar sterk gemotiveerde, en goed presterende masterstudenten uit alle studierichtingen die interesse hebben in de gezondheidszorg.
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Workshop on Negotiation and Conflict Resolution

Dear Student,
The Graduate School of Social Sciences (GSSS) of the University of Amsterdam invites you to take part in an intensive workshop on negotiation and conflict resolution from 10-17 January 2018 (excluding Saturday and Sunday). The Workshop combines skill building with the development of analytic skills in a ‘hands-on’ format following what is sometimes called the ‘Harvard method’ of negotiation.
The Workshop will be taught by David Laws of the University of Amsterdam and John Forester of Cornell University together with various guest lecturers.
Please note: Only a limited number of places are open to students from outside the GSSS. Registration deadline is 10 December 2017.

For more information and enrolment, please visit our website:

Kind regards,

Universiteit van Amsterdam
Graduate School of Social Sciences (GSSS)