EUniWell Summer School on Global Peace, Democratic Governance and Well-Being in Brussels

06/18/2024 | by Annika Sand | European Universities

Last week, 23 international students visited the European Parliament in Brussels, exploring its role in shaping democratic governance. This visit was part of the EUniWell Summer School on Global Peace, Democratic Governance and Well-Being, offering practical insights into the workings of the European Union and contemporary democratic issues.

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As part of the EUniWell Summer School on Global Peace, Democratic Governance and Well-Being, students from around the globe embarked on a study visit to Brussels. These students from diverse countries including Brazil, France, Germany, Iran, Italy, Kazakhstan, Spain, Sweden, Ukraine, and the USA, delved into the complexities of European governance.

Their first stop was the European Parliament, where they arrived on 10 June, just a day after the European elections. This timely visit allowed the students to engage in discussions about the election results and their implications for the European Union's core values and principles. The group also explored the current state of democracy within EU Member States, gaining a practical perspective on how recent political developments could shape the future of Europe.

Challenges of modern democracies

Throughout this EUniWell Summer School, the focus was on crucial themes such as global peace, security, and the challenges facing liberal democracy. The programme included intensive discussions on pressing questions like “How does a democracy die?” and examined the warning signs that democracies must heed to remain resilient. Students engaged in debates and reflective sessions that highlighted the importance of maintaining robust democratic systems and the role of international cooperation in fostering peace and stability.

Led by Daniel Silander, Associate Professor at Linnaeus University, the Summer School is a collaborative initiative involving the University of Florence, Linnaeus University, the University of Murcia, and Taras Shevchenko National University of Kyiv. This cooperation ensures that the programme draws on a wide range of academic expertise and cultural perspectives, enriching the students’ educational experience and providing them with a comprehensive understanding of democratic governance and well-being.

Collaboration with the Global Governance Institute

A significant partner in this educational endeavour is the Global Governance Institute (GGI) based in Brussels. The GGI is a renowned think tank that addresses critical issues in global governance, including international security, environmental policy, and democratic governance. The GGI is an Associated Partner of EUniWell and its involvement in this Summer School plays a pivotal role in connecting academic theory with real-world applications. It facilitates policy dialogue and provides a platform for analysing contemporary governance challenges, thereby enriching the educational content of the Summer School. The collaboration between the EUniWell Alliance and the GGI exemplifies a commitment to offering students a nuanced understanding of global governance issues and the complexities involved in sustaining democratic values in an ever-evolving political landscape.

Further information

More information on the Summer School on Global Peace, Democratic Governance & Well-Being can be found here.


For more information about the Summer School, please contact euniwell.wp3[at]


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