6 March 2020

Study Session

The Concept

The study session of the Olivaint Conference is the highlight of each academic year. The aim of this session is to enable members to analyse in detail the different aspects of the governance of a country or a region, through meetings and visits. Critical thinking is a permanent state of mind during those sessions; it is a wonderful experience of working in groups and living together.

Preparing for the Session

At the beginning of the academic year, the board, after consultation with the members, chooses a destination based on the appeal of the destination given the geopolitical context at the time of the decision. During the academic year, the board, collaborating with the student’s office, plans the journey in close collaboration with the FPS Foreign Affairs and the Belgian embassy in the country visited, offering to the members of the Conference a succession of high-quality meetings.

Each participant chooses a subject of study from a set of proposed themes and prepares the topic by gathering information in Belgium. During the last thematic day, the participants present their pre report to the other student members.

 

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The Session

The session, which lasts two to three weeks, usually takes place in July. Meetings with politicians, visits to companies, exchanges with the local population, especially students, are organized. During each of these activities, every member will be able to enrich his or her research and critically verify whether the information previously collected corresponds to reality. Besides the aforementioned activities, social and cultural ones are also organized.

 

The Report

The session, which lasts two to three weeks, usually takes place in July. Meetings with politicians, visits to companies, exchanges with the local population, especially students, are organized. During each of these activities, every member will be able to enrich his or her research and critically verify whether the information previously collected corresponds to reality. Besides the aforementioned activities, social and cultural ones are also organized.

 

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Study Session Destinations

Port-Cros (1957), Israel (1958), Morocco (1959), Sicily (1960), Senegal (1961), West Berlin (1962), Israel (1963), Mexico (1964) , Tunisia (1965), Ivory Coast (1966), Venezuela (1967), Iran (1968), Quebec (1969), Algeria (1970), Gabon (1971), Chili (1972), Thailand (1973), Tanzania (1974), Costa Rica (1975), Malaysia (1976), Cameroon (1977), Peru (1978), Indonesia (1979), Zaire (1980), Paris (1981), Egypt (1982), Spain (1984), the project ESPRIT (European Strategic Program for Research and Development in Information Technologies) in Europe (1987), China and Hong-Kong (1988),  Togo (1989), Bolivia (1990), Czechoslovakia (1991), Jordan (1992), Japan (1993), Belarus (1994), Morocco (1995), United States (1996), Poland (1997), Future and challenges of the European Union (1999), Cuba (2000), Slovenia (2001), Greece (2002), Irland (2003), Hungary (2004), Turkey (2005), Chili (2006), Russia (2007), New York/Washington: world governance (2008), Rome : Vatican/Italy/FAO (2009), Armenia & Nagorno-Karabakh (2010), Canada (2011), Germany (2012), Burundi & Rwanda (2013), Mons (2014), South Korea (2015), Baltic countries (2016), Islamic Republic of Iran (2017), Croatia (2018).