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ZEI Academy in Comparative Regional Integration

On the basis of its comprehensive research in this field, ZEI continues its capacity-building program in comparative regional integration for young scholars from non-European regional integration systems (especially Africa, Asia, the Caribbean and Latin America). The academy is sponsored by the German Academic Exchange service with funds of the German Federal Foreign Office.

 

Region-building is one of the most fascinating trends in the age of globalization. The European Union has become a trade mark for the peaceful resolution of conflicts and for the successful pooling of sovereignty. While looking at European experiences, other regions around the globe are engaged in their genuinely own efforts of region-building.

The “ZEI Academy in Comparative Regional Integration” is a platform for the discussion and mutual learning on issues of regional integration worldwide. It is the objective of this distinctive initiative to strengthen the knowledge of participants in comparative regional integration, to assess the European Union’s capacity and limits to serve as a model for other regions, to discuss the impact of bi-regional agreements and to support participants in the development of problem-oriented approaches for deeper integration in their own region.

The “ZEI Academy in Comparative Regional Integration” offers the opportunity to investigate the genuine contribution of the EU to region-building and to analyze the efforts of regional integration outside Europe. Participants meet a faculty of international experts from academia and political practice. The program includes excursions to the European Central Bank in Frankfurt and to the European Commission and the European Parliament in Brussels.

 

Academy 2011

Academy 2010 

Academy 2008

Academy 2007

 

 

The ZEI Academy in Comparative Regional Integration is kindly supported by:

 

Auswaertiges Amt                        GIZ

 

 

DAAD

 

 

ECOWAS - ZEI Academy in Comparative Regional Integration 2009 

In 2009, the “ZEI Academy in Comparative Regional Integration” was attended by high-ranking civil servants from the “Economic Community of West African States” (ECOWAS). This unique contribution to human capacity development in the West African integration process was conceptualized jointly with German Technical Cooperation (GTZ) and funded by the Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development.

 

The 2009 “ECOWAS-ZEI Academy in Comparative Regional Integration” was held under the auspices of the ECOWAS Commission. The academy was attended by the leading representatives of the ECOWAS National Units, in charge of ECOWAS affairs on the national level of its 15 member states, and the ECOWAS Commission, the ECOWAS Court of Justice and the ECOWAS Parliament, all based in Abuja, Nigeria.

 

ECOWAS was founded in 1975. In the meantime ECOWAS has developed from a purely economic grouping to a multidimensional regional grouping with political aspiration, including its commitment to peace and security in West Africa. To advance the process of West African integration, the Center for European Integration Studies, the ECOWAS-Commission and GTZ have developed the innovative 2009 “ECOWAS-ZEI Academy in Comparative Regional Integration” as a first step of a longer term cooperation between the Center for European Integration Studies (ZEI) and ECOWAS.

 
  
 

Academy 2009


  
 
The ECOWAS-ZEI Academy in Comparative Regional Integration was kindly supported by: 
 

 

ECOWAS                             gtz

 

 BMZ

 

The Center for European Integration Studies accompanies its “ZEI Academy in Comparative Regional Integration” with genuine research and regularly covers current region-building trends through its

“ZEI Regional Integration Observer”.

 

Academic supervision

Prof. Dr. Ludger Kühnhardt
Director, Center for European Integration Studies (ZEI)
University of Bonn, Germany

Program Coordinator

Matthias Vogl
Center for European Integration Studies (ZEI)
Walter-Flex-Straße 3
53113 Bonn
Germany

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