Can the United Nations be Taught?

06 November 2009 -

Geneva

Event description

Jovan Kurbalija, Director of DiploFoundation, was an invited panellist at the presentation of a publication from the Diplomatic Academy of Vienna: “Can the United Nations be Taught?” The book compiles contributions from senior UN officials, academics and students worldwide exploring how the UN as a subject can best be addressed in the field of higher education. Authors introduce innovative teaching initiatives about the UN system which aim to bring about better understanding of UN operations in the real world. In the forward to the publication, Gerhard Reiweger, Deputy Director of the Diplomatic Academy of Vienna, points to the provocative double meaning of the title: on the one hand, addressing the complexity of the subject itself and the teaching process; but on the other hand, alluding to the ultimate goal of learning, “which is to acquire, through critical analysis, the competence to bring about changes for the better in real life.” Jovan Kurbalija, Director of DiploFoundation, was an invited panellist at the presentation of a publication from the Diplomatic Academy of Vienna: “Can the United Nations be Taught?” The book compiles contributions from senior UN officials, academics and students worldwide exploring how the UN as a subject can best be addressed in the field of higher education. Authors introduce innovative teaching initiatives about the UN system which aim to bring about better understanding of UN operations in the real world. In the forward to the publication, Gerhard Reiweger, Deputy Director of the Diplomatic Academy of Vienna, points to the provocative double meaning of the title: on the one hand, addressing the complexity of the subject itself and the teaching process; but on the other hand, alluding to the ultimate goal of learning, “which is to acquire, through critical analysis, the competence to bring about changes for the better in real life.”