Educate. Experience. Empower.
17 November 2015
Some Feature Activities - Guest Speakers:
"For our university and for our city, the Balkans Peace Program is the best way to show our friendship and hospitality to the world. The university is very proud to have partnered with TBG Foundation in delivering this program. We are very proud to have hosted you. Thank you for making our university and our city a summer program destination."
Prof. Dr. Naim Syla
Rector, University of Gjilan "Kadri Zeka"
"I believe that student exchanges and summer study programs are a very powerful way in which we can shape global understanding and cooperation. What Tony and his Foundation have done is really great. The hospitality of the people of Gjilan is amazing. Kosovo is a very rich place to learn and to study and even just to visit. For me, being a co-instructor of this course has been a very enriching experience. Our students - both foreign and domestic - have also been super good!"
Dr. Gianfranco Brusaporci
BPP 2015 Co-Instructor
Assistant Professor at the University of National and World Economy in Sofia, Bulgaria
"Participating in the Balkan Peace Program is one of the best decisions a student can make. Individuals are thrown into a beautifully unique world, abundant in culture and history. Within a short three weeks, an individual will be exposed to a plethora of themes and realities, not only specific to Kosovo or Albanians, but to the international community as well. As a student you will be awarded with an on the ground understanding and perspective of how international programs and diplomacy are executed. My personal experience, as an Albanian-American, was somewhat of an emotional roller coaster. The program encouraged and facilitated personal growth and development. I left Kosovo with a new awareness, not only in international relations and diplomacy, but with Albanian culture. I would highly recommend this program to all students, not just those pursuing studies within these fields. It was truly a rich and rewarding experience. It was the first time I had visited Kosovo, but I can assure you it will not be the last."
Michigan State University, USA, BPP 2015 Participant
the Balkan Peace Program I got the highly valuable
possibility to experience a post-conflict society. Now that
I am writing my Bachelor thesis I have faces and personal
histories to the conflict parties. This gives me a deeper
and more practical understanding of my topic. Besides, I
made some great new friends and got the chance to travel
through a beautiful region."
Balkans Peace program was, in short, an enriching
experience. The things you can learn through intimate,
firsthand contact, host-families, and friends, is very
different than what you'd get in an conventional classroom.
You learn all about the intricacies and nuances of a culture
that is neither totally strange nor totally familiar, but
loaded with a sense of tradition and memorial that is still
(for me) very hard to grasp. It was an incredibly experience
to listen, to wonder, and to absorb the lives and voices of
my Kosovar friends. I come out of it with a deep sense of
what it means to exist through conflict, live through
nation-building, and struggle with identities. On top of
this, the sense of hospitality and friendship among Kosovars
in impeccable, and for this I hope to visit again someday."
Balkans Peace Program provided myself, along with many other
international students, the unique chance to acquire insight
into a predominantly overlooked area of the planet.
Returning home, I encountered the same volume of queries
into just from where exactly it was I had returned. However,
instead of grudgingly racing through my usual geographical
descriptions, I found myself ranting on about not only where
Kosovo was, but how, why, what, and who it was. This marked
change was only a shallow indicator of my growth... Living
and breathing the Kosovo lifestyle served to open my
ignorant first world eyes to an entirely separate state of
human affairs. I am better for it, and truly consider the
Balkans Peace Program one of the greatest journeys of my