Wednesday, April 27, 2011

9th ASEAN Youth Cultural Forum

3rd DREaM International Students Summer Program

June 26 – July 6, 2011

The 3rd DREaM International Students Summer Program is proudly organized by the Office of International Affairs with the relentless support and contribution of student volunteers. It is scheduled to be taking place on June 26 – July 6, 2011. We expect 100 students from different countries to join in this event.
DREaM 2011 highlights “Social Entrepeneurship” as the theme for the entire upcoming programs and this is in consonance with University’s mission of contributing to the development of our society. Social entrepeneur will identify social issues and fing solutions by applying entrepeneural approach. Furthermore, a social entreprise performs as an agent of change that improves system, discovers and spreads new strategies, and enhances solutions based on the involvement of local changemakers. Their ideas are practical, visionary, engaging people, and targeted towards long-term transformation. The most distinguished features of social entrepeneurship shall be its efforst in providing access for the disadvantaged and unleashing potentials of society to impact social change.
More info here



Good Work @ Cannes Lions

Are you film maker who wants a chance to go to the Cannes Lion Festival?
Video advert needed for APYN

Got ideas for promoting human rights in a video? Our brief to YouTube’s online video contest “Good Work” was accepted! This is a competition where creative people from around the world are invited to submit a one-minute (or less) video advertisement to address one or more of the non-profit briefs. The contest is launched by YouTube and Cannes Lions.
Don’t miss the chance to showcase your brilliant idea! Pick up your video camera now and submit a video for APYN! We hope that your video will inspire young people in the Asia Pacific region to protect and promote human rights! The winner will receive a full delegate pass to the Cannes Lion Festival, including travel and accommodation. For further competition details see here:
You may want to include one or more of the following keywords in your video: youth as agents of change / YOU(th) / human rights / youth network / dignity / voice / action / What do you think?/ Asia Pacific
Entries in any languages spoken in the Asia Pacific region are accepted. A few questions may come to your mind about APYN:
  • What is Asia Pacific Youth Network (APYN)?
    The Asia Pacific Youth Network is for Youth, by Youth and with Youth from around the Asia Pacific region. We connect young people in the Asia Pacific who want to make human rights change happen
  • Who participates in APYN?
    This network is open to all individuals desiring social change and it aims to connect like minded young people in the Asia Pacific who are interested in campaigning on issues that matter to them and, to open doors to finding out more and to create opportunities to act.
  • What can you(th) do with APYN?
    You can get involved by volunteering to participate in human rights campaigning activities, volunteering your skills and networks, sharing with other young people through capacity building activities.
We can’t wait to see your entries!! The last day of submitting entries is 9 May, so hurry up!
Watch an example video here:

More information here

Sunday, April 24, 2011

Geneva Special Youth Programme (SYP) – 9 months remunerated fellowship, Geneva

Closing Date: Monday, 09 May 2011
UNAIDS is an innovative United Nations partnership that leads and inspires the world in achieving universal access to HIV prevention, treatment, care and support. UNAIDS’ Cosponsors include UNHCR, UNICEF, WFP, UNDP, UNFPA, UNODC, ILO, UNESCO, WHO and the World Bank. Visit the UNAIDS Web site at

Vacancy No.: UNAIDS/11/TA1
Title: Special Youth Programme (SYP) – 9 months remunerated fellowship
Grade: P level
Contract type: Temporary appointment
Application Deadline: 9 May 2011
Organization unit: AI UNAIDS Joint United Nations Programme on HIV/AIDS (AI)

Duty station: Geneva Switzerland


The UNAIDS Special Youth Programme seeks to recruit young people aged 20-24 from developing countries with some programme experience in HIV related issues to join UNAIDS for a 9-month remunerated fellowship. The fellowship is divided into two sections: an initial fellowship in UNAIDS Geneva, followed – upon satisfactory performance – by a continued fellowship in the UNAIDS country office (UCO) in the fellow’s country of origin. The expected dates of the fellowship are from August 2011-May 2012.
The programme seeks to achieve the following objectives:
  • To create opportunities at appropriate levels of the organization to engage youth in policy development and programming;
  • To help build the capacity of young people and strengthen their leadership skills to contribute to the AIDS response, especially at the country level;
  • To sensitize both young people and UNAIDS staff on various modalities of working together to address issues related to HIV, particularly youth concerns, gender, human rights and greater involvement of people living with HIV.

Monday, April 18, 2011

Green ICT Application Challenge

 Call for Concept Papers for ITU’s Green ICT Application Challenge
As the leading United Nations Agency for Information and Communication Technology (ICT), the International Telecommunication Union (ITU) plays a leading role in developing an integrated approach to the relation between ICTs and climate change.

Climate change and environmental sustainability are multi-faceted challenges that call for a wide range of responses. As a unique intergovernmental organization with participation from the private sector, ITU is a major facilitator of initiatives to speed-up reductions in ICT-related GHG emission and promotion of energy efficiency.

What is the Challenge about? 

ITU is hosting a Green ICT Application Challenge to find the best and most innovative Concept Paper for an ICT application that would help combat climate change. Topics of interest for this Challenge include, but are not limited to:
  • Mitigation of climate change through energy efficiency in sectors such as smart buildings, intelligent transportation systems, smart homes, etc.
  • Community engagement
  • Eco-design
  • Monitoring climate change
  • Measurement of GHG emissions
  • Adaptation to climate change (e.g. use of applications for emergency telecommunications and alerting systems for disaster relief)
for more info:

Tuesday, April 12, 2011

National Geographic Traveller Photo Contest 2011

The 2011 National Geographic Traveler Photo Contest submission period runs from April 5 to July 11. But don't dilly-dally! More than 3,700 photographers entered nearly 11,000 images in last year's competition. The pictures captured an assortment of the places, wildlife, and people that make traveling memorable, evoking a sense of delight or discovery—or both. For the 23rd year, we are inviting readers to share their photos of the world around them.

Submit digital entries online in any of these four categories:

Travel Portraits: Locals working, playing, celebrating
Outdoor Scenes: Landscapes, aerials, wildlife, waterscapes
Sense of Place: Pictures that evoke the essence of a place
Spontaneous Moments: Fun, quirky, surprising, and unrehearsed moments

Entries are $15 from April 5 to June 27, and an additional $10 per entry from June 28 to July 11. For more information, please check out our Rules and FAQ.

Winning images will be showcased in the November/December 2011 issue of National Geographic Traveler magazine. You'll also have a chance at winning one of these amazing prizes:

First prize
Fourteen-day expedition for two to the British and Irish Isles aboard the National Geographic Explorer

Second prize
Nine-night hotel stay at Trident Hotels in India, including stays in Agra, Delhi, Jaipur, and Udaipur

Third prize
Intensive two-and-a-half-day photo workshop at Santa Fe Workshops

Seven merit prizes
$200 gift certificate to B&H Photo

“Why do I want to go to the UK?” Essay Writing Competition



British Council Essay Writing Contest Guidelines:

This essay contest is organised by the British Council Philippines and St. Edmund’s College.

The topic of the essay is “Why do I want to go to the UK?”

All applicants who wish to enter the contest must abide by all the guidelines, terms and conditions set forth by the British Council Philippines.

For more info, go to:

Wednesday, April 6, 2011

Global Changemakers Asia Youth Summit 2011

17 - 23 July 

Who can apply?
  • Social entrepreneurs, community activists and volunteers aged 18-24 (on 17 July)
  • Applicants must be able to make themselves available in India from 17-23 July
  • They must not have taken part in any previous Global Changemakers summits
  • They must be able to communicate comfortably in English
  • They must be residents of one of the countries listed below or UK citizens; if they are from the United Kingdom, they must have a clear link to Asia (e.g. migrant background, residence in Asia, project work in the region), which should be explained in the application

Deadline: 17 April 2011

AGFUND International Prize for Pioneering Human Development Projects

The Arab Gulf Programme for Development (AGFUND) has opened the door for nominations for the AGFUND International Prize for Pioneering Human Development Projects. It invites the United Nations, international, and regional organizations as well as NGOs, ministries, public institutions, universities, and research centres worldwide to submit their nominations for the Prize amounting to $500 000 in its four Categories. The theme of the prize for the year 2011 is 'Empowering Youth through Entrepreneurship and Job Opportunities.' subdivided to match the four categories of the Prize are as follows:

First Category:
The role of international organizations in supporting the developing countries' national policies and programs for empowering youth through entrepreneurships and job opportunities. (For projects implemented by UN, international or regional organizations)

Second Category:
NGOs-led efforts to empowering youth through entrepreneurships and job opportunities. (For projects implemented by national NGOs).

Third Category:
The governmental bodies’ efforts in adoption of pioneering entrepreneurships for empowering youth and increasing their job opportunities. ((For projects by government ministries and public institutions).

Fourth Category:
Individual-led efforts to empowering youth through entrepreneurships and job opportunities. (For projects initiated, sponsored and/or implemented by individuals).
The projects submitted for the Prize are evaluated with high objectivity and transparency by juries chosen every year with regard to the experience and specialization relevant to the Prize theme. The number of projects which have won the Prize since its inception in 1999 amounts to 38 projects, implemented by UN and international organizations as well as NGOs and individuals. More than one hundred developing countries in Asia, Africa, Latin America, and Eastern Europe have benefited from the prize.

The Prize Committee is composed a number of distinguished world personalities representing the world's geographical regions. The Committee convenes annually to discuss the evaluation results of the nominated projects and to choose the winning projects. Prizes are presented in a ceremony to which representatives of the winning organizations, specialists and experts in the field of development, celebrities interested in development issues, and media representatives are invited.

The Communications Department is receiving nominations at:

Arab Gulf Programme for Development: Riyadh 11415, P.O. Box 18371, KSA; or the email address

For more information and for downloading the nomination form, please visit the AGFUND website

Nomination forms will be accepted until 31 May 2011.

Tuesday, April 5, 2011

Romanian Government Scholarships for International Students

Number of scholarships: 85 scholarships for under- and post-graduate studies in Romania, by means of selection of application files organized by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MAE) and the Ministry of Education, Research, Youth and Sports (MECTS), in keeping with Romanian current legislation.

Who can qualify : citizens ofnon EU countries (irrespective of their country of residence). Priority is given to citizens from non EU states with which Romania does not have cultural cooperation agreements. Mention should be made that the citizens of the Republic of Moldova benefit from other scholarship programmes.
The scholarships are granted for three levels of study:
  • for the first cycle (licenta): This scheme is dedicated to graduates of high schools or of equivalent pre-university systems, as well as to candidates who require the equivalation of partial studies and the continuation of their studies in Romania. The complete cycle of university studies lasts for 3 to 6 years, according to the specific requirements of the chosen faculty, and ends with a final examination (licenta);
  • for the 2nd cycle (master): This scheme is dedicated to graduates of university/post graduate studies; it lasts for 1,5 to 2 years and ends with a dissertation;
  • for the 3rd cycle (doctorate) this scheme is dedicated to the graduates of university/postgraduate studies (i.e. master); it lasts for 3-4 years, in keeping with the specific requirements of the chosen faculty, and end with a doctor’s thesis.
Priority fields: priority will be given to the candidates applying for: political and administrative sciences, education studies, Romanian culture and civilization, journalism, technical studies, oil and gas, agricultural studies, veterinary medicine, architecture, art. Requests for other fields will also be taken into account. 
Languge of Study: In order to promote Romanian language and culture, the Ministry of Education, Research, Youth and Sports has decided that the beneficiaries of the scholarships should study only in the Romanian language. The candidates who do not know Romanian are offered one supplementary preparatory year to study the language.

Financial support:
* 1st cycle (licenta):  monthly amount representing: the equivalent in Romanian currency of 65 EURO per month, for the under-graduate students
*2nd cycle (master): monthly amount representing: the equivalent in Romanian currency of 75 EURO per month, for post-graduate students (master degrees and specialization)
* 3rd cycle (doctorate): monthly amount representing: the equivalent in Romanian currency of 85 EURO per month, for post graduate students (doctor’s degree)

WTO Essay Award for Young Economists

The annual WTO Essay Award consists of a prize of CHF 5,000 to the author(s) of the winning essay. In the case of a co-authored paper, the prize will be equally divided among the authors. The winning paper will be officially announced at the annual meeting of the European Trade Study Group (ETSG), which is currently the largest conference specializing in international trade. The award ceremony will take place in September 2011 in Copenhagen, Denmark. The winning author(s) will receive funding to attend the meeting.

An Academic Selection Panel is responsible for the selection of the winning paper. The Panel comprises:
  • Professor Avinash Dixit (Princeton University)
  • Professor Robert Staiger (Stanford University)
  • Professor Alberto Trejos (INCAE Business School).
Ex officio panel members will include Dr Patrick Low (Director, Economic Research and Statistics Division, WTO Secretariat) and Dr Hakim Ben Hammouda (Director, Institute for Training and Technical Cooperation, WTO Secretariat).
Dr Michele Ruta (Economist, Economic Research and Statistics Division, WTO) coordinates the work of the Selection Panel.

The paper must address issues related to the economics of the WTO.  Possible topics include the effects and design of trade agreements, contingent protection, trade facilitation, Aid for Trade, the economic aspects of dispute settlement, regional versus multilateral integration, trade agreements and the environment. The author(s) of the paper must possess or be engaged in the completion of a PhD degree and, if over 30 years of age, be no more than two years past a PhD defence. In the case of co-authored papers, this requirement shall apply to all authors. In addition, to be considered for the Award, essays cannot exceed 15,000 words

Friday, April 1, 2011

World Congress for Korean Politics and Society 2011

Incheon Songdo, South Korea
23 August, 2011 - 25 August, 2011

The main theme for the Congress is “Korean Politics in Global Contexts: Theories and Practices.” Contributions are invited for the congress that aims at vigorous discussion of the latest political developments in and around Korea covering, but not limited to, a variety of themes of study such as: (1) Research methodology of Korean political science: theories and issues; (2) Korean political studies: views from the outside; (3) Democratic process and national governance; (4) Rule of the law and social conflicts; (5) Social polarization and fair society; (6) Dynamics of the state, market, and civil society; (7) Political and social thoughts: the classic schools of thought and their alternatives, the universal and theparticular, and the East and the West; (8) Continuity and discontinuity in Korean political history: global implications; (9) Political leadership and political ethics; (10) World economy and Korean political economy; (11) North Korean regime and inter-Korean issues; (12) World security system and peace in the Korean peninsula; (13) The changing East Asian order and Korean politics; (14) Human security and global governance, (15) Multi-cultural and multi-religious society and identity politics; (16) Welfare and political economy in the aging society; (17) Gender equality and social justice; (18) Local politics and glocalization; (19) Presidential and parliamentary elections in 2012 and the future of Korean politics.

Please submit a paper or panel proposal with an abstract not exceeding 300 words through the KPSA homepage ( to present at the 2011 World Congress.

For further information concerning the conference and the application process, please contact the Program Director, Dr. Ji-Whan Yun, at

Deadline: 15 April 2011