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Healing Kosovo

general theoretical discussion right into the current
historical, political, and social context: the Balkans.”
What inspired the university to launch the
program?
“There is more to life than what is just in books,”
says Madden. “These experiences are perfect compliments to textbooks. We hope to remove boundaries
and stigmas—stigmas over safety concerns, active
fighting, general lack of infrastructure, and a destroyed society can be erased once a student spends
any length of time in Pristina. I think there is so little
information out there on the Albanian culture as well,
and the history of the mixing of the Slavic and Albanian cultures that—studied firsthand—could remove
some ‘barriers’ or misconceptions.”
Using case studies, students who participate in
Madden’s program examine other ethnic tensions
that have yet to escalate to full-blown armed conflicts: those between Serbs and Muslims in Sandjak;
between Serbs and Hungarians in Vojvodina; between Serbs and Albanians in the Preshevo Valley;
between Albanians and Greeks in Southern Albania;
between Romanians and Hungarians
in Transylvania; between Bulgarians
"We hope to remove boundaries and stigmas—
and Pomaks in Southern Bulgaria;
between Albanian Kosovars and Serbs
stigmas over safety concerns, active fighting,
in Kosovo; and between ethnic Montenegrins and Serbs in Montenegro.
general lack of infrastructure,
The program also examines international players in these conflicts, such
and a destroyed society can be erased
as the European Union, the Council of
once a student spends any length of time in Pristina ."
Europe, and the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe.
Because the Republic of Kosovo is
The Republic of Kosovo is a landlocked country in a relatively small country, meetings with high-level ofsoutheast Europe, surrounded by Serbia to the north ficials are still possible. Students are expected to meet
and east, and Macedonia and Albania to the south with the presidents and prime ministers of Kosovo,
and west. Surrounded by mountains with central Albania, and Macedonia. They will visit Macedonia,
plains in the middle, its capital city of Pristina—the Greece, Albania, and Montenegro, stopping in at
largest in Kosovo—is a cosmopolitan place of about NGOs, government agencies, and local businesses.
“There are two aspects of peacebuilding—stopping
half a million residents.
The university’s promotional literature on its war and rebuilding afterwards, which are equally imabroad program says the goal is to introduce students portant,” says Madden. “I think the latter is sometimes
to the “interdisciplinary-defined notions of ethnic- wrongly named or forgotten. Conflict resolution fits the
ity, nationalism, ethnic conflict, ethnic cleansing, same build. It includes ending wars, but also addressand ethnic reconciliation, and to the political science ing longlasting tensions between cultures, races, and
theories of ethnic conflict and reconciliation.” To that ethnicities, and a better understanding of history that
end, the course work explores ethnic conflict using surrounds this region will help people understand the
case studies in the region. According to the litera- current conflicts while removing any misconceptions
ture, the abroad experience is designed to bring “the on the actions of players within the recent conflicts.”

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Security is one of Joseph Madden’s top concerns as
he recruits students for the Southeast Europe abroad
program that Kosovo’s Universum University College
will offer for the first time this summer.
During the four- to eight-week program, students
will live in the university’s dorms and work at a local NGO, business, or government agency. They will
travel southeast Europe to learn about recent ethnic
conflicts in the region—in Bosnia, Kosovo, and the
Republic of Macedonia in 2001.
“Coming from a small, unknown college in the
former war-zone that is the Republic of Kosovo has
been difficult to overcome,” says Madden, the university’s international admissions officer. “With our
main focus being on recruiting students out of the
Western world, and more specifically from the United
States, there has been a recurring trend of concerns
over safety due to the recent conflict. I think reaching
out and spreading any and all information regarding
actual life here in Kosovo has been the most effective
in helping to overcome the stigmas of war.”

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International Educator - May/June 2013
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From the Editors
Front Lines
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Voices: Kofi Annan
Peace Pathways
Shared Solutions
San Francisco State Shines in Long-Term Study Abroad
Education Abroad
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