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This year's MISP group in Belgium

Internal News - 10 April 2008

Students explore EU policy making in Belgium

Students from the MSc in International Social Policy (MISP) recently took part in the MISP Vacation School, held in Leuwen and Brussels.

The vacation school, entitled EU Policy Making - EU Reality, was held at the University of Leuven in conjunction with students from their International Masters in Social Policy Analysis (IMPALLA) from 17 to 21 March 2008.

The seminar had two principal themes:

The first two days were held in Leuven. As well as seminars led by staff from the two programmes, some sessions were led by policy makers from the EU institutions. The joint seminar then moved to Brussels, meeting representatives of the social partners (trade unions, business) and civil society, and learning how they are involved in EU policy-making.

MISP students also met researchers working in various social research institutes, observatories and think-tanks.

Genghua Liu, who was a deputy director in International Cooperation Division at the Chinese Academy of Labour & Social Security before he joined the MISP programme, said, "I have benefited a lot from the five-day vacation school. I learnt more about how practical policies are made, evaluated and analysed at both national and supra-national level throughout the EU".

The MISP programme, launched in October 2007, involves a number of joint activities with international organisations and with partner universities in Europe and elsewhere; the vacation school is one of the core activities.

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