The Bundestag Hosted a Meeting of ISYD’s students with the Deputy Chairman of the International Affairs Committee
On 10 January 2020, participants of the Berlin training seminar of the International School of Youth Diplomacy visited the Bundestag - the parliament of the Federal Republic of Germany. A tour started with the Europe Hall, where the two most important committees of the Bundestag sit - the Defense Committee and Committee on Foreign Affairs. This was the venue of the meeting between the ISYD’s listeners and Dr. Nils Schmid, Deputy Chairman of the Bundestag Committee on Foreign Affairs, Spokesperson on foreign policy issues of the SPD Party, on the topic The German Federal Parliament and its Impact on European Politics.
Dr. Schmid told the participants of the meeting about the work of the parliament in detail, its goals and objectives, he also answered their questions on the current agenda of German foreign policy and German-Russian relations. At the end of the meeting, the ceremony of presenting certificates to the participants of the Berlin seminar of the International School of Youth Diplomacy took place.
On behalf of the organizers of the seminar, I would like to express my gratitude to Dr. Schmid not only for an interesting, productive meeting, but also for the opportunity to present certificates to the participants of our seminar right here, in the epicenter of German politics. This is a great honour for us!
After handing over the certificates, the participants of the seminar proceeded on an exciting tour of the buildings of the Bundestag. During the excursion, they visited the plenary meeting room, looked at the office of Angela Merkel, climbed to the roof of the Reichstag and walked around its famous dome.
It should be remembered that from 5 to 10 January 2020 a training seminar was held in Berlin for students of the International School of Youth Diplomacy (ISYD). Its tasks were to form a comprehensive understanding for seminar participants on the functioning of the German political system, as well as its current foreign policy. The seminar was attended by 21 students aged 15 to 17 years. Within the framework of the seminar, young people from different parts of Russia got a unique opportunity to meet German officials, politicians, along with outstanding scientists - experts in Eastern Europe.
The specialists of the international non-governmental organization Center for Political Analysis and Information Security developed the concept, and were involved in preparation and organization of the seminar in partnership with MGIMO (University) at the Russian Ministry of Foreign Affairs and UNA-Russia on the implementation of the programme Russian Regions and the UN Sustainable Development Goals.
The International School of Youth Diplomacy has been operating since 2008. It offers high school students a career guidance programme for admission to the university in the field of international relations, international economics, international journalism and international security.
The work of the School is divided into several on-site training sessions, usually during school holidays. To obtain a Certificate of the School, signed by the rector of MGIMO, it is necessary to attend 3 sessions: Basic, when MGIMO professors introduce aspects of international activity and features of the future profession; Language session, which consists of reviewing lectures and consultations, held on passing the entrance exam at MGIMO; and on-site session, which takes place in one of the diplomatic capitals, such as Geneva, Brussels, Vienna, New York and Berlin.