Regional Academy of Comenius University in Bratislava
The Regional Academy is a flexible platform for professional dialogue between academic and the external environment. It is built on an innovative partnership model with the local community, businesses and other partners. Cooperation with regional partners will take the form of regular meetings, organisation of joint activities such as panel discussions, webinars, smaller meetings focused on a specific area, practice-oriented lectures, expert consultations, etc. The Regional Academy will be open to all students, academic and administrative staff of the CU. It will also provide opportunities for all external partners who are interested in cooperating with our University. So far, more than 30 organizations have been invited to participate and the first memorandum of cooperation will be signed soon. Within ENLIGHT, Comenius University has two official associate partners: the Bratislava Municipality and ESET.
Activities of Regional Academy
We would like to invite you to the lecture by the Regional Academy of CU on topic Russian aggression against Ukraine, which will be held on 12/12/2023 (Tuesday) from 9:00 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. in room N-216 at Faculty of Arts CU (New building, entrance from Múzejná Street).
The lecture will be given by the president of the Institute for Public Affairs, Mr Grigorij Mesežnikov.
The lecture is open to students and employees of the CU and will be held in English.
Who want to live in a sustainable society should also dress more sustainable. After all, there is some truth to the saying that fine feathers make fine birds. But can clothes make a university a more sustainable place?
Apparently, this question led the members of the student organisation Prif UK Sustainability to organise first SWAP. Students from CU were able to learn more about this initiative on the organisation's official Instagram profile. At the same time, the post was also a call to students to give a second chance to clothes which they don´t wear, but could make someone else happy. They brought such a quantity of clothes that they filled three racks.
SWAP was organised thanks to Regional Academy of CU and ENLIGHT university alliance and took place on the 11th of October 2023 at the Faculty of Natural Sciences at Comenius University.
Students were welcomed with vegan cinnamon or pistachio knots and croissants from local artisan bakery. This event lasted from 9:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. As the clothes and refreshments vanished, so did the new number of association members increase. After all, who wouldn't want to be a member of an organisation thanks to which you could find a nice scarf, trousers, or find out what sustainability tastes like.
Text: Attila Balogh
Thanks to the cooperation between the Regional Academy of CU and the Office of the Public Defender of Rights (PDOR), colleagues Martina Thominet and Nora Konrády Belíová had the opportunity to lecture at the ENLIGHT partner University in Uppsala on the topic of Violation of woman's rights during facility-based childbirth.
Besides the lecture, Martina Thominet and Nora Konrády Belíová from PDOR also met representatives from the Swedish National Center for Knowledge on Men's Violence against Women. The meeting was a great opportunity for experts from both institutions to share their experiences. The importance of that meeting is also evidenced by the letter of thanks from the Mr. Ombudsman, JUDr. Róberta Dobrovodského, PhD., LL.M., who considers such collaborations as essential for forming a united front against persistent challenges.
We are very pleased that thanks to the ENLIGHT university alliance, we have the opportunity to connect regional partners across Europe and thus bring knowledge to students on current topics in an international context using real examples from real life.
The Office of the Public Defender of Rights has been actively cooperating with the Regional Academy of CU since 2022, and PDOR brought to the CU a discussion on the violation of women's rights during giving a childbirth in two lectures. In May 2022, the Faculty of Arts held the lecture Keep talking about childbirth, and in November 2022, the students of Jessenius Faculty of Medicine had the opportunity to discuss with experts from PDOR the topic of Women's rights during giving a childbirth.
In May 2023, UK students had the opportunity to listen to a lecture by David Laco, who is a member of the management of the C. S. Lewis Bilingual High School. His lecture was focused on school climate and ways to build an appropriate school climate, specifically at C. S. Lewis. After lecture followed discussion with students.
David Laco studied psychology, business and character education at the University of Birmingham. He teaches at the C. S. Lewis Bilingual High School for eight years. Currently he is also studying in the PhD programme at the University of Birmingham.
On the 4th April 2023 students and academics from Comenius University and all ENLIGHT partner universities had the opportunity to listen to an online lecture by Prof. Dr. Ulrike Liebert, Prof. em., from University of Bremen (Germany), who is also Visiting Fellow European University Institute, School of Transnational Governance in Florence (Italy).
In this session we discussed opportunities for citizens to actively engage with EU politics that are essential for improving democratic legitimacy, equity and sustainability in decision making at the EU level.
On 12th of December 2022, CU students had the opportunity to discuss the current invasion in Ukraine with the President of the Institute for Public Affairs, Mr. Grigorij Mesežnikov.
Grigorij Mesežnikov was born in the former Soviet Union, in the city of Oriol. He studied philosophy and social and political sciences in Moscow. He is one of the founders of the Institute for Public Affairs and currently its president. He is an outspoken advocate of support for Ukraine. He has provided UK students with a comprehensive view of the war in Ukraine. The lecture was followed by a discussion during which students had the opportunity to ask questions on various topics related to the occupation.
The lecture was conducted in English, which gave CU students the opportunity to ask questions in English and at the same time the lecture was accessible to international students at CU.
On 9 November 2022, students of the Jessenius Faculty of Medicine in Martin attended a lecture by the Regional Academy on the topic of Women's rights during giving a childbirth. The burning, yet very actual topic of infringement of women's rights during the provision of health care during childbirth was presented by Mrs. Martina Thominet and Mrs. Nora Konrády Belíová from the Office of the Public Defender of Rights. The students learned more about the infringement of women's rights as well as the steps taken by the Office of the Public Defender of Rights and the Ministry of Health to improve this situation. The lecture was followed by a discussion that confirmed the importance and relevance of this issue.
Permaculture designer Mgr. Marianna Piršelová gave a lecture on how permaculture influences our everyday life. Listeners learned more about the impact of designing their own garden or farm on the surroundings, discovered that ethical attitudes and principles of permaculture help in adapting to the upcoming climate and social changes. After the lecture, Mrs Piršelová discussed with the students the role of permaculture in landscape regeneration and the idea of how good design affects not only the life of the individual, but also the life of the whole community.
Ing. Petra Dzurovčinová from the Bratislava Munticipality presented the project "Building a Living Lab to tackle future challenges" at the ENLIGHT European Dialogue in Uppsala, Sweden, 11 May 2022. Mgr. Jakub Daubner, PhD. and Mgr. Paulina Böhmerová from ESET presented their challenge "Digital skills and security: a gamely approach to a serious matter?" at the AIMDay interactive discussions, which also took place during the European Dialogue event.
On 12 May 2022, employees of the Office of the Public Defender of Rights gave a lecture at the Faculty of Arts of Comenius University in Bratislava, where they presented the results of research on violations of women's rights in the provision of health care during childbirth. The presented research was part of the challenges that Comenius University together with ENLIGHT partners are trying to solve through the involvement of academia and regional actors. The lecture was carried out at the invitation of the Vice-Dean Mariana Szapuová within the Gender Studies course. The most relevant research findings in relation to the violation of the right to privacy, the right to informed consent, the protection of human dignity, respect for bodily integrity and psychological integrity, as well as respect for the right to enjoy the fruits of scientific progress and its applications were presented.
The Office of the Public Defender of Rights is a partner organization of Comenius University in the project and was approached and included in the project during the tenure of former Public Defender of Rights Maria Patakyova.