On Friday, 7 June, Prof Joachim Koops, along with three students, accepted the LISBOAN Award for Outstanding Teaching for the International Affairs capstone course, “From Theory to Policy-Oriented Analysis and Advice”.
The annual award, organised by the international LISBOAN network of 63 Universities and research institutes devoted to European studies (including the University of Cambridge, Sciences Po Paris, University College London, Maastricht University, University of Bologna, Humboldt Universität Berlin, among others), recognises individuals who have an outstanding record in the field of European integration, incorporate innovative means of teaching the Treaty of Lisbon and enhance the visibility of EU studies.
The capstone course was organised in cooperation with Alessio Cappelani (Deputy Head of the Maghreb Unit of the European External Action Service) and launched during the 2012-2013 academic year. It provides students in their final year the opportunity to draw on all of the knowledge they acquired during their studies in order to apply it to a real-life problem related to the European Union. This year’s capstone students (Kim Edou, Ignacio Gentiluomo, Cian Westmoreland, Miguel Carvalho, Eva Kemmann, Charlotte Strindlund, Pinar Yilmaz and Claire d’Ursel) formed their own think tank (Bridge for Humanity) and analysed the core challenges faced by the transitioning Maghreb countries. They acted as ‘political advisors’ to Mr Cappellani and delivered a final report and presentation at the EU on how to concretely implement the EU’s new post-Arab Spring strategy towards the Maghreb.
The LISBOAN selection committee, headed by Professor Lenka Rovna (Jean Monnet Chair at the Charles University Prague), stressed that “the course taught students in an exemplary and highly innovative manner how to put the theory of EU foreign policy into actual practice”.
In his acceptance speech, Prof. Koops underlined that “this award means a lot to us and we would also like to thank the European External Action Service for their kind cooperation. However, all credits are due to the students. They worked amazingly hard, often throughout the night, and delivered outstanding results. Their transformation, innovation and dedication were simply both impressive and moving to witness”.
Congratulations to the capstone students and Professor Koops!
LISBOAN (Linking Interdisciplinary Integration Studies by Broadening the European Academic Network) is a network of over 60 partner institutions from all EU member states as well as Croatia, Iceland, Liechtenstein, Norway and Turkey. It seeks to strengthen cooperation between institutions of higher education and research in Europe with a view to teaching and researching the Treaty of Lisbon.