Central European Social Policy and Social Work Network
The Central European Social Policy and Social Work Network (CESPASWON) is an academic network within the CEEPUS programme, established in 2019. Its purpose is to promote and enrich exchange of teaching practices and to broad studying opportunities by providing collaborative regional dimension and flexible learning for students of social work and social policy, as well as for other related disciplines in the Central and Eastern Europe.
👉 CEEPUS mobility application round for 23/24 is enabled. Deadline for network mobilities in the winter term is June 15, 2023. Freemover mobility applications are possible from July 1 on. You can apply online via https://www.ceepus.info/signin Apart from regular mobility during the semester at the university of your choice, you can also apply as a short-term student for the CESPASWON Regional Week in 2023. It will be held from 20-24 November 2023 at Carinthia University of Applied Sciences, Austria. You can also read more about our network here: https://www.ceepus.info/content/explore and here https://www.ceepus.info/nw/1409
👉 11.05.2023: Round Table “Social Work in Austria and Republic of Srpska/Bosnia and Herzegovina” Department of Social Work at the Faculty of Political Science of the University in Banja Luka in cooperation with the Association of social workers of the Republic of Srpska is organising a Round Table discussion on “Social Work in Austria and Republic of Srpska/Bosnia and Herzegovina – education of social workers, employment and professional organizing”. The Round Table will be held on 11th May 2023, at 13:00, at the Faculty of Political Sciences of the University of Banja Luka, in the Faculty Library. The aim of the Round Table discussion is to improve the cooperation among the members of the CESPASWON network and exchange the professional experiences in the field of education, professional organising and employment in social work. Invitation letter and more info – here.
👉 11.04.2023: The members of the CESPASWON network represented by the professors at Departments/Faculties of Social Work from seven universities from Central and Eastern Europe (Ss. Cyril and Methodius University in Skopje, Carinthia University, University of Ljubljana, University of Belgrade, University of Zagreb, University of Sarajevo and University of Banja Luka) STRONGLY support the Department of Social Work at Charles University to continue its academic and research work as a constitutive part of the Faculty of Arts. The members of this CEEPUS network are deeply concerned with the intention of the current faculty management at the Faculty of Arts at Charles University to discontinue the accreditation of the study programs that are thought at the Department of Social Work. We are hopeful that this Letter of Support will be “heard” by the current management of the Faculty of Arts at the Charles University and will contribute to reconsidering their position.
👉 05.04.2023: Prof. Maja Gerovska Mitev and prof. Svetlana Trbojevikj from the Ss. Cyril and Methodius University in Skopje conducted a CEEPUS mobility at the Department of Social Work at Charles University in Prague. The Department of Social Work at Charles University is the first-ever Czech university-level facility in the field of social work after 1989. Academic host was prof. Šámalová Kateřina who also serves as the University Ombudsman. During this mobility, Prof. Vojtíšek Petr organised a visit to the Integration Centre Prague (ICP), that provides integration activities for foreigners from non-EU countries who have a residence permit in the Czech Republic.
👉 Student mobility experiences: ” I am delighted that I had an opportunity to talk in classes with my fellow social work colleagues from Austria about my current work on MA thesis and my home country. For the purposes of marking the International Social Work Day (21.03.2023), social work students and staff gathered together for inspiring presentations dedicated to the social work profession, what are the true roles and values and of social work and what can social workers do to improve the society. Afterwards, we gathered at the central city square, where some of the students and teachers presented performances to us symbolising signifance of giving support and social work. At that place volunteers from the student union were active providing others with food, drinks and various gifts”. (Milan Kešeljević, MA student from the Faculty of Political Science, University of Sarajevo on CEEPUS mobility at the Carinthia University in Austria)
We encourage other social work and social policy students to apply for mobility and enrich their social work/social policy education by adding a regional and international mobility experience in their studies.
👉 The Coordinator of the CEEPUS network “Central European Social Policy and Social Work Network – CESPASWON” – Faculty of Philosophy, Ss. Cyril and Methodius University in Skopje is organising an International Conference “Social Work and Social Policy in Times of Global Crises”. The conference will be held from 19 – 22 September 2023, Ohrid. Members of the Programme Committee of this conference, among others, are the members and partners from the CESPASWON network (University of Ljubljana, University of Zagreb, University of Belgrade and University of Sarajevo). We encourage all researchers interested in social work and social policy, as well as all our CEEPUS partners to apply for this conference. Abstract deadline: 15.03.2023. Registration form and more info: http://65swsp.fzf.ukim.edu.mk
👉 The 4th Regional Week “Trends and Challenges in Social Policy and Social Work” was held from 17-21 October 2022. The host of the 4rd Regional Week was the Faculty of Political Science, University of Sarajevo, BIH. Check the Agenda here.
MOBILITY APPLICATION DEADLINES
For mobility in the winter term – 15th of June
For mobility in the summer term – 31st of October
Freemover mobility (outside the network) – 30th November
Faculty of Philosophy
Blvd. Goce Delcev 9a
1000 Skopje, North Macedonia