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Express yourself! 17th – 19th January in London

In order to leave a positive impression, to convince other people of one’s opinion or to appear self-confident many factors come into play. In the context of the seminar “Express yourself”, taking place in London from 17th January until 19th January 2014, the members of the UK group of the Foundation of German Business (sdw) will meet to improve rhetorical skills that are essential in professional and everyday life.
The centrepiece of the seminar is a workshop, where – in small groups – we will work on the improvement of components of rhetoric such as voice, posture and body language in an interactive and creative way. Additionally, speakers will be invited to give valuable insights into the origins of rhetoric as well as its history. An introduction to the realm of political communication and the importance of the skills learned in the workshop for both political and public life will complete the weekend. Further highlights include visiting a Comedy Club as to see the creative application of some of the previously learned things in informal surroundings as well as a sightseeing tour to explore London.

Postnationalism 29. Nov. – 1. Dec. in Oxford

– Global Citizenship, National Identities and Implications for the Political System

The past century has seen the rise of supra-national organisations, the past decade has confronted us with globalisation at a pace we had not experienced before and yet the past year has witnessed Scotland’s nationalist claim for independence. These days we experience diametric dynamics towards global citizenship and governance on the one hand and a strengthening of the nation-state including all its values and symbols on the other. How did these diverging ideas develop? Why do people have a sense of national identity? And which concepts are worth striving for?

The UK group of the Foundation of German Business (sdw) meets in the beautiful city of Oxford from November 29th until December 1st 2013 to explore these questions. Academics, professionals and civil society actors will be invited to work together with the young fellows. After familiarisation with the concept of postnationalism, national identity will be discussed and reflected by the participants. Whether individual feelings correspond with national and international realities is to be identified in the subsequent sessions. An interactive simulation will mark the end of an engaging weekend and leaves the participants with a whole lot of thrilling ideas and debates to explore further.

Auftaktseminar zum neuen akademischen Jahr, 25. und 26. Oktober in London

Liebe UK-sdwler,

willkommen (zurück) in der Stipendiatengruppe UK zum Studienjahr 2013/14. Wir hoffen, Ihr hattet einen schönen Sommer und wünschen Euch einen guten Start ins neue akademische Jahr!

Unser erstes offizielles Treffen in diesem akademischen Jahr wird am Freitag, den 25. Oktober (Start am Nachmittag) und Samstag, den 26. Oktober 2013 in London stattfinden. Im Zentrum des Auftaktseminars steht das Zusammentreffen der Gruppe in ihrer neuen Komposition und die Planung der Aktivitaeten für das nächste Jahr. Zudem werdet ihr die Möglichkeit haben, neben Alumni unsere Vertrauensmanagerin, unseren Vertrauensdozenten und unsere Regionalbetreuerin kennenzulernen.

Wir freuen uns auf ein spannendes und erfogreiches Wochenende mit Euch!