12 April 2016
Guest Lecture with Dr. Malgorzata Bonikowska, Political Scientist and Expert in EU Studies and International Affairs
The International Relations Office of UPH, together with International Relation major of UPH got the chance to welcome Dr. Malgorzata Bonikowska, a political expert and International Relation President of the THINKTHANK Institute, Warsaw, Poland
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An International Relation Guest Lecture with Dr. Malgorzata Bonikowska

 

The International Relations Office of UPH, together with International Relation major of UPH got the chance to welcome Dr. Malgorzata Bonikowska, a political expert and International Relation President of the THINKTHANK Institute, Warsaw, Poland, to talk about the role of European Union (EU) for Asia and the world. This guest lecture was held on Friday, April 8, 2016 at the D 503 room in UPH campus.

Dr. Bonikowska, is now the President of Centre of International Relations as well as the Co-founder and Partner of the THINKTANK Centre for Dialogue and Analysis. In relation with her lecture which talked about various things related to EU, Dr. Bonikowska also has her own experience in the European Commission, as EU Director of Information and Communication Program.

In her lecture, Dr. Bonikowska explained the important role of Europe in the global politics, especially through the European Union, which already had 28 countries as their member, which aimed to seek for world’s peace. She explained the history of the birth of EU at a glimpse, which started with a condition where wars could be seen everywhere and many troubling issues had started to grow. Departing from that condition, EU was created to control the condition and to seek for peace.

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Dr. Malgorzata Bonikowska
 
Dr. Bonikowska also explained, that the biggest challenge in EU was how to sought unity amongst countries. “There would always be debates—when every country has to unite, in which every country has their own system. Therefore, EU always tries to be the intermediary, as well as the one who sought for reconciliation and the one who encourages countries to coordinate with one another. I believe that this was the matter which students had to learn, because they are the part of ASEAN population who will enter the ASEAN Economic Community (AEC) era,” she explained.

In association with development of many aspects in the world, Dr. Bonikowska reminded the students, that in this era, one aspect couldn’t be separated from the other ones. Politics, economics, social, education and any other aspects had to unite. 

“From the education point of view, for us who learned about the knowledge of International Relations, we have to be able to see the tendency of the global world, which has lots of tensions and issues. Internal problems could happen due to many reasons, including problems in relation with countries as well as the society’s behavior,” explained Dr. Bonikowska.

Through this guest lecture, which was attended by approximately 60 participants, Dr. Bonikowska also encouraged all the members of the faculty and the university to take their time to visit Europe and conduct some research on various aspects. She also informed that it was a very great opportunity for students to continue their studies in Europe, because Europe has a very simple education system.

In response towards the lecture, Prof. Aleksius Jemadu, the Dean of the Faculty of Social and Political Science (FISIP) UPH, hoped that the information delivered could add more insights for students in terms of International Relations and Politics.

“This was a very useful opportunity, especially because now, EU has a very important role for Asia and the world in terms of global politics, specifically in economics, where EU has been the role model for regional partnership and world peace. Through this guest lecture, hopefully students could obtain more knowledge, more understanding about the role of EU and be inspired to learn about EU even more, because in this development era of globalization, there were no more strict boundaries between countries,” said Prof. Aleksius (mt/mv).

 
 
 
 
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