2016 Study Trip to the BalkansLast Updated On: 19/07/2016
From 5 - 17 May 2016, a group of 43 second year MAIS students, accompanied by the Chair of History, the Director, and Study Director of the Diplomatic Academy of Vienna, undertook a study trip to the Balkans.
The Austrian embassies in Sarajevo, Belgrade, Skopje and Tirana organised a study programme with visits and briefings at the Foreign Ministries, with representatives of non-governmental organisations, the business world and DA alumni working in these countries. Among the many highlights were a briefing in the Office of the High Representative in Sarajevo, a meeting with Foreign Minister Ivica Dacic in Belgrade, a briefing by Foreign Minister Nikola Poposki in Skopje, and a briefing by Dorian Jano, Executive Director, Albanian Institute for Public Affairs - AIPA. The group was invited to receptions at the residences of the Austrian ambassadors in Sarajevo, Skopje, and Belgrade and met with guests from the international community and civil society of the respective countries.
An optional trip to Kotor was organised. On the bus ride from Skopje to Tirana, a lunch stop was made in Ohrid on Ohrid Lake, and on the way back to Vienna, short stops were made in Budva, Dubrovnik and Split.