As at the first week of August, staff and Associates from the EU Centre have visited 10 Junior College and Integrated Programme schools, as well as two secondary schools. The number of talks exceeded the schools visited because some of the schools requested for separate talks on more than one topic, suggesting a high level of interest in the EU and its global footprint. The most sought after lecture topics were for comparisons between and the relationship of the EU and ASEAN, the role of the EU in the world in building peace, security, trade, development, and on the EU’s Single Market- topics which can be applied in subjects such as General Paper, Geography, History and Economics. Teachers spotting essay topics also asked for talks on the EU’s role in democracy and combating terrorism.
The Centre arranged for Dr Michael Reiterer, Adjunct Professor, International Politics, University of Innsbruck, Austria, to talk about EU Governance at Dunman High School. At each lecture, the audience size ranged from some 100-800 students. In general, students were able to ask questions on the EU’s Common and Security Foreign Policy, the new external action service, EU governance, how it practices multilateralism, and membership criteria. To encourage students to continue their own research and keep up their interest, the EU Centre has given each school visited a pack of over 20 EU publications obtained from the EU Delegation in Singapore for their school libraries. The EUC expects to visit by the end of the year some 10 more schools (one for a second visit) and deliver another 12 lectures.
In the last quarter of 2010, members of our staff visited Raffles Institution, Nanyang Junior College, Anglo-Chinese School (Independent) (ACS (I)) and Victoria School. The topics explored ranged from “EU in the World” to “EU and ASEAN” and “The Greek Bailout and Implications on the EU”. Each lecture was attended by some 100 to 300 students, who posed questions on the EU’s Common and Security Foreign Policy, the new European External Action Service, EU governance, its practice of multilateralism, and its membership criteria. Students from ACS (I) were especially interested in the issues surrounding the Greek sovereign debt crisis, and engaged in lively discussion after a talk delivered by our Research Associate, Mr Arturs Alksnis. To encourage students keep up their interest and pursue their own research, the EU Centre gave each school a pack of 20 EU publications, courtesy of the EU Delegation in Singapore, for their school libraries.