SIEN Student International Exchange Network Foundation
SIEN Foundation is an official, non-governmental, independent legal entity which aims at developing international co-operation and encouraging intercultural dialogue, and can receive donations or support from companies, state institutions, public organizations or individuals to facilitate voluntary youth work by bridging communities of young people and NGOs in our ever so globalizing world. Since 1996, the organization – with its centre located in Pécs – has been co-ordinating various training programmes and the Europe-wide-known increasingly popular International Culture Week in Pécs (ICWiP). Active partner countries of the foundation include Slovakia, Austria, the Czech Republic, Italy, Poland and Croatia, together with intensively developing links with associations in other Central European countries, such as Serbia and Montenegro and the Ukraine. The foundation offers services to youth communities, such as sending volunteers for the European Voluntary Service, offering language practice opportunities, developing organisational and administrative skills and providing information on all sorts of issues of international student life. One of the original aims of the foundation was to provide financial support for the active participation of students in international mobility projects and to promote and develop international co-operation and intercultural dialogue.
Mission and Objectives
We are committed towards cultural diversity an international co-operation. Through our projects, we would like to contribute proactively to the development of professional and cultural knowledge of youth and support their participation in social life and working as active citizens. These events provide opportunity to center our international relationships in Pécs, and thus be involved in the circles of European and international networks of youth associations. Our main aim is to promote youth communities to become able to realise their initiatives and plans by this means contributing to ideas of the European integration, cultural understanding and diversity. This we foster through engaging in discussions and debates, which we consider as the basis for any democratic practice.
Previously organized conferences, training, and other events of the SIEN Foundation:
- 1996-2013 ICWiP International Culture Week in Pécs
- 1997 International Student Conference
- 1998 Europe of Students – for European Students conference, Budapest
- 1997-2003 British Days (culture & gastronomy)
- 2000-2002 North-American Days
- 2000-2003 Latin-American Week
- 2000 Asian Days
- 2000 Student Co-operation in Europe conference in the framework of EFOTT national student festival
- 2001 Communicate and Co-operate communication training for international youth
- 2001 Croatian Days
- 2001 Austrian Days
- 2003 Israeli Days
- 2003, 2007, 2010, 2012 Africa Week and scientific conference
- 2000-2002 participation in the European Voluntary Service European Union project
- 2001-2003- SIEN Quarterly – international magazine
- 2004 The Future of Intergovernmental Co-operations in the broadening EU – regional conference
- 2005 Go for EUrope! conference
- 2006 Let’s talk about the future of the EU round table discussion
- 2007 TOGETHER – Let’s talk about Europe! program series
- 2008 Networking field trip in Tanzania
- 2002-2008 Ibero-American Week event series in co-operation with the Humanities School, UP
- 2010 ICWiP as part of the official cultural program of the European Captial of Culture year
- 2011 Diplomats’ Round Table about the global / ‘glocal’ world, ICWiP special event
- 2012 Glimpses on Japan – Japanese photo exhibition
- 2012 Oil Debate, ICWiP special event
- 2012 Atom Debate in co-operation with the MVM Paks Nuclear Power Plant, venue: Paks
The topics of the previous ICWiP International Culture Week in Pécs youth festival since 2000:
2013: Culture and Diplomacy in our Global World / Summer Debate Academy
2012: Energy-policies for a secure future 2011: Whose World?’ – Transnationalism and Glocalisation
2010: Balkans: Re-loaded
2009: Creating Global Democracy?
2008: Naturally YOUth
2006: INherit 2 INnovate
2005: CO2 – COmmunicate & COoperate
2004: Joining theEU: rEUnion
2003: Social and Youth Issues
2002: “W(H)Omen – Human! Gender Topics in the 21st Century
2001: MEDIArt – Welcome to the Real World!
2000: EUtopia? – Change through exchange!
The ICWiP youth festival was for the main annual event of the Foundation for 17 years.
|‘Nívó-díj’ (Quality Prize) European Capital of Culture 2010
Awarded by the city for the high quality cultural event series of ICWiP. We proudly say, that the Goran Bregovic concert was one of the most popular events in the entire ECoC year!
|Pro Cultura University Award 2010Awarded by the University of Pécs for the well-organized, high-quality summer school.|
|Youth Innovation Award 2010Awarded by the South Transdanubian Regional Innovation Agency (abbreviation RIÜ in Hungarian) for the innovative ideas and unique professional and cultural program addressed to youth generation.|
|Charlemange Youth Prize (National Winner) 2010:The Prize is awarded to projects undertaken by young people, which foster understanding, promote the development of a shared sense of European identity, and offer practical examples of Europeans living together as one community. ´The European Charlemagne Youth Prize´ is awarded jointly and annually by the European Parliament and the Foundation of the International Charlemagne Prize of Aachen.|
|Regional Prima Prize 2007Awarded by the The National Association of Entrepreneurs and Employers, Hungary for the high-quality summer school and its touristic value and contribution to the development of the attraction of the Transdanubian region.|