There is a new exper­i­men­tal type of event: the Short Sum­mer Course (SSC). The Sum­mer Uni­ver­si­ty Coor­di­na­tion Team (SUCT) hopes to moti­vate more anten­nae to organ­ise a Sum­mer Uni­ver­si­ty with this new oppor­tu­ni­ty. The Gold­en Times asked SUCT mem­ber Loren­zo Lig­as for details. Anten­nae can apply until the 17th Feb­ru­ary 2018 if they want to organ­ise such an event. Loren­zo: “So far the feed­back on the social media is good”.

Loren­zo Lig­as

GT: Loren­zo, what is a Short Sum­mer Course?
Loren­zo Lig­as: Here’s the char­ac­ter­is­tics: six to eight nights, 14 Euros per night and ten hours per week of tuition on the top­ic. It can­not be longer than eight nights, because oth­er­wise it would be a sim­ple Sum­mer Course with excep­tion.

GT: Are these events also pos­si­ble for two anten­nae?
Loren­zo: In gen­er­al an SSC should be orga­nized by one anten­na. Two is pos­si­ble as excep­tion, if the dis­tance is close enough.

One of the first SUs ever — SU Aachen 1989.

GT: What was your moti­va­tion to cre­ate the SSC as new event type?
Loren­zo: The num­ber of Sum­mer Uni­ver­si­ties is decreas­ing year by year. The project is still attrac­tive in our opin­ion, but due to resources — both in terms of human resources and bud­get con­straints — not every local can organ­ise one of the cur­rent offi­cial three types: Sum­mer Course, Sum­mer Course+ or Trav­el­ing Sum­mer Uni­ver­si­ty.

GT: How did you get the idea to cre­ate the SSC?
Loren­zo: Dur­ing our live meet­ing in Brus­sels we spoke about intro­duc­ing a pilot SU. Which kind of pilot and how it would be struc­tured in that very moment was not clear to us. Once the appli­ca­tion peri­od start­ed, we began to realise that this year, like in the pre­vi­ous ones, the project was fac­ing a decrease of Sum­mer Uni­ver­si­ties. After some per­son­al talks with friends from AEGEE locals and after a dis­cus­sion with­in the team, the idea became clear: rein­tro­duce short­er SUs, with some changes from the orig­i­nal con­cept.

The leg­endary TSU “Via Egna­tia” in 1996 was thee weeks long.

GT: Is it a prob­lem that the SSC is not defined in the statutes as Sum­mer Uni­ver­si­ty type?
Loren­zo: We are speak­ing with the Juridi­cal Com­mis­sion, in order to find the way to imple­ment it with­out vio­lat­ing the CIA. Once we get back from them, we will pro­ceed accord­ing­ly.

GT: What are the expect­ed out­comes of the pilot phase?
Loren­zo: Small­er anten­nae might final­ly be able to organ­ise a Sum­mer Uni­ver­si­ty. This pilot is aimed to help local organ­is­ers to be part of the project.

The SU of AEGEE-Tori­no was the best in 2017.

GT: Are there also pos­si­ble dis­ad­van­tages?
Loren­zo: Since this is a pilot, it’s dif­fi­cult to define the dis­ad­van­tages. We will eval­u­ate if there would be some­thing that needs to be changed after this SU sea­son. If we will eval­u­ate that the pilot does not have the desired effect, we might not pro­ceed to let it become an offi­cial cat­e­go­ry.

GT: When will we see which SUs will take place this year?
Loren­zo: The list of all the TSU, SC and SC+ will be pub­lished on the 12th of Feb­ru­ary, the new pilot ones one week lat­er, on the 19th.

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