July 29 2019
Former President of Kosovo Atifete Jahjaga delivered the commencement speech at the graduation ceremony for RIT-Kosovo (AUK)’s unique Summer Program in Peace and Conflict Studies on July 25. She spoke on on "Speaking up and Stepping out for Justice" in which she discussed her work as Kosovo’s President and her work with the Jahjaga Foundation, the flagship institution for democratic development the Balkans that supports regional and international security, as well as the integration of women and minorities into society and that supports social reconciliation of all groups in society.
The graduate and undergraduate students hail from RIT, Embrey-Riddle University, the Universities of Maine, Maryland, Denver and Kentucky, St. Mary’s College and SUNY Geneseo. They have completed an intensive program that began with a one-week study tour to Croatia, Bosnia-Herzegovina, Serbia and Northern Macedonia, where they met with senior international officials and domestic activists.
Upon return to In Kosovo, students completed two academic courses, and visited historically significant sites in Kosovo. They also participated in seminar on the 20th anniversary of NATO’s ‘Operation Allied Force’ with officials and activists from Kosovo and the ‘international community. They took part in a conversation with U.S. Ambassador to Kosovo Philip Kosnett and Former U.S. Envoy to the Bosnian Federation Dr. Daniel Serwer. They also participated in an integrated civilian-military planning workshop together with KSF Cadets under the direction of officials from the KSF, U.S. Government and the United Nations.
Finally, Embrey-Riddle students’ exciting collaboration with Cultural Heritage without Borders (CHWB) enabled them, in a course on unmanned aircraft, to shoot 3-D aerial photographs of historically significant Kulla, fortresses, churches and ancient settlements that can be used by CHWB and government institutions in planning to preserve cultural heritage in Kosovo.