1st KAS Political Academy in Cyprus

2017ΠΑΡ17ΦΕΒΟλοήμερηΚΥΡ191st KAS Political Academy in Cyprus(Ολοήμερη)


The 30 participants of the first Political Academy of KAS in Cyprus were young active citizens between the ages of 19 to 35 years old. The majority of the participants were young individuals, active in the political scene of the country and the civil society. Among them one could distinguish really active members of youth organizations, candidates in local and national elections as well as members of governmental and non-governmental organizations.

A series of active politicians and specialists, participated a spekekers in Political Academy in Nicosia and discussed with the participants. Averof Neofytou, President of the governing Democratic Rally (DISY) and Member of the Parliament, shared his experiences as a young politician and discussed current political issues with the participants. Harris Georgiades, Minister of Finance, and Professor Dr. Ulrich Blum from the University of Martin-Luther of Halle Wittenberg discussed about the social and economic aspects of a reunification in Cyprus and the lessons that one could deduct fron the reunification of Germany. The Minister of Foreign Affairs, Ioannis Kasoulidis, discussed analytically the current conditions of the negotiations for the re-unification of Cyprus. Michalis Sophocleous, Director of the Glafkos Clerides Institute and Dr. Arnold Kammel, Secretary General of the Institute for European and Security Policy of the Austrian People’s Party, discussed the challenges for the center right parties in Cyprus and E.U.

The technical and strategic skills a modern politicians needs were an important part of the Academy. Panos Tsiridis, General Manager of V+O Communication Cyprus, and Vivian Efthimiopoulou, Communications Specialist and Founder of the blog factnews.gr, provided the participants with the theoretical and practical background of how to design and implement a political campaign. At the end of the workshop the participants used their newly acquired skills and knowledge in order to present their own political campaign.

In the framework of the Political Academy of KAS a visit was organized in the Centre of Visual Arts & Research (CVAR)of the Severis Foundation. There lies the personal collection of the 4th President of Cyprus, Glafkos Clerides Institute. The participants had the chance to receive a guided tour by the Excecutive Director of the Center, Dr. Rita Severis.



  • Antonis Klapsis

    Antonis Klapsis

    Adjunct Lecturer, Neapolis University Pafos

    Adjunct Lecturer, Neapolis University Pafos

  • Arnold H. Kammel

    Arnold H. Kammel

    Director of International Relations, Political Academy of the Austrian People's Party (ÖVP)

    Director of International Relations, Political Academy of the Austrian People's Party (ÖVP)

  • Averof Neophytou

    Averof Neophytou

    President of Democratic Rally

    URL https://averof.cy

    President of Democratic Rally

  • Harris Georgiades

    Harris Georgiades

    Minister of Finance of Cyprus

    URL http://www.harrisgeorgiades.com.cy/

    Minister of Finance of Cyprus

  • Ioannis Kasoulides

    Ioannis Kasoulides

    Minister of Foreign Affairs, Chairman - Glafkos Clerides Institute

    Minister of Foreign Affairs, Chairman - Glafkos Clerides Institute

  • Jeroen Kohls

    Jeroen Kohls

    Research Associate, KAS Greece

    Research Associate, KAS Greece

  • Katie Clerides

    Katie Clerides

    President of Glafkos Clerides Institute

    President of Glafkos Clerides Institute

  • Michalis Sophocleous

    Michalis Sophocleous

    CEO - Glafkos Clerides Institute

    URL https://www.linkedin.com/in/michalis-sophocleous-b1080a22/

    CEO - Glafkos Clerides Institute

  • Panos Tsirides

    Panos Tsirides

    General Manager, V+O Communication Cyprus

    General Manager, V+O Communication Cyprus

  • Susanna Vogt

    Susanna Vogt

    Head of KAS Greece

    Head of KAS Greece

  • Ulrich Blum

    Ulrich Blum

    Professor, Martin Luther University Halle-Wittenberg

    URL https://wipofo.wiwi.uni-halle.de/lehrstuhlteam/ulrich_blum/

    Professor, Martin Luther University Halle-Wittenberg

  • Vivian Efthimiopoulou

    Vivian Efthimiopoulou

    Communication Specialist, factnews.gr

    Communication Specialist, factnews.gr


    • Ημέρα 1
    • Ημέρα 2
    • Ημέρα 3
    • 17/02/2017
    • 17:30 Welcome17:30 - 18:00The heads of our Institutes welcome the participantsΟμιλητές: Katie Clerides, Susanna Vogt

    • 18:00 Introduction to the KAS Political Academy18:00 - 18:30A brief overview of our next 3 days!Ομιλητές: Antonis Klapsis, Jeroen Kohls

    • 18:30 Coffee Break18:30 - 19:00Our first quick break!

    • 19:00 On becoming a politician19:00 - 20:00the whys and howsΟμιλητές: Averof Neophytou

    • 20:00 Welcome dinner20:00 - 23:00Dinner for all participants and guests

    • 18/02/2017
    • 09:30 The social and economic aspects of the reunification of Cyprus09:30 - 11:00Lessons from the case of GermanyΟμιλητές: Harris Georgiades, Ulrich Blum

    • 11:00 Coffee break11:00 - 11:30A quick break!

    • 11:30 The current state of the Cyprus reunification talks11:30 - 13:00A thorough brief by the head of Cyprus' foreign policyΟμιλητές: Ioannis Kasoulides

    • 13:00 Lunch break13:00 - 14:30Let's have a bite!

    • 14:30 Introduction to political campaigning14:30 - 15:30How political campaigns changed the world we live in. Ομιλητές: Panos Tsirides

    • 15:30 Coffee break15:30 - 16:00Yet another break for coffee!

    • 16:00 Social media training16:00 - 17:30Let's work on the new forms of communication. Ομιλητές: Vivian Efthimiopoulou

    • 17:30 Break17:30 - 18:00Let's get ready for a special visit.

    • 18:00 Glafkos Clerides Collection18:00 - 20:00Visit to the Glafkos Clerides Collection at the Centre of Visual Arts & Research of the Severis Foundation

    • 20:00 Dinner20:00 - 23:00Dinner necessary after this exhausting day.

    • 19/02/2017
    • 09:30 Challenges for the centre-right in Cyprus and the EU09:30 - 11:00Getting in the substance of ideology and modern challenges for our side of the political spectrum.Ομιλητές: Arnold H. Kammel, Michalis Sophocleous

    • 11:00 Coffee break11:00 - 11:30Our last break

    • 11:30 Practical workshop on campaign planning11:30 - 13:00Time to for our participants to present their campaigns!Ομιλητές: Michalis Sophocleous, Panos Tsirides, Vivian Efthimiopoulou

    • 13:00 Feedback13:00 - 13:30Feedback and reflections on the Political AcademyΟμιλητές: Jeroen Kohls

    • 13:30 Lunch13:30 - 15:00The farewell lunch!




GCI in cooperation with: Konrad-Adenauer-Stiftung Greece and Cyprus

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