NISA UNEC Training
On May 31 of 2015, NISA set up a simulation for undergraduate students of “SABAH” group of Azerbaijan State University of Economics. The following link provides a better illustration http://unec.edu.az/nisa-telebeler-ucun-simulasiya-oyunu-kecirib/
NISA Regional Workshop
On May of 2015, NISA organized a regional workshop in Shamkir, Mingachevir and Barda regions of Azerbaijan. The full report is available here Regional training of 2015_report
Sheki, 26 November 2013
Romanian Ambassador Mr. Ciobanu in the capacity of NATO Contact Point Embassy to Azerbaijan, Head of NATO Liaison Office in the South Caucasus, Mr. Lahue and representative of MFA of the Republic of Azerbaijan, Mr. Nadir Sarajli were guest speakers in Sheki Training which was held in Sheki Saray hotel. Junior, sophomore and graduate students were prevailing in the audience. The audience was chosen through an application process and through the assistance of local Youth and Sports Department.
NISA Executive Director Mr. Tural Ahmadov made an introductory speech underscoring NATO contribution to the regional events. Afterwards, Ambassador Ciobano delivered a short speech on NATO – Azerbaijan partnership. Later, Mr. Lahue talked about NATO’s role in Euro-Atlantic region with practical examples and explained NATO structure.
At the end of first panel, both guests answered the questions of students. Unlike other regions, audience in Shaki was distinct in terms of their analytical approach and linguistic skills.
At the next panel, Mr. Nadir Saracli focused on the partnership tools between NATO and Azerbaijan.
In the meantime, participants enjoyed the lunch and carried on their discussion at the lunch table.
After lunch, we set up a team work where students came together in six groups five in each and were involved in an engaging discussion.
It is worth mentioning that the performance of students in Sheki was stunningly impressive. After two hour shuttle diplomacy, groups were brought in front of the audience and they made their concluding remarks on how talks went well and/or wrong.
Toward the end of the day, each regional participant received NISA certificate.
Ganja, 25 November 2013
Head of NATO Liaison Office in the South Caucasus, Mr. Lahue and representative of MFA of the Republic of Azerbaijan, Mr. Nadir Sarajli were guest speakers in Ganja training, held in Ganja State University. After warm welcome of vice-rector of Ganja State University Mrs. Parvin Karimzade, Director of NISA Mr. Tural Ahmadov gave a brief information about the program.
Afterwards, Mr. Lahue talked about NATO’s role in general and decision making process among NATO member countries with the help of visual aids. Then he tried to respond some challenging questions of students such as “How important asset Azerbaijan is for NATO and what burden lies for Azerbaijan to be a prospective member of NATO?”
At the second panel, MFA representative Mr. Nadir Sarajli made an overview on Azerbaijan – NATO partnership and elaborated specific partnership tools between Azerbaijan and NATO.
One intriguing question addressed to Mr. Lahue after his second presentation on the role of NATO specifically in the South Caucasus was on “How Georgia is likely to be a NATO member at the presence of internal conflicts?”
The third part of the training, however, was entirely devoted to a group work where students were hypothetically given a conflict scenario between different parties with an involvement of third parties.
All 32 participants took an active part at the group work. As the result of a deep engagement, the discussion lasted until 6:30 p.m.
Afterwards each group made a presentation and was awarded with a certificate.
Lankaran, 22 November 2013
NISA Lankaran Training was held in Ab Gala hotel, where 30 students came together in a unique environment. The event commenced with an opening speech made by the Executive Director of NATO International School of Azerbaijan, Tural Ahmadov, who succinctly underlined the importance of the regional training, introduced the Romanian Ambassador Mr. Ciobanu and representative of MFA of the Republic of Azerbaijan Mr. Vugar Gurbanov and outlined the daily program. Along with the students, representative of Lankaran Local Authority and Dean of the Lankaran State University took part in the training.
Upon the introduction, the Ambassador made a speech on NATO’s role in a global security and its evolution since its inception. Students’ questions were intriguing which touched upon NATO’s role in conflict intervention, peacekeeping mission, and NATO-Azerbaijan partnership and so forth.
In the second panel, MFA representative Mr. Vugar Gurbanov highlighted some underlying issues in foreign and security policy, elaborated the notion of Euro-Atlantic integration and security. Active participation of students was overwhelmingly stunning. The questions, albeit sometimes elementary, showed how enthusiastic they were.
The training was of paramount significance since it provided a unique format where students actively listened to presentations made by distinguished guests and got involved in a team work afterwards.
After lunch, activity was designed to bring students together in six different groups and assigned each group a specific task. Upon deliberate discussion, each team made a presentation and discussed how talks were conducted among the teams. The group work was surprisingly engaging and at the end of the day it was rather hard to put an end to the discussion.
Afterwards, each group presented the outcome in front of the audience and each participant was presented a certificate.