Peacebuilding and Higher Education: An interdisciplinary Approach in the Context of Macedonian Society

Pavleski, Aleksandar and Rajkovchevski, Rade (2022) Peacebuilding and Higher Education: An interdisciplinary Approach in the Context of Macedonian Society. Cross-Border Review (Yearbook), 2022. pp. 23-36. ISSN 2064-6704

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Education social services historically used both - to catalyse conflict, and to build peace. In this regard, especially in terms of their role in building peace, education services are perceived as an integral part of the strategic peacebuilding approaches. The connection among education services and peacebuilding strategies stems from the role that education has in the context of transforming hatred, establishing and promoting of intergroup communication, strengthening intergroup relations and identities, mutual trust building and promoting, and in promoting social cohesion as well.
In this sense, the paper analyses the higher education role and contribution in promoting and achieving of the indicated peacebuilding aspects. Thereby, a project (for establishing a new interdisciplinary study program of master studies) implemented by three universities from Macedonia and the University of Gothenburg (as a project holder) represents the case study.
The paper specifically focuses on the circumstances (local context) under which the project was implemented, the project’s objectives and the results achieved and time-perspective sustainability. The approach selected theorizes potential for (un)success of designed model though the project activities, in broader scope of local context refereeing to peacebuilding in divided and polarized society.

Key words: peacebuilding, higher education, study program, intergroup communication, social cohesion

Item Type: Article
Subjects: Scientific Fields (Frascati) > Social Sciences > Political science
Scientific Fields (Frascati) > Social Sciences > Other social sciences
Divisions: Faculty of Security
Depositing User: Prof. Dr. Rade Rajkovchevski
Date Deposited: 12 Mar 2023 19:10
Last Modified: 12 Mar 2023 19:10

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