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The ACADEMIC SWISS CAUCASUS NET (ASCN) is a programme aimed at promoting the social sciences and humanities in the South Caucasus. Those involved in the programme believe that their participation encourages constructive debate on society, which in turn contributes to the region’s transformation process. The programme’s different activities foster the emergence of a new generation of talented scholars in the South Caucasus. Promising junior researchers receive support through research projects, capacity-building trainings and scholarships. The programme emphasises the advancement of individuals. Emphasis is also placed on international networking, thus promoting sustained cooperation among scholars based in the South Caucasus and those based in Switzerland.

The ASCN programme is coordinated and operated by the Interfaculty Institute for Central and Eastern Europe (IICEE) at the University of Fribourg. It is supported by GEBERT RÜF STIFTUNG.

Initially, the programme focused primarily on Georgia. It was then extended to include Armenia in 2011.

The ASCN programme will come to an end in December 2016.

Eastern European Day 2016

The Eastern European Day 2016 took place on 11 & 12 March 2016 at University of Fribourg with Keynote Speech by Radosław Sikorski (Journalist and Polish Politician. Former Marshal of the Sejm) and academic roundtable & conference.

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4th ASCN Annual Conference

The Academic Swiss Caucasus Net (ASCN) conducted its 4th Annual Conference in Conference "Protest, Modernization, Democratization: Political and Social Dynamics in Post-Soviet Countries" in Tbilisi, Georgia on 4 and 5 September 2015.

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ASCN Alumni Network

ASCN launched its Alumni Network in December 2014 to further enhance cooperation among beneficiaries of the ASCN programme.

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Publication: How social sciences can contribute to changing a society

ASCN is pleased to present a publication on the issue of How social sciences can contribute to changing a society. This publication includes contributions by - among others - Wolfgang Streeck and Ghia Nodia. The brochure can be downloaded here in English, Armenian and Georgian language.