Selected out of more than 650 applicants, the third cohort is here to engage with the EUI community on topics as diverse as transnational parties, climate policy, democratic representation and more.
On 2 September 2019 the European University Institute opened the doors to its researchers for the start of the academic year. At the School of Transnational Governance, we had the pleasure to welcome the Policy Leader Fellows who are starting their fellowship programme in September.
During their fellowship at the School of Transnational Governance, they will take a break from their policy work to engage in the daily academic life of the EUI community. In his welcome speech, Prof. Miguel Poiares Maduro recalled how "behind the idea of establishing the Policy Leader Fellowship was a concern with the gap between the worlds of policy and academia."
"Thanks to the fellowship programme - he explained - policy makers can step back from their daily activities to reflect on the medium and long term goals of their work."
We believed creating such a programme, unique in its kind in Europe, would have been mutually beneficial for our academic community and the policy world, and we were right in our bet, said Prof. Maduro.
"Witnessing the interaction among our fellows and with the EUI community has been very rewarding," said Fabrizio Tassinari, Executive Director of the STG. "They come here to learn, but they also come here to give: expertise, different cultural sensibilities, and an overall desire to put policy at the service of academia and vice-versa. And once they leave, the Policy Leaders Fellows are proving to be the School's most enthusiastic global ambassadors," he said.
Marianna Török, project manager for the fellowship programme, said in her closing remarks that "At the European University Institute, the world comes to you at its best: these bright minds from around the world are real change-makers in their environment", adding that "when we meet in Florence, their enthusiasm is catching us all."