UK Alumni Association of Montenegro (MAUK) organised the second Regional Chevening Alumni conference in Montenegro entitled ‘Regional Development: Challenges and Opportunities’, in Herceg Novi, from 8 until 11 November 2018.
The conference is part of the project ‘Strengthening Western Balkans Regional Chevening Network by tackling common regional democratic challenges’ implemented by MAUK.
This conference was aimed at enhancing relations among Chevening alumni associations in the region, through relevant discussions challenging some of the most significant issues towards the progress of democracy and human rights in the Western Balkans. The knowledge and experience of Chevening scholars from different fields and backgrounds was utilized to better understand and discuss the development of our region, via topics like: youth empowerment, entrepreneurship, social welfare, capacity building, human rights on-line, open science, social enterprises, intercultural exchange and mobility, robotics.
The purpose was to show the positive impact of our alumni in pursuing a stronger democracy, fostering freedom of expression, and protecting human rights in a globalised world. Chevening scholars from the Western Balkans region attended the conference (Albania, Bosnia & Herzegovina, Croatia, Kosovo, Macedonia, Montenegro and Serbia), who were joined with Chevening alumni from Belarus, Colombia, Egypt, Malaysia and Algeria.
As part of the same project, MAUK organised the exhibition “Goodbye Balkans? Goodbye, Balkans!” at the gallery “Perjanički dom” (Centre of Contemporary Art of Montenegro), which was open from 2 November until 16 November 2018, together with a panel ‘A Work of Art is Not Made to Decorate Apartments. And if it is a weapon, who is the enemy?’
The goal of this exhibition was to acknowledge challenges the youth in the Balkans are facing, to find possible solutions to those problems, to call for respect of human rights and democracy, to contribute to the perception of the younger generations in the Balkan, and to promote artists and their ideas in these countries.