IMSISS 2018-2020 students at OTH Regensburg

This year, our Summer University occurred from the 5th to 16th August. Conducted in collaboration with the IMSISS partners, the University of Glasgow, Dublin City University, and Charles University, the event took place for the second time at Ostbayerische Technische Hochschule Regensburg (OTH Regensburg). The particularly large cohort of 51 international students who attended the Summer University indicates the extremely high level of interest in the opportunities afforded during the event.

Supervised by Prof. Dr. Markus Bresinsky (Faculty of Applied Natural and Cultural Sciences) and with the support by representatives from the field, the students received practical insights into methods of strategic analysis in the field of security policy. This year’s Summer University was organised by the Faculty of Applied Natural and Cultural Sciences and the Centre for Further Education and Knowledge Management (ZWW) of OTH Regensburg.

The focus of the Summer University was on structured analysis techniques, and gave impetus to critical and analytical thinking. Instruction in practical concepts took an equally high priority, however, as our students learned and tested various security studies methods, such as red teaming, intelligence modelling, and scenario construction. Divided into smaller analysis teams, participants then developed different scenarios for various countries within the MENA region and SAHEL zone.

During their development of forecasts for the next five years, the students received technical and methodological support from professors at OTH Regensburg and an external lecturer from the field. The participants also had the opportunity to discuss their scenarios with representatives of the think tank, The Middle East and International Affairs Research Group (MEIA Research). Finally, the students took part in a cultural excursion to the Gäubodenfest in Straubing.