COI Master Class

COI Master Class 19 21 June 2007 Vienna Agenda Report Pictures

The 1st COI Master Class, which took place from 19 - 21 June 2007 in Vienna, offered a unique possibility of advanced learning for COI professionals. More than 50 people from the whole of Europe, Canada and UNHCR attended the event and chose from the variety of workshops and lectures offered.

The primary aim of the COI Master Class was to enhance the professional performance of COI units' staff. The main idea was to find a form of continuous training for experienced researchers by training each other, and to allow less experienced COI researchers to benefit from the know-how of their colleagues. Additionally, a number of external experts has been invited to give input.

The pilot project was conducted as a short "summer school" (2.5 days) from 19 to 21 June 2007 in Vienna. More than 50 COI researchers, database coordinators, managers of COI units and other COI professionals from 22 European countries, Canada and UNHCR participated in the event, which was implemented by ACCRD/Austrian Red Cross.

All participants were invited to choose from a diverse range of topics: In 15 workshops and two lectures, all of which were chaired and held by experienced COI professionals and UNHCR experts, issues regarding the production research, management and use of country of origin information were discussed. A "marketplace" offered additional opportunity for informal knowledge exchange and networking between participants.

last update 30 November 2007

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