SEEDIG Youth School | Class of 2019

The SEEDIG Youth School is a capacity development initiative targeted at students originally from, or residing in a country in South Eastern Europe and the neighbouring area.

The purpose of the programme is to offer regional youth a space to learn, network, exchange ideas, and prepare to actively participate in SEEDIG and other Internet governance processes. Another goal is to encourage more youth to become long-term contributing members of SEEDIG and broader Internet governance and digital policy processes.

What does the SEEDIG Youth School offer?

Online phase

January – April 2019


Once selected for the online phase, you will start your Youth School journey by taking an online course that will introduce you to the world of Internet governance. The course – part of the Internet Society's 'Shaping the Internet: History and Futures' programme – will include online materials, assignments, and online meetings spread over several weeks.

During this phase, you will get to know your peers and learn the basics of Internet governance, digital policy, and related topics. If these terms sound vague or fancy, don’t worry! Together we will dissect the jargon and see what these concepts really mean. You will also learn more about SEEDIG and other Internet governance processes across the region and the globe. Most importantly, you will become more equipped to meaningfully participate in initiatives such as Youth and national Internet Governance Forums (NRIs), SEEDIG, EuroDIG, and the global IGF!

Based on your performance in the mandatory online course, you may be selected to continue the programme. During this extension of the online phase, you will be able to take additional modules of the Internet Society course or an online course provided by the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN). There will also be a few online meetings, some which run in conjunction with EuroDIG’s YOUthDIG programme, so another opportunity for you to get to know and interact with more people!

A full-day event dedicated to you

6 May 2019

This event, to be held in Bucharest one day before the official start of SEEDIG 5, will be reserved to a smaller group of students, selected from the initial class based on the contribution to the online phase.

If you are among those selected for this phase, you will get to meet the core team and key community members of SEEDIG. You will also get a chance to explore in-depth at least one of the topics that will be discussed at SEEDIG 5 – at your choice. All this through lively debates, simulations and other exercises we will prepare for you.

The outcomes of your discussions, as Youth School 2019 students, will become your contributions to the annual SEEDIG meeting. So you will be all set to join discussions on regional and global digital policy!

Participation in SEEDIG 5

7–8 May 2019

After your dedicated pre-event, you will then be among many other actors – from SEE+ and beyond – who will share their views and experiences on various Internet-related topics at the two-day SEEDIG annual meeting.

Once in Bucharest, all you have to do is to raise your hand and make your point.

No comment is silly, and no question is stupid. 🙂

SEEDIG Youth School online phase | List of participants

The following students were selected to participate in the online phase of the Youth School.

Tamar Abzianidze | Georgian Institute of Public Affairs, Georgia

Giorgi Aladashvili |Ivane Javakhishvili Tbilisi State University, Georgia

Adela Alexandru | National School of Political Sciences and Public Administration, Romania

Chivintar Amenty | University of Crete, Greece

Bence Antonya | Babes-Bolyai University, Romania

Helena Blažinčić | Savonia University of Applied Sciences, Croatia

Ioana Burtea | BPP University, Romania

Marina Bzovii | Moldova State University, Republic of Moldova

Jasmina Dimitrievska | Ss. Cyril and Methodius University in Skopje, The former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia

Stefan Filipović | University of Oslo, Serbia

Blenda Gashi | University of Prishtina 'Hasan Prishtina', Kosovo*

Kristine Gevorgyan | French University in Armenia, Armenia

Kristijan Gjoshev | Ss. Cyril and Methodius University in Skopje, The former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia

Derya Güçdemir | Hacettepe University, Turkey

Nurhan Güner | Bilkent University, Turkey

Ardita Hajra | University of Prishtina, Kosovo*

Alexandru Hang | Politehnica University of Bucharest, Romania

Vira Ivanchuk | Taras Shevchenko National University of Kyiv, Ukraine

Aleksandra Ivanković | University of Belgrade, Serbia

Ana Jovanović | University of Sarajevo,  Bosnia and Herzegovina

Daniel Kalemi | American College of Thessaloniki, Albania

Christina Kalogeropoulou | National Kapodistrian University of Athens, Greece

Yanina Korniienko | National University of 'Kyiv-Mohyla Academy', Ukraine

Maria Korniiets | Ukrainian National IT Factory, Ukraine

Artemia-Dimitra Korovesi | National and Kapodistrian University of Athens, Greece

Eyüp Serdar Küçük | Istanbul University, Turkey

Nikolaos Lekkas | National and Kapodistrian University of Athens, Greece

Raluca-Andreea Manea | University of Bucharest, Romania

Kejsi Marqeshi | Polytechnic University of Tirana, Albania

Vladislava Martin | Moldova State University, Republic of Moldova

Nikol Mata |  University of New York in Tirana, Albania

Melisa Mešan | University of Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina

Elen Mikayelyan | Yerevan State University, Armenia

Vasile Popa | Freie Universität Berlin, Republic of Moldova

Jelena Ristić | University of Niš, Serbia

Jovana Stajić | University of Belgrade, Serbia

Gentjana Visoçi | University of Tirana, Albania

Nikolaos Voros | National and Kapodistrian University of Athens, Greece

Sara Zeko | The Ss. Cyril and Methodius University in Skopje, The former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia

The organising team behind the SEEDIG Youth School 

Lianna Galstyan

Su Sonia Herring

Charalampos Kyritsis

Jana Mišić

Dajana Mulaj

Marko Paloski

Anna Romandash

Sorina Teleanu



The online phase of the Youth School is provided in partnership with the Internet Society and the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers.