Winter School: UNESCO MOST Winter School, iASK & University of Pannonia (Hungary)


In What and Whom do We Trust? The Sustainability of Ideals and Re-evaluation of Values across Continents

24-28 February 2020, Köszeg, Hungary

About the theme

Global complexity accelerates global transformations, and the tension between rapid changes and established beliefs shakes citizens’ trust in institutions. A main issue of the UNESCO MOST Winter School is to address whether supra-national entities and global caretaker institutions or national political solutions are better able to address global challenges. 

We will discuss questions like: Why are we seeing the rise of post-liberal regimes? What impact does this have on institutional trust at the local, national, and supranational levels? Is this merely a temporary global ‘glitch’ that will fade over time as new challenges emerge? 

Discussions are lead by experienced academic researchers, activists and public officials to open dialogue on the issues of how to establish or re-establish trust on different levels of governance, i.e., in politics, economies, and societies. Participants will produce a document with recommendations for local governments, ministries, and the media. Important questions addressed in this document will include: 

  • What is citizenship? How does citizenship compare to values connected to local and regional identities? 
  • What values are shared across cultures and countries? What values need to be conserved and what new values need to be defined? 
  • How can a new discourse be created to re-establish mutual trust within and among smaller and larger political entities? 
  • What trust-building tools can be employed by public and educational institutions and civil society? 

About UNESCO MOST schools

UNESCO MOST Schools are constructed around capacity-building activities focused on strengthening competencies for evidence-informed decision-making. They help develop participants to translate knowledge into action. A primary goal is to support long-term sustainable development in contexts where capacity gaps constrain translating research into action. MOST School participants come from varied educational and professional backgrounds. We invite post-graduate students, researchers, policy makers, and young professionals with keen interest in the topics to actively participate. 


The winter school was co-organized by the Institute of Advanced Studies Kőszeg, UNESCO Chair in Cultural Heritage Management and Sustainability – Kőszeg, Institute for Social and European Studies – Kőszeg, and Pannonia University – Kőszeg Campus 


More details about the Winter School can be accessed at

Photo of the façade of iASK library by Pia Lorenzo

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