With reference to the Summer School on Cyber Culture from 12-23 August, 2014, a series of selection and orientation workshops took place at the University of Punjab, Lahore and at the University of Peshawar. The motivation of these workshop was to:
oversee selection process of the candidates participating in the summer school
conduct orientation workshops in order to prepare students for expected and unexpected situations during their stay in Germany.
Selection Workshop (7 - 16 March, 2014)
ca. 100 students applied for the summer school from Peshawar/Punjab University
40 students were shortlisted based on their performance in the online form
Four professors from Uni Punjab/Peshawar supervised two selection workshops
Shortlisted candidates were given a topic at the beginning of the workshop and asked to discuss it in 15 minutes.
13 students (7 female, 6 male) were finally selected out of the pool of 40.
Orientation Workshops (17 March - 8 April, 2014)
Four Orientation Workshops were held in Peshawar and Lahore in order to prepare students from different aspects for their journey to Erfurt/Germany.
Orientation workshops focused on expectations on student/summer school organisation sides
Group works were conducted to improve the student abilities in group-work setting in Erfurt (and in general)
Concentration on using internationally accepted words/vocabulary during the summer school for the wider understandability instead of using the native words/references which previous participating students faced difficulties to comprehend.
The workshop also emphasised in understanding the project as a whole especially the sensitivities involved around a dialogue-oriented setting.