The article outlines the activity of the European Academy for Sustainable Rural Development, its concepts, its objectives and principles. The authoresses concentrate their attention chiefly on the presentation of one sphere of the Academy's activity - the organization of Summer Academies, which they do on the example of the Fourth Edition of the Summer Academy (June 2005, Ilmajoki, Finland) that they have themselves attended.Special emphasis has been laid on the teaching methodology applied during the Summer Academy courses.
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