In Fall 2017, Vesalius College, in close cooperation with senior officials from major International Organizations and in partnership with leading think tanks, will launch two unique, interdisciplinary MA programmes. The two government-accredited one-year programmes will be taught by an outstanding international network of leading scholars and senior practitioners and will provide students with unique conceptual and theoretical knowledge as well as hands-on practical skills.
MA in Global Peace, Security & Strategic Studies (MA GPSSS)
Directed Dr Jamie Shea (former NATO’s Deputy Assistant Secretary General for Emerging Security Challenges and over 30 years of experience in NATO) and taught by an interdisciplinary faculty of VeCo professors and colleagues from the universities of Oxford, Cambridge, Yale, King’s College London and the London School of Economics), the MA in Global Peace, Security & Strategic Studies provides students with fundamental insights into key theories, processes, dynamics and policy-oriented approaches to global security challenges, successes and failures in peacebuilding and major strategic issues. This MA programme is unique in bringing together the perspectives of security studies and peace studies (including conflict resolution) and bridging key gaps between both communities of expertise and practice. Run in partnership with the Egmont Institute (Belgium’s premiere foreign policy think tank) and senior practitioners from the UN, EU and NATO the programme also offers unique skills workshops and internship opportunities.
MA in Diplomacy and Global Governance (MA DAGG)
The interdisciplinary MA programme in Diplomacy and Global Governance will provide students with wide-ranging knowledge and in-depth skills in the economic, legal, cultural, political and security aspects of the changing nature of global diplomacy and global governance. Aimed at both theory-minded students and practice-oriented diplomats, the MA combines core courses in diplomatic theory and practice with major challenges and issues in addressing global challenges in the areas of climate change, peace and security, development, international trade and finance as well as human rights and global justice. Taught by VeCo professors and a global network of scholars and practitioners, the programme is run in cooperation with senior officials and diplomats from the European Union and national diplomatic representations in Brussels. Complemented by skills workshops (in, inter alia, negotiations, mediation, open source intelligence, policy analysis, advising and policy writing), the programme provides a unique knowledge basis and honing of essential skills in the fields of diplomacy and global policy-making.
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