Upcoming Master Programme: International Organizations & Crisis Management

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More information can be found in the official website for the new IOCM programme http://www.iocm.uni-jena.de/.

The number, membership, tasks, offices and employees of international organizations have exploded since the 1960s. Currently, there are worldwide more than 250 international governmental organizations and over 25.000 international non-governmental organizations. They play a major and increasing role in world politics, across of policy fields. Organizations such as the International Monetary Fund, the World Bank Group, the World Trade Organization or the many multilateral development banks shape the global economic and financial order. The United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees, the International Office of Migration and the hundreds of NGOs operating in refugee affairs coordinate to provide assistance to the forcibly displaced people worldwide, which exceed by now the population of France. Others fight terrorism, re-build war-torn societies, offer development aid or fight corruption and money laundering. Many intervene in crises of all sorts, be it armed conflict, humanitarian catastrophes, financial crises or pandemics.

At the Institute for Political Science in Jena we have gathered considerable expertise in researching how international organizations contribute to manage crises worldwide. Disposing of three professorships with a long-standing tradition in researching and teaching international organizations and crisis management - one on International Relations in general, one on International Organizations and one on European Studies - and further strengthened by numerous professors at our University offering classes on topics such as organization theory, the law of international organizations or international financial organizations, we decided to unite our expertise and offer this new Master programme, which started in fall 2020.

We designed a full four semester Master of Arts programme with 120 credits for a group of excellent students from all over the world. The programme is taught in English in order to attract a student body ideally composed of 50 per cent international and 50 per cent national students. It builds on our Bachelor in Political Science and allows further specialization for those envisioning a career in international organizations, the European Union, national political administrations, parties and NGOs, journalism, academia, think-tanks or other relevant institutions.

The study programme is highly innovative. Not only is there no other Master programme focusing on the role of international organizations in crisis management worldwide; there is also no programme on international organizations in Germany at present. Furthermore, we offer an attractive study programme providing both academic and practical skills. Thus, students learn a second language of choice in consecutive language classes (international students usually German), go on regular study trips to the headquarters of international organizations (such as Brussels or Geneva), complete an internship at an international organization, participate in a summer school on crisis management, and attend classes by practitioners coming from international organizations and governments. All can choose among a set of transdisciplinary electives.

Furthermore, our study plan obliges students to spend one semester at our esteemed partner universities, which are hand-selected to complement our programme. Students go preferably to a country the language of which they learn and in combination with their internship. For international students, this might also be a partner university in Germany.

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