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3rd edition of the International Security and Development programme launches at JU

3rd edition of the International Security and Development programme launches at JU

The Centre for International Studies and Development of the Jagiellonian University launches the third edition of the MA study programme in international security and development (ISAD). Previous editions of the programme attracted over 200 applications from more than 30 countries and all continents. At present, nearly 60 students participate in ISAD Programme at the Jagiellonian University.

The international discussion on the most troubling global problems of the modern world, such as the escalating conflict in Iran, Brexit and its consequences for European and global economy, the European migrant crisis, the threat of terrorist attacks, the novel coronavirus outbreak in China as well as many other contemporary challenges show a huge demand for specialists and strategists in the field of security and development. It also indicates the need to raise public awareness of the correlation between aid transferred to developing countries and the sense of security among developed countries' societies.

In order to respond to these trends and due to interest in previous years, the Jagiellonian University launches the third edition of the MA programme of studies – International Security and Development. ISAD aims at fostering creative thinking about complex problems of global security and development as well as equipping students with analytical tools, language expertise and cross-cultural understanding. It also helps gain the professional skills needed for managing global security and development in an international environment.

‘Our goal is to educate specialists that understand the importance of problems of the modern world and seeking solutions for them. We want to educate strategists to be able to implement actions that ensure appropriate targeting of aid projects, and consequently, greater stability in international relations’, stressed Marcin Grabowski, the Director of ISAD studies.

The two-year programme provides practical and theoretical knowledge of those areas thanks to Polish and international scholars. Academic courses are taught in English; additionally, students will learn a chosen second foreign language. There are two academic tracks (specialisations): international security and international development. The programme includes professional traineeships and workshops with experts.

Throughout the duration of the two-year programme (2020–2022), six scholarships will be available for the top students. There are three partial fee waiver scholarships at the first year of studies, and another three partial fee waiver scholarships at the second year – see here for details.

The third ISAD class will be launched in the academic year 2020/2021, with the recruitment process already underway since January 2020. Find out more about the programme structure and recruitment on its website: Be sure to familiarise yourself with the online prospectus as well.  

As an innovative project, ISAD was awarded the grant of the Polish National Centre for Research and Development (in the framework of the EU Operational Programme: Knowledge-Education-Development) and is co-financed by the European Union under the European Social Fund.

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