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The Changing Face of International Affairs Education

Leigh Morris Sloane

Leigh Morris Sloane
Executive Director
Association of Professional Schools
of International Affairs (APSIA)

 

Interdisciplinarity is the hallmark of an international affairs degree and a reflection of the complexity of addressing problems with a global dimension. At their core, graduate programs in international affairs must train their students to have broad knowledge of the world and be able to navigate the interconnectedness of the private, public, and NGO sectors. As you will read in the following pages, students today will face a far more complicated world than ever as they assume leadership roles in international affairs. They simply will not have the option to shy away from studying the roles of science and technology, the global economy, or the role of governments’ policies to improve or hinder the environments in which we operate. Young people today are challenged to be more innovative—and to be quicker and more creative in doing so than any time before.

Technological developments have allowed for increased ingenuity in solving many intractable problems plaguing the international system. I see many young professionals establishing greater numbers of grassroots programs, partnering with local communities around the world to address needs in such areas as economic development, education, and environmental sustainability. While they recognize the need to work with governments and large, multinational organizations, they also see how technology allows for the freedom and reach to experiment and network with others addressing similar issues. The following graduate programs in international affairs are poised to meet the challenges of educating the world’s future leaders by building up their faculties with a new generation of scholars and scholar practitioners whose research and teaching reflects this need for ever-broader collaboration across multiple disciplines.

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