The undergraduate program in International Relations and Development aims at training globally minded international relations and development professionals. The program prepares graduates who are able to understand, explain, critically analyze, and evaluate both local and international events, ideas, issues, and interests. Graduates will also be able to evaluate how those topics shape international relations and policies especially those related to the process of development. Because of the growing international socio-political and educational importance of NGOs, this bachelor-level degree program includes a strong focus on NGOs and civil initiatives and their role in regional governance and development projects.
The international profile of university in terms of student diversity and teaching staff creates a learning environment that develops intercultural understanding, communication and problem-solving skills required for international relations and development professionals and develops the core competence of community building. The program also intentionally provides intercultural training and knowledge of cultural development and integration, including a requirement for students to spend some time studying and for getting practical experience in an international context during their studies.
The program will prepare graduates who are capable of entering successful careers in governmental and non-governmental organizations, international institutions, local and national public administrations and multinational businesses. Program graduates will be qualified for and aspire to careers in international relations and development cooperation work, specifically: negotiations, diplomacy, conflict resolution, peace-keeping, NGO’s, advocacy, human rights protection, civil-society initiatives, philanthropy, and sustainable community development.
The International Relations and Development major requires a semester or practicum abroad. Additionally, a module in Conflict Studies is available.
The study program is externally evaluated and validated by the Centre for Quality Assessment in Higher Education (SKVC), an independent public agency. The program received accreditation in 2015. A follow-up external review of the program will take place in 2020 after the initial program accreditation expires.
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Last updated October 23, 2017