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IAGG sets nationalities record

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On the 3 of September, students from 20 different countries gathered for the introduction to the Master’s Programme in International Administration and Global Governance (IAGG). The programme is an interdisciplinary collaboration between the Department of Political Science, the School of Global Studies and the Department of Economics.

The Netherlands, USA, Sweden, France, South Africa, Syria, Spain, Australia, Georgia, Germany, Gambia, Nigeria, Bosnia, Belarus, Turkey, China, Tanzania, Romania, Austria and Switzerland: the new students at IAGG come from 20 different countries around the world. It’s a bit like a United Nations in miniature, even though the UN’s Member States do number all of 193 countries.

“We have had many international students at IAGG over the years but this is a new record – really wonderful,” says Nicholas Charron, the programme’s director of studies.

At IAGG, these students will learn about how governance functions from a global perspective. They will focus on the relationships between various international organisations – state as well as non-state actors. The programme’s courses include theory in areas such as peace and conflict studies and economic, social and political development. 

“Today’s social problems are becoming increasingly global in nature, and require more coordination and large-scale collective action to solve them. At IAGG, the students will acquire the analytical tools necessary for understanding this complexity and that is why the programme is so popular among international students.

“Now these students from 20 different countries and prior studies in political science and international relations, peace and conflict studies, public administration, sociology and European studies will all be mixing together in the classroom.

“It’s going to be fantastically enriching for the students as well as us teachers to discuss international social problems in such an international environment with so many different perspectives,” says Nicholas Charron.