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Message from the Director

Message from the Director

Welcome to ISAD,

Having you at this web-site means you are interested in international relations as well as security and development issues.  Those areas crucial in a contemporary world, but often separated both in scholarship and in the policy practice. They are highly interwoven in a real life, hence we have decided to create a unique programme, combining both areas and trying to show them as different dimensions of the same global problems. This is how the International Security and Development M.A. programme (ISAD) was created, being a starting point for the development of the Centre for International Studies and Development and additional M.A. study programmes, created in partnerships with various different universities.

Apart from the ISAD, that has been an on-going initiative, we have created an International Relations and Public Diplomacy programme together with the University of Siena with a generous support of the Polish Nationl Agency for Academic Exchange. We have also started an M.A. in Political Ideas in a Digital Age programme. This project is established thanks to multilateral cooperation of four universities – Jagiellonian University in Krakow and its  MA in International Security and Development programme, CY Cergy Paris University, The Political Institute of the Catholic University in Lisbon and The Francisco Marroquín University in Guatemala.

Our programmes combine a cutting-edge academic inquiry with practice of international diplomacy, security and development. They are based on a rich and diversified community of students and scholars, working together in an intimate environment with individual approach to each other. They offer a wide variety of obligatory and elective courses, allowing students understand the complexity of the current international environment.

Those programmes allow students to participate in a unique combination of research rigour and practical application of acquired knowledge and skills, creating experts for the future.

Our programmes are carried out by the Faculty of International and Political Studies (together with scholars from our partner universities), hiring more than 200 scholars researching all the aspects of global security and development, well experienced in various interdisciplinary and international study programmes and one of the most advanced in studies of different regions of the world. It is a part of the Jagiellonian University, being one the most prestigious university in Poland and Central Europe, and having a very rich tradition of academic excellence.

The university is based in Krakow — a city known as a fantastic place to live and offering not only a vast range of opportunities to gain knowledge, but also a chance to meet students from all over the world. In Poland, rapidly growing economic leader of Central Europe, you may also develop your future career as many international corporations opened their branches here.

I do hope you will join us in this unforgettable academic experience.

Marcin Grabowski

Director of the Centre for International Studies and Development