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Jagiellonian University launches the 4th edition of the MA programme of studies on International Security and Development (ISAD) and the 1st edition of International Relations and Public Diplomacy (IR-PUB)!

The Centre for International Studies and Development of the Jagiellonian University launches the fourth edition of the MA programme of studies in International Security and Development (ISAD) and the first edition of International Relations and Public Diplomacy (IR-PUB). Previous editions of our programmes attracted almost 300 applications from more than 40 countries and all continents. At the present time, nearly 80 students participate in ISAD Programme at the Jagiellonian University. We are proud to announce that Jagiellonian University is ranked as the one of the TOP 6 universities of QS University Rankings for EECA 2020 (Emerging Europe and Central Asia).

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, a new coronavirus in China,  as well as many other contemporary challenges, show the 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, Jagiellonian University launches the fourth edition of the MA programme of studies - International Security and Development and creates new MA double-degree international programme IR-PUB. ISAD aims at fostering creative thinking about complex problems of global security and development, as well as to equip 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. IR-PUB focuses on acquiring knowledge combining the issues of multi-level analysis of both international relations and state activities in the external sphere and adapting the possessed knowledge and skills, with particular emphasis on the importance of public diplomacy (political, economic, cultural) both at the level of global and regional institutions and state and non-governmental organizations.

- Our goal is to educate specialists understanding the importance of problems of the modern world and seeking solutions for them. We want to educate strategists being able to implement actions that ensure appropriate targeting of aid projects, and thus greater stability in international relations – emphasizes Marcin Grabowski, the Director of ISAD studies.

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

During the whole two-year programme (2021-2023), six scholarships are available for the top students. There are three scholarships at the first year of studies, and another three scholarships at the second year - see more on scholarships available here.

The fourth ISAD and the first IR-PUB classes will be launched in the academic year 2021/2022, and the recruitment process starts in March 2021. Find out more about programme structure and recruitment on our website: We also encourage you to familiarise with our online prospectus

ISAD as an innovative project 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.

IR-PUB is implemented by the funds of the Katamaran program of the National Agency for Academic Exchange (from the Knowledge-Education-Development Operational Program: POWER). 

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