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IE School of Global and Public Affairs hosts the upcoming APSIA annual meeting

IE School of Global and Public Affairs hosts APSIA annual meeting

IE School of Global and Public Affairs (IE GPA) will host this year’s Association of Professional Schools of International Affairs (APSIA) annual Deans’ meeting at the IE Tower, the new sustainable and technological vertical campus of IE University in the financial center of Madrid.

APSIA is one of the world’s most important educational alliances, bringing together the leading graduate schools of international affairs and public policy. The high-level meeting, to be held from the 20th to the 22nd of April, will take place for the first time in Spain, an important milestone since IE GPA is one of the few European schools in the alliance.

Currently, 38 schools from 10 different countries are full-members of APSIA, as well as an additional 29 affiliated universities. IE GPA is the only Spanish full-member. The membership includes Georgetown’s Edmund A. Walsh School of Foreign Service, Columbia’s School of International and Public Affairs, Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government, Yale’s Jackson Institute for Global Affairs, Princeton´s School of Public and International Affairs, Stanford’s Freeman Spogli Institute for International Studies, Sciences Po’s Paris School of International Affairs, National University of Singapore’s Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy, and the Hertie School in Berlin, the Seoul National University Graduate School of International Studies and University of Toronto Munk School of Global Affairs & Public Policy.

“We are honored to host in Madrid the first APSIA Annual Meeting since the Covid 19 pandemic started in 2020. This will be an opportunity for the deans of the world´s most prestigious schools of foreign affairs and government to discuss how our institutions can continue to provide their students with the best possible education, particularly in light of the rapid transformations taking place in international relations.”

Manuel Muñiz, Dean of IE School of Global and Public Affairs and Provost of IE University

The 3 days of meetings will create an opportunity for sharing ideas, gathering information and holding important academic discussions. A particular focus of attention will be the changes that schools have undergone these past two years, including the shift to online learning during the pandemic and new obstacles to the mobility of international students. Additionally, time will be devoted to discussing global events and, in particular, the war in Ukraine and its implications with students.

In the last two years, the world has experienced drastic change, and in just the past weeks, global affairs have been shaken dramatically by the war in Ukraine, as IE GPA Vice Dean and international relations expert Ángel Alonso highlighted. This offers a new context for geopolitics and international relations, but also a window of opportunity to feature the work that IE GPA is doing.

APSIA offers a space to share best practices, identify how the discipline of foreign affairs is evolving, and show how academic institutions are adapting to offer a better student experience. Furthermore, APSIA connects a unique pool of international relations experts, providing students with access to the top practitioners worldwide. Equally, members of APSIA collaborate closely to facilitate opportunities for their students, creating a tight-knit community for sharing ideas and gathering information. APSIA membership is also important for career prospects.