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IE School of Global & Public Affairs and OECD sign a partnership


The agreement will lead to the revamping of the School’s flagship degree program, the Master in International Relations.

IE School of Global and Public Affairs and the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) have signed an ambitious agreement to collaborate on training and applied research. The agreement will lead to the redesign of IE’s Master in International Relations (MIR) and sets the framework for a variety of joint activities including speaking engagements by OECD staff and researchers, dissemination of research papers, networking events and the exploration of career opportunities.

This partnership is born at a time of economic and political turbulence. The rise of populism and nationalism is accompanied by a deep erosion of trust in the multilateral system. Emerging technologies are, on the other hand, dramatically transforming production and consumption patterns, transportation systems, the functioning of financial markets and many others. The uncertainty produced by the velocity of technological and social transformation is exacerbated by rising inequality, new demographic trends, environmental degradation and climate change.

“The world around us is changing exponentially”

IE and the OECD believe that these dramatic changes call for the crafting of innovative academic programs that address the big questions of our time. This partnership is therefore born out of the consensus that centres of knowledge should form alliances to identify talent and train a new generation of global leaders that can tackle today’s challenges and construct inclusive and sustainable solutions.

gpa_and_ocd“The world around us is changing exponentially. The global governance architecture is in a state of flux. It is paramount that our academic programs take this into account and are updated accordingly”, said Manuel Muniz, Dean of IE’s School of Global and Public Affairs. “This new partnership enables us to redesign our flagship degree program with the support of the OECD’s proven expertise and to give our students invaluable access to ideas and tools developed and tested to help governments, companies and multilateral organizations overcome highly complex challenges.”

“We are delighted to have the opportunity to share OECD expertise with the IE School of Global and Public Affairs and to help students gain a better understanding of the essential role played by international cooperation in addressing the major challenges our society faces, today and in the future,” said Angel Gurría, Secretary-General of the OECD.

Now in its 11th edition, the Master in International Relations is a full-time, 10-month program taught in English on IE’s campus in Madrid (Spain). Candidates also have the opportunity of combining the Master in a dual degree with the International MBA, the Master in Management or the LLM in International Business Law. More than 320 alumni from 60 countries have graduated from the MIR program and now work with top-tier international organizations, including the United Nations, the International Monetary Fund, the European Union, the World Economic Forum, IBM, Microsoft, Deloitte, Banco Santander and many governments.

Prospective students can request more information here. 

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