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A New Alliance to train future professionals who will drive Transformative Change in today’s world

Global and Public Affairs — UNSSC

IE School of Global and Public Affairs and the United Nations System Staff College sign an agreement to redesign the Bachelor in International Relations.

IE School of Global and Public Affairs has signed today a new alliance with the prestigious United Nations System Staff College (UNSSC) to jointly redesign and implement the Bachelor in International Relations with the aim of training tomorrow’s global leaders in line with the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. This agreement is a new step in the collaboration between both institutions, after the successful experience of the IE Master in International Development launched in 2019.

The renewed IE Bachelor in International Relations (BIR), which is a great example of partnership between the United Nations and a top-tier university, will equip students with the right knowledge, hard and soft skills, and attitudes needed to make a difference on a global level and impact a sustainable change in our society and economies.

A New Alliance to train future professionals who will drive Transformative Change in today’s world

“The 2030 Agenda and the Sustainable Development Goals have become the umbrella under which leaders around the world need to act to ensure a sustainable future for our peoples and our planet. I am very proud to enlarge the IE School of Global and Public Affairs-UNSSC partnership to offer the best education for young professionals who will be tackling the global transformations needed in the private, public and non-profit sectors,” highlighted Susana Malcorra, Dean of IE School of Global and Public Affairs.

To build transformative and sustainable change in today’s world, the new BIR has designed a journey in four very concrete steps, distributed along four academic years. The first will focus on Global Citizenship to make students aware of the challenges ahead in today’s world as well as the fundamentals of International Relations. The second will address Impact and Change as students will acquire the analytical skills and knowledge required to evaluate and tackle the global transformational challenges. The third will pivot on Leadership, including negotiation skills as well as advanced knowledge in International Relations. Finally, in the last year, students will focus on Expertise, acquiring concrete know-how in a variety of fields. Technology, innovation and sustainability will be transversal elements of the program throughout the four years.

Thanks to the partnership between IE and UNSSC, UN experts and practitioners will participate in course teaching, webinars, workshops and extracurricular activities, such as speaker series, career and networking events, fellowships, study trips, competitions, simulations, tutoring, consultancy projects, etc. Furthermore, students will also have access to unique UN models and the UN Leadership Framework, which applies system thinking, and co-creation, among other techniques, to pursue transformational change and impact.

“We are very excited about this partnership with IE, a renowned academic institution that is committed to fostering leaders capable of driving change,” said Jafar Javan, Director of UNSSC. “The UN System Staff College is a centre of excellence for leadership training. We look forward to developing leaders of the future, prepared to help bring about a more equitable and sustainable world.”

This Bachelor is designed as a full-time face-to-face program and is delivered in IE’s campuses in Madrid and Segovia (35 minutes by train from Madrid). The next cohort will begin classes in September 2020. The BIR can be completed as a single degree in 4 academic years, or be combined in a 5-year dual program with the Bachelor of Laws or the Bachelor in Business Administration.

Given the current situation caused by the covid19 pandemic, students will initiate next course with a unique worldwide ‘liquid’ learning model created with the most advanced technologies and methodologies. Students will attend sessions on campus or remotely (as they may prefer), participate in workshops, conferences and seminars, carry out applied projects and develop their professional networks in a highly diverse international environment, while also enjoying the culture of Spain. At a time of global challenges, when education cannot be put on hold because of its strategic relevance, this hybrid format will provide flexibility for students and reinforce active and personalized learning that focuses on solving real world problems.

“We want to train the global leaders of the future with a sustainable mindset. After studying this program, students will be prepared to work for a multilateral organization, initiate a diplomatic career or join an international corporation. They can also become social entrepreneurs, development experts in an NGO or foundation, researchers in a think tank, analysts for mass media, or manage a humanitarian operation. Whatever they become they will have learned the values and principles on which the UN is founded”, says Malcorra.