MGIMO at APSIA Annual Conference in Singapore

MGIMO at APSIA Annual Conference in Singapore

10 January 2017

January 4th to 8th, the Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy at the National University of Singapore hosted the 28th meeting of the Association of Professional Schools of International Affairs (APSIA). MGIMO was represented at this event by its Vice-Rector for Graduate and International Programs, Andrey Baykov.

APSIA is a non-profit scientific and educational forum,which brings together top-notch universities specializing in International Relations and Diplomacy. APSIA started its activities in the 1970’s in the United States and grew to include 28 universities from a number of different countries. The association aims at improving the methods of teaching International Relations and training diplomats. MGIMO joined the Association in 1998 as an affiliate member and in 2000 became a full member.

This year's meeting was dedicated to the discussion of severalmain topics: Recruitment strategies used by universities to attract talented employees, the opportunities and challenges linked to the implementation of dual Master degrees, the internationalization of education in times of international tensions, the best practices in the curriculum modernization and new educational technologies. AndreyBaykov made a speech during a section on "How to find the optimum balance between faculty researchers and teachers-practitioners in the educational process."

APSIA was created as a structure for discussing general methodological and organizational issues related to teaching International Relations, but has also become a privileged platform for developing cooperation in education and research. Bilateral partnerships are flourishing amongst its members and MGIMO has large-scale cooperation programs withnine other APSIA members including Sciences Po Paris, the University of St.Gallen, the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy at Tufts University, the School of International and Public Affairs at Columbia University, Georgetown University, American University, George Washington University, the School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS) at Johns Hopkins University, and the Sam Nunn School of International Affairs at the Georgia Institute of Technology.

The next APSIA conference will be held in January 2018 in Washington.

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