Global recognition for Master of International Studies program

8 November 2010

The Department of Government and International Relations' Master of International Studies (MIntS) program has gained global recognition as a top graduate course through a new affiliation.

MIntS has been selected as an affiliate of the Association of Professional Schools of International Affairs (APSIA), one of the world's most reputable organisations for the teaching of professional international relations.

This esteemed connection sees the MIntS program recognised alongside programs in government and international affairs offered by Stanford, Princeton, Yale and Harvard Universities.

APSIA currently has 34 associated member schools across North America, Europe and Asia, all of whom work to promote the highest standards in teaching international relations.

Emeritus Professor in the Department of Government and International Relations, Dr Michael Jackson, believes the MIntS program's new ties with APSIA represents an "external validation of our claims to quality."

"APSIA affiliation represents the highest level of peer recognition for the Master of International Studies," Dr Jackson says.

"It confirms the investment the Department, Faculty, and University have made in the MIntS program and enhances the recognition MIntS graduates have."

APSIA affiliate programs are selected after a rigorous submission process.

Applicants must prove the caliber and scope of their Masters program, the merits of teaching staff and the standards of its students.

To gain full affiliate status, APSIA educational programs must also be of the highest academic quality and have a commitment to graduate professional training.

This application process afforded the Department a chance to take stock of the MIntS program, with more intensive careers advice and graduate guidance being some of the developments proposed for the near future.

"We were also pleasantly surprised to find, when we reviewed student responses on Unit of Study evaluations over a five year period … that scores for units in the MIntS Program were high and consistent," says Dr Jackson.

The APSIA affiliation was achieved with the help of the Department's External Advisory Committee, who offered detailed feedback and support.

The Department of Government and International Relations has offered its MIntS course since 1990.

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