MA in International Relations and Diplomacy

WHO WE ARE

The School of Political Science offers a rich academic curriculum that exposes our students to the cutting-edge knowledge in the field of political science, international communication and economic diplomacy. It provides students with a unique opportunity to explore and understand politics both as a science and a profession. The courses are designed to enable theoretical insight and ability to analyze politics at local, national and international level. By drawing on the rich professional and extensive academic achievements of our faculty, students gain practical skills and expand their decision making capacities.

WHAT WE STAND FOR

We create professionals who are capable of dealing with modern-day challenges in the areas of international relations and economic diplomacy. Our courses are carefully designed to tackle some of the most important political issues of today. We offer an exceptional mix of the best practices of European and American educational systems and we involve our students in international research projects and activities. Our students benefit from the opportunity to take part in the Erasmus+ Mobility program and spend a study semester at one of our partner universities in Europe.

OUR FACULTY

The School of Political Science champions a well-balanced combination of theoretical and practical knowledge delivered interactively by professors, experts and career diplomats. It creates a vivid environment for continuous learning and interchange. Our faculty members have excelled as reputable scholars, and some have served as ambassadors and high state officials.

OUR TEACHING PHILOSOPHY

Our aim is not to teach theory and facts only, but above all to enable the students to apply their knowledge and to gain practical skills. Along with lectures, we use advanced teaching tools, such as: case studies; role plays; simulation exercises; solving practical problems; group discussions with special guests; and individual and team projects (research papers, policy analyses, diplomatic cables). Small class size enables every student to actively participate in the learning process. Each academic year our students do internships in some of the 150+ institutions, organizations and companies which are part of the UACS Business Council. We are proud that our students gain knowledge and skills that enable them to take desired jobs immediately after graduation.

UACS BUSINESS COUNCIL

The cooperation with the UACS Business Council is a key factor in developing highly professional staff for the real world. The UACS Business Council is comprised of 150 leading companies from various professional backgrounds, as well as government institutions and non-government organizations. Along with providing adjustments to the curricula to meet contemporary needs, the UACS Business Council offers opportunities for career development of UACS students.

GIVING BACK TO COMMUNITY

Our programs also nurture social responsibility in students, inviting them to respect the community they live in by being responsible members of society. This is why UACS organizes a range of socially responsible events and projects in which students are actively involved.

OUR ACADEMIC PROGRAM

The School of Political Science offers ambitious and innovative study programs, which aim to prepare the students for building a successful career in the fields of:

  • Political Science and International Communication

EXPECTED LEARNING OUTCOMES UPON GRADUATION

  • Knowledge and understanding of politics, international communication, and the role of modern diplomacy in the globalized world;
  • Ability to independently analyze the political and economic institutions and the processes which define the international system;
  • Ability to apply diplomatic techniques and methods to achieve foreign policy objectives;
  • Ability to assess and predict the developments within the international system and their effects on the foreign policy of the state;
  • Communication skills to publicly express views and knowledge on policy issues, and to participate actively in building the public diplomacy of the state.
  • Ability to identify the needs for continuous learning by using electronic databases, scientific works, open- access publications and internal reports on policy issues and the diplomatic practice.

EMPLOYMENT POSSIBILITIES

Graduates of the School of Political Science can experience employment opportunities at a wide spectrum of:

  • State and local institutions, government agencies and public bodies in the areas of international relations, applied politics and diplomacy, including the Ministries of Foreign Affairs, Internal Affairs, European Affairs, Defense, as well as intelligence agencies and international cooperation bodies.
  • International governmental organizations and foreign diplomatic missions, including the OSCE, UNHCR, IOM, and foreign embassies.
  • Non-governmental organizations, think-tank and advocacy institutions in different fields seeking trained policy analysts, consultants, political correspondents, lobbyists, organizers and policy advisors.

TITLE AND DEGREE EARNED UPON GRADUATION

Upon completion of the graduate study program, the students earn the degree of:

  • Master of Arts in International Relations and Diplomacy

TENURED FACULTY

  1. Prof. Ivan Dodovski, PhD – Dean of the UACS School of Political Science, University of Nottingham alumnus and Chair of ENTAN – thе European Non-Territorial Autonomy Network
  2. Prof. Stevo Pendarovski, PhD – incumbent President of the Republic of North Macedonia (on leave)
  3. Prof. Zoran Shapurikj, PhD – former MP and former Minister of Environment and Physical Planning
  4. Prof. Ana Tomovska-Misoska, PhD – Queen’s University Belfast alumna, Board Member of the Macedonian Human Resource Association
  5. Prof. Katica Stoimenovska Mantova, PhD  –  Member of the National Association for Systemic Family Psychotherapy, and EMDR Practitioner
  6. Prof. Kimo Chavdar, PhD – member of the Macedonian Civil Code Committee, and of the Pardoning Commission of the President of North Macedonia
  7. Prof. Marko Andonov, PhD – educator at the Academy for Judges and Public Prosecutors, visiting professor at University of Padova, and Honorary Consul of Georgia
  8. Assoc. Prof. Venera Krliu, PhD – Vice Rector for Education, Webster alumna, Mother Theresa Award 2017, Board Member of Macedonia 2025
  9. Assoc. Prof. Marina Andeva, PhD – University of Trieste alumna, and ISIG Italy Research Fellow
  10. Assoc. Prof. Kate Trajkova, PhD – Member of the Macedonian American Alumni Association
  11. Assoc. Prof. Dimitrinka Jordanova Peshevska, PhD – National Country Delegate for the European Health Psychology Society, Bologna University Alumna
  12. Asst. Prof. Ognen Vangelov, PhD – Queen`s University alumnus and Canada Vanier Scholar 

ADJUNCT FACULTY

  1. Asst. Prof. Ivan Stefanovski, PhD – Scuola Normale Superiore Italy alumnus, and NDI Program Officer
  2. Asst. Prof. Danco Markovski, PhD – incumbent Macedonian ambassador to Albania (on leave)
  3. Asst. Prof. Viktor Dimovski, PhD – former Director of the National Security Agency, and former Macedonian Ambassador to Serbia and Israel
  4. Asst. Prof. Natasha Angjeleska, PhD – Member of Working Groups for the Development of Educational and Youth Policies in North Macedonia; Regional Patient Advocate in South Eastern Europe for HAE
  5. Zhaneta Chonteva, PhD – Author of the Conceptual Documents in the fields of Inclusive Education, Civic Education, Life Skills Based Education; Coordinator of the Assessment for Learning Project in collaboration with Cambridge Assessment International Education
  6. Blagica Rizoska-Vanikj, PhD – Director of Counselling Facility for Humane Cooperation, Gestalt Training Institute; President of the Macedonian National Organization for Gestalt Therapy-Kontakt
  7. Sasho Ordanovski, PhD – IWM Vienna Fellow
  8. Zhivko Gruevski, PhD – former Honorary Consul of Canada
  9. Marijana Opashinova Shundovska, PhD – Advisor on Multilateral Cooperation and International Parliamentary Assemblies at the Assembly of the Republic of North Macedonia
  10. Radmila Shekerinska, MA – former Macedonian Deputy Prime Minister for European Affairs and former Minister of Defense
  11. Nikola Poposki, MA – former Macedonian Minister of Foreign Affairs
  12. Ambassador Ognen Maleski – ISS The Hague alumnus, former Macedonian ambassador to OSCE and incumbent president of the Diplomatic Club – Skopje

VISITING AND EXCHANGE PROFESSORS

  1. Prof. Robert Hudson, PhD – University of Derby, UK, Jean Monnet Scholar and Royal Society of Arts Fellow, UACS Professor Honoris Causa
  2. Prof. Milan Jazbec, PhD – Nova Univerza Ljubljana, former Slovenian ambassador to Macedonia
  3. Assoc. Prof. Dimitrios Akrivoulis, PhD – Professor at the European Inter-University Center for Human Rights and Democratization, UNESCO Chair, Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, Greece
  4. Christopher Binetti, PhD –  Middlesex County College USA alumnus
  5. Ambassador Erwan Fouéré, LLB – former EU ambassador to Macedonia
  6. Vincent Mosby, MA – Texas Southern University Huston USA alumnus

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