Global Studies: Peace and Security in Africa

First Graduation of Master Students in Addis Ababa, February 2015 in Elilly International Hotel

Since October 2012 the Global and European Studies Institute (GESI) and the Institute for Peace and Security Studies (IPSS) at Addis Ababa University jointly offer this interdisciplinary Master's program.

This cooperation prepares new grounds on several levels. Firstly, it is a joint program – meaning that it is an equal partnership. Professors from Addis and Leipzig teach together in the program and curriculum content is drawn from both universities. Addis Ababa and Leipzig University are prestigious higher education institutions and it is important that knowledge transcends borders in both directions.

The program is also setting new grounds when it comes to diversity. There are now students from eleven different countries in the joint program from Cameroon, Djibouti and Nigeria, from Tanzania, Uganda and Zambia to Germany, Ukraine, Japan and Latvia. This facilitates a unique academic environment in which students learn from each other and take different perspectives, a key skill required in humanities and social sciences in the 21st century.

The two-year program is taught completely in English and students are three terms in Addis Ababa and one in Leipzig. It is a combination of expertise in ‘Peace and Security in Africa’ at the IPSS and research in globalization at GESI.

It is a unique approach looking for answers of today's global questions in being more inclusive of African students and perspectives. Inner African dynamics as well as Africa in a global world order are at the heart of the program. We are convinced, however, that only through comparative research on a global scale best impetus for new ideas is given.

Professor Dr Ulf Engel (left), coordinators Solomon Hassen (2nd to the left) and Claudia Baumann (2nd to the right), lecturer Gilad Ben-Nun (right), and new MA and PhD students