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Anna-Sofia Joro anna-sofia.joro at kepa.fi
Ti toukokuu 3 16:45:53 EEST 2011


PARTIAL SCHOLARSHIPS AVAILABLE FOR PEACE STUDIES AT THE UNIVERSITY
OF BASEL, SWITZERLAND

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Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can
change the world. Indeed, it is the only thing that ever has. --
Margaret Mead

The World Peace Academy (WPA), in cooperation with the Advanced 
Study Center at the University of Basel, offers a 9-month full time 
Master of Advanced Studies in Peace and Conflict Transformation 
every year from March-November. Students can begin the program 
either in March, June or September each year. It is also possible to 
obtain an Advanced Certificate for 12 weeks of courses, or to take 
individual 1-week courses. The first group of 22 students from 16 
countries successfully completed their course work on 26 November 
2010. The program is accredited by the University of Basel, which 
also issues the MAS diplomas. All courses are taught in English by 
leading specialists in their field from around the world, including 
Johan Galtung, founder of the academic discipline of peace studies.

Imagine studying psychoanalysis with Sigmund Freud, relativity 
theory with Albert Einstein, economics with Adam Smith, celestial 
mechanics with Isaac Newton, geometry with Euclid, medicine with 
Hippocrates -- or peace studies with Johan Galtung.

The WPA program is designed to provide students with the 
intellectual competence to analyze conflicts and their underlying 
causes and practical skills in reconciliation, conflict 
transformation and peacebuilding. The curriculum covers all aspects 
of peace -- not only military, but also political, economic and 
cultural. It combines theory with practice. Its faculty includes 
some of the best teachers from around the world from a wide variety 
of disciplines. Students come from around the world, including many 
conflict regions.

CURRICULUM: The program consists of 10 modules: Introduction to the
Scientific Methodology of Peace Studies; Regional Conflicts and 
Peace Initiatives; Conflict Transformation and Peacebuilding; 
International Relations and International Law; From National to 
Human Security; Peace Education and Ethics; Human Rights, Gender and 
Democratization; Sustainable Development and Its Contributions to 
Peace; Peace Culture and the Media; and Development of Key 
Competencies for Peace Workers.
This last module, which meets for 2 days every month throughout the
program, is a special feature not yet offered elsewhere. It
emphasizes the development of such personal competencies as
responsibility, empathy, creativity, commitment, and inner peace.

The program includes lectures, seminars, exercises, group 
activities, excursions, self-study, library research and writing 
papers. For a course calendar, course descriptions and biographical 
notes about our faculty members, see www.world-peace-academy.ch.

LOCATION: The University of Basel, founded in 1460, is Switzerland's
oldest university. It has about 11'000 students and over 300 faculty
members. The university library has over 3 million books and is one
of the largest in Switzerland. Basel is a city of just under 200'000
inhabitants, with a lively culture, located where Switzerland,
Germany and France meet.

INTENDED AUDIENCE: The program is addressed to students from any
discipline interested in peace and conflict resolution, including 
NGO
members, diplomats, government officials, international civil
servants, teachers, journalists, social workers, lawyers, officers,
psychologists, artists. A first university degree (bachelors or
equivalent) is required, or comparable professional experience.

DEGREES: Students who complete the full program of 9 months of
courses and write a thesis obtain a Master of Advanced Studies in
Peace and Conflict Transformation from the University of Basel, 
worth 70 credits according to the European Credit Transfer System 
(ECTS).
One ECTS corresponds to about 30 hours of study (in class and self-
study). An MAS differs from a Master of Arts (MA) program, which
typically lasts two years, requires 120 ECTS and is normally 
accepted as a basis for continuing with a Ph.D. program. It is also 
possible to study part time over 2-3 years. Those who complete 12 
weeks of selected courses obtain an Advanced Certificate in Peace 
and Conflict Transformation from the World Peace Academy. It is also 
possible to take individual courses, lasting one week each.

COSTS: 15'000 Swiss Francs (currently about 11'400 Euro or 16'300 US
dollars) tuition for 9 months of study, including thesis advisement.
For part-time students, costs are 250 Swiss Francs per ECTS. Rooms
cost about 500 Swiss Francs per month. Meals, health insurance and
travel costs are extra.

SCHOLARSHIPS: A limited number of partial scholarships is available
on a competitive basis. We receive many applications, particularly
from conflict regions and developing countries, but many of those
applicants cannot afford to study in Switzerland. Therefore, a 
Circle of Friends has been formed (www.friends-wpa.ch) that seeks to 
endow a scholarship fund. This is an excellent investment in peace.
Studying abroad can bring about a fundamental change, not only in 
the life and future career of the students, but sometimes even in 
their whole society. For example, in 1958, Alexander Yakovlev was 
one of the first Soviet recipients of a Fulbright scholarship to 
study a year in the United States. In 1985, he became Gorbachev's 
key adviser on perestroika, glasnost and democratization, and thus 
helped end the communist dictatorships not only in the Soviet Union, 
but also in the former Soviet satellites in Eastern Europe. That 
scholarship probably contributed more to ending the Cold War than 
billions that the United States spent for weapons, which only 
aggravated tensions.

WHEN TO APPLY: WPA has a rolling admission policy. You can apply at
any time before the beginning of a trimester (March, June or
September every year) and if you qualify and we have space left, you
will be admitted. Those who need a Swiss visa are advised to apply
at least 9 weeks in advance.

FOR MORE INFORMATION AND TO APPLY, see www.world-peace-academy.ch,
or write to <info at world-peace-academy.ch>, or call Dietrich Fischer,
Academic Director (Tel +41-61-556-2369). We will be happy to answer
your questions and help you.

Prof. Dr. Dietrich Fischer
Academic Director, World Peace Academy
G?terstrasse 81, CH-4053 Basel, Switzerland
dietrich.fischer at gmail.com
www.world-peace-academy.ch, www.friends-wpa.ch


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