School of International Relations

Oscar Hidalgo-Rédondo

Our mission

We help our students to understand the political, social and economic developments occurring in a globalised world. Our program equips students with the knowledge, the skills and the tools that allow them to analyze international relations and international economic developments. Our school places a very strong emphasis on critical thinking skills, on ethical dimensions and English communication skills, placing our students in an advantageous position in their attempt to build a solid academic and professional career.

Our vision

To be the pre-eminent provider of English-language International Relations education in the Central European region.

Our broad-based student learning goals

We expect our students to:

  • Obtain the knowledge and develop the skills that will be needed in their future professional careers.
  • Become independent thinkers, developing critical thinking skills that will follow them after they finish their training, to be not only excellent scholars but also valuable citizens in their societies.
  • Expand their understanding of a globalized world, being able to succeed in a multicultural environment, adapting to it and obtaining the most from engaging with people of different socio-cultural backgrounds.
  • Be creative and imaginative, daring to be themselves.
  • Develop an ethical attitude towards the world around them, while respecting others.

Our broad-based operational goals

We will:

  • Maintain an excellent team of trained first-rate instructors with a passion for their fields of expertise.
  • Encourage the research activities of our faculty and promote the connection between teaching and research activities.
  • Facilitate student engagement and foster initiatives in which students and faculty will cooperate.
  • Consider our students to be central to our educational philosophy; our students are expected to take responsibility, engage, and learn in an academic environment in which every individual is considered a valuable element in the learning process.

Our intended student learning outcomes for the Bachelor’s Degree in International Relations

Our students will graduate with:

  • A solid theoretical foundation in economics, including the micro foundations of economic thought and macroeconomic tools that international and domestic actors can use.
  • The ability to think theoretically and analytically about contemporary issues in international affairs.
  • A grounding in the quantitative (statistical) analysis skills required from a professional in this field of study.
  • The ability to conduct research and produce original research papers.
  • An understanding of the conceptual and empirical issues associated with international and European economic and social policy and their application in international relations.
  • Effective oral and written communication skills in English.
  • Proficiency in using software applications and information technology for research.
  • The ability to work collaboratively in teams and in multicultural settings.
  • The ability to effectively use appropriate problem-solving and decision-making strategies and apply ethical thinking in the public and private sectors in ways that are conducive to a professional work environment.
  • A strong capacity to think critically about international relations and international economic developments, trends and events.

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