Global Master of Arts Program: Campus Locations
Bangkok is home to approximately 12 million people. This sophisticated city is the
political, social and economic center of Thailand. Its vibrancy attracts professionals
from all over the world. Situated on the banks of the Chao Phraya River, Bangkok's
cosmopolitan skyline, blending modern office towers and historic religious shrines,
expresses the adeptness of the Thai people to fuse the old with the new.
Webster University's Bangkok Center is conveniently located in the commercial heart of Bangkok near the Chidlom BTS skytrain station. From that starting point, students in the Global MA programs can visit important sites in Bangkok and the rest of Thailand. As a top financial and political hub of Southeast Asia, Bangkok is an ideal place to learn about international affairs, including border issues and refugees. Students are encouraged to join the Foreign Correspondents Club of Thailand and can attend lectures at some of Thailand's leading universities.
Dr. Jason Briggs is the Coordinator of the Master of Arts in International Relations
in Thailand, where he teaches IR at the undergraduate and master's levels. A graduate
of the George Washington University School of Law and Creighton University School
of Law, Professor Briggs has been a legislative assistant in the U.S. House of Representatives
and the U.S. Senate. After serving as a U.S. Peace Corps volunteer in southern Thailand,
he was regional legal coordinator for the United Nations Development Program in Thailand.
Most recently, he worked in the U.S. State Department's Afghanistan Justice Sector
In the past 30 years, China has opened its doors to become a strategic player in global
economics and politics. China is now significant for the E.U., the U.S. and Africa,
as well as its Asian neighbors. At its center is Beijing, one of the world's great,
ancient capitals, which has undergone a modern transformation amid China's rapid economic
growth and the city's makeover for the 2008 Summer Olympics. The city is host to more
than 150 embassies, as well as the Chinese government and central party that direct
China's provinces and cities.
Webster University was the first U.S. university recognized by the Ministry of Education to offer the MBA in China. In Beijing, Webster partners with Beijing Language and Culture University (BLCU), which was founded in 1962 as an institution for both foreign and Chinese-born students. It has trained hundreds of thousands of students from more than 160 countries in Chinese language and culture. Home to 13 million people, Beijing has plenty of attractions outside the classroom – both ancient and modern. Everywhere you turn, more businesses have established footholds in Beijing because of the government's essential role in investment and commerce. It's a very livable city with efficient mass transit and a lively, cosmopolitan nightlife.
Professor Tang Xiao is an expert in political science and analysis, and offers Global
MA students insights into China's government as well as communist party. An associate
professor and director of the postgraduate student department at China Foreign Affars
University (CFAU), his is a recipient of the CFAU teaching prize. Xiao is the author
of Contemporary Wester Political Science. He is also a former Fulbright Professional
Associate who studied at the University of Virginia.
Geneva, while a world-class international financial center, is often called the “Humanitarian
Capital of the World.” This scenic Swiss city has the longest tradition of international
cooperation and the greatest number of international organizations and conferences,
including the International Committee for the Red Cross, the European seat of the
United Nations, the World Trade Organization and the International Labor Organization.
This spirit of international cooperation made Geneva an ideal place for Webster to
open its first international campus near Lake Leman in 1978, just seven minutes by
train from the city center. Today, more than 500 students representing 100 nationalities
Students take advantage of Geneva's key leadership position in humanitarian issues. Professional visits may include places such as the International Committee for the Red Cross and the United Nations Office in Geneva. Webster also hosts an annual Humanitarian Conference each spring.
Oreste Foppiani, Ph.D., is the head of Webster's International Relations Department
in Geneva. As a political analyst and scholar with an interest in Diplomatic History,
Security Studies, and International Politics, he focused his research on US-EU relations,
EU integration, WWII and the early Cold War period. He is now working on a research
project on the US “rebalance” toward Asia. In addition to teaching and research, Dr.
Foppiani is also a permanent correspondent to the UN Office in Geneva and a senior
officer of the Italian Navy Reserve.
Webster University is proud to add Havana as the first Spanish speaking location in
the Global MA in International Relations program. Rich in culture, music and creativity,
this vibrant city is a fascinating place waiting to be explored. The blend of cultures,
from the historical influences of Latin-American, Europe, the United States and Russia,
provides a complex but diverse society that has long been isolated from the rest of
the world. Located in the heart of Havana and near the bay, Old Havana, a UNESCO World
Heritage site, is one of the most impressive historical centers in the Caribbean.
Spanish Colonial architecture provides a glimpse of the bustling Havana of old. In
other areas of Havana city the mid-century art deco architecture sheds light on 20th
With its close proximity to, yet tumultuous relationship with, the United States, Havana is a unique city in which to critically analyze political and economic systems and the impact of foreign policy decisions through various lenses. Through partnership with the University of Havana and its Center for U.S. and Hemispheric Studies, students will have the opportunity to take an in-depth, immersive look at U.S.-Cuba relations by reflecting on the past, examining the present, and considering the future.
Dr. Raul Rodríguez is a professor/researcher and currently Deputy Director of the Center for Hemispheric and United States Studies at the University of Havana. There he teaches introductory and postgraduate courses on U.S. history. In addition he has taught courses on Cuban history and the history of U.S.-Cuban relations to undergraduate students from the University of North Carolina, American University and University of Alabama on semester programs at the University of Havana since 2004. Dr. Rodríguez has been a visiting scholar and guest lecturer in Canadian, U.S. and Latin American universities since 2002 on topics related to Cuban Foreign Policy and US-Cuba/Canadian Cuban relations.
Leiden, the Netherlands
Located just 10 minutes from The Hague and 30 minutes from Amsterdam by train, Leiden is one of Holland's best-kept secrets. The Webster campus, founded in 1983, sits in the historic city center on a picturesque canal, with most of the student housing a short walk or bike ride from campus. Nearby Leiden University, which has nearly 20,000 students and staff, gives this cozy college town of 115,000 inhabitants a youthful, international flair. The proximity of Webster's Leiden campus to The Hague, which is home to many of the world's most important legal organizations, provides students with the opportunity to experience some of the world's highest criminal courts, such as the International Criminal Court and the International Court of Justice.
Students will also be within a few hours of train travel to the European capital of Brussels, Belgium. In addition, students have the opportunity to visit places such as the International Court of Arbitration and the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons.
As a political analyst and lecturer with an interest in international political economy
and Middle East politics and economics, Dr. Islam Qasem has worked for the Hague Center
for Strategic Studies, a think tank advising Dutch ministries, briefing the public
sector, and carrying out independent research on global economics, scarcity and finance.
In addition to teaching, Dr. Qasem also carries out research for Webster Leiden's
Global Research Center.
Vienna is the capital and largest city in Austria with a population of about 1.7 million
people. Often called “The City of Dreams” because it was home to psychologist Sigmund
Freud, Vienna is the cultural, economic and political center of Austria. Generations
of artists, students and connoisseurs of life have sought out Vienna for its inspirational
art and architecture, parks and palaces, music and opera.
With students and faculty representing more than 60 countries, Webster University's Vienna campus offers a diverse forum for examining and understanding the complexities and processes involved in the relationships among institutions of international governance. Vienna's location at the crossroads of east and west will exposes students to a variety of political cultures, helping them understand the differences in government systems across cultures and nations. In addition, faculty will lead visits to international organizations such as Vienna's campus is close the United Nations and OPEC.
Dr. Samuel Schubert is the head of Webster's International Relations program in Vienna
and Co-editor of Webster's IR Working Paper Series. He researches on energy and political
violence, particularly the geopolitics of energy, resource competition and international
conflict, and the resource course. His scholarly work in the area is widely cited
and he recently co-authored the first university textbook on EU energy politics. A
published expert on terrorist tactics and profiling, he has worked for the UN, think
tanks in Washington, and conducted studies for the European Parliament. Dr. Schubert
lectures at multiple universities and research institutes and is an active member
of the American Political Science Association.
Washington, D.C. abounds with the energy that one might expect in a city that is the
center of U.S. government as well as the headquarters of many nonprofits, lobbying
groups and professional associations. Its position as headquarters of hundreds of
the world's largest international nongovernmental organizations makes it second to
none for learning about INGOs. United Way Worldwide, Oxfam America, ChildFund International,
American Red Cross International Services and Africare are among the well-known INGOs
that are based in the U.S. capital.
Faculty-led visits to a variety of INGOs and opportunities to learn about the inner workings of nonprofits will be an important part of the study term in Washington, D.C. In off hours, students will discover that in addition to being a high-energy federal city, “the District” is an international metropolis with a cosmopolitan flair. Sample the countless ethnic eateries, but don't neglect to try restaurants focusing on the local flavors of the Chesapeake Bay. Of course, take time to explore the U.S. capital's national landmarks, museums, and galleries. Comfortable shoes are a must in this extremely walkable city.
Dr. Jean Russell is Regional Academic Director for Webster University's National Capital
Region, where she brings into play a collaborative style, understanding of curriculum,
and focus on global education. In her former role as Vice President for International
and Domestic Development for Wings of Hope, she traveled extensively in South America
and Africa, living and working among indigenous tribes to understand firsthand their
struggles and authoring proposals to fund initiatives for health care, education,
and sustainable community development. Because of her pioneering work, Wings of Hope
received a Nobel Peace Prize nomination in 2012.
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