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Global Master of Arts Program: Campus Locations

Accra, Ghana

As the urban hub of one of the fastest-growing democratic nations on the African continent, Accra, Ghana is experiencing vast development.  Many aid and development agencies, from small community-based organizations like ActionAid International, to branches of powerhouses like the UN Development Program, have made this coastal city their home.

Established in 2014 and located in the East Legion area of Accra, the Webster University Ghana campus is minutes away from the breach, and close to restaurants and shopping at Osu, Labone, and the Accra Mall.  Students from across the world enroll at the campus, benefitting from the cultural diversity and dynamic international environment.  Coupled with Accra’s recent growth, this makes it an ideal place to study for students interested in international relations and international development.

Agnes Khoo-DziAgnes Khoo-Dzisi, PhD, is the Head of the International Relations Department (Interim) at Webster University Ghana, where she lectures on International Politics and Organizations, Asia, Migration, Gender and Human Rights, and Development of the Global South.  Dr. Khoo-Dzisi completed her PhD at the University of Manchester (U.K.) and has taught at universities in the UK and Bangladesh, as well as worked for international NGOs in Europe and Asia as a trainer, researcher, and policy consultant.  Additionally, she co-founded a community-based social enterprise in rural Ghana to provide employment, education, and training for women and youth.  Her current research is on Africa-Asia relations, migration, and gender.

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Athens, Greece

The birthplace of democracy.  The cradle of Western Civilization. The glorious city.  It’s hard to downplay the historical significance of Athens, Greece – a thriving metropolis where the roots of modern politics run deep.  Webster Athens is nestled in the foothills of the Acropolis, beneath the majestic Parthenon.

Boasting a population of three million and the largest passenger sea port in Europe, the city is positioned at the confluence of Europe, Asia, and Africa, making it a key player in contemporary discussions on immigration policy and the EU’s relationship with the rest of Europe.  In Athens, students will find themselves immersed in a culture tackling the very political and economic issues discussed in their classrooms.

nomikosJohn M. Nomikos, PhD, is Head of the History, Politics and International Relations department at the Webster University Athens campus and Director of the Research Institute for European and American Studies (RIEAS).  He researches transatlantic security, counter-intelligence, counter-terrorism, illegal migration/human trafficking, and organized crime in the Mediterranean and Balkan region.  He is a certified master anti-terrorism specialist (CMAS), lectures at military colleges and research institutes, and is a member of the International Association for Intelligence Education.


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Bangkok, Thailand

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 newly-designed Bangkok Academic Center is located at the Empire Tower in the heart of the city.  Convenient public transportation means students have the city of Bangkok and rest of Thailand at their fingertips.

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 have the opportunity to interact with key regional international organizations.

szantoBalazs Szanto, PhD, is the coordinator for the Master of Arts in International Relations program at the Bangkok campus of Webster University Thailand.  His primary research interests are international relations and security issues in the Asia-Pacific region.  Dr. Szanto’s particular expertise focuses on the territorial disputes on the East and South China Seas and other security issues concerning the People’s Republic of China, Japan and ASEAN countries.  A long-time expatriate, Dr. Szanto is also keenly interested in the integration of international students and the community-building powers of international university programs.

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Beijing, China

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.

Tang XiaoProfessor 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.

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Geneva, Switzerland

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 are enrolled.

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 FoppianiOreste Foppiani, PhD, is the Head of the Department of International Relations at Webster University Geneva where he is also Associate Professor of International History and Politics.  As a political analyst and scholar with an interest in diplomatic history, security studies, and international politics, Dr. Foppiani has focused his research on U.S.-E.U. relations, EU integration, WWII, the early Cold War period, the U.S. re-balance in Asia and illegal immigration in the Mediterranean.  In addition to teaching and research, he is also a senior officer in the Italian Navy Selected Reserve, a pro bono volunteer of the Swiss and Italian Red Cross organizations, and a fellow of the International Institute of Humanitarian Law.

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Havana, Cuba

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 century influences.

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.

Raul RodríguezDr. 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.

Islam QasemDr. Qasem holds a PhD in Political Science/International Relations from Leiden University, an M.Phil. in Political and Social Science from the Pompeu Fabra University in Barcelona, Spain, as well as an MA in International Affairs from Columbia University New York. He also has a Bachelor in Computer Engineering from California State University and a Diploma of General Management from Harvard Business School. He worked for The Hague Center for Strategic Studies (HCSS), an independent think tank in the Netherlands. He was lecturer at Leiden University’s Political Science Institute and its School for Middle Eastern Studies. In addition to teaching and his roles as Academic Director and Interim Head of the Department of International Relations in Leiden, Dr. Qasem also carries out research in the fields of international political economy and Middle East Area Studies.

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Vienna, Austria

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.

algieriFranco Algieri, PhD, is Head of the International Relations Department at Webster University Vienna.  He studied political science and sinology and received his doctorate and MA from the University of Tübingen, and a Diploma of Advanced European Studies from the College of Europe, Bruges.  He has served as Director of Research at the Austrian Institute for European and Security Policy, and as a research fellow at institutions in both Austria and Germany.  In 2000, he was appointed Guest Professor at the School of International Studies at the Renmin University of China, Beijing.  His research focuses on European and Asian security issues, EU-Asia relations, and European foreign policy.

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