IPSS welcomes 2018 Global Studies cohort
On 18 September 2018, IPSS welcomed nine students from six countries who are pursuing MA and PhD degrees in Global Studies with an emphasis on Peace and Security in Africa. This is the 7th cohort of the MA programme and the 6th cohort of the PhD programme.
05 November 2018
Students originate from Burkina Faso, Cameroon, Djibouti, Ethiopia, Ghana, Germany and the United Kingdom (UK). The introductory week included a welcome dinner at a traditional restaurant with members from the IPSS alumni network and an academic excursion to the African Union Commission. The students are currently pursuing their first semester at IPSS.
In a conversation with MA students Heidy P. Ambambora from Ghana and Lucie Gurtler from Germany as well as PhD candidate Mkong Immaculate Kelighai from Cameroon, they acknowledged the global, cultural, peer-to-peer learning elements of the programme. Heidy said, “Even though my first Bachelor’s degree was on peace and security, my experience of the classes so far has already challenged both my academic and practical perspectives of Africa”.
Lucie mentioned that the cultural exchange aspects of the programme are enhancing her learning experience, and Immaculate emphasized that her inspiration to pursue the course drew from the need for more practitioners and experts in peace and security on the continent.
Global Studies lends practical relevance by offering a unique vantage point which helps in critically examining contemporary global challenges that transcend national boundaries.
About the Programmes
In 2012, the Institute for Peace and Security Studies (IPSS) at Addis Ababa University and the Global and European Studies Institute (GESI) at the University of Leipzig launched the Joint Master and PhD Programme in Global Studies with a special emphasis on Peace and Security in Africa. This came about as part of AAU’s internationalization objective and counts as the only joint programme offered with a German university in Africa in the social sciences. Globalization processes have implications for security in Africa, and linking peace and security to Global Studies creates an opportunity to analyze both the spatial and global dimensions of peace and security in Africa.