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Nov18, 2017

2017 Student Life Insight Series – Post #38

By Harvard |November 18, 2017

May Chengnan Wu is a second year MPP candidate and the Co-President of China Society, a student organization at HKS. She is also a Dalio Scholar at the Ash Center for Democratic Governance and Innovation, with a full scholarship based on her leadership in philanthropy.After college, she taught in a public school in China’s underdeveloped area Yunnan. She was devoted to education quality and equity, while she worked in a progressive international school in Switzerland and in non-profits serving...
Nov17, 2017

2018 Admissions Guideline: Transcripts

By Johns Hopkins University |November 17, 2017

We get a lot of questions in the Admissions Office about transcripts: where to send them, what formats we accept, if we require translations and/or evaluations, etc. Here are some answers to those questions.What does “official transcripts” mean?An official transcript is issued to Johns Hopkins SAIS from the college, either electronically (via a service such as eScrip) or in hard copy (paper).  To make the process quicker, we prefer receiving transcripts electronically from your school; ...
Nov17, 2017

Exploring China During Fall Break

By Johns Hopkins University |November 17, 2017

Through the academic year, HNC students take advantage of mid-autumn, fall and winter breaks to travel around China, intern in China and abroad; and others vacation elsewhere in Asia or return to their home countries to visit family and friends. Emily Rivera, Certificate '18, shares with us her travels to Shanghai over the Mid-Autumn Festival and Chinese National Day earlier this year. A frequently question asked is: Are there opportunities to travel to nearby cities while studying in Nanjing? A...
Nov17, 2017

Introducing Kaitlyn, a Cape Cod native at Fletcher

By Tufts University |November 17, 2017

As promised yesterday, four new students are joining the Admissions Blog to share their Fletcher stories.  First up is Kaitlyn, who traveled a path from Massachusetts to New York to three other countries, only to find her international affairs home back in Massachusetts. Hi all!  My name’s Kaitlyn, I’m a MALD student and I’m really excited to share the next two years of my Fletcher journey with you. I’m a local: I was born and raised in Sandwich on Cape Cod, and have been all over Mass...
Nov17, 2017

Introducing Kaitlyn, a Cape Cod native at Fletcher

By Tufts University |November 17, 2017

As promised yesterday, four new students are joining the Admissions Blog to share their Fletcher stories.  First up is Kaitlyn, who traveled a path from Massachusetts to New York to three other countries, only to find her international affairs home back in Massachusetts. Hi all!  My name’s Kaitlyn, I’m a MALD student and I’m really excited to share the next two years of my Fletcher journey with you. I’m a local: I was born and raised in Sandwich on Cape Cod, and have been all over Mass...
Nov17, 2017

What’s in an App: Optional Essay

By Columbia University |November 17, 2017

As you sit staring at your computer screen, you glance at the clock, it’s almost 2:30 AM. You have just enough time to finish up your SIPA application, and get some sleep before your 9AM staff meeting. Is it really necessary to complete the optional essay? It has the word OPTIONAL in it after all. […]...
Nov17, 2017

John Yinger honored with 2017 Steven D. Gold Award from APPAM

By Syracuse University |November 17, 2017

Congratulations to Professor John Yinger! Professor John Yinger was recently recognized by his peers at the Association for Public Policy Analysis and Management (APPAM) 2017 annual conference in Chicago.  He accepted the Steven D. Gold Award during the Presidential Address and Award Ceremony on Friday, November 3rd. (see video) The Steven D. Gold Award is […]...
Nov17, 2017

Fall 2017 News and Notes – Post #16

By Harvard |November 17, 2017

The processing of applications in our office is managed by Jamie Bergstein and I asked her to reflect on her past experience in application cycles to offer some advice to those applying this year. She comprised a list of things to avoid when applying and this is the first of two entries on the topic of what not to do. Use multiple names/e-mail addressesPlease make sure to use your full, legal name on your application. If your records are listed under a different name, you can enter that in a s...
Nov16, 2017

#ElliottProud: Maen Hammad

By Elliott School Graduate Admissions |November 16, 2017

Maen Hammad is a Palestinian-American who graduated with an MA in International Affairs in 2017. Maen concentrated his studies in International Law and Organizations and also Conflict Resolution. While at the Elliott School, Maen interned at Human Rights Watch, UNHCR, and the PeaceTech Lab. Maen currently works in the field of human rights inn the Middle East. When Maen isn’t working, he holds a volunteer role as the Local Coordinator for SkatePal– an organization that fosters sk...
Nov16, 2017

2017-18’s new Student Stories bloggers

By Tufts University |November 16, 2017

It’s always a pleasure for me to get to know students through their writing for the Admissions Blog, and in that spirit, I’m delighted to introduce four new bloggers for this year.  Joining Adi, Mariya, and Pulkit are Akshobh, Gary, Kaitlyn, and Prianka.  Like many of our past bloggers, Akshobh and Kaitlyn are students in the MALD program.  They’ll be writing throughout their two-year experience at Fletcher.  Prianka is the blog’s first LLM writer!  She’ll be a...
Nov16, 2017

September 19 Earthquake in Mexico Brings Citizens Together

By Waya Quiviger |November 16, 2017

MEXICO CITY — On September 19, Mexico´s ground was shaken once again, as it had been in 1985. Thirty-two years after the September 19, 1985 earthquake, buildings were once again turned to ashes, blackouts began, streets were destroyed and bridges fell. Hundreds of lives were taken away and thousands were displaced or left homeless, but citizens acted in unison to rebuilt their homeland. “The Mexico that I saw this week is not a Mexico that crosses arms, is not a country asleep, it is not an...
Nov16, 2017

2018 Application Cycle Fellowship/Scholarship Information – Post #10

By Harvard |November 16, 2017

This post is part of the ongoing Student Financial Services (SFS) Financial Aid series where varied resources are highlighted. You can research other resources in our funding resource database . As a reminder, for those who submit the 2018 admission application, the HKS financial aid application is due on January 24th, 2018, however the fellowship featured in this post has an earlier deadline - January 5, 2018. The Zuckerman Fellows Program equips people from the fields of medicine, law, and ...
Nov15, 2017

#WeAreElliott: Ian Hutchinson

By Elliott School Graduate Admissions |November 15, 2017

Ian Hutchinson graduated from Indiana University in 2015 with a BA in International Studies and Political Science, where he did fieldwork with Jamaican Maroons in the Blue Mountains. He is currently a second year MA candidate in the International Affairs Program at the Elliott School, focusing on American Foreign Policy. He will graduate in May of 2018. Ian has previously worked for the Wilson Center in the Wilson Quarterly and is currently Editor-in-Chief of the International Affairs Review. H...
Nov15, 2017

Murray dons tie, awaits applications

By Tufts University |November 15, 2017

Our friend and Admissions Canine Representative, Murray, is all dressed up and looking forward to reading applications for September 2018 enrollment, some of which have already arrived or will arrive today before our Early Notification deadline.  (As usual, Murray reminds you that the ultimate last minute for submitting the application is 11:59 PM EST (UTC-4) today, November 15.) We have our Admissions Committee — including ten new student members (two for MIB, eight for MALD/MA) —...
Nov15, 2017

Fall 2017 News and Notes – Post #15

By Harvard |November 15, 2017

It is important to understand that there are actually two steps involved in submitting your on-line admission application. First you will submit your application and second you will pay the application fee.Once you submit your application, you will have access to your Applicant Status Page. This page contains important information regarding the status of your application as well as a link that will allow you to submit your application fee of $100 USD.To be clear, when you submit your application...
Nov15, 2017

What’s in an App: Personal Statement

By Columbia University |November 15, 2017

Your SIPA personal statement may initially get only minutes of an admissions officer’s attention. In those few minutes, you will want to show that you are a great pick. Writing an amazing SIPA Personal Statement is probably far more straightforward than you might think. SIPA admissions officers aren’t looking for gimmicks. They’re looking for passionate, motivated, […]...
Nov15, 2017

The day after: The crises in Spain and Iraq

By Waya Quiviger |November 15, 2017

On Friday last week, Catalonia declared its independence, after the Spanish government triggered article 155 of the constitution, allowing the central government to impose direct rule on Catalonia, which has been an autonomous region since 1978. In mid-October the military forces of the central government of Iraq retook Kirkuk from the Peshmerga forces. Kurdish aspirations for independence hinged on the city and its oil reserves, as it would have provided the economic resources for an economical...
Nov14, 2017

MAXWELL SCHOOL AND CSIS PARTNER ON EXECUTIVE IR DEGREE IN WASHINGTON, D.C.

By Syracuse University |November 14, 2017

#1 RANKED MAXWELL SCHOOL AND CSIS PARTNER ON EXECUTIVE IR DEGREE IN WASHINGTON, D.C. (from press release, October 2017)  The Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs at Syracuse University and the Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS) are pleased to announce a new partnership to launch an Executive Master’s in International Relations degree […]...
Nov14, 2017

Arctic Circle Assembly — the final report

By Tufts University |November 14, 2017

It has been a pleasure to share the reports from students who participated in the Arctic Circle Assembly in Reykjavik last month.  The final report comes from Kevin, who is in the LLM program. Over a long weekend in October, Fletcher’s Maritime Studies Program led a 37-person contingent to the Arctic Circle Assembly in Reykjavik, Iceland.  Hosted by a non-profit and non-partisan organization based in Reykjavik, the assembly brings together an interdisciplinary network of representatives from...
Nov14, 2017

2018 Application Cycle Fellowship/Scholarship Information – Post #9

By Harvard |November 14, 2017

This post is part of the ongoing Student Financial Services (SFS) Financial Aid series where resources from different parts of the world are highlighted. Below are several examples of resources for applicants from Asia.  You can research other resources in our funding resource database . As a reminder, for those who submit the 2018 admission application, the HKS financial aid application is due on January 24th, 2018. HKS Resources The Dalio Scholarship is affiliated with the Ash Center ...
Nov13, 2017

From Nanjing to DC, The HNC Connection Continues

By Johns Hopkins University |November 13, 2017

As if the HNC wasn’t already special enough, another of the unique characteristics of your time in Nanjing is that almost every student rooms with another of the different culture. In this blog post, I wanted to write about my personal experience of living with my roommate Ning Xinyuan 宁心源. While our experience can’t count for everyone’s (people are different, and we all have varying dynamics) I thought it would be helpful to provide an example of what this was really like in practic...
Nov13, 2017

Siggerud promoted at U.S. Government Accountability Office

By University of Minnesota |November 13, 2017

Katherine Siggerud (MA ’87) has been promoted at the U.S. Government Accountability Office to Chief Operating Officer. She was formerly a managing director of physical infrastructure issues.Connect with Katherine on LinkedIn....
Nov13, 2017

Wetjen begins with Otto Bremer Trust

By University of Minnesota |November 13, 2017

Tessa Wetjen (MPA ’13) recently began work with the Otto Bremer trust as a program officer. She was formerly a principal planner with the Minnesota Department of Health.Connect with Tessa on LinkedIn....
Nov13, 2017

Johnson joins MN Department of Human Services

By University of Minnesota |November 13, 2017

Thomas Johnson (MA ’94) has joined the Minnesota Department of Human Services as the assistant director of the licensing division within the Office of the Inspector General. He was formerly a support services director with the Minnesota Department of Transportation. Connect with Thomas on LinkedIn....
Nov13, 2017

Berthelsen named VP for University Services

By University of Minnesota |November 13, 2017

Mike Berthelsen (MA ’92) has been appointed as the vice president for University Services at the University of Minnesota. He was formerly the interim vice president.Connect with Mike on LinkedIn....
Nov13, 2017

Mahboub presented with Unsung Hero Award

By University of Minnesota |November 13, 2017

Abdirizak Mahboub (MPA ’11) was recently presented with the 2017 Virginia McKnight Binger Unsung Hero Award. Mahboub and his wife own and operate West Central Interpreting Services and New Minnesota Realty, and work to help newcomers from East Africa adjust to life in the United States.Connect with Abdirizak on LinkedIn....
Nov13, 2017

Moeller promoted at The Improve Group

By University of Minnesota |November 13, 2017

Maria Moeller (MPA ’14) was recently promoted at The Improve Group to Chief Marketing Officer. She was formerly a business development director.Connect with Maria on LinkedIn....
Nov13, 2017

Cookle joins Ph.D. program

By University of Minnesota |November 13, 2017

Mikki Cookle (MPP ’17) has rejoined the Humphrey community as a Ph.D. candidate. Cookle’s areas of expertise are in quantitative approaches to policy analysis, development economics, econometrics, and demography in the Middle East and North Africa.Connect with Mikki on LinkedIn.Originally posted on Global Notes....
Nov13, 2017

Cheng awarded Chevening Scholarship

By University of Minnesota |November 13, 2017

Candice Cheng (MPP ’16) was recently awarded the Chevening Scholarship. This award is given to global leaders, handpicked by British Embassies, who work to improve relations with the United Kingdom.Connect with Candice on LinkedIn.Originally posted on Global Notes....
Nov13, 2017

Van Siclen promoted at Hennepin County

By University of Minnesota |November 13, 2017

Renee Van Siclen (MPP ’16) has been promoted at Hennepin County. She recently became a senior planning analyst.Connect with Renee on LinkedIn....