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Mar15, 2019

Discussing the Youth Vote With Top Japanese Parliamentarian

By University of Denver |March 15, 2019

Floyd Ciruli and Shintaro ItoRepresentative Shintaro Ito is one of Japan’s most influential leaders on foreign affairs. He attended Harvard and is a close observer of U.S. politics. In a recent conversation, the topic turned to the longevity of Prime Minister Shinzō Abe’s premiership and the changing techniques of communicating to the electorate.Ito pointed out that it was an advantage to have a long-serving prime minister during a period of considerable disruption and danger. Japan has had...
Mar15, 2019

Talking Polling with Top Tokyo Political Commentator

By University of Denver |March 15, 2019

Floyd Ciruli and Hiroyuki AkitaIn a recent trip to Japan, sponsored by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, one of the most interesting conversations was with Hiroyuki Akita, a regular columnist on foreign affairs and international security for a leading newspaper, Nikkei Shimbun.We compared presidential and prime minister popularity. He had two recent polls that asked if the public supported the Abe administration. Abe received 53 percent in the Yomiuri newspaper poll and 43 percent in the Asahi ne...
Mar15, 2019

Why SIPA? New York City is where the world comes together.

By Columbia University |March 15, 2019

Decisions came out earlier this week, and we’re excited to welcome our admitted students to Columbia SIPA. Admitted students will have a multitude of global events and webinars to get more information about what it’s like to be at SIPA. (To our Fall 2019 applicants, regardless of your decision, check back with the blog next […]...
Mar14, 2019

Japanese Foreign Minister Kono’s Georgetown Speech a Hit

By University of Denver |March 14, 2019

Taro KonoTaro Kono, Japan’s foreign minister and a Georgetown University graduate (SFS’86), outlined Japan’s commitment to a global presence to promote democratic values in a policy address at his alma mater on September 28, 2018. The drafting of the speech, which was well-received, was assisted by top officials in the Foreign Ministry. Kono, who speaks fluent English, described his years at Georgetown as formative of his interest in government service and foreign policy. He answered stude...
Mar14, 2019

#ElliottProud: Aditi Seth

By Elliott School Graduate Admissions |March 14, 2019

Aditi Seth works as an Energy Market Analyst at ICF Technologies. She holds an M.A in International Science and Technology Policy with a concentration in Energy and Environment Policy from the George Washington University. She also holds a B.S in Mechanical Engineering with a minor in Economics from Shiv Nadar University in India. Prior to pursuing graduate school, she worked as a thermal engineer for a year and a half in India. During her time at the Elliott School, she worked as a research as...
Mar14, 2019

Snowman update, and a few signs of spring

By Tufts University |March 14, 2019

With decisions out and many applicants in conversation with our team about enrollment logistics and financial planning, one unspoken but obvious reader query has been hovering over this blog for the past week or so: what’s the latest with the snowman? I’m glad you asked. First, some context. Next week is Fletcher’s spring break, though including the “spring” descriptor implies a bros-and-beers-in-Daytona quality that doesn’t bear much resemblance to what most ...
Mar14, 2019

2019 Application Reading and Decision Process – Post #15

By Harvard |March 14, 2019

I am happy to announce that admission decisions have now been posted for all applicants to view. Shortly before 1:00 PM EST on Thursday, March 14, 2019 all admission decisions for those who applied to a Master’s program at HKS starting in 2019 were confirmed and released.An email with the subject line “Harvard Kennedy School Application Status Update" was sent to each MPP, two-year MPA, MC/MPA, and MC/MPA Mason applicant from the address appstatus@hks.harvard.edu. MPA/ID notifications w...
Mar13, 2019

Abe Offers Stability in Era of Disruption

By University of Denver |March 13, 2019

In a week of foreign policy discussions with leading Japanese scholars, media commentators, Foreign Ministry officers and members of the Diet, the consensus view was that Prime Minister Shinzō Abe, as he approaches being the longest serving post-WWII prime minister, is a significant and timely asset for Japan and the Far East in a moment of considerable turmoil.In an effort to maintain continuity, Abe has centered his foreign policy around keeping a close and friendly relationship with Donald T...
Mar13, 2019

Major Differences: Europe and Far East

By University of Denver |March 13, 2019

Mike Pence was all but booed by European allies at the 2019 Munich Security Conference at the mention of Donald Trump, while the news from South Korea and Japan was that Trump deserved the Nobel Peace prize for his North Korean negotiations.The difference in leadership views of Trump mirrors differences in European and Asian publics. Respect and approval of Trump and the U.S. could hardly be lower in Europe, even by today’s tough standards, but public opinion in South Korea and Japan is substa...
Mar13, 2019

The Art of No Deal

By University of Denver |March 13, 2019

The Hanoi summit spectacularly failed. Most foreign policy analysts believe it was clear weeks before the planned summit that North Korea was not going to offer more than a shutdown of Yongbyon nuclear facility and demand significant sanctions relief. Although President Trump tried to lower expectations a few days before the event, his approach to diplomacy, particularly with Kim Jong-un, implies that he can by pure force of personality and economic incentives deliver a deal. And, there’s no d...
Mar13, 2019

Hickenlooper Gets Good Start – KOA Radio

By University of Denver |March 13, 2019

In a KOA drive-time radio interview on Thursday, John Hickenlooper’s Colorado announcement day, April Zesbaugh and Marty Lenz hosted an analysis of Hickenlooper’s first week as a presidential candidate. Some points:Hickenlooper’s video announcement got top coverage earlier in the week. It was picked up by all the major national and some international (BBC) news outlets, which was impressive since he’s the 14th candidate to announce. It demonstrates that all the advanced work with the med...
Mar13, 2019

From Shanghai Lu to Massachusetts Ave

By Johns Hopkins University |March 13, 2019

Hopkins-Nanjing Center Certificate + Johns Hopkins SAIS MA students reflect on their student life experiences in Nanjing and DC.“In my experience, life in DC tends to be more fast-paced than in Nanjing. In DC, there are multiple events going on every day at Johns Hopkins SAIS, nearby think tanks, and other places; you sometimes have to pass up opportunities because there’s so much going on. Life at the Hopkins-Nanjing Center offered a bit more time to do things like take an evening walk arou...
Mar13, 2019

#IncomingElliott: Mohammed Abu Dalhoum

By Elliott School Graduate Admissions |March 13, 2019

Mohammed Abu Dalhoum is a Researcher and Analyst at NAMA Strategic Intelligence Solutions. He is interested in conflict resolution and explored a number of approaches to conflict resolution including the developmental pathway, reconciliation, diplomacy, and peace. Previously, Mohammed worked with a team of 3 Middle Eastern researchers on developing a synthesis report of the review of national youth strategies of Jordan, Palestine, Kuwait, Lebanon, and Morocco tacking various topics such as une...
Mar13, 2019

2019 Application Reading and Decision Process – Post #14

By Harvard |March 13, 2019

Last in the admission decision category breakdown is the decision that is difficult to achieve and should be celebrated - admitted. While applicants in this position should rejoice, there is a lot of important information to take note of regarding enrollment.My number one piece of advice for admitted applicants is to, after rejoicing, read carefully. Yes, be excited and rejoice, but reading is of the utmost importance. It might sound crazy, but this is true, last year an admitted applicant lost ...
Mar13, 2019

2019 Application Reading and Decision Process – Post #14

By Harvard |March 13, 2019

Last in the admission decision category breakdown is the decision that is difficult to achieve and should be celebrated - admitted. While applicants in this position should rejoice, there is a lot of important information to take note of regarding enrollment.My number one piece of advice for admitted applicants is to, after rejoicing, read carefully. Yes, be excited and rejoice, but reading is of the utmost importance. It might sound crazy, but this is true, last year an admitted applicant lost ...
Mar12, 2019

A few details on scholarships

By Tufts University |March 12, 2019

Scholarship funding is on many applicants’ minds around this time of year, for good reason. I’ve written recently about the importance of working on a broad-based financial plan, and most applicants hope that scholarship funding will make up as large a part of that plan as possible. Each year the release of admissions decisions triggers a deluge of requests for scholarship reconsideration and increased funding, and I figured a bit of detail on how our process works (and more specific...
Mar12, 2019

Maxwell School ranks number one for public affairs in 2020

By Syracuse University |March 12, 2019

Maxwell School ranks number one for public affairs in 2020 Syracuse, N.Y., March 12, 2019—The Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs at Syracuse University is once again ranked #1 in the nation for graduate education in public affairs, according to the latest U.S. News & World Report reputational survey. This year, the Maxwell School shares […]...
Mar12, 2019

Release the (MIA, MPA, and MPA-DP Fall 2019) Decisions!

By Columbia University |March 12, 2019

We’re excited to announce that admissions decisions have been released for the MIA, MPA, and MPA-DP programs. Applicants are notified by an email asking them to check their Status Page. To all of our applicants, regardless of your decision, be sure to check back here for updates on next steps over the next few weeks. A […]...
Mar12, 2019

2019 Application Reading and Decision Process – Post #13

By Harvard |March 12, 2019

We still have some details to confirm prior to releasing admission decisions and I thought it would be a good idea to be clear about how applicants will learn of their decision as well as some important dates to consider. When we release decisions, applicants will receive an email from appstatus@hks.harvard.edu with the subject line “Harvard Kennedy School Application Status Update“. The email will contain a link to the same application site used to submit your application. Applicants w...
Mar11, 2019

Foreign Policy News Pivots to Asia

By University of Denver |March 11, 2019

After a week in Japan with local political and policy experts, it’s clear foreign policy news and challenges have shifted to Asia. A small sample of news stories (print papers are still very powerful in Japan) highlighted a few of the hottest issues.“China’s exports plunge – trade worries grow”“Xi still in charge, ardent nationalist and foreign policy hawk”“US pushes Pyongyang to explain rebirth of rocket site”“Trump demands full cost of troops stationed in Asia plus 50%Join ...
Mar11, 2019

2019 Application Reading and Decision Process – Post #12

By Harvard |March 11, 2019

I wrote about the not admitted category admission decision in a recent post and the second category I will cover is waitlisted. Each year we place some candidates on a waitlist. Candidates placed on the waitlist will receive digital notification, but no paper letter will be mailed out. We will only mail a paper letter to a waitlist candidate if we later make an offer of admission. I understand that candidates placed on the waitlist will feel a certain level of anxiety and this is completely un...
Mar09, 2019

The Waiting Game

By Columbia University |March 9, 2019

The people who all knowingly state patience is a virtue must have never felt the acute anxiety that accompanies waiting for graduate school application decisions. They must have never have known the paranoia that comes with the obsessive refreshing of your inbox in hopes (or deep fear) of seeing that subject line: There has Been […]...
Mar08, 2019

SIPodcasts: A Look into Podcasts by SIPA Alumnae

By Columbia University |March 8, 2019

In this Women’s History Month, and on International Women’s Day, the SIPA Admissions blog would like to highlight four SIPA alumnae who have taken the power of technology and information sharing and brought it to the accessibility of podcasts. Podcasts are all the rage in the most recent years and the trend has overtaken SIPA […]...
Mar08, 2019

Harvard Kennedy School Women’s Network

By Harvard |March 8, 2019

This entry was submitted to us by Theodora Skeadas, City Ambassador Chair, Harvard Kennedy School Women’s Network.* * * * * * * * * * * Happy International Women’s Day! It’s been an exciting few months for the HKS Women’s Network (HKSWN)! Since launching the HKS Women’s Network in September 2017, we quickly grew into 36 city chapters, and established partnerships with the Harvard Alumni Association, Women in Public Policy Program, Office of Career Advancement and the HKS s...
Mar08, 2019

Celebrating Diversity and Inclusion at SAIS

By Johns Hopkins University |March 8, 2019

Johns Hopkins SAIS offers a rich learning environment that is committed to cultivating and nurturing a diverse and inclusive community. As SAIS prepares the next generation of leaders to tackle global issues, we continue to welcome diversity and inclusion.The Office of Admissions invites you to watch a brief short from Tanya McMillian, Director of Student Services and Co-Chair of the SAIS Diversity Committee as she shares how SAIS celebrates the diversity within our community....
Mar07, 2019

Making your financial plan

By Tufts University |March 7, 2019

With the bulk of this year’s admissions decisions recently released, it’s time to be thinking about a financial strategy for grad school. Our hope, in fact, is that applicants planning on fall 2019 enrollment have already been working on this for some time, at least conceptually. Pointing out that U.S. higher education is a significant investment is as obvious as noting that Samuel L. Jackson wasn’t pulling for Green Book to win Best Picture. As such, it’s crucial to thin...
Mar07, 2019

2019 Student Life Insight Series – Post #17

By Harvard |March 7, 2019

Youssouf Camara is Editor-in-Chief and a joint degree MPA/ID candidate at the Harvard Kennedy School and MBA candidate at Harvard Business School. Before starting graduate school, Youssouf worked for CrossBoundary LLC in Mali, advising investors in evaluating and executing investments in the region. Born and raised in Congo-Brazzaville to Malian and Beninese parents, Youssouf has also lived in Côte d’Ivoire and the United States.The Africa Policy JournalAs the only student journal in America ...
Mar06, 2019

#IncomingElliott: George Leaua

By Elliott School Graduate Admissions |March 6, 2019

George Vladimir Leaua is a first-year graduate student pursuing an M.A. in International Science and Technology Policy. George is a recent graduate of International Affairs at the Elliott School of International Affairs. As a Romanian international student, his main areas of focus during his undergraduate studies have been European and Eurasian international politics and security, political philosophy, and during his senior year space policy and astronomy. He volunteered for the Romanian Embass...
Mar06, 2019

Who says grad school is all work?

By Tufts University |March 6, 2019

Spring break is still over a week away, and the weather of late certainly hasn’t indicated that winter is leaving anytime soon, but that hasn’t stopped Fletcher students from taking a study break to make the best of our latest round of snow. This fellow showed up outside of Ginn Library this week, ready with a flimsy high five and general good cheer for passers-by, and even sporting a dash of Fletcher orange. While we’re happy to welcome the newest member of the Fletcher commun...
Mar06, 2019

On financial aid, the JJWBGSP Scholarship, and student loan scams

By Columbia University |March 6, 2019

To our Fall 2019 MIA, MPA and MPA-DP applicants: Thank you for your patience as the Admissions Committee reads your applications. Decisions will be released in mid-March (so, soon!), and you’ll receive an email telling you to check your Status Page. We’ve already been receiving some questions about financial aid and wanted to give a […]...