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Jan17, 2018

#WeAreElliott: Sarah Bautista

By Elliott School Graduate Admissions |January 17, 2018

Sara Bautista graduated from the University of Northern Colorado in May of 2014 with a B.A. in International Affairs; minors in French and Theater. She is currently in her second year of graduate school. Sara will obtain an M.A. in International Affairs with a concentration in Global Gender Policy from the Elliott School in May 2018. When did you realize you wanted an international career and what inspired you to select your program or concentration at the Elliott School? Theater has always been...
Jan17, 2018

10 Ways HNC Students Spend Their Weekends in Nanjing

By Johns Hopkins University |January 17, 2018

Student blogger, Alexandra Hansen, features 10 ways that HNC students like to spend their weekends. We hope that through this post you will be able to better understand the HNC’s tight-knit community and culture. 大家好!Happy Holidays! It’s been a busy time of year at the Hopkins-Nanjing Center. January has brought with it many assignments, presentations, and guest lectures. Nonetheless, HNC students are still finding ways to relax and have fun. With this in mind, here are the Top 10 th...
Jan17, 2018

Gary’s behind-the-scenes report on Fletcher visitors

By Tufts University |January 17, 2018

Today we’ll hear from Gary, our Student Stories blogger in the PhD program, who will return to the U.S. Marine Corps after he completes his Fletcher studies.  Though I’ve often watched as a parade of limousines and police cars escort a dignitary to Fletcher, I had never thought about the behind-the-scenes efforts to make the visit happen, and I’ve learned something from Gary’s post! One of the great benefits of being a student at Fletcher is the visits of many senior off...
Jan17, 2018

2017 Reading and Decision Process – Post #4

By Harvard |January 17, 2018

The last entry in this series was right after the start of 2018 and since then a lot of reading has been taking place. To this point in time readers have been engaged in their work alone and in the coming weeks Committee meetings will start to take place. We will engage in group discussions and move files to different parts of the review process as necessary. I know for applicants the process of waiting is difficult and I will continue to try to ease the anxiety by providing updates on our progr...
Jan16, 2018

Mendis comments on Chinese-American relations, policy, and history

By University of Minnesota |January 16, 2018

Patrick Mendis (MA ’84) recently returned from China, where he published several commentaries and gave lectures. Below are highlights from his work in China. Mendis is currently the commissioner to the U.S. National Commission for UNESCO and associate-in-research of the Fairbank Center for Chinese Studies at Harvard University.Mendis’ Belt and Road LectureKeynote speech on Confucius’ influence on America’s foundingfathersArticle on China and global governanceArticle on China-US power rel...
Jan16, 2018

The Crisis of Democracy – DU’s Engaging Ideas Series

By University of Denver |January 16, 2018

Democracy is being challenged. Some weak and new democracies are becoming less democratic and more authoritarian. Even established democracies are facing challenges from rising populist parties and politicians that disdain democratic values and procedures.The University of Denver has begun a video series called Engaging Ideas hosted by former Dean and Provost, Jim Griesemer, where faculty present their research and ideas to further public dialogue on real world issues.My segment, “Democracy on...
Jan16, 2018

Starting to hear the buzz

By Tufts University |January 16, 2018

Fletcher was closed yesterday for the Martin Luther King, Jr. holiday, but we’re back today for a shopping spree.  Shopping for classes, that is.  Students have the opportunity to listen to an introduction that may guide their choice of whether to take a class, and with introductions offered all day, a lot of their questions will be answered.  The day is broken into 50-minute blocks.  During each block, professors give two 20-minute presentations, with the remaining ten minutes availab...
Jan16, 2018

Harvard Kennedy School’s Shorenstein Center Announces Spring 2018 Fellows, A.M. Rosenthal Writer-in-Residence

By Harvard |January 16, 2018

HKS students have access to a wide variety of resources and opportunities outside of the standard academic schedule. Eleven centers and over 40 programs affiliated with HKS conduct research, produce publications, cover international, national and local issues of public policy and management, offer fellowships, organize events and support the teaching curriculum.A critical part of all of these activities is bringing practitioners to HKS to interact with students. This post highlights the fellows ...
Jan15, 2018

Martin Luther King, Jr. Day 2018

By Harvard |January 15, 2018

This is a notice that Harvard University will close on Monday, January 15 in honor of Martin Luther King, Jr. Day.  As noted in a Harvard Gazette article, Dr. King was no stranger to Harvard.  The full article can be accessed here and credit for the following photo goes to the Harvard University Archives....
Jan14, 2018

Message from the Dean – Valuing People from All Nations

By Harvard |January 14, 2018

As Director of Admissions, I am proud that the Admissions Committee is currently reviewing applications from a pool of applicants representing 138 nations. The message below was sent by the Dean of HKS to the school community and the entire Admissions Staff wholeheartedly stands by this message of respect for the worth of each individual, regardless of national origin, race, or other demographic characteristics. Valuing People from All NationsTo the Harvard Kennedy School Community,On Thursday ...
Jan12, 2018

GSPIA’s Center for Disaster Management and the Hesselbein Leadership Forum Launch Leadership During Crisis Podcast

By University of Pittsburgh |January 12, 2018

The University of Pittsburgh Graduate School of Public and International Affairs has launched a new podcast on the topic of leadership during crisis. At the intersection of disaster management and leadership studies, the Leadership During Crisis Podcast explores stories from leaders who have led through a dynamic crisis. It considers the behaviors that are necessary to guide a team under stress, ambiguity, or even danger to achieve the best possible outcomes. Between December 2017 and April 2...
Jan12, 2018

Maxwell’s Winter Courses

By Syracuse University |January 12, 2018

Over 20 years ago, the then Department of Public Administration decided to try something new.  Professor Bill Banks – a joint faculty member in PA and SU’s College of Law (now founding director of the Institute of National Security and Counterterrorism) – created a course: Public Administration and Law – looking at the nexus of public […]...
Jan12, 2018

2017-2018 Winter Break Sharing Sessions – Post #5

By Harvard |January 12, 2018

We are pleased to announce that we have confirmed two new sharing sessions. The full list of sessions is below and the newly added sessions are in bold text.  These sharing sessions are not formal admission interviews nor do students sit on an Admissions Committee or pass along evaluative comments for Committee members to consider. The sessions are simply a time for prospective students and current applicants to hear from HKS students about their experiences at HKS. The sessions typically take...
Jan12, 2018

Five-Year update: Vanessa Vidal Castellanos, F12

By Tufts University |January 12, 2018

It has been a while since the blog featured a Five-Year Update, and I’m excited to kick off the profiles from the Class of 2012 — a group that seems especially full of wonderful people.  I’m extra pleased that the first of these posts comes from Vanessa Vidal Castellanos, whom I interviewed for her MALD application in 2011 and I’ve been in contact with ever since.  Vanessa is currently serving as a U.S. Foreign Service Officer.  When she was a student, she appeared in ...
Jan11, 2018

Mexico’s July 1 Presidential Election Will Feature Corruption and Dealing with USA as Major Topics

By University of Denver |January 11, 2018

The ruling party is in a battle to hold power. President Enrique Peña Nieto, after a difficult five years, is working to pass along the presidency to his party, the PRI (Institutional Revolutionary Party). After monopoly political power in Mexico for most of the 20th century, they lost control to the center-right PAN in 2000. They returned to the presidency in 2012 with Nieto and don’t want to lose it again.PRI is fielding candidates to see who is strongest against expected frontrunner, forme...
Jan11, 2018

Colorado Politics: Roy Moore’s fate shows character counts — while control of the House teeters

By University of Denver |January 11, 2018

Sex scandals will be a political topic in the 2018 battle for control of the U.S. Congress. Roy Moore and Alabama highlighted character of the candidates and President Trump will be factors in the upcoming contests. Read my latest opinion piece in Colorado Politics, the state’s political website.Roy Moore’s fate shows character counts — while control of the House teetersMy Dec. 6 blog on the Alabama Senate race opened with, “Alabama Judge Roy Moore is in the first post-Harvey Weinstein, ...
Jan11, 2018

Hickenlooper and Ciruli Talk Water

By University of Denver |January 11, 2018

What will be the Hickenlooper legacy on water policy and development? Floyd Ciruli and Governor John Hickenlooper will review the administration’s accomplishments and what the Governor believes the next administration needs to do.Colorado Water Congress 2018Annual ConventionThursday Luncheon12:00 pm to 1:15 pmJanuary 25, 2018Keynote SpeakerColorado Governor John HickenlooperModerator: Floyd Ciruli, Ciruli Associates As we enter the final year of the Hickenlooper Administration, what are t...
Jan11, 2018

Colorado Politics – Could Donald Trump be Heading for Re-election?

By University of Denver |January 11, 2018

Donald Trump made it through 2017 with some accomplishments and a massive amount of disruption of the expected behavior of the White House and the President. No doubt, the show will continue in full force into 2018.In a column in the state’s leading political website, I discuss if Trump could be headed for re-election.Trump Heading for Re-election?Rather than speculate about Donald Trump’s re-election chances, audiences at recent speech engagements all seem to have an answer to the same ques...
Jan11, 2018

Colorado Politics – Could Donald Trump be Heading for Re-election?

By University of Denver |January 11, 2018

Donald Trump made it through 2017 with some accomplishments and a massive amount of disruption of the expected behavior of the White House and the President. No doubt, the show will continue in full force into 2018.In a column in the state’s leading political website, I discuss if Trump could be headed for re-election.Trump Heading for Re-election?Rather than speculate about Donald Trump’s re-election chances, audiences at recent speech engagements all seem to have an answer to the same ques...
Jan11, 2018

Have the Rules of Gravity Been Suspended?

By University of Denver |January 11, 2018

In 2016, none of the old political rules seemed to apply. How did Donald Trump win the presidency, yet lose the popular vote by an astonishing 3 million, even polling 10 points less in popularity than his competitor, Hillary Clinton, and having more than half of the electorate believing he was unfit for office?Forecasts have become much more guarded since November 2016. But, by history and current metrics, if political gravity can be considered a law of nature, the Republicans should fall and th...
Jan11, 2018

#ElliottProud: Astrid Hasfura-Dada

By Elliott School Graduate Admissions |January 11, 2018

Astrid Hasfura-Dada was born and raised in El Salvador. She completed her undergraduate degree at York University in Toronto, Canada. She returned home after graduation and started helping out with a non-profit organization called Fusalmo, which helps with the education of kids who live in violent areas of El Salvador. She moved to Washington DC in August 2015 to start her graduate degree in Security Policy Studies at the Elliott School. During her time at Elliott, she also interned at the O...
Jan11, 2018

SAIS Energy Tour of China

By Johns Hopkins University |January 11, 2018

In late November, twenty students from Washington, Bologna, and Nanjing participated on the SAIS Energy Tour of China study trip. The purpose of the trip was to allow students to study the energy transition currently underway in China and was conducted with the support of the China-US Exchange Foundation. The themes of the trip were energy governance, renewable technology innovation, commercialization of renewables and new energy storage, and consumption and end-use efficiency. The students visi...
Jan11, 2018

Judith Kelley Named Dean of Duke’s Sanford School of Public Policy

By Duke University |January 11, 2018

DURHAM, N.C. -- Judith Kelley, an expert on human rights, democracy and international elections, has been named dean of the Sanford School of Public Policy at Duke University, President Vincent E. Price and Provost Sally Kornbluth announced Thursday. As the Terry Sanford Professor of Public Policy and Professor of Political Science at Duke, Kelley has also been the school’s senior associate dean since 2014. On July 1, she will succeed Kelly Brownell, who is stepping down after five years as...
Jan11, 2018

Tracking your submitted application

By Tufts University |January 11, 2018

Today’s post offers information that doesn’t change year to year, but I hope that reading it today will help you navigate the post-submission application process. With no further delay, if you submitted an application yesterday for the January 10 deadline, let me congratulate you on having completed most of your work!  The burden is now on us.  Or, at least, the burden will be on us when your application is 100% complete, including the pieces that you didn’t submit yesterday:...
Jan11, 2018

Faces of HKS

By Harvard |January 11, 2018

Prospective applicants often interact with members of the Admissions Office and in this entry we introduce a (relatively) new member of our team. Mary Downs joined our office last fall as an Admissions & Recruitment Coordinator. She manages the Student Ambassador Program, plans recruitment events, and assists prospective HKS students. Before joining HKS, Mary was a member of the Harvard Business School MBA Admissions team.Growing up in a U.S. Navy family, Mary traveled all over the world but...
Jan10, 2018

UW JACKSON SCHOOL M.A. IN APPLIED INTERNATIONAL STUDIES FEATURED

By University of Washington |January 10, 2018

Majd Baniodeh (MAAIS, 2016), now a partner at Starbucks managing US implementation of the Starbuck’s Refugee Hiring Initiative, is featured in a new UW360 story aired on KOMO 4 in December 2017. Joining her in the segment is MAAIS Civic Council member Rajiv Chandrasekaran, Starbuck’s Senior Vice President for Public Affairs. Together, along with other MAAIS Civic Council members and the Director, they tell a story of innovation and global impact. Watch the preview here!...
Jan10, 2018

#WeAreElliott: Aarthy Madanagopal

By Elliott School Graduate Admissions |January 10, 2018

Where do you currently work, intern or volunteer, and how does it fit in with your career goals? Currently, I’m just enjoying my student life at GW. But I took the freeman fellowship and spent the 2017 summer in Indonesia. I worked with Planet Indonesia, an NGO working at grassroots with the local community trying to create a conservation-compact to protect the forest areas by incentivizing the local people with other alternates. What classes/professional skills courses have you found most he...
Jan10, 2018

2018 Student Life Insight Series – Post #3

By Harvard |January 10, 2018

Eva-Maria Olbers is a first year MPA student at HKS and a recipient of the McCloy fellowship. Before coming to HKS, Eva worked in the consulting, education technology and venture capital space across Europe, the Middle East and Africa. Eva is the co-founder of the not-for-profit “Bridge To Afghanistan”, a mentorship program for young women in Kabul, and the CMO of “STEMgem”, a smart device company that aims to engage teenage girls in the STEM fields. At age 25, Eva was selected a World E...
Jan09, 2018

Anderson joins MCF

By University of Minnesota |January 9, 2018

Michael Anderson (MPP ’07) has joined the Minnesota Council on Foundations as chief operating officer. He was formerly a senior manager at La Piana Consulting.Connect with Michael on LinkedIn....
Jan09, 2018

Adi on MIB electives to kickstart second year

By Tufts University |January 9, 2018

Continuing to catch up with our student bloggers following the fall semester, today we’ll hear from Adi, who is now one semester from completing the MIB program. Now that I have officially finished the fall semester, I can reflect on what happened, while also looking ahead to my final semester at Fletcher.  What was particularly different compared to my first year at Fletcher was the feeling of freedom and flexibility in choosing my courses.  With most of my MIB core requirements out of ...