Apr09, 2020

#ElliottProud: Laura Delgado López

By Elliott School Graduate Admissions |April 9, 2020

Laura Delgado López is a policy analyst at the NASA Science Mission Directorate, where she is part of a team providing policy support to NASA’s 90+ science missions. She holds an M.A. in International Science and Technology Policy from the Elliott School with a focus on Space Policy. Upon graduating in 2011, Laura worked on space issues in the non-profit sector, including the Institute for Global Environmental Strategies, and the Secure World Foundation. Before joining NASA, Laura worked at ...
Apr09, 2020

From the home office: Nora returns to Fletcher

By Tufts University |April 9, 2020

Somewhat overshadowed by the business of the season and the strangeness of the times has been our great delight in welcoming Nora back to Fletcher. As you’ll see, Nora has as deep a well of institutional knowledge as anyone at the school, and it’s been a boon for us to have her on our team, albeit not quite in the way any of us imagined: Back in November, after a four-year hiatus from working at Fletcher as the Registrar and Manager of Student Academic Programs, I agreed to come back...
Apr08, 2020

Nanjing to DC: Maintaining the HNC Community in DC

By Johns Hopkins University |April 8, 2020

Cady Deck, HNC Certificate '19 + SAIS MA '20, talks about her Fall 2019 transition to life in Washington, DC.Transitioning to DC was probably easier for me than most because I went to college a few blocks away, but the adjustment from the Hopkins-Nanjing Center back to DC was still significant. The most immediate challenge was finding housing. At the HNC, we had dorm-style living, but in DC all students live off campus. My friends and I really liked the community aspect at the HNC and wante...
Apr08, 2020

#WeAreElliott: Saiansha Panangipalli

By Elliott School Graduate Admissions |April 8, 2020

Saiansha Panangipalli is a Global Initiatives Fellow pursuing her M.A. in Global Communication at the Elliott School. She graduated summa cum laude from Boston University with her B.Sc in Communication with a focus in Public Relations. She wishes to apply her knowledge of public relations to international relations to communicate with audiences across countries and cultures. To that effect, she is currently pursuing her Media and Public Affairs internship at the Pan American Health Organization...
Apr08, 2020

3 Tips from a Student Researcher at SIPA

By Columbia University |April 8, 2020

Working as a student researcher at SIPA is a great opportunity to gain practical experience in your field and learn firsthand from SIPA’s world-class faculty members. So how do you get the job and make the most of the experience? Here are 3 tips based on my experience working for Professor Jason Healey. 1. Network! […]...
Apr07, 2020

Gioia’s annotated curriculum

By Tufts University |April 7, 2020

Continuing with the annotated curriculum of our 2nd-year student bloggers, today we’ll hear from Gioia, working diligently on her Capstone and preparing for the end of her final Fletcher semester: Pre-Fletcher Experience: I came to Fletcher directly from undergraduate at Franklin University Switzerland. I spent the summer before Fletcher interning at the U.S. Mission to the UN in Geneva (along with a second-year Fletcher student!). Fields of Study: International Environment & Resource ...
Apr06, 2020

2020 Student Life Insight Series – Post #7

By Harvard |April 6, 2020

Tony is an active duty U.S. Army Officer and before coming to HKS, he served as a Company Commander based in Fort Drum, New York. He earned a BS in Engineering Science and Mechanics and an MS in Engineering Mechanics, both from Pennsylvania State University – University Park.  The MPA/ID Experience For Military officers I chose the MPA/ID Program because I wanted to challenge myself and get out of my comfort zone of familiarity. I am a United States Army Officer with over nine years of expe...
Apr06, 2020

Keeping Busy during COVID-19

By Princeton University |April 6, 2020

Keeping Busy during COVID-19Apr 6, 2020We are sending lots of well-wishes and positive vibes from the Woodrow Wilson School. Our campus has been actively responding to the COVID-19 pandemic. As many of us have transitioned to working remotely, we miss the beautiful architecture, local eats, and familiar sounds of our campus. Most importantly, we miss the amazing students, faculty, and staff who comprise our community. Our hope is that we all make it through this pandemic safely. During our time ...
Apr05, 2020

Extended application deadline – May 1

By Tufts University |April 5, 2020

I’m happy to update our readers with a bit of admissions news: we’re now offering an extended application deadline of May 1. The COVID-19 crisis has brought nearly daily disruptions to one of the busiest periods of the admissions year. In normal times, early April sees us largely occupied by various communications with our pool of admitted students, advising waitlisted candidates, and reviewing applications received by what is normally our final deadline of April 1. Likewise, our adm...
Apr03, 2020

Visiting Japanese Professors and Officials Highlight Successful Crossley Center Winter Program

By University of Denver |April 3, 2020

The Crossley Center and the Korbel School hosted a program of visiting Japanese professors and government officials in early 2020. The timing of this program was fortunate. Had it occurred even a week later in March, most events would likely have been cancelled due to the coronavirus. The final presentation with Professor Koji Murata was held on March 3, 2020 with an audience of more than 130. It was one of the last large events at the Korbel School campus, which is now entirely online.The event...
Apr03, 2020

Authoritarians Use Virus to Extend Power

By University of Denver |April 3, 2020

Populist demagogues and authoritarians are using the pandemic as an excuse to increase their power and silence critics. The most high-profile head of state seizing dictatorial power due to the coronavirus is Viktor Orbán, prime minister of Hungary and head of nationalist Fidesz Party. The grant of near absolute authority to rule by decree has no clear procedure for relinquishing the power and draconian punishment for anyone who “distorts the truth” about the government’s effort to fight t...
Apr03, 2020

Peak China – Xi Defense

By University of Denver |April 3, 2020

In 2017, Xi Jinping was labeled China’s paramount leader with no specific limit on his term of office. Since then, he has implemented an aggressive plan to position China as the preeminent Asian power with global aspirations. However, a number of recent events point to Xi’s strategy as having hit a peak.Chinese President Xi Jinping has made his first visit to Wuhan sincethe coronavirus outbreak began more than two months ago | Photo via CNNThe picture of Xi in Wuhan, his mouth and nose cover...
Apr03, 2020

SIPA, I choose you!

By Columbia University |April 3, 2020

Choosing the right graduate school is no easy feat. There are so many factors to consider that you end up going round in circles trying to prioritize A over B. Drawn a decision matrix? Pros and cons list? I’ve been there and totally feel your pain. It’s especially hard when trying to make a decision […]...
Apr03, 2020

Energy, Sustainability Studies Fuel Job Opportunities for Grads

By Johns Hopkins University |April 3, 2020     Graduates of Johns Hopkins University School of Advanced International Studies have been branching out into employment sectors beyond their traditional targets. In addition to filling positions in government and at foreign policy–related think tanks, Johns Hopkins SAIS graduates are increasingly drawn to the energy and sustainability sectors...
Apr03, 2020

Energy, Sustainability Studies Fuel Job Opportunities for Grads

By Johns Hopkins University |April 3, 2020     Graduates of Johns Hopkins University School of Advanced International Studies have been branching out into employment sectors beyond their traditional targets. In addition to filling positions in government and at foreign policy–related think tanks, Johns Hopkins SAIS graduates are increasingly drawn to the energy and sustainability sectors...
Apr02, 2020

From the home office: checking in with Yaritza

By Tufts University |April 2, 2020

Returning to our staff updates, today we’ll hear from Yaritza, gradually establishing a new routine for the workday: We are now in week three of working from home and it’s been quite an adjustment finding a solid, consistent work space to share with my critters and loved ones; especially one that allows me some kind of privacy for all the phone calls and Zoom meetings! Trying to maintain some sort of normalcy proved challenging in the first week with no access to a gym, no built in walk ...
Apr02, 2020

2020 Student Life Insight Series – Post #6

By Harvard |April 2, 2020

This series is focused on students, however the success and experience of a student is often not a solo effort. Some students are accompanied by family members or partners when they come to HKS and Manar Hazzaa, the spouse of Karim Sarhan (MC/MPA Mason student) authored this post.    Manar is an Egyptian anthropologist, children’s books author, and a mother of two wonderful children. Two years ago she founded a project to support Egyptian families to bond with their kids through reading,...
Apr01, 2020

#WeAreElliott: Samey Noor

By Elliott School Graduate Admissions |April 1, 2020

Samey Noor is a first-year Masters Candidate in the International Affairs program at the Elliott School, concentrating in Conflict Resolution. He is a Fulbright Scholar, and he received his Bachelor’s Degree in Politics and Economics. He is interested in Countering Violent Extremism, Conflict Prevention & Resolution, and Peacebuilding in South Asia and Afghanistan. He has worked as a Research Associate with Standing Committees at the Provincial Assembly of Punjab in Pakistan. He has also ...
Apr01, 2020

Manaved’s annotated curriculum

By Tufts University |April 1, 2020

Around this time of year I ask our second-year student bloggers to provide an “annotated curriculum” to give readers some sense of the thought process that goes into charting one’s way through two years of Fletcher. Though not in the way they imagined, their Fletcher student careers are hurtling toward conclusion. First up is Manaved, walking us through his curricular path and plans for the future. Pre-Fletcher Experience After graduating from law school in 2017, I worked in t...
Apr01, 2020

Five Things to Know About New York If You’ve Never Been Here

By Columbia University |April 1, 2020

Note from Admissions: When Nabila, who is from Kuala Lumpur, told me that her first time in New York City was also her first day as a SIPA student, I was stunned. She wrote this about NYC in the fall semester. I was saving it for today, April Fools’. As someone born in New York, […]...
Mar31, 2020

Japan-U.S. Alliance and the 2020 Election

By University of Denver |March 31, 2020

A panel with Professor Koji Murata of Doshisha University, Kyoto, Japan, explored the Japan-U.S. alliance in the light of current American public opinion, especially with some of the changed policies of the Trump administration. On March 2, the professor was joined by Senior Researcher Dina Smeltz of the Chicago Council on Global Affair in a panel on the Japan-U.S. Alliance and the 2020 election. Also participating as discussants were: Ambassador Christopher Hill, professor of diplomacy, and Pro...
Mar31, 2020

Upcoming Fellowship Opportunities, and Next Steps for Admits

By Columbia University |March 31, 2020

The SIPA Financial Aid Office maintains a database of external funding opportunities, and we wanted to alert students to some with upcoming application deadlines. We’ve also included some next steps for admitted students regarding financial aid. For more external scholarship awards, go to our External Fellowships and Funding Sources page. Upcoming Scholarships Islamic Scholarship Fund […]...
Mar30, 2020

A financial planning digest

By Tufts University |March 30, 2020

With decisions out for a few weeks now, admitted candidates are largely moving past the initial frisson of that news to the task of making an enrollment decision. Many candidates are in the enviable position of having several good options from which to choose, and there’s one reality that is common to nearly all: grad school is a major investment, and it requires a carefully-considered financial strategy. While I try to avoid relying too heavily on recycled posts, this one from last year r...
Mar30, 2020

Experiential Learning at SIPA

By Columbia University |March 30, 2020

The objective of the Master of International Affairs (MIA) program at SIPA is to ensure “students acquire the substantive knowledge, practical skills, and real-world experience to address the big issues of international affairs.” But how does that work in practice? What kinds of experiential learning opportunities does SIPA provide to truly immerse students in international […]...
Mar30, 2020

2020 Student Life Insight Series – Post #5

By Harvard |March 30, 2020

Duncan Pieterse was most recently responsible for economic policy at the National Treasury of South Africa. He is currently completing the Mid-Career MPA at the Kennedy School and will return to the National Treasury in June 2020. He is passionate about strengthening public service capabilities in South Africa and beyond. Image Caption - Duncan Pieterse PhotoSome admitted applicants will be privileged enough to come to the Kennedy School with you families. Prepare yourselves for the adventu...
Mar27, 2020

Top 3 Resources for Getting Through Social Distancing

By Columbia University |March 27, 2020

Among the many messages you may be getting from friends and family (some real and some annoying WhatsApp forwards that are clearly fake), it can be quite hard to take care of yourself. Because we’re all checking emails and the news (and Admissions emails!) for updates, we thought we would provide you with some things […]...
Mar26, 2020

#ElliottProud: Peter Demers

By Elliott School Graduate Admissions |March 26, 2020

Peter Demers is a 2014 graduate of the Elliott School holding an M.A. in Latin American and Hemispheric Studies. He currently serves as an Audit Manager at Brown Brothers Harriman & Co., a private bank in New York, where he oversees the bank’s financial crimes programs. Prior to joining BBH, Peter was a consultant with the Financial Crimes Advisory practice of Ernst & Young LLP. While studying at GW, Peter was a Research Assistant at the William J. Perry Center for Hemispheric Defense...
Mar26, 2020

From the home office: an update from Jessica

By Tufts University |March 26, 2020

As we all adjust to our new home-based work lives, I’ve asked all the members of our team to provide readers with an update from their respective corners of our operation. We’ll start with Jessica, as she’s by far the most experienced blogger among us (she created and managed this blog for many years before I took over). She also has the possible benefit of going first, when there’s still some novelty to our new circumstances. We’ll see if colleagues I’ve task...
Mar25, 2020

HNC Career Services in the Time of COVID-19

By Johns Hopkins University |March 25, 2020

Some of you may be wondering how the HNC is moving forward with student services during this unprecedented and challenging time. HNC career services activities and offerings are being adjusted to meet the changing circumstances of COVID-19. Below are just a few of the virtual Career Services initiatives being offered to the HNC student community.SAIS-Wide Virtual Career ServicesHNC students can now benefit from expanded access to virtual career services programming in DC and Bologna as...
Mar25, 2020

Japan-U.S. Alliance. The Critical Architecture for Security and Prosperity in the Asia Pacific.

By University of Denver |March 25, 2020

The strategic challenge for the United States and Japan in Asia is to engage a rising China, while maintaining a favorable balance of power for the United States, Japan and its allies. A robust U.S.-Japan alliance is critical to the effort and necessitates sustained dialogue on how the alliance can shape the regional order. Achieving that objective will require the United States and Japan to articulate strategy to maintain the balance in the Asia Pacific and understand the benefit that both brin...