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Students at APSIA member schools contribute to global peace, prosperity, and understanding even during the course of their programs.

They believe the world can be a better place – and they are prepared to do the hard work needed to actively bring about that brighter future.

APSIA students are ready to solve the world’s problems. They are flexible enough to navigate the world as it is now and in the future.

Learn about some of our students and their work to transform the world:

Palak Sharma (MA 2019)

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Palak Sharma (MA 2019)

Investigating Environmental Protection in Patagonia

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Jackson MA students partnered with Futaleufu Riverkeeper, a Chilean NGO, to propose specific tools for increasing international protections for fragile ecosystems in Patagonia.

A day in the life of a MCEPA student

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In a Q&A complementing our Flickr tour of a day in the life of Charlie Vest, the 2019 MCEPA candidate paints a picture of what attending GPS looks like today

MGA STUDENT HELPS SUPPORT INNOVATION IN MOROCCO

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MGA Student Ashley Harrison talks about her internship at the American Chamber of Commerce in Casablanca, Morocco.

Scholar-at-Risk: U of T’s Noura Al-Jizawi, a key player in the Syrian uprising, became an opposition leader

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Al-Jizawi, who came to U of T through a Scholars-at-Risk scholarship, was one of the young leaders who kickstarted the movement, which has gone from being a peaceful revolt to a full-scale civil war w

MUNK SCHOOL GRAD FIGHTS FOR PRESS FREEDOMS

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Master of Global Affairs (MGA) alumna Kerry Paterson (MGA’14) loves her new job, in spite of the horrors. This year, she began working in New York City as the Global Advocacy and Communications Manage

MUNK SCHOOL MEETS: VALENTINA BRICEÑO-STROCCHIA

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Valentina Briceño-Strocchia is a second-year student in the Master of Global Affairs (MGA) program. Now doing her exchange in Paris, France at Sciences Po, Briceño-Strocchia spent her summer interning

#BEANMGA: MUNK SCHOOL STUDENTS READY TO LEAVE THEIR MARK ON REAL-WORLD POLICY

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To celebrate our MGA students and shed some light on the program’s unique professional focus, we spoke to three students who shared their favourite experiences, as well as their aspirations and plans

U of T students find UNHCR cash-transfer program reaches more Syrian refugees

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A University of Toronto student-led project examining a cash-transfer program’s success in Jordan with Syrian refugees was featured in the Globe and Mail.

Technology assessment at the nexus of STEM and policy

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GPS students and alumni learn how to assess genetic engineering at the intersection of policy and regulation

My way

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Anja Moser, MIA student and intern at the United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (UNESCAP), Bangkok, about her MIA experience.

Sarp Yanki Kalfa (MIEF)

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Johns Hopkins SAIS Student Snapshot

Battery storage at the center of energy policy

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GPS students look at battery storage options in Florida in a study designed to solve real-world problems

Maria Gershuni (MA 2019)

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Student Profile: Read about Maria Gershuni’s experience at Johns Hopkins SAIS.

United we dream

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A critical half-day event hosted by USMEX offers DACA recipients a collective voice and narrative at UC San Diego

Our 2017-2018 Boren Fellows

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Two students working abroad pen their experience and discuss how GPS prepared them to be the next generation of global leaders

Internship field report, Will Feuer @ Southeast Asia Globe in Phnom Penh, Cambodia

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The Monday before that pivotal weekend began as most Mondays did in Phnom Penh. I had my coffee, wrote my morning article, and our weekly editorial meeting began, when reporters pitch stories.

Omair Khan (MPP ’18) wins first Rumsfeld Fellowship from University of Michigan

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The Rumsfeld Foundation awarded Omair Khan (MPP ’18) one of just 20 graduate fellowships this year, making Khan the first Rumsfeld Fellow from the University of Michigan.

Students craft views on climate change at COP23

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Four students author their insights on climate change and the valuable lessons learned in environmental policy at the United Nations’ leading conference

Why GPS: A niche in life

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As part of an ongoing series, we give students the creative liberty to opine on their favorite memories from the School and “why GPS” is a solid fit to pursue their graduate education

Why GPS: Discovering a passion for all things math

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As part of an ongoing series, we give students the creative liberty to opine on their favorite memories from the School and “why GPS” is a solid fit to pursue their graduate education

Our 2017-18 Dean’s Fellows

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Three students selected as GPS’s 2017-18 Dean’s Fellows share their experiences that qualify them for this special distinction

A ‘Prep Program’ for success, before day one

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Incoming GPS students dive deep into the prep program, plus learn how to leverage their alumni network even before day one of the official start of the school year

Why GPS: Apply now and figure it out later

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As part of an ongoing series, we give students the creative liberty to opine on their favorite memories from the School and “why GPS” is a solid fit to pursue their graduate education

Why GPS: Finding solid ground after years overseas

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As part of an ongoing series, we give students the creative liberty to opine on their favorite memories from the School and “why GPS” is a solid fit to pursue their graduate education

Combating Terrorism at the Pentagon and West Point

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Two Yale students, Ellen Chapin and Will Wright, are spending the summer making America safer. Both won Harold W. Rosenthal Fellowships in International Relations.

Science Policy Fellows program trains ‘high-impact researchers’

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In its third year, GPS’s Science Policy Fellows program continues bridging disciplines at UC San Diego, delivers new research and even prototype tools

Why GPS: Pursuing a different tune

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As part of an ongoing series, we give students the creative liberty to opine on their favorite memories from the School and “why GPS” is a solid fit to pursue their graduate education

Honoring standout students

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GPS celebrated its 2017 award winners with an intimate luncheon on May 12