University Senate                                                         

Proposed: November 13, 2009
Adopted: November 13, 2009

 

RESOLUTION TO ESTABLISH DUAL DEGREES LINKING
SIPA’S MASTER OF INTERNATIONAL AFFAIRS WITH MASTER’S DEGREES FROM THE ESCOLA DE ADMINISTRACAO DE EMPRESAS DE SAO PAULO OF THE FUNDACAO GETULIO VARGAS, BRAZIL

WHEREAS,     the Education Committee has favorably reviewed a proposal from the School of International and Public Affairs to establish a new program leading to the combined Master of International Affairs from SIPA and either the Professional Master’s Degree in International Management or the Professional Master’s Degree in Management and Public Policy from the Escola de Administracao de Empresas de Sao Paulo of the Fundacao Getulio Vargas, Brazil, and

WHEREAS,     the proposed program will offer a demanding course of graduate study and practice in international affairs, administration, and public policy, providing students with a path toward top-level positions in the public, private, and non-governmental sectors, and

WHEREAS,     the program is a unique opportunity for students to study public policy from two different academic, cultural, and professional perspectives in two languages within a shared program of study, and

WHEREAS,     students have expressed interest in studying at partner institutions in Latin America, and

WHEREAS,     the program will offer students employment opportunities in Brazil, and

WHEREAS,     the proposed degree program has been approved and endorsed by the Provost of the University,

THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED,      that the School of International and Public Affairs will establish a dual M.I.A. from SIPA and the Professional Master’s Degree in International Management or the Professional Master’s degree in Management and Public Policy from the Escola de Administracao de Empresas de Sao Paulo of the Fundacao Getulio Vargas, Brazil.

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED,           that the Senate forward this resolution to the Trustees for appropriate action.

Proponent: Committee on Education



Columbia University internal approval section
Dual Master of International Affairs from Columbia University’s School of International and Public Affairs (SIPA) and Master of International Management/Master of Management and Public Policy with the Fundação Getulio Vargas, Escola de Administração de Empresas de São Paulo (FGV-EAESP)


PURPOSE AND NEED
1) Purpose
A) Describe the purpose of the proposed program and the professional and educational assumptions that underlie it.
       In order to prevent duplication of efforts, insert here the 250 word program summary that you have prepared for the NYSED part of this proposal
Columbia University SIPA – Fundação Getulio Vargas EAESP 
Dual Masters Degree Programs

 

SIPA Master of International Affairs / EAESP Mestrado Profissional em Gestão Internacional

SIPA Master of International Affairs / EAESP Mestrado Profissional em Gestão e Políticas Públicas

The Columbia University School of International and Public Affairs and the Escola de Administração de Empresas de São Paulo of the Fundação Getulio Vargas have come together to propose a joint program combining the SIPA’s Master of International Affairs with FGV’s professional master’s degrees in international management and management and public policy. These two-year programs offer a demanding course of graduate study and practice in the area of international affairs, administration, and public policy, providing students a path toward top-level positions in the public, private, and non-governmental sectors. In these programs, taught in both English and Portuguese, students may focus on the main theories and management practices for public and private sector policy analysis and administration. Instruction is offered by distinguished scholars, business leaders and policy makers. The course of study combines core courses, seminars on specific issues with workshops, simulations, case studies, and presentations.

The Columbia University SIPA –  FGV-EAESP dual master’s degree programs last two academic years: the first year will be spent at SIPA in New York, the second year will take place at the FGV-EAESP in São Paulo.  Students will submit one application via the SIPA admissions office indicating whether they wish to combine the SIPA MIA with either the EAESP Master of International Management or the EAESP Master of Management and Public Policy.  Applications will be evaluated jointly by representatives from both institutions, and all admission decisions will be jointly made.  Students are enrolled full-time in both institutions and benefit from the student services of both institutions during their course of study.  Graduates will be talented bi-lingual or multi-lingual professionals with academic training in the analytical skills of the social sciences and with a focus on business administration, international affairs, or public policy. It is anticipated that graduates will work in public, private on non-profit institutions in Brazil or the United States, dealing with public issues or public institutions; or that they will pursue careers in multilateral governmental organizations, international NGOs, or multinational corporations.

B) How does the new program relate to ongoing programs? Will it replace any existing program(s)?

The Fundação Getulio Vargas (FGV) is one of the leading graduate schools in Brazil and Latin America, with a long-established reputation for top-level graduate education and research. By linking with both of these master’s programs at FGV, we will provide our students with options that include traditional public policy, but from a Latin American perspective, and the interaction of the public and private sectors. 

In addition, FGV enjoys a long established dominance in executive education programs.  They are interested in partnering with SIPA not only via the proposed dual degree relationship but also to develop joint executive education in Latin America and to build research collaborations. It is in the best interest of SIPA and SIPA’s students to strengthen our relationships with them.

SIPA has recently secured a significant donation of fellowship funds targeted toward Brazilian students.  These could be used to support students pursuing this dual degree.

This program will not replace any existing program.

C)
Does the proposed program completely or partially duplicate (an) existing program(s) in any other unit of the University?      

No.

D) Does the proposed program rely to a significant extent on courses that are offered by other units of the University?


No.

2) Need

A) Why is the proposed program needed locally, statewide or nationally?

For several years the School has been developing dual degree programs, student exchanges and faculty exchanges that allow us to bring to SIPA some of the most talented students and scholars from leading public policy schools around the world.  In addition, the development of dual degrees is intended to serve as a mechanism for us to learn more about other approaches to graduate public policy education around the world.

The program is a unique opportunity for students to experience education in two different locations, and will permit students to study public policy from two different academic, cultural, and professional perspectives within a shared program of study.

B) Have students at the University or elsewhere requested this program? How many?

Yes. Students have expressed interest in having relationships with partner institutions in Latin America, especially students focused on careers in the region or policy with a Latin American focus. It is anticipated that interest will increase sharply once the additional financial support from the donor gift is taken into account.

 C) If the program is career or professionally oriented, have persons in the profession or career requested establishment of the program? Have the employment needs of professionals in the field been taken into account when designing the program?

The program will greatly benefit students who are interested in seeking employment in the geographical location where they will be graduating, by offering them recruiting opportunities locally. Graduates from the GPPN schools have been known to take up employment in Paris, London, Mexico, and Singapore after studying and graduating from one of the dual degree and exchange programs.

D) What other institutions in the metropolitan area and in the Northeast offer similar programs? Have you consulted with them on the potential effect on their programs of our entry into the field?

There are currently no other International Relations programs in the Northeast offering a similar academic arrangement with the FGV-EAESP.