Currently, security has become global due to the acceleration of globalization and integration processes. Consequently, the effects of threats and risks are already being considered at the global political level, hence the new term global security has emerged, a model of security which is carried out by international and intergovernmental organizations. It is based on principles and norms of international law the implementation of which obliges states, as actors in international politics, to pay more attention to sovereignty, and in case of its gross violation - to be held accountable.
A global threat can arise not only from the state but also from an entity that is not an international actor and international law is powerless to prevent its actions in any way. For example, the effects of the COVID-19 virus, which is a trend-centric threat of an asymmetric nature, and its identification is carried out in the format of safety studies (health and biosafety sectors). Such precedents require a completely special approach and analysis.
In addition, there has recently been a growing trend in demand for narrow, specialized analysts who are able not to only timely identify, prevent, and model analytical planning of outcomes, but also predict them accurately.
Furthermore, it should be noted that nowadays there is a growing demand worldwide for qualified security research specialists in state agencies and bodies, as well as in research organizations, higher education institutions, as well as in regional and international organizations. Thus, the practical purpose of training specialists with this qualification in the academic and research field in Georgia is of special importance.
Due to the above-mentioned, Postgraduate Program in Global Policy and Security Studies offered in English appeared on the Georgian educational market for the first time. Its graduates will be pioneers to be awarded a Master’s degree in Security Studies in the history of higher academic education programs.
The postgraduate program has been developed as a result of consultations with professors of relevant specialties and experienced experts in the field from Canada, Argentina, Poland, Ukraine, and other leading universities in Central Europe, who will be directly involved in the implementation of this program together with Georgian professors.
It is worth mentioning that the program prepares Masters of Global Policy and Security Studies and aims to train graduates focused on the development of current scientific and international relations in the region and the world. It will contribute to the internationalization of research in this area and the involvement of Georgia in perfecting the current academic field.
As for the postgraduate program, its duration is 2 years, it covers 120 credits. Within the framework of the program, students will study compulsory and modular courses of the specialization, elective courses of the specialization will be offered internships, and complete a master’s thesis.
Besides mandatory specialization courses (Theory and Practice of Modern Security Challenges, Global Policy Issues, Regional Security Studies (Black Sea basin, post-Soviet space), National Security Research Analysis and Strategy Planning, and Modern Chemical, Biological, Radiological and Nuclear Safety Challenges), Modular compulsory courses in the specialty allow students to study courses that develop academic awareness in the field of security studies from the three compulsory blocks offered under the program - Military Security, Economic Security, and Information Security. They can study such courses that develop academic awareness in the field of security studies, which is essential to better explore these three topical areas and to better understand global threats. These courses are Theory and Analysis of Hybrid War; Military Strategy and Globalization; Economic Security Analysis; UN Security Council Resolutions on the Control of Strategic Products and Restrictions on International Trade; Information Security Strategy and Analytical Models; Cyber Security and Cyber Protection.
Students will choose the object of internship in the last semester in public, private or scientific-analytical sector institutions according to the specific module.
As for elective specialization courses, they allow a student to become even more widely aware of the role and place of safety research in specific academic areas.
At the same time, a student will understand which offered courses (Analysis of Geoeconomic Research, Terrorism and Counter-Terrorism, Impact of Religion on International Security, Geopolitics and Geoeconomics, Psychological Warfare, Special Services, and International Relations, Analysis of Chemical, Biological, Radiological and Nuclear (CBRN) Hazards and Risks) facilitate more his/her development as a professional researcher and analytical skills.
As for the research paper, students will write it in the IV semester of the program and defend it before a specially created commission.
Famous Georgian scientists and experienced experts in the field will deliver lectures on the postgraduate program. As for the involvement of foreign experts in the implementation of the program, due to the existing pandemic, their active involvement through online portals is envisaged.
Foreign experts will share news on global security topics with our students and will be involved in the selection of their master’s thesis, and in the future, it is planned to invite them and other foreign experts at the defense of master’s theses, as members of the committee.
The effective implementation of the program will be facilitated by the following bodies operating at the Faculty of Social Sciences:
As for the literature, the program is provided with all the necessary literature so Caucasus International University Library currently has the mandatory literature and study materials relevant to all courses.
The existence of the academic program will definitely contribute to the development of this very important field in our country and the training of qualified specialists, which will allow Georgia to become a hub in the region in the field of security studies and a center for preparing highly qualified international staff.
Special offer to the first cohort of students!
The first cohort of students of the postgraduate program in Global Policy and Security Studies offered in English, who will be admitted to the program till March 29, will study for free till graduation (2 years). Their studies will be fully funded by Science and Technology center in Ukraine.
Date of commencement of study and preconditions for admission:
Enrollment in the postgraduate program in Global Policy and Security Studies is open to a person with a bachelor’s degree or equivalent academic degree in any field/ specialty, who will be admitted on the basis of the results of the General Graduate Examinations and the internal university exam.
It is possible to be admitted to the program without passing General Graduate Examinations:
As the donation program with partner organizations is scheduled on time, the first admission was announced in the spring semester, which reduces the chances of enrolling Georgian students on the first admission, as it is necessary for them to pass a General Graduate Examinations. In the current semester, we expect to admit only international students or Georgian applicants who have completed a bachelor’s degree abroad (requirements for enrollment without passing the General Graduate Exams).