European Studies: Global Policy and Governance Challenges

Global Policy and Governance Challenges focusses on the changing global environment and relations between Europe and the rest of the world. You will address contemporary problems like international migration and international development, and what they imply for  Europe, neighbouring countries and the Global South. The specialisation is anchored in international relations and comparative politics. You will look at EU relationships with other (emerging) global players and other regional organisations. The relations between Europe and the rest of the world are studied against the backdrop of a growing interdependence between countries, but also the global power shift characterised by the rise of the BRICS. Special attention is paid to non-European perspectives on solutions to global challenges and to the institutions supporting global governance.

Global Policy and Governance Challenges is one specialisation in the Master European Studies. Discover also our other specialisations:

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Rocio Ballesta Orta, Student Ambassador European Studies: Global Policy and Governance Challenges

“I am concerned about the global threats and challenges the international order faces nowadays and this master’s programme gives me the opportunity to study them in depth. I come from a very conservative environment and university really opened my eyes on topics like gender equality. This has affected my own personal life and therefore I am deeply committed to improve women’s rights and security around the globe. My main goal is to work for a European Institution in the fields of gender equality and security issues to have a positive impact on individuals and societies both within and outside the European Union.

As a prospective student of European Studies, I wanted to enrol in a university that portrayed the values of the European Union. At Maastricht University, diversity and respect are core values, which were the main reasons for my application. Furthermore, I was attracted by the international environment, and I believe that the Problem-Based Learning (PBL) system fosters student’s critical thinking through active participation. I consider the skills we learn in PBL to be crucial for working in politics.

My favourite place in Maastricht is Sint Pietersberg. I love the versatility of this place because you can go hiking around or just relax with friends after class and during the weekends. Maastricht views and the sunset from up there are amazing. For me, it is the perfect place to enjoy a totally peaceful state of mind.”

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Rocio Ballesta Orta, Student Ambassador European Studies: Global Policy 2021-2022

“The Problem-Based Learning system fosters student’s critical thinking through active participation.”

Rocío comes from Spain, where she completed a bachelor’s degree in International Relations at Universidad Loyola in Seville.

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If you do not satisfy the admission requirements of this Master's programme you may be able to enrol in a Pre-master's course year. Check out the Pre-master information and learn more about the programme, the courses and the requirements.

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