Global Master of Arts Program well underway.
Lieutenant General Tome H. Walters Jr., former Director of DSCA, spearheaded this initiative. The memorandum of understanding, signed by General Walters and the Fletcher School's Dean Stephen Bosworth, describes the anticipated result:
The goal of this educational approach will be a cohesive team of international affairs professionals from various organizations, backgrounds and cultures working, learning, and networking to reach their combined goal of earning an advanced degree in International Affairs. The benefit to the international affairs community as a whole will be employees with better knowledge, skills, and personal networks leading to more efficient and effective solutions to challenges facing their respective organizations.
The Global Master of Arts Program II's interdisciplinary curriculum includes courses in Leadership and Management, International Negotiation, International Politics, International Finance, Transnational Social Issues, International Trade Economics and Investment, Security Studies, and International Organizations.
The Global Master of Arts Program II draws its faculty from the same world-class group of thinkers and practitioners that lead GMAP I and the Fletcher School's on-site degree programs. Their experience and expertise in the fields of law, politics, economics, and security studies is unsurpassed.
The current GMAP II students, began their academic year with a reading period in March 2004. During the initial residency on the Tufts campus, they balanced intensive classroom time with lectures by General Dr. Klaus Reinhardt, the Former Commander of Kosovo Force, His Excellency Daniel Ayalon, Ambassador of Israel to the United States, and Robert Kaplan, correspondent for The Atlantic Monthly. Since then, they have alternated two-week residencies with internet-mediated coursework. They will complete their program requirements and thesis by March 2005.
Current students had the following to say about the program:
The GMAP II experience made an interminable impact on my perception of the world past, present, and future. The residency and calibre of guest speakers, the readings, lectures, videos and discussions all opened my eyes and caused me to view world events as well as job-related policy changes and directives differently. Seeing how the different areas of international studies relate to each other really brought the global perspective together for me even in my daily work. Every sacrifice was worth the reward of global education, friendships, and a broadened viewpoint. I formed friendships some of which I know will last a lifetime, and I have already called on some of them for job-relation issues. Dean Nutter and The Fletcher School have broken the code for this type of distance learning program. GMAP II is exceeding abundantly above anything I could have imagined, and I am honored to have been a participant. Program Management Department Head, Naval Education and Training Security Assistance Field Activity GMAP II will enable me to anticipate and respond to the uncertainties of a changing social, political and economic world. The in-depth understanding of the international arena acquired through GMAP will assist with effective decision-making in just about every realm. Program Manager for the U.S. European Command GMAP II, with its DoD specific component, is providing me with an invaluable education and network to help support my role at Pratt and Whitney. The interaction between public and private sector professionals is enhanced through the phenomenal academic leadership of the Fletcher School. The program's focus on real world issues like "transformation," and "globalization," is providing immense benefit. The investment and return to my company is well served by my enhanced knowledge and understanding of our shrinking world, not to mention the contacts and resources, that will continue to make an impact after the program's completion. Pratt and Whitney, Military Aftermarket Services Specalist We have not yet completed the first term but already the diverse and thought provoking program content, faculty that are world class yet extremely easy to talk to and, most importantly, learn from and the superb caliber of my classmates--especially my teammates have provided a perspective that has already proven useful in my advice to senior principals within the United States government. This program empowers one to use a multi-disciplinary macro-view approach to many of the issues facing those of us in government service today. My previous military experiences and training were extremely valuable but relatively tightly focused. GMAP has put many more tools in my toolkit. Deputy Chief, Pacific Division, Deputy Undersecretary of the Air Force, International Affairs
Recruitment of DoD sponsored applicants is coordinated through the Army, Navy, Air Force and Defense Security Cooperation Agency. Recruitment for the next intake (Class of 2006) will begin in January of 2005. For more information on the application process, please visit: http://www.disam.dsca.mil/GMAPII/GMAPII.htm.
Applicants from other U.S. government agencies, foreign governments, international organizations, and the private and non-government sectors should apply directly to the Fletcher School's GMAP office. Inquiries can be made to Ms. Alice Wei, Program Assistant at (617) 6272429 or e-mail address firstname.lastname@example.org. Interested candidates from these groups are highly encouraged to the Class of 2005 (beginning in March 2005). Applications are currently being accepted and will be reviewed on a rolling basis until January 2005.
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|Date:||Jun 22, 2004|
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