The Jindal School of International Affairs (JSIA), a division of the O.P. Jindal Global University in Delhi, stands out as a trailblazing educational institute in India. Jindal’s is the first Global Policy School in the country and has the foresight to become a strong, leading international affairs program. The institution claims to have been founded in “response to numerous calls to action for improving the human resources India possesses in its journey of global ascendancy.” A main tenet of the school’s mission is to further integrate the country on the global stage.
Already the school is making waves with its Master of Arts in Diplomacy, Law and Business degree program, the first of its kind in the Asian region. The program comes with strong support, boasting experienced professionals as faculty. Instructors hold degrees from the top universities in the world, including Harvard, Yale, Oxford, Cambridge, and the London School of Economics. The school also retains a board of directors comprised of experts who hold esteemed positions at various universities.
Academic and Interactive Curriculum
The degree curriculum is spread over four semesters, and students are required to complete 36 credit hours in order to graduate. JSIA students can apply the program to a number of career fields, including human rights advocacy, humanitarian relief, strategic analysis, risk management, international justice, peace and conflict resolution, and economic development.
Diplomacy, Law and Business students receive rigorous academic and practical training, and are encouraged to challenge themselves in their understanding of global affairs. They study how the three disciplines have developed and influenced one another throughout history, and are therefore prepared to work across disciplines in the realm of international affairs. Degree requirements include completion of a master’s thesis, an internship and foreign language proficiency in either Mandarin Chinese, French, Spanish or Arabic. They are also exposed to the teachings and thinkings of a number of international affairs experts.
Students in the JSIA program will also have access to international resources, as the school is closely affiliated with the United Nations University in Tokyo; with Indiana University’s School of Public and Environmental Affairs (SPEA) and William Patterson University in the United States; Ryerson University in Canada; and National Tsing Hua University in Taiwan.
CNN reporter Fatima Mahdi Karan is a graduate of the program and she praised the in-depth understanding students can gain at JSIA:
As a news anchor and reporter with a top news channel, I appreciate the tools of analysis the programme provides; especially, when India grows further to be a key member of the global community.
Diplomat Joao Xerinda, political and economic first secretary to the High Commission of the Republic of Mozambique in New Delhi, also spoke of the program’s professional relevance:
It proved highly beneficial to me being a diplomat, as it refined my professional skills and is a boon for my future career.
Student Sonamika Bishnoi said:
My interest in pursuing M.A. (DLB) stems from a desire to follow a career in the international field. JSIA, with its international mix of faculty, has helped me enrich my knowledge of world affairs, and develop a broad understanding of the global political environment.
The Jindal campus includes first-class amenities so students can easily access their daily needs. Academic facilities include lecture halls, seminar rooms, discussion rooms and auditoriums. There is also a health center, dining hall, cafe, stationary shop, a gym, ATM and laundry services. The school also has a private security team on duty 24 hours a day.
The JSIA places a high premium on research, and number of specialized centers have been developed by the school for both students and faculty . Those include centers for Global Governance and Policy; Africa, Latin America and Caribbean Studies; European Studies; Disarmament and Non-Proliferation; Centre Emerging Economy Diplomacy; and the Study of Political Violence.
They have also begun publishing an academic journal, Jindal Journal of International Affairs, in which contributors discuss all manner of global affairs. The journal includes writing on war and peace, diplomatic practice, foreign policy analysis, comparative politics, international political economy, international organisations, humanitarian practice and contemporary world history.
While India alone is rich in practical examples and hands-on learning in terms of global affairs, the school teaches students not only about India’s role on the global scene, but about international affairs as a whole. Given India’s rapidly growing economy and its presence as one of the largest populations on the planet, studying here gives students a chance to gain a deeper understanding of the subcontinent, its strengths and its vulnerabilities. Staff and students are encouraged to publish in other forums as well, including writing books, policy memos and commentary pieces in the media.