Minneapolis, MN (05/27/09) - J. Brian Atwood, dean of the University of Minnesota's Humphrey Institute of Public Affairs, has been elected president of the Association of Professional Schools of International Affairs (APSIA). His two-year term begins June 1.
"APSIA member schools set the standards in professional international affairs education." explains Leigh Morris Sloane, APSIA's executive director. "The association will greatly benefit from Dean Atwood's leadership and vision based on an impressive wealth of experience. He has been a major voice in the international affairs field and is an ideal representative of APSIA's mission."
APSIA schools take a multi-disciplinary approach to professional education, offering programs that integrate political science, economics, history, law, and business. Students gain the skills-in economics, policy analysis, management, communications, and foreign languages-needed to excel as practitioners. They are prepared for the global marketplace, and many hold leadership positions in the public, private, and not-for-profit sectors throughout the United States and the world.
APSIA's 34 member schools represent North America, Asia, and Europe. Each is the primary source of education for international affairs in their respective countries. Recent past presidents of the association include deans from the top-rated public policy and international relations degree programs in the country, including the Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs at Syracuse University, the School of International and Public Affairs at Columbia University, American University's School of International Service, and Georgetown University's School of Foreign Service.
"Brian Atwood's election to the presidency of APSIA is a richly deserved honor," says Professor Robert Kudrle, chair of the Humphrey Institute's global policy area and director of the Freeman Center for International and Economic Policy. "It also sends a far-reaching signal that the Humphrey Institute's global policy curriculum is among the best in the world. His leadership of APSIA will raise our profile worldwide and ensure that we attract students who are future leaders in the international arena."
Global policy is one of the most popular concentrations for students in the Institute's Master of Public Policy and Master of Public Affairs degree programs. Responding to increased demand, the Institute has hired new faculty members and now offers more courses in foreign relations, security policy, and international development. The school also has proposed a new Master of Development Practice degree to be offered with the University's Interdisciplinary Center for the Study of Global Change and other colleges.
Contributing to its global profile, the Institute also hosts a number of mid-career international fellowship programs, including the Humphrey International Fellows, Muskie Fellows, and programs in cooperation with the Indian and Liberian governments.