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Cattolica International

Advanced Global Studies

Campus: Milan
School: ASERI
Intake: November 2020
Duration: November 2020 - October 2021
Language of instruction: English
Total ECTS: 60
The Master in Advanced Global Studies focuses on international relations, economics, politics and law, as well as those emerging issues that challenge today’s global system, with a specific attention to the themes of human security and sustainable development. It provides a well-balanced combination of theory and practice, enriching the learning process. 

Distinguished Faculty and top-level professionals make the Master a unique experience.  

The Master trains professionals with the analytical skills to comprehend the different elements that constitute our complex world; to develop students’ abilities to collect and interpret information and international events; to manage technical and scientific aspects of international projects; to identify and interact with local and global cultures through a multidisciplinary approach and specialized competences.

The Master is taught by ASERI, Graduate school of Economics and International Relations. ASERI Masters' courses are designed in response to the current job market demands: they train students in a constant face to face comparison with theoretical topics, but provoking their personalities and experiences to form a practical and highly professional point of view.

Upon completion of the Master, students will be prepared to manage and evaluate specific international events and problems from different perspectives, consistently with their previous training and experience, within numerous organizations:
  • International Institutions
  • Private Companies
  • Research Centers
  • Public Administration
  • NGOs

Past Internships

African Union - Sudan
Associazione Italia Russia - Italy
AVSI - Italy
Bank of New York Mellon - Italy
Cairo Institute for Human Rights studies - Egypt
CARI - Argentina
Chatham House - United Kingdom
CheBanca! - Italy
Consulate General of Ecuador - Spain
Consulate General of Lebanon - Italy
Consulate General of the United States - Italy
COOPI - Italy
Delegation of the EU to Russia - Russia
Edison - Belgium
Embassy of the Republic of Serbia - Belgium
Eni - Italy
ENTSOG - Belgium
European Parliament - Belgium
FAO - Italy
Honorary Consulate of the Czech Republic - Italy
ICE - U.S.A.
IEMed - Spain
Il Caffè Geopolitico - Italy
Istituto Affari Internazionali - Italy
International Criminal Tribunal for the Former Yugoslavia - Netherlands
International Organization for Migration - Belgium
Italo-Russian Chamber of Commerce - Italy
ITC/ILO - Italy
LVMH - Italy
MARSH - Italy
Ministero dello Sviluppo Economico - Italy
Nielsen - U.S.A.
OSCE - Serbia
Otterbein University - U.S.A.
Peace Research Institute Frankfurt - Germany
Pro Ecuador - Italy
Project for People - Italy
ProMexico - Italy
PROMOS - Morocco, Israel, Italy
Representation of the European Commission in Spain - Spain
SACE - Italy
Spanish Tourist Office - Italy
The Hague Centre for Strategic Studies - Netherlands
Transcrime - Italy
UNCTAD - Switzerland
UNESCO - France
Università degli Studi di Trento - Italy  
UNRIC - Belgium
UniCredit - Germany, Italy
WHO - Switzerland
The Master in International Relations offers high quality training to a group of 25 students from all continents. The learning platform includes lectures, seminars and a tutored internship. The faculty, composed of scholars and professionals from international institutions and non-governmental organizations. shares its experience with the class.

Scientific coordinator
Damiano Palano

Faculty members

  • Alcañiz Isabella - Assistant Professor in the Department of Government and Politics and the Faculty Advisor for the Environmental Science and Policy programme (Environmental Politics and Policy Concentration) at the University of Maryland
  • Al-Marashi Ibrahim - Associate professor at California State University San Marcos (CSUSM)
  • Arango Orlando - European Investment Bank senior officer and Deputy Head of Division, spokesperson in Brussels and advisor of the Vice-president on the Management Committee
  • Ascari Raoul - Chief Operating Officer of SACE S.p.A.
  • Borsani Matteo Carlo - Director at the representative office of Confindustria to the European Union
  • Cistulli Vito - Senior agricultural economist at the FAO
  • Cox Michael - Chair in the Department of International Relations at the London School of Economics
  • Dembinski Paul - Chair of International Strategy and Competition on a half-time basis, University of Fribourg
  • Di Cera Fabio - External Relations Officer at the World Health Organization (WHO)
  • Evangelista Matthew - President White Professor of History and Political Science in the Department of Government at Cornell University, Ithaca, New York (USA)
  • Ferrazzi Matteo - CEE Division of UniCredit as Head of Strategy and Business Communication for CEE Corporate and Investment Banking
  • Ferri Marcella - PhD in Science of International Cooperation and Adjunct Professor of Institutions of Comparative and European Law - module of European Law at the University of Bergamo
  • Gestri Marco - Professor of International Law and Director of the Centre for Research on the European Union, University of Modena and Reggio Emilia
  • Goldstein Andrea - Senior Economic Affairs Officer at the ESCAP Subregional Office for East and North-East Asia of the United Nations
  • Graziosi Antonio - Director of the Decent Work Technical Support Team and Country Office for Central and Eastern Europe at International Labour Organization in Budapest
  • Grbac Deborah - Librarian at the University Central Library, trainer in Information Literacy Courses for the Faculty of Political and Social Sciences and authors of many essays and publications
  • Gu Xuewu - Chair in International Relations and Director of Center for Global Studies at the University of Bonn in Germany
  • Hopf Theodore Geoffrey - Provost Chair Professor of Political Science at National University of Singapore
  • Johaar Soraya - Career Development Officer at UNESCO, Paris
  • Király Miklós - Professor of Law and since 2008 is the Dean of the Faculty of Law at Eötvös Loránd University, Budapest
  • Klein Martin - Professor of international economics at the School of Economics and Business at Martin-Luther-Universität Halle-Wittenberg
  • Kühnhardt Ludger - Director at the Center for European Integration Studies (ZEI) and Professor at the Institute for Political Science and Sociology at the University of Bonn
  • Lombardi Marco - Responsible for ITSTIME research center and Associated professor at Università Cattolica del Sacro Cuore
  • Malamud Andrés
  • Miceli Valeria - Professor of Economics of Financial Markets at Università Cattolica del Sacro Cuore
  • Musquar Philippe - Head of the secretariat of the European Parliament Committee on agriculture and rural development (AGRI)
  • Nicolini Beatrice - Professor of History and Institutions of Africa and member of Ph.D. School Committee History and Politics at the Faculty of Political and Social Sciences, Università Cattolica del Sacro Cuore
  • Panarella Alfredo - Economic advisor to the President of the European Councile
  • Pigoli Aldo - Adjunct Professor of History of Contemporary Africa and History of Civilizations and Political Cultures at the Università Cattolica del Sacro Cuore
  • Plebani Andrea - Research Fellow at Università Cattolica del Sacro Cuore and Associate Research Fellow at the Italian Institute for International Political Studies (ISPI)
  • Riva Massimiliano - United Nations Development Programme
  • Rosenthal Thomas - Professor of History and Geoeconomics: China economic development at the Faculty of Political and Social Sciences of the Università Cattolica del Sacro Cuore
  • Roshanian Arouna - Specialist on Resources and Partnerships Mobilisation
  • Scaratti Giuseppe - Psychologist, full professor of Work and Organizational Psychology for the Faculty of Economics at Università Cattolica del Sacro Cuore
  • Tortora Manuela - Senior staff member of the United Nations Secretariat (UN Conference on Trade and Development, Geneva) from 1999 to 2014
  • Zimmermann Thomas A - Swiss State Secretariat for Economic Affairs (SECO) in Berne, Switzerland
  • Zoboli Roberto - Full Professor of Economic Policies for Resources and the Environment at Università Cattolica del Sacro Cuore and Director of the Milan Unit of CERIS, Institute of Research on Firms and Growth, National Research Council of Italy
The year spent at ASERI, at the Master in International Relations has been a highly enriching experience from every point of view. The plus of the Master, for me, is given by the diversity I had to face every single day in the class, where everything was an opportunity to discuss and confront with other students and professors of different backgrounds, nationalities and cultures. Almost six months after the end of the Master I can say that all my expectations have been completely satisfied: I feel I have gained a better understanding of myself and of the world and the people around me.

Michele Varalda, Consultant, Risk & Compliance, KPMG Advisory SpA, Milan, Italy

During my ASERI experience, I learned almost as much from my colleagues as I did from my professors. Our various personal and professional experiences deepened our classroom discussions and created learning opportunities outside of our reading material. I also thoroughly enjoyed studying with accomplished professors, who encouraged me to seek to understand our world in new ways. All of this with the background of the beautiful city of Milan – what a special opportunity it was to study at ASERI!

Laurel Zigerelli, Deputy Project Manager & Latin America Research Analyst, Ascendant Programme Services, LLC, MIR 2014-2015, USA