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Cattolica International

Course details

1st level - Scientific Training & Management Skills - 40 CFU

The course offers an important opportunity to deepen the theoretical analysis of the economic, political, historical, legal and institutional issues relevant to the global system. Due to the multidisciplinary character of this area, students have the opportunity to study and evaluate specific problems from different yet connected perspectives. 

Focus areas: Economics, Human Security & Sustainable Development, International Relations, Law & Institutions, Management Skills

Main topics covered: 

  • International Trade
  • Humanitarian Affairs
  • Migration flows
  • Environmental Policies
  • Public International Law
  • International Human Rights Law
  • Regional Integration
  • Emerging Actors and the International System
  • International Organizations Dynamics

The Management Skills area now also comprehends a soft skills assessment path. Thanks to the collaboration with BeInValYou, a company specialized in the assessment and development of soft skills such as negotiation, teamwork, conflict management and problem solving. Students will be accompanied in the identification and enhancement of these skills, much required in the job market.

2nd level - Advanced Training on Regional Areas - 15 CFU

The Master's programme includes an advanced training programme on the most relevant challenges that government, international organizations, NGOs and multinational private companies are facing in specific regional areas. Professionals and experts from specific fields are involved in planning, organizing and addressing introductory courses as well as seminars and case studies in the following areas:
  • Africa
  • Asia
  • Europe
  • Latin America
  • Middle East

3rd level - Project Work - 5 CFU

Participants join in the elaboration of a project work where the multidimensional analysis of a problem leads to the identification of its fundamental nodes.

4th level - Internship - 5 CFU

The research activity is completed with an internship, that gives the student the invaluable opportunity to strengthen competencies acquired during the Master.
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
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
  • ASYLUM ACCESS - Ecuador
  • 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
  • ITSTIME - 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
  • UNDEF - U.S.A.
  • Università degli Studi di Trento - Italy  
  • UNRIC - Belgium
  • UniCredit - Germany, Italy
  • WHO - Switzerland
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

Classes begin in mid-November 2021
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