24 November 2011

The University of Queensland's School of Political Science and International Studies has been admitted into the Association of Professional Schools of International Affairs (APSIA) as its newest and only full member in Australia.

APSIA is an educational organisation of graduate level schools of international affairs, with over 60 full and affiliated members across the world.

In order to qualify for full membership, the School went through a rigorous review process showing high academic quality in educational programs, a substantial and demonstrated commitment to the study of international affairs and a commitment to graduate professional training.

"Full membership is not only an accolade for the School, but it also opens the door for our students to careers and networks around the world," said Head of School, Professor Gillian Whitehouse.

Member schools are seen as the among the best sources of education for international affairs professionals, preparing students for the global workplace by combining multidisciplinary, policy-oriented, intercultural studies with career development.

APSIA members work on the basis of training students to lead in a world where nations are increasingly linked in matters of peace and war, business and commerce, and the development and sharing of human and natural resources.

APSIA schools have a reputation for producing diverse, well-educated and sophisticated international affairs professionals, many of whom hold leadership positions in the public, private and not-for-profit sectors throughout the United States and the world.

Work on integrating APSIA career services into the School of Political Science and International Studies will begin early in 2012.

Media: Gillian Ievers, g.ievers@uq.edu.au