Wednesday, November 30, 2016

GPP Cohort Begins Capstone Residency with a Trip to India

During the final module of the Global Policy Program, Johns Hopkins SAIS students work in teams to complete a project for an overseas client and travel abroad as a cohort for site visits, interviews and consultations. This November, students traveled to India to finalize research projects on issues such as US-India trade policy, democratic reforms, renewable energy, defense diplomacy, and information economies.  Five teams met collectively with representatives from over 35 organizations across sectors including many corporate CEOs and government officials including India’s Defense Minister.

Capstone residencies are essential components of the Global Policy Program. These intense, multi-day exercises take students outside the standard classroom and challenge them to apply lessons learned from their coursework.

Our first GPP cohort began their capstone residency by exploring 400 years of Indian history

The GPP is designed as an executive program, and all applicants must have a minimum of seven years of work experience after completion of an accredited undergraduate degree. For more information on the Global Public Policy program, please visit our website, attend an MIPP/GPP Information Session, and visit us during our Saturday open office hours.

Monday, November 28, 2016

Johns Hopkins SAIS featured in Foreign Policy’s Guide to Leaders in Higher Education

Foreign Policy’s 2016 Guide to Leaders in Higher Education is now live, and Johns Hopkins SAIS is featured. In this year's report, Foreign Policy takes a look at the International Development Practicum. You can read the article here, and you can read more about the International Development Practicum here.

Wednesday, November 23, 2016

Don't Miss SAIS Europe's Open Day -- December 5

SAIS Europe opens its doors to prospective students who are considering their post-graduate school options to offer them an opportunity to get to know the faculty, staff and students. Open Day is the best way to learn about SAIS Europe's Master's programs and get a first-hand look at the campus before applying. The Open Day date is Monday, December 5, 2016.

Click here for the day's schedule and to register.

Happy Thanksgiving!

We wish everyone a happy Thanksgiving! In observance of the holiday, our office will be closed November 23 through November 27. We will resume normal business hours on Monday, November 28.

While you're on your break, why not read some application tips from our Associate Director of Admissions?

1. Letters of Recommendation
2. Class Visits
3. Interviews
4. Statement of Purpose
5. Standardized Tests
6. The Analytical Essay
7. The Résumé/CV

Tuesday, November 22, 2016

Ben, What Do You Enjoy Doing In Washington, DC?

DC is one of the most diverse, vibrant cities in the country. As a foreign policy wonk, it’s also an endless supply of events that can supplement a SAIS education. For example, I’m a big proponent of attending events at Brookings, CSIS, Carnegie, and DC’s other IR schools. If think tanks aren’t your style, there are also dozens of free events every day at museums, government agencies, community centers, etc. Subscribe to the listserv of any organization you may be interested in, just to keep an ear to the ground for noteworthy events.

Being a part of a non-SAIS community group in DC is also really advantageous. For example, I’m part of the DC Stonewall Bocce league, which plays every Thursday in Logan Circle. I’ve been able to make friends of different ages and career paths through the league, and it provides a way to unplug from the SAIS routine.

Finally, I’m a big fan of getting away from DuPont Circle. As great as DuPont is, it is also commercial and largely devoid of the local vibe that makes residential DC so great. On weekends, I spend my time in neighborhoods like Bloomingdale, LeDroit Park, and Shaw, simply because each neighborhood has a local appeal that is worth investigating. DC is a very walk-able city that changes from block to block; so hunkering down at the SAIS library rather than exploring it would mean missing out on everything the city has to offer.

Thanks for reading,
Ben, Student Blogger

Friday, November 18, 2016

Event Recap: Johns Hopkins SAIS International Dinner 2016

Given that international students make up 43% of the MA class, it is no surprise that the International Dinner is one of our favorite annual traditions here at Johns Hopkins SAIS. Featuring a lively talent show, a smorgasbord of cultural cuisine, and a number of students dressed in traditional cultural garb, the International Dinner allows students let loose before time comes to buckle down and study for midterms.

This year, students brought a vast array of cultural dishes including Chicken kothu, latkes, Som Tam, and Brazilian cheese breadeither as part of a cooking team, as a partner to a student organization, or as individuals. Stage performances ranged from dance to music to acrobatics.

At the end of the night, after having tried food from 19 SGA-sponsored cooking teams, students voted for Best Dish of the Night and Best Performance of the Night. Looking at photos from the night, I would venture to guess that it was a pretty close call.

Thanks for reading!
Jessica, Admissions Coordinator

Thursday, November 17, 2016

Join Us For Today's Events: Graduate School Fair & Taster Lecture

Howard University Graduate and Professional School's Fair, 1pm

We invite you to participate in Howard University's 2016 Graduate and Professional School Fair scheduled for Thursday, November 17, 2016 from 1:00pm to 5:00pm at Howard University's Armour J. Blackburn University Center. Forty graduate and professional school programs, including Johns Hopkins SAIS, will be present.

Please submit your registration here.

Prospective Student Taster Lecture, 6pm

This evening, see firsthand how Johns Hopkins SAIS lecturers inform and engage students in critical international relations issues by joining us for a Taster Lecture delivered by Jessica Fanzo.

Jessica Fanzo is the Bloomberg Distinguished Associate Professor of Ethics and Global Food & Agriculture at the Johns Hopkins Berman Institute of Bioethics and the School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS). Prior to coming to Johns Hopkins, Jessica was an Assistant Professor of Nutrition in the Institute of Human Nutrition and Department of Pediatrics at Columbia University in New York. She also served as the Senior Advisor of Nutrition Policy at the Center on Globalization and Sustainable Development at the Earth Institute.

Dr. Fanzo has worked in sub-Saharan Africa for a decade as well as South and East Asia in the last five years. Jessica’s area of expertise focuses on the multi-sectoral and system approaches to ensure better nutrition and diets. Her research is concentrated in three areas: (1) on the linkages between agriculture, water, and health to improve diversity and quality of maternal and young children’s diets in low-income rural communities, (2) the importance of regaining livelihoods in post-conflict regions through better nutrition governance (3) metrics for the emerging area of equitable, sustainable diets and value chains.

To register for this evening's event, please visit our Eventbrite page.

Thursday, November 10, 2016

Student Profile: Andrew Kovtun

We would like to share today a student spotlight featuring Andrew Kovtun, a second year Master of Arts student from Cleveland, Ohio who completed his first year of study in Bologna, Italy. Before coming to SAIS, Andrew served as a Political Affairs Intern at U.S. Mission to NATO. He speaks English, Russian, French, Spanish, Czech, and Ukrainian.

Name: Andrew Kovtun
Program: Master of Arts | Class of 2017
Concentration: International Development
Specialization: International Finance
Minor: Energy, Resources, and Environment

Thursday, November 3, 2016

Ben, What Clubs and Organizations Do You Participate In?

I take part in more social student organizations than I do professional and career clubs. For example, I co-lead SAIS’ LGBT student organization (SAIS Pride), participate in SAIS’ Diversity Council, and attend events by the Global Women in Leadership (GWL) group. All these organizations are fairly active on campus and strive to make the SAIS community more welcoming to students from all backgrounds. 

SAIS Pride, in particular, has become more prolific recently due to greater interest from current students and administration. The group generally hosts a mix of social, professional, and academic events, both on and off-campus. We try to take advantage of DC’s LGBT community, as well as the schools’ LGBT alumni network. This semester, we’ve hosted two off-campus Happy Hour networking events, co-sponsored an event with the GWL, and hosted US Ambassador to Vietnam Ted Osius, one of the first openly gay State appointees.

Current students and alumni gather at Trade for SAIS Pride Happy Hour.

Wednesday, November 2, 2016

The SAIS Advantage in Regional Studies

Choosing a concentration is one of the many ways in which Master of Arts students shape their academic experience. A concentration has the power to determine curriculum requirements, influence academic and professional interests, and even broaden job prospects post-graduation. Given that Johns Hopkins SAIS offers 22 concentrations, each offering a unique sets of benefits, it is crucial that candidates do their research to determine which is the best fit intellectually and professionally.

Today we will host a themed information session that will focus specifically on Regional studies at Johns Hopkins SAIS, and how choosing to concentrate in a specific region can give you a professional edge and help you advance your career. This session will be led and moderated by Dr. Christopher Sands, Senior Research Professor and director of the Center for Canadian Studies. Professor Sands will be joined by a panel or current students and alumni who chose to pursue their studies in a variety of different regions. Please register for this event via our Eventbrite page.

For a complete list of our information sessions and recruiting events, please see the SAIS Admissions recruiting schedule. For a complete list of Johns Hopkins SAIS concentrations, please click here. We hope you will be able to join us!

Tuesday, November 1, 2016

18 SAIS Admissions Events To Attend This November

This month, the Johns Hopkins SAIS admissions team is visiting a number of colleges and universities across California, and hosting a number of informational and networking events. Being that the January 7 application deadline is steadily approaching, we recommend attending one or more of these events, which will provide insights into the curriculum, student life, and the application process. Such insights will come in handy when time comes to polish your application.

On Campus Events
November 2     MA On-Campus Information Session: The Regional Studies Advantage
November 7     MIEF Admissions Open Day
November 7     MIPP & GPP On-Campus Information Session
November 17 Admissions Taster Lecture: Jessica Fanzo

Virtual Events
November 10   MIEF Virtual Information Session
November 15   MIPP & GPP Virtual Information Session
November 16   Virtual APSIA Graduate School Fair
November 14 SAIS-Tsinghua Dual Degree Virtual Information Session
November 22   Group of Five Virtual Information Session

College Visits
November 7     University of California, San Diego
November 8     Claremont McKenna College
November 9     Mount St. Mary's University
November 9     Pepperdine University
November 9     Occidental College Alumni & Current Student Mixer
November 10   University of California, Los Angeles
November 10   University of Southern California, Los Angeles
November 10   Loyola Marymount University

For more information on these events and to register, please visit our recruiting calendar.