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CENTRE FOR EUROPEAN STUDIES Master in EUROPEAN STUDIES AND THE EASTERN NEIGHBOURHOOD OF THE EU (English) The master program’s mission is to tutor and train specialists with higher education to conduct their activities in the area of foreign policy and international relations, as well as within the domestic political-decision level. Therefore, the mission of our specialization can be unfolded into the following components: education, research, development and training, as well as communication within national and international environment. Equipped with a wide range of knowledge, the IRES (International Relations and European Studies) specialization graduates can contribute through their integration in the areas of politics or diplomacy, by providing counselling or analysis services, as well as by creating an overall well-trained professional body of European civil servants. The years that passed since Romania's accession to NATO and the EU underline the need of people with expertise in these areas. In order to achieve the mission and the objectives, the IRES specialization provides the graduates with theoretical and methodological training and education, as well as with a specific capacity to exploit the acquired specialised skills in various sectors and institutions at local, regional, European and international level.  Overall objectives •	Studying issues of international relations and European studies in the context of political, economic and social changes and challenges that take place globally and, in particular, at European level;  •	Widening and deepening knowledge in the field of IRES within Aexandru Ioan Cuza University (AICU) through an English taught master programme (at national level, these kind of English taught programmes  are extremely limited, while at Alexandru Ioan Cuza University there are none); •	Boosting the internationalisation and visibility of AICU studies. The master program will address in particular (but not limited to) university students from Romania, as well as from any other EU and Eastern neighbourhood country (EU 28 Member States and Moldova, Ukraine, Belarus, Georgia, Armenia, Azerbaijan, as well as Russia); •	Training and developing professionals with valuable knowledge and expertise in the fields of international relations, European studies and project management in national and European public institutions.  Specific Objectives •	Developing the ability to use integration theories in the study of the political, economic and legal system of the European Union, as well as a thorough understanding of the theoretical approaches in the IRES filed; •	Understanding the operating system of the European Union, as well as the EU’s decision-making process in relation to Central and Eastern Europe, the EU’s Eastern Neighbourhood and Russia;  •	Grasping the main challenges that the defined space is facing today in a modified geopolitical context; •	Deepening ties between the EU and the defined space within AICU’s academic development line which has been initiated since 2011 and consists of three ERASMUS MUNDUS programs dedicated to the Eastern European Neighbourhood: (EMERGE, IANUS, IANUS II);  -	Materialising the study and analysis efforts of the (geo)political and economic context within the defined space.    The Master program will be completed upon writing and presenting a dissertation thesis in English (5 ECTS). The proposed themes will be within the educational program framework and shall focus on the areas of Central and Eastern Europe, the EU’s Eastern Neighbourhood and Russia. The methodology and research approach will comply with the requirements of the research department, as well as with the proposals made by the CES staff during courses and, in particular, within the Academic Writing and Research Methodology course. Choosing the coordinator, setting the outline and the title of the thesis shall be completed by the end of the first year of study. All internships and exchanges at the end of the second year of study are intended to enhance and build-up additional theoretical and practical experience. By taking part in these sort of exchanges and internships, our students will be given the opportunity to publish their research results, as well as receive feedback from researchers and experts in order to improve their methodology and to validate their results.  The Master's program in European Studies and the EU Eastern Neighbourhood addresses all those who through professional challenges or personal strategic options aim to develop careers which unfold and take place in an European context, those who wish to stabilize their professional position, to open new career opportunities, to broaden their knowledge horizon, to acquire new or complementary expertise necessary for professional and social liaisons.  Graduates of this master's program will gain theoretical and practical knowledge of European policies, the EU's external relations (particularly in the area of the former Soviet space), as well as European project management, focusing on the analysis of the integration process of Central and Eastern Europe. Upon completion the graduates will be able to analyse from a solid perspective current European issues and topics, to develop extensive expertise in the field of European integration, as well as the use of European instruments, specifically in the EU's eastern neighbourhood (using the EU financial mechanisms for the development of specific projects). Due to a systematic emphasis placed on acquiring theoretical and practical skills, graduates will be able to improve their professional skills which shall be used in a European context. The master program facilitates the integration of its graduates in politics or diplomacy, by providing specific counselling and analysis, as well as develops a well-trained professional body of officials in the fields of international relations and European affairs. The career opportunities target a wide range of institutions, such as: national public institutions (central institutions: Presidency, Parliament, Government, ministries; local institutions: prefectures, municipalities, local and county councils) or supranational, at European level (European Commission, Council of the European Union, etc.), education and research, diplomacy (Ministry of Foreign Affairs, European External Action Service, NATO, OSCE, Council of Europe etc.), think-tanks, consulting firms in European project and programmes management, NGOs, private companies, regional development agencies, chambers of commerce and industries, representations of foreign organizations and mass-media.   Graduates can occupy and handle different positions within European context, which are related to the implementation of European policies at EU level, European Neighbourhood Policy and the Eastern Partnership, as well as in a broader political, social, cultural and economic international context defined by the set of peculiarities arising from participation in the European integration (officials, advisors, experts). By comparing to the National Framework of Qualifications, there can be considered as an example, the following occupations and jobs which require expertise in IRES:  Qualification •	Diplomatic Attachι •	Diplomatic Secretary •	Diplomatic Advisor •	Political Organisation Advisor •	Head of department / section / committee chairman,  •	professional organization, branch county / municipality •	Head of Office/ International Relations Department •	Public Administration Advisor •	Public Administration Expert •	Expert in accessing European structural and cohesion funds •	European Affairs Advisor •	Foreign Affairs Analyst •	Local and Regional Development Advisor •	Consular Agent •	Public Relations Specialist •	Foreign Affairs Expert •	Counsellor / expert / inspector / analyst in international economic relations