Concentration Director's Message

Jens Rudbeck

Dear Prospective Student,

The Sustainable Development Agenda builds upon results achieved through the MDG 2015, but expands the development framework into new areas such as sustainable energy and climate change, governance and rights, and peace and security. The Sustainable Development Agenda contains 17 major goals and no less than 169 specific targets that the world is committed to meet by the year 2030. The International Development and Humanitarian Assistance concentration seeks to provide students with a comprehensive and in-depth understanding of this new approach to international development cooperation.

Armed conflicts, climate change, and natural disasters have led to a huge increase in the number of refugees and internally displaced persons across the world. Recent statistics from the UNHCR put the number at more than 59 million, the highest since World War II. New means for making humanitarian assistance more effective have been introduced over the past 10 years to deal with the worsening refugee situation, but the solutions to the many humanitarian crises are complicated by issues related to corruption, state sovereignty, and evolving norms including "the responsibility to protect."

Students in the MS in Global Affairs International Development and Humanitarian Assistance concentration examine these complicated issues and build the skills to meet the demands in a field that will undergo tremendous changes over the next two decades. If you are willing to bring the passion, we will teach you how to use that passion in an intelligent way.

Jens Rudbeck
Clinical Assistant Professor
NYU School of Professional Studies Center for Global Affairs