Symbiosis School of International Studies (SSIS) has launched a Master of Arts in African Studies that offers a holistic understanding of the African continent and its relationship with the major countries of the world. The two-year multidisciplinary program focuses on the continent’s political, economic, and sociocultural environment and its impact on global affairs.
The candidate must be a graduate of any statutory university with a minimum of 50 percent grades (45 percent for SC and ST) at the graduation level. Candidates sitting for the final year examination may also apply, but their admission will be subject to a minimum 50 per cent mark (45 per cent for SC and ST) being obtained on the qualifying examination.
A candidate who has completed qualifying qualifications from any foreign board/university is required to obtain an equivalency certificate from the Association of Indian Universities (AIU) Symbiosis School of International Studies (SSIS), a component of Symbiosis International (Deemed University ) was established in 2012 to generate a discourse on international relations through a well-designed academic program, conferences, symposiums, and exchanges with relevant stakeholders.
The MA in African Studies focuses on the key areas of African economics, foreign policy, history, culture, and identity. It also delves into political processes and institutions, for a comprehensive understanding of the region’s upward development trajectory.
In addition to training students to learn about and understand the African continent, the program aims to strengthen analytical, critical thinking and communication skills, including developing a holistic understanding of the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals. The program will also help the student to work in a multicultural environment.
In addition, the third and fourth semesters offer electives to help students delve deeper into the subject in North, West, and Central Africa and East, Southern Africa, and Island Nations. It also offers Arabic and French language learning as part of its elective courses.
The curriculum includes a mandatory third-semester internship to help students implement their theoretical learning in a real-world scenario. After completing the program, students can pursue a host of career paths in business, NGOs, civil service, think tanks, the media, and international organizations, or additionally pursue doctoral studies in the domain.
Applicants can apply for the MA in African Studies (Geoeconomics and Foreign Policy) by visiting the official SSIS website and registering for the programme. After successful online registration and fee payment, subject to meeting admission criteria, shortlisted candidates would be notified for a personal interview (PI) via email.
The PI will take place virtually and applicants must reserve their preferred place for it. Applicants must ensure uninterrupted connectivity and a well-functioning microphone to take the PI. The maximum score for PI will be 100 points and may cover general awareness, clarity of thought and articulation, logical reasoning, learning orientation, motivation, extracurricular activities, specific field of interest, communication and social skills, and general personality.
Shivali Lawal, Director of the School of International Studies at Symbiosis, said: “We are extremely pleased to announce the launch of the MA in African Studies focusing on Geoeconomics and Foreign Policy.
With the launch of this programme, we are constantly diversifying our platform for teaching and research in international relations matters, with an emphasis on India and its role in the world. Through this program, we hope to empower future leaders and businesses, who will strengthen India-Africa collaborations. We look forward to welcoming our first group of students.”