School of Transnational Governance

Master of Arts in Transnational Governance: Q&A with the STG directors

A short interview with Miguel Poiares Maduro and Fabrizio Tassinari about the latest STG project: the Master in Transnational Governance.

EUI’s School of Transnational Governance is soon to add another string to its bow: a Master’s Degree Programme, launching from autumn 2020. In this Q&A with STG Director Miguel Poiares Maduro and Executive Director Fabrizio Tassinari, we find out more about the new Master of Arts in Transnational Governance (MTnG) programme. 

What is the new Master’s programme going to look like?
MM: “The MTnG is a two year programme. In the first year, students will get basic training in terms of concepts, theories, and practical skills in a variety of issues of transnational governance. It’s the core subjects that you will need to understand governance in a transnational context – public policies, economics skills, data skills, negotiation skills, leadership skills, public policy analysis.”
FT: “The students will have a chance to specialise in one of these areas, and gain a degree which enables them to gain entry to the labour market. We’re training practitioners - we’re hoping to really make these individuals ready for a different world than the one we’re handed from the previous generations.”
MM: “In the second year, students will choose to either do a dual degree and go to one of our partner institutions for the second year, or if they do the second year at EUI, they can choose to specialise in one of our thematic areas such as climate change, migration, trade, gender, and global issues, transnational politics and democracy, or finance. They will finish either by doing a master’s thesis or a capstone project - a project deeply embedded in practice.”

Where will the teaching take place?
MM: “The School will move to a new building, the Palazzo Buontalenti at the beginning of 2020. So the first cohort of Masters’ students will be at the Palazzo Buontalenti, because the first year of our Masters’ Programme will be 2020/2021.”
FT: “Moving the EUI to a more urban environment is appropriate for a School which promises to engage with policy and the people.”

Which partner institutions are open to the Masters’ students?
FT: “Our main counterparts are similar institutions in terms of scope and ambition in Europe - Sciences Po in Paris, the Hertie School of Governance in Berlin, the College of Europe in Bruges, the CEU in Vienna, and Bocconi University in Milan. There will be dual degree options with prominent institutions of higher education both inside and outside Europe. We are now in the process of finalising the agreements with some of these institutions, and they all give the possibility for some of these students to spend one of the two years abroad and do the specialisation somewhere else.”

What kind of career destinations can graduates of the Master’s Programme anticipate?
MM: “I think our graduates would be aiming towards careers in the European Union, other supernational organisations, regional organisations, international organisations, non-governmental organisations, in journalism, or for national governments in areas that are deeply linked to challenges of governance beyond the state. Graduates won’t only be equipped to work for foreign ministries – people who work, for instance, in climate change will be better adapted to that field if they understand the mechanisms of transnational governance. And in the private sector, too - someone that works in the public affairs division of a big multinational company will be better equipped with a governance degree that is a transnational governance degree. Workers need to understand the public and governance dimensions that take place in more than one state”
FT: ”One obvious destination is civil service, either at national level or the international level, but I would be increasingly hopeful that many people wanting to get into the private sector will find this education relevant for them. Many of the largest world corporations, from tech giants to oil companies, have to increasingly tackle questions of governance, and these questions can only be tackled by a combination of private actors working together with public actors and civil society.”


Interview by Kathryn Carlson