Global Challenges Course: Universities collaborate to foster insight
The Global Challenges course, a collaborative effort by five four institutions, recently concluded, leaving students with a profound understanding of the critical issues shaping our world.
Led by the Stockholm Institute of Transition Economics (SITE) at the Stockholm School of Economics (SSE), in partnership with the International School of Economics at Tbilisi State University (ISET), the Kyiv School of Economics (KSE), and the Stockholm School of Economics in Riga (SSE Riga), this elective course aimed to deepen collaboration and internationalization in teaching.
The course provided Bachelor and Masters students with an opportunity to delve into a diverse range of global topics, moving beyond theoretical models. From gender and corruption to ecology and migration, the curriculum offered insightful perspectives on the pressing challenges impacting the global landscape.
SSE Riga student Alexandr Stukanov praised the course for its ability to broaden understanding of real-world complexities. "The topics covered, such as gender, corruption, ecology, and migration, provided thoughtful insights into the current global landscape on all levels," he said. The course excelled in delivering a comprehensive understanding of global issues. At the same time, there was an opportunity for students to discuss these global challenges in their local context, providing new insights and persepectives.
In addition to the curriculum, students benefitted from engaging in-person seminars that deepened their knowledge and facilitated connections. The course provided an opportunity for participants to collaborate with international peers on a project that encompassed the entire Global Challenges Course, fostering an expansion of horizons and embracing diverse perspectives.
Reflecting on the Global Challenges course, it is evident that the initiative successfully deepened collaboration within the academic network and promoted internationalization in teaching.