The Global Economics and Social Affairs Master-GESAM is an international course organised by the outstanding University Ca’ Foscari in Venice, in collaboration with the International Labour Organization. The Master’s degree programme provides a wide range of interesting disciplines, from economics, global affairs to legal disciplines, entirely taught in English. The GESAM programme prepares future leaders, who can face global challenges, and equips students with the essential skills to identify and interpret global issues and their trends. The Master is designed for people who wishes to undertake an international career and acquire management skills in order to combine market and competitiveness trends with the ever-increasing need to promote sustainable development with special attention to social and environmental aspects. The last part of the course is a Summer School in Geneva, furthermore while working on the final dissertation the student will have the chance to attend a period of study and research at one of the university partners of the GESAM. This year will be its fifth edition and the enrollment for this unique international Master is currently open
International Careers team interviewed Joanne Houston’s a former student attending GESAM. Let’s have a look and read about the importance of choosing GESAM for her career and life!
Why did you choose Master GESAM?
J: Over the last few years I have developed an ever-increasing interest in economic sciences and their connection to social issues. Before starting the Master program, I attended courses such as International Trade, Labor Economics, Foreign Direct Investment and Financial Crisis, that make me analyze the connection between economics, politics and social phenomena. This allowed me to understand that the political and institutional system is closely related to its economic development, which, in turn, strongly influences social phenomena. So, the elements that most pushed me to choose this Master were firstly the chance to deepen this complexity, furthermore to understand which aspects are to be considered fundamental for a sustainable economical approach, are. The way the Master is shaped, pushed me to choose it. Thanks to lectures, workshops, internships and theses, it offers varied solutions, and therefore the possibility to observe issues from different points of view.
Do you think it was useful to follow the Master's course in English?
J: Yes, a lot. A Masters in English makes possible to gather not only students from different cultures, but also teachers. During the Master's Degree, I could follow lectures taught from teachers of different countries, such as: Italy, China, France, Germany and Switzerland. This was extremely interesting, as it allowed me to experience various teaching methods; in addition it gave me the possibility to have a confrontation with new points of view. Carrying out a Master's degree in English is also more practical, because it allows to write the dissertation and address topics in the most esteemed/ required language for an employment.
The Faculty Committee consists of University professors, of Officers of Non-Governmental Organizations and Institutions and Technicians, both national and international, experts in the economic, legal and social fields. Would you share with us the most positive memory fixed on your mind about a lecture in class?
J: I really appreciate to have lessons with professors of several background. Every single day I could take advantage from a different teaching method, which made the whole programme more fascinating. Raymond Saner and Lichia were among the first professors we had. Fantastic, like many others! They challenged us, from the first moment, they motivated us to think about very interesting as complicated issues. With them we have deepened Sustainable Development Goals, from one hand through a more traditional lecture, and from the other hand through a more interactive activities. For example, we were divided into two groups and we played a simulation game in order to find a solution to problems in relation with Sustainable Development Goals. In few hours thanks to this kind of activity I had the chance to understand how difficult it is to tackle topics related to sustainability, because you need to consider several perspectives.
What about the Summer School experience in Geneva?
J: Very interesting! First of all, I had the opportunity to visit a new city and to meet all my classmates a month later the end of the lessons. Together, we followed interesting presentations and lessons at the International Labor Organization (ILO), we learned a lot of this institution during the weeks in Venice. This allowed us to look more closely at how the ILO works, and to better understand its structure. Some officials of this institution, we met, talked to us about some of their projects. We also had the chance to see again some professors, known in Venice, during lessons we have had before the Summer School experience. The last day in Geneva was instead dedicated to guided visits to the World Trade Organization and the United Nations, another amazing experience.
Thanks to the Master -GESAM students are offered the opportunity to apply for an internship. The Master-GESAM arranges internships to students in several working environments, in Italy or abroad, at NGOs, Research Centres, Enterprises, Banks, Institutions, in order to create a suitable solution tailored to the needs of each student. How was your internship experience?
J: Currently, I am doing an internship in Brussels at CSR Europe. I've been in Belgium for three months, and I'm halfway through my internship experience. I am lucky to work with experts in the field of sustainability and social responsibility, which is allowing me to deepen the topics covered in the Master, and to learn more. I work with people who are passionate about their work, prepared, and available all the time, in a lively and very interesting city. This experience helped me to affirm my interest in working in the field of sustainability for the forthcoming scenarios, in an international environment. Therefore, I can say that my internship experience has been, and still is very interesting. An advice: organize well and on time because many organizations and institutions have precise deadlines for the applications of traineeships.
Who would you recommend to enroll in the Master-GESAM?
J: I would recommend Master-GESAM to all those interested in learning more about issues related to sustainability, work, international law, anyone is interested in deepening the connection between economy and social issues, and to those who are generally interested in understanding deeply the link between economic, social and political contexts. I would also recommend this Master to those who want to put themselves to the test. Certainly, I had the opportunity to share the study experience with students from different educational paths, which allowed me to consider topics from new points of view.
What are you in now?
J: At the moment I am in Brussels, where I am doing an internship at CSR Europe, an organization that deals with projects related to corporate social responsibility. In particular, I deal with projects related to the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and the circular economy, topics that strongly fascinate me. Thanks to many of the lectures attended during the Master's Degree, I had the opportunity to deepen the SDGs from different points of view, something that is helping me a lot in this experience. This Master and my current internship experience give me the opportunity to get into the world of corporate social responsibility more deeply, and convinced me to look for future opportunities of employment in the field of sustainability.
More interested in GESAM? To learn more about this unique programme just have a look at the previous article, which gives you more details about Master-GESAM
TEd. Maria Longombardo
edited by Maria Longombardo
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The Global Economics and Social Affairs Master - GESAM is an international course organised by the outstanding University Ca’ Foscari in the enchanting frame of Venice.
The GESAM focuses on global economic topics such as: International Management, Political Economy; and legal disciplines regarding global affairs through which students will acquire business, managerial skills as well as key competences in legal systems at a global level.
The educational programme is intensive and based on a transversal approach to learning combining theoretical lessons and work experience. The last one-week module consists of a Summer School at the ILO in Geneva, lessons and seminars are given by experts of the ILO, there students will have the chance to visit the major International Organizations (WTO, UN). Moreover, the students enrolled in the programme will have the chance to attend a 3 month internship in Italy or abroad at one of the institutional partners; a great opportunity to gain access in the labour market and to experience the higher level organisations.
Master GESAM is organized by Ca’ Foscari University closely supported by some international organisations, i.e. the International Labour Organization based in Geneva. The application is open until the 15th October 2018.
The fifth edition of the Global Economics and Social Affairs Master (GESAM) is a one-year, first-level international Master degree programme, taught entirely in English, and it is a full-time programme for 7 one-week modules at Venice Ca’ Foscari University, from February 18th to April 5th, 2019.
To introduce you the GESAM, here below you can read an interesting interview to one of the past students, Ginevra, enrolled in the previous edition. Take few minutes of your time, and go through this interesting personal overview
D: Why did you choose the Master Gesam?
R: I chose the Master Gesam because after having obtained the Bachelor Degree I was doubtful about whether to continue my studies with a Master’s Degree or I would prefer a more concrete educational path to an academic one; furthermore, I was unsure about the specialisation to undertake; for these reasons the I was attracted by the multidisciplinary aspect of the Master GESAM and I chose it.
D: In your opinion, was it useful to follow the Master entirely in English?
R:Yes, personally I think it is an added value, nowadays the knowledge of English is essential and follow lectures in English is truly one of the best way to become acquainted with this language.
D: The Faculty Commitee consists of University professors, of Officers of Non-Governmental Organizations and Institutions and Technicians, both national and international, experts in the economic, legal and social fields. Would you share with us the most positive memory fixed on your mind about a lecture in class?
R: I remember when one of my colleagues asked to a professor of the ILO International Training Centre how is scheduled a typical day of an International Organization Officer. It impressed me that the professor was not at all embarrassed by this kind of question, actually, he was glad to answer. All lecturers, we had, were always very open and available to clarify any kind of question, doubt or to give us further explanations and this, in my opinion, is essential to better understand each topic and to establish a more sincere and direct relationship with people expert in the field.
D: What about the Summer School experience in Geneva?
R: Definitely a fruitful and interesting experience. On the one hand visits and courses at the International Labour Organization allowed students to be part of a real international institution and to have direct contact with its members. On the other hand Geneva is certainly a global hub for those who aim for an international career, therefore it was very stimulating to have the chance to visit such a city.
D: Thanks to the Master GESAM students are offered the opportunity to apply for an internship in several working environments, in Italy or abroad, at NGOs, Research Centers, Enterprises, Banks, Institutions, in order to create a suitable solution tailored to the needs of each student. How was your internship experience?
R: I’m currently doing a three-months internship at a Research Centre on climate change, because the courses of the Master on sustainability really fascinated me. I was curious to experience the reality of a research centre and understand the various aspects of climate change issue, so I’m pleased to have chosen this opportunity.
D: Who would you recommend to enroll in the Master GESAM?
R: I would recommend this Master to people, like me, who wonder whether they should undertake an academic or working career, because GESAM programme offers a variety of lecturers in different disciplines: law, economic, social rights and even scientific.
D: What are you in now?
R: I’m currently working as an intern, however my next step will be enrolling in International Relations, hoping to start an international career.
Would you like to experience a training experience with a European institution? Would you like to engage in improving the conditions of the European business sector? This is your chance and apply now!
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Organization: EuCham is a new international room organization devoted to building future business leaders. The privately organized, independent, non-governmental institution, which represents the interest of national and international companies active in Europe by improving the business environment in which they are active. The main objectives of the institution are:
- Enhancing the visibility and reputation of companies and of the private sector in general
- Information, networking (interaction and establishment of new contacts)
- Creation of new business opportunities
Creating venues for thematic and interdisciplinary discussions
- Elaborating innovative and high-calibre proposals for the improvement of company/territory/society relationships
- Contributing to the ethical development of the economic actors with education and guidance
- Promoting to the media the reputation and the prestige of the business world
- Promoting networking between companies
Duty sation: non specified
Open to: Students
Job Description: Selected candidates will be required to perform the following tasks:
- project coordination (international arbitration framework, business incubation, international funding, sustainability, etc.)
- meetings and seminars
- presentations and reports
- legal research
- social media management
- personal assistance to the management of the institution
- general case management
Requirements: Ideal candidates must meet the following requirements:
- business/social/legal/sustainability/environmental studies (students and graduates as well)
- fluent English, both written and spoken
- excellent communication, organizational and presentation skills
- team player, quick learner
- self-motivation, highly proactive attitude
- willingness to assume responsibility
- computer literacy, precision, attention to detail
Fee: THe offers does not specificied if payment or reimboursement will be provided
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