GIGA and HSU create joint Professorship in International Relations

The world order is changing, and with it political science research. Within the framework of a joint professorship, the GIGA and Hamburg’s Helmut Schmidt University are to collaborate on key international relations and regional governance topics.

Helmut Schmidt University/University of the Federal Armed Forces Hamburg (HSU) and the GIGA German Institute of Global and Area Studies have created a joint W3 professorship in political science. The presidents of both institutions, Prof. Dr. Wilfried Seidel and Prof. Dr. Detlef Nolte, signed a cooperation agreement to this effect on 12 March 2014.

The professorship, which will focus on international relations and regional governance, is intended to enhance both institutions’ political science profile through national and international research, and thus to strengthen Hamburg as an academic centre. The position is to be filled this year.

With a regional focus on Africa, Latin America and/or South East Asia, the new professorship will expand the political science course offerings at HSU with a subject that will likely generate significant interest among the students: "The GIGA is a renowned research institute that has been following the movements on the international stage for decades," said Seidel. "We’re looking forward to a successful collaboration."

For GIGA, HSU is a new partner, and a strong partner in the areas of comparative regional studies and international relations. "Against the background of Germany’s increasing international responsibility and the interest in stable regional orders, the new professorship is particularly important," said Nolte. He looks forward to closer cooperation with HSU.

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