Political Science and International Relations

OBJECTIVE OF THE PROGRAM

The objective of this program is to provide training in political science and international relations with a national, regional and international focus, training that meets the needs of the labor market, and addresses the many development challenges facing our country.

Thus, the program aims first to deliver a fundamental education and to transmit knowledge in an interdisciplinary, regional and international perspective, oriented towards action and the taking of responsibilities. In this respect, teaching should not be a kind of supplement to the study of history or law as is the case in some academic institutions.

Interdisciplinary and general, at least at the undergraduate level, this course combines the approach of several social sciences (including History, Law, Economics, and Sociology etc.) to analyze local, regional and worldwide realities in general and provide the necessary means to search for answers as relevant as possible.

 

Our concern is to promote the qualities of imagination, invention, innovation and aptitude for change management.

 

At a time of regional integration and globalization, and especially for Burundi to join the East African Community, the new Faculty aims to be a sub-regional pole of attraction open to foreign students and partnership with universities, institutes or research centers in the sub-region and elsewhere. That is why the teaching of English and Kiswahili is essential.

 

Secondly, the program aims at training that meets the development challenges of our country and the needs of the labor market. One of the pitfalls of the educational systems of our developing countries is the gap between the university and the field, that is, the enterprise, the public administration, the factory, and so on. The ambition of the Faculty of Political Science and International Relations is to put an end to this very damaging attitude by using professional skills to put students in concrete situation and deliver concrete case studies and insights on sectors of diversified professional activities.

Apart from the basic theoretical courses, the Faculty intends to deliver a more practical and applied training. These practical courses, and more specifically internships, will help our students develop their ability to adapt to a variety of situations and contexts, an essential quality for future national and foreign executives, decision-makers, managers and supervisory staff.

Finally, the ambition of the program is to go beyond the sole concern of the training to offer a real education that takes into account the issues and challenges related to the national, regional or international socio-political context. The new faculty must therefore cultivate and encourage among its students certain attitudes such as a taste for healthy competition, intellectual courage, the ability to face difficulties, to assume the complexity, to defend the respect, merit and consideration that are essential values.