About Globalisation Studies Groningen (GSG)
Globalisation as a world changing force has strong implications for how economies are governed, states relate to one another, cultures interact and the way in which societies are becoming increasingly intertwined. As such, it provides both great opportunities for sustainable development, as well as significant challenges to create a sustainable world in which equality is a guiding imperative.
GSG, as an inter-faculty and interdisciplinary institute that spans the entire University of Groningen, focuses on issues relating to the nexus of globalisation and development and contributes to the University’s ambition to disseminate knowledge and converting knowledge into sustainable economic and societal processes, services and business activities. It aims to be a stimulating force for strengthening the truly global orientation of our academics, students and study programmes. Its main goals are:
Research: To give new impulses to research concerning global challenges and to transgress the boundaries of existing knowledge. To bring together existing research programmes and research institutes in the issue area, to organise common programme activities and to acquire external means for innovative programmes that contribute to a sustainable world society.
Teaching: To strengthen existing inter-faculty educational programmes in the area of globalisation and development, for example through its popular minor in development studies. To set the agenda of educational and research programmes in the intertwined areas of globalisation and development and related subfields such as humanitarian cooperation. GSG facilitates teaching programmes that supports national and international students to acquire understanding of globalisation and development processes.
Communication & Representation: To act as a clearing house for information internally and externally. GSG brings the stakeholders together and helps to increase their competences. GSG promotes the internationalisation strategy of the University abroad. GSG channels public relation functions in the field of global & development issues.
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