Kasit Piromya is a Thai diplomat, Democrat Party politician, former People's Alliance for Democracy activist. He was Foreign Minister of Thailand under Abhisit Vejjajiva from 2008 to 2011, he has served as the ambassador to the Soviet Union and Mongolia and the former Soviet republics and Papua New Guinea, Germany and the United States. Most he has appeared on government opposition channels to denounce the current government as well as to denounce the US for interfering in Thai affairs. Interview on YouTube
Amartya Kumar Sen, is an Indian economist and philosopher, who since 1972 has taught and worked in India, the United Kingdom, the United States. Sen has made contributions to welfare economics, social choice theory and social justice, economic theories of famines, indices of the measure of well-being of citizens of developing countries, he is the Thomas W. Lamont University Professor at Harvard University and member of faculty at Harvard Law School, he is a Fellow and former Master of Trinity College and was awarded the Nobel Memorial Prize in Economic Sciences in 1998 and India's Bharat Ratna in 1999 for his work in welfare economics. In 2017, Sen was awarded the Johan Skytte Prize in Political Science for most valuable contribution to Political Science. In 2004, Sen was ranked number 14 in BBC's poll of the Greatest Bengali of all time. Amartya Sen was born in a Hindu family in Bengal, British India, in the district of modern day Bangladesh, Manikganj. Rabindranath Tagore gave Amartya Sen his name.
Sen's family was from Wari and Manikganj, both in present-day Bangladesh. His father Ashutosh Sen was a professor of chemistry at Dhaka University who moved with his family to West Bengal in 1945 and worked at various government institutions, including the West Bengal Public Service Commission, the Union Public Service Commission. Sen's mother Amita Sen was the daughter of Kshiti Mohan Sen, a well-known scholar of ancient and medieval India and close associate of Rabindranath Tagore, he served as the Vice Chancellor of Delhi University for some years. Sen began his high-school education at St Gregory's School in Dhaka in 1940. In fall 1941, Sen was admitted to Patha Bhavana, where he completed his school education, in which he excelled, obtaining the highest ranks in his school board and I. A. examinations in the whole of Bengal. The school had many progressive features, such as distaste for competitive testing. In addition, the school stressed cultural diversity, embraced cultural influences from the rest of the world.
In 1951, he went to Presidency College, where he earned a B. A. in Economics with First in the First Class, with a minor in Mathematics, as a graduating student of the University of Calcutta. While at Presidency, Sen was diagnosed with oral cancer, given a 15% chance of living five years. With radiation treatment, he survived, in 1953 he moved to Trinity College, where he earned a second B. A. in Economics in 1955 with a First Class, topping the list as well. At this time, he was elected President of the Cambridge Majlis. While Sen was a Ph. D student at Cambridge, he was offered the position of First-Professor and First-Head of the Economics Department of the newly created Jadavpur University in Calcutta, he is still the youngest chairman. He served in that position, starting the new Economics Department, from 1956 to 1958. Meanwhile, Sen was elected to a Prize Fellowship at Trinity College, which gave him four years of freedom to do anything he liked. Sen explained: "The broadening of my studies into philosophy was important for me not just because some of my main areas of interest in economics relate quite to philosophical disciplines, but because I found philosophical studies rewarding on their own".
His interest in philosophy, dates back to his college days at Presidency, where he read books on philosophy and debated philosophical themes. One of the books he was most interested in was Individual Values. In Cambridge, there were major debates between supporters of Keynesian economics on the one hand, the "neo-classical" economists who were skeptical of Keynes, on the other. However, because of a lack of enthusiasm for social choice theory in both Trinity and Cambridge, Sen had to choose a different subject for his Ph. D. thesis, on "The Choice of Techniques" in 1959, though the work had been completed much earlier under the supervision of the "brilliant but vigorously intolerant" post-Keynesian, Joan Robinson. Quentin Skinner notes that Sen was a member of the secret society Cambridge Apostles during his time at Cambridge. During 1960-61, Amartya Sen visited M. I. T. on leave from Trinity College, found it a great relief to get away from the rather sterile debates that the contending armies were fighting in Cambridge.
Sen's work on'Choice of Techniques' complemented that of Maurice Dobb. In a Developing country, the Dobb-Sen strategy relied on maximising investible surpluses, maintaining constant real wages and using the entire increase in labour productivity, due to technological change, to raise the rate of accumulation. In other words, workers were expected to demand no improvement in their standard of living despite having become more productive. Sen's papers in the late 1960s and early 1970s helped develop the theory of social choice, which first came to prominence in the work by the American economist Kenneth Arrow. Arrow, while working at the RAND Corporation, had most famously shown that when voters have three or more distinct alternatives, any ranked order voting system will in at least some situations conflict with what many assume to be basic democratic norms. Sen's contribution
Oskar R. Lange
Oskar Ryszard Lange was a Polish economist and diplomat. He is best known for advocating the use of market pricing tools in socialist systems and providing a model of market socialism. During his stay in the United States, Lange was a sought-after academic teacher and researcher in mathematical economics. In communist Poland, he was a member of the Central Committee of the Polish United Workers' Party and a believer in centrally-managed economy. Lange was born in Tomaszów Mazowiecki as son of Sophie Albertine Rosner, his ancestors had emigrated at the beginning of the 19th century from Germany to Poland. He studied law and economics at the University of Kraków, where he defended a doctoral dissertation in 1928 under Adam Krzyżanowski. From 1926 to 1927 Lange worked at the Ministry of Labor in Warsaw, was a research assistant at the University of Kraków, he married Irene Oderfeld in 1932. In 1934, a Rockefeller Foundation fellowship brought him to England, from where he emigrated to the United States in 1937.
Lange became a professor at the University of Chicago in 1938 and was naturalized as a U. S. citizen in 1943. Joseph Stalin, who identified Lange as a person of leftist and pro-Soviet sympathies, prevailed on President Franklin D. Roosevelt to obtain a passport for Lange to visit the Soviet Union in an official capacity, so that Stalin could speak with him personally; the State Department was opposed to Lange traveling as an emissary because they felt that his political views represented neither Americans of Polish descent nor American public opinion in general. Lange's trip to the Soviet Union in 1944 caused further controversy, as the newly-establish Polish American Congress condemned him and defended the interests of the London-based Polish government-in-exile. Lange returned to the United States at the end of May and met, at Roosevelt's request, with Prime Minister Stanisław Mikołajczyk of the government-in-exile, on a visit in Washington. Lange stressed how reasonable Stalin was prepared to be, asked the State Department to put pressure on the exiled Polish leadership to reach an understanding with the Soviet leader.
Towards the end of World War II, Lange broke with the Polish government-in-exile and transferred his support to the Lublin Committee sponsored by the Soviet Union. Lange served as a go-between for Roosevelt and Stalin during the Yalta Conference discussions on post-war Poland. After the war ended in 1945, Lange returned to Poland, he renounced his American citizenship and went back to the US in the same year as the Polish People's Republic's first ambassador to the United States. In 1946, Lange served as Poland's delegate to the United Nations Security Council. From 1947 he lived in Poland. Oskar Lange worked for the Polish government while continuing his academic pursuits at the University of Warsaw and the Main School of Planning and Statistics, he was deputy chairman of the Polish Council of State in 1961–65, as such one of four acting chairmen of the Council of State. The bulk of Lange's contributions to economics came during his American interlude of 1933–45. Despite being an ardent socialist, Lange deplored the Marxian labor theory of value because he was much a believer in the neoclassical theory of price.
In the history of economics, he is best known for his work On the Economic Theory of Socialism published in 1936, where he famously put Marxian economics and neoclassical economics together. In the book, Lange advocated the use of market tools in economic planning of Marxism, he proposed that central planning boards set prices through "trial and error", making adjustments as shortages and surpluses occur rather than relying on a free price mechanism. Under this system, central planners would arbitrarily pick a price for products manufactured in government factories and raise it or reduce, depending on whether it resulted in shortages or gluts. After this economic experiment had been run a few times, mathematical methods would be employed to plan the economy: if there were shortages, prices would be raised. Raising the prices would encourage businesses to increase production, driven by their desire to increase profits, in doing so eliminate the shortage. Lowering the prices would encourage businesses to curtail production in order to prevent losses, which would eliminate the surplus.
In Lange's opinion, such simulation of market mechanism would be capable of managing supply and demand. Proponents of this idea argued that it combines the advantages of a market economy with those of socialist economy. With the utilization of this idea, Lange claimed, a state-run economy would be at least as efficient as a capitalist or private market economy, he argued that this was possible, provided the government planners used the price system as if in a market economy and instructed state industry managers to respond parametrically to state-determined prices. Lange's argument was one of the pivots of the socialist calculation debate with the Austrian School economists. At that time, the view among English socialists of the Fabian Society was that Lange had won the debate, his works provided the earliest model of market socialism. Lange made contributions in various other areas, he was one of the leading lights of the "Paretian Revival" in general equilibrium theory during the 1930s. In 1942, he provided one of the first proofs of the Second Welfare Theorems.
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Central European University
Central European University is a graduate-level, private American non for profit university accredited in Hungary and the U. S. located in Vienna. The university offers top-ranked degrees in the humanities, cognitive sciences, social sciences, public policy, business management, environmental science, mathematics; as of 2017, CEU had 1,448 students from 117 countries and 723 faculty members from more than 40 countries, making it an international university. CEU was founded in 1991 by hedge fund manager, political activist, philanthropist George Soros, who has provided the university with an $880 million endowment, making the university one of the wealthiest in Europe. In the Times Higher Education World University Rankings CEU has appeared among best 100 universities in the world in social sciences and as the leading university in the region of Central Eastern Europe, as well as placing 29th worldwide in politics and international studies. CEU has 13 academic departments, 17 research centers, had two schools, including the School of Public Policy and the Doctoral School of Political Science, Public Policy and International Relations.
The CEU Business School merged with the economics department in August 2017 to form the Department of Economics and Business. A central tenet of the university's philosophy is the promotion of open societies. On December 3, 2018 the university announced it would cease operations in Hungary and relocate to Vienna, after the Hungarian government's refusal to sign an agreement allowing it to continue operations in Hungary. CEU evolved from a series of lectures held at the IUC in Yugoslavia. In the Spring of 1989, as historical change was gathering momentum in the region the need for a new, international university was being considered; the minutes of the gathering held in April 1989 records a discussion among scholars such as Rudolf Andorka, Péter Hanák, Márton Tardos, István Teplán, Tibor Vámos and Miklós Vásárhelyi from Budapest, William Newton-Smith and Kathleen Wilkes from Oxford, Jan Havranek, Michal Illner and Jiří Kořalka from Prague, Krzysztof Michalski and Włodzimierz Siwiński from Warsaw.
The University was founded in 1991 in response to the fall of the Socialist Bloc. The founding vision was to create a university dedicated to examining the contemporary challenges of "open societies" and democratization; the initial aim was to create a Western-modeled yet distinctly Central European institution that would foster inter-regional cooperation and educate a new corps of regional leaders to help usher in democratic transitions across the region. CEU was set up in Budapest and Warsaw, it was located in Prague, but because of "political and financial conflict between its founder and Czech government," represented by premier minister Vaclav Klaus, it was moved to Budapest. In its second decade, CEU broadened its focus from regional to global, with a special emphasis on democracy promotion and human rights around the world, it has since developed a distinct academic approach, combining regional studies with an international perspective, emphasizing comparative and interdisciplinary research in order to generate new scholarship and policy initiatives, to promote good governance and the rule of law.
CEU has extended its outreach and financial aid programs to certain areas of the developing world. CEU began the region's first master's degree programs in environmental sciences; the CEU Center for Media and Society is the leading center of research on media and information policy in the region. On 14 October 2007 George Soros stepped down as Chairman of CEU Board. Leon Botstein, who had served as the Vice-Chair of the Board, was elected as new Chairman for a two-year term. George Soros serves as Honorary Chairman of the Board. On 1 August 2009 Rector Yehuda Elkana was succeeded by human rights leader and legal scholar John Shattuck. On 5 May 2016, it was announced that Michael Ignatieff would succeed Shattuck, becoming the fifth president and rector of the university. Ignatieff's inaugarition took place at the University's new auditorium on 21 October 2017. On 28 March 2017, Hungarian Minister of Human Resources Zoltán Balog responsible for education, submitted a bill to Parliament to amend Act CCIV of 2011 on National Higher Education.
The bill aims to introduce new regulations for foreign-operating universities, several of which affect CEU. Notably, such universities could only operate if the Hungarian government has an agreement with the university's other country of operation. In addition, universities operating outside of the European Union should have a campus in their other country of operation, where comparable degree programs would be offered. Furthermore, both existing and new non-EU academic staff would be required to apply for working permits; this requirement is seen by critics as placing CEU at a particular disadvantage, given that it relies on non-EU faculty. The law would prohibit both the American and Hungarian entities from sharing the same name. CEU issued a statement expressing its opposition to the bill, noting that "these amendments would make it impossible for the University to continue its operations as an institution of higher education in Budapest, CEU's home for 25 years", that "CEU is in full conformity with Hungarian law."The same day, the pro-government news website Origo.hu published an article asserting that CEU, to which it referred as "Soros University" (George Soros being its founder and
Zoran Jolevski is a Macedonian diplomat and the former Minister of Defense of the Republic of Macedonia. Prior to his appointment as Minister of Defense, he served as Macedonia's Ambassador to the United States of America. In November 2008, he was appointed chief negotiator to the Macedonia naming dispute, in 2011 he was appointed Ambassador to the United Mexican States and as Permanent Representative to the Organization of American States, he served as Secretary General of the late Macedonian president Boris Trajkovski from 2000–2004. He holds a Ph. D. in International Economy from Ss. Cyril and Methodius University of Skopje, he is married to Suzana Jolevska, together they have two sons and Filip. Jolevski was born in Yugoslavia, he attended Orce Nikolov High School in Skopje, along with his best friends - opera singer Boris Trajanov and movie director Milcho Manchevski. While in high school, he was the captain of junior champion in Macedonia. After graduating in 1978, he studied at the Faculty of Economics at Ss. Cyril and Methodius University of Skopje, Macedonian.
He graduated summa cum laude with a bachelor's degree in economics. While in high school and university, he tutored mathematics. In 1990, Zoran Jolevski received a Master of Science in Law from the Faculty of Law Justinian I at Ss. Cyril and Methodius University of Skopje and defended the thesis "Business Strategies of Multinational Companies." Upon completing his graduate degree, he continued his studies at the International Institute of Social Studies, part of Erasmus University Rotterdam in den Hague, the Netherlands. At the Institute of Social Studies, he earned a postgraduate degree. In 1994, he attended the Trade Policy Course of the General Agreement on Trade, he holds holds a Ph. D. in International Economy from the Faculty of Economy at the Ss. Cyril and Methodius University of Skopje, Macedonia on the thesis "Foreign Trade Regime of the Macedonia and the WTO Agreements", he speaks English, Serbo-Croatian and his native language Macedonian. Jolevski married Suzana Jolevska and they have two sons: Pero, a Director at Blue Star Strategies, Filip, an economist at the World Bank Group.
From 1983 to 1988, Jolevski owned and operated a travel agency, where he served as a Freelance Tour Director. While he was preparing his Masters, he was a Member of the Presidency of Tourist Association of Skopje and Member of the Presidency of Swimming Club "Vardar.". He began his professional diplomatic career in 1988, joining the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Macedonia. From 1988 to 1992, Jolevski served in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Macedonia as the responsible officer for preparing all necessary documents for observer status of Macedonia in the General Agreement on Tariffs and Trade. In addiiton, he served as the Desk Officer for the United Kingdom and Germany. From 1992 to 1994, Jolevski was the Secretary to the Delegation of Macedonia to the International Conference on Succession of the Former Yugoslavia, where he played an important role in the negotiations. While working at the Ministry, Jolevski became a Member of the Presidency of Macedonia-Japanese Friendship Association.
In October 1994, Jolevski became the First Secretary at the Permanent Mission of the Macedonia to the World Trade Organization and the United Nations office at Geneva, Switzerland. While there he was the Vice-chairman of the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development Expert Meeting on Existing Regional and Multilateral Investment Treaties and their Development Dimensions, he was there until 1998, after that he returned at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. After returning from Switzerland, Jolevski was the Secretary for WTO accession and other international trade and financial affairs; when the Kosovo War broke out, he served as the Deputy National Coordinator on Humanitarian Issues for the Kosovo refugee crises, where he worked with then-Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs Boris Trajkovski, with whom he established a friendly and professional relationship. While in the Ministry, Jolevski continued his International involvement as a Member of Bureau of the Commission of UNCTAD on Investment and Related Financial Issues.
After the Kosovo refugee crisis ended, Jolevski served as the adviser to Boris Trajkovski, a candidate for the Macedonian Presidential elections in 1999. Jolevski prepared the Presidential Program, including writing speeches and serving in other capacities. Following the election, which Trajkovski won, Jolevski served as the Secretary General, which replaced the former position of Chief of Staff. Jolevski was in this position from 1999 to 2004, served as the Deputy negotiator and Chief Consultant to the Minister of Economy for accession to the WTO. In 2000, Jolevski was the Chief negotiator in the successful negotiations on the reestablishment of diplomatic relations between Macedonia and the People's Republic of China. Jolevski was a member of the Committee "E-Macedonia for All" under the auspices of Macedonia; when Macedonia faced insurgency in 2001, while Zoran Jolevski was Secretary General of the President, Macedonia faced a number of political challenges. During this period, for example, there were several attempts to assassinate the President and his closest team, led by Jolevski.
The Macedonian Government worked with the government of the United States and the EU on the Ohrid Framework Agreement, which brought peace in the Balkans.
Prince Claus of the Netherlands
Prince Claus of the Netherlands, Jonkheer van Amsberg, was the husband of Queen Beatrix, the Prince Consort of the Netherlands from Beatrix's ascension in 1980 until his death from Parkinson's disease and heart and respiratory ailments in 2002. Claus was born Klaus-Georg Wilhelm Otto Friedrich Gerd von Amsberg, on his family's estate, Schloss Dötzingen, near Hitzacker, Germany on 6 September 1926, his parents were Baroness Gösta von dem Bussche-Haddenhausen. His father, a member of the untitled German nobility, operated a large farm in Tanganyika from 1928 until World War II. From 1938 Claus and his six sisters grew up on their maternal grandparents' manor in Lower Saxony. Claus was a member of such Nazi youth organisations as the Hitler Youth. From 1938 until 1942, he attended the Baltenschule Misdroy. In 1944, he was conscripted into the German Wehrmacht, becoming a soldier in the German 90th Panzergrenadier Division in Italy in March 1945, he was taken prisoner of war by the American forces at Meran before taking part in any fighting.
After his repatriation, he studied law in Hamburg. He joined the German diplomatic corps and worked in Santo Domingo and Ivory Coast. In the 1960s, he was transferred to Bonn. Claus met Princess Beatrix for the first time on New Year's Eve 1962 in Bad Driburg at a dinner hosted by the count von Oeynhausen-Sierstorpff, a distant relative of both of them, they met again at the wedding-eve party of Princess Tatjana of Sayn-Wittgenstein-Berleburg and Moritz, Landgrave of Hesse, in the summer of 1964. With memories of German oppression still strong 20 years after the war, sections of the Dutch population were unhappy that Beatrix's fiancé was a German and former member of the Hitler Youth. Nonetheless, Queen Juliana gave the engagement her blessing after giving serious thought to canceling it; the engagement was approved by the States-General—a necessary step for Beatrix to remain heiress to the throne—in 1965. He was granted Dutch citizenship that year and changed the spellings of his names to Dutch.
The pair were married on 10 March 1966. Their wedding day saw violent protests, most notably by the anarchist-artist group Provo, they included such memorable slogans as "Claus,'raus!" and "Mijn fiets terug", a reference to the memory of occupying German soldiers confiscating Dutch bicycles. A smoke bomb was thrown at the wedding carriage by a group of Provos. For a time, it was thought. However, over time, Claus became accepted by the public, so much so that during the last part of his life he was considered by some to be the most popular member of the Royal Family; this change in Dutch opinion was brought about by Claus's strong motivation to contribute to public causes, his sincere modesty and his candor. The public sympathised with Claus for his efforts to give meaning to his life beyond the restrictions that Dutch law imposed on the Royal Family's freedom of speech and action. However, these restrictions were loosened. One example of his attitude toward protocol was the "Declaration of the Tie".
In 1998, after presenting the annual Prince Claus Awards to three African fashion designers, Claus told "workers of all nations to unite and cast away the new shackles they have voluntarily cast upon themselves", meaning the necktie, that "snake around my neck," and encouraged the audience to "venture into open-collar paradise". He removed his tie and threw it on the floor. Claus battled depression for a number of years, underwent a surgery in 1998 to remove his prostate. In 2001, he underwent another surgery to remove one of his kidneys, he died on 6 October 2002 from Parkinson's disease and heart failure. 6 September 1926 – 16 February 1966: Klaus von Amsberg 16 February 1966 – 10 March 1966: Claus van Amsberg 10 March 1966 – 30 April 1980: His Royal Highness Prince Claus of the Netherlands, Jonkheer van Amsberg 30 April 1980 – 6 October 2002: His Royal Highness the Prince consort of the Netherlands Netherlands: Knight Grand Cross of the Order of the Netherlands Lion Netherlands: Recipient of the Cross Medal of Nijmegen Marching Proficiency Netherlands: Recipient of the Queen Beatrix Inauguration Medal Netherlands: Recipient of the Wedding Medal of Prince Willem-Alexander, Prince of Orange and Maxima Zorruigeta Austria: Grand Star of the Decoration of Honour for Services to the Republic of Austria Denmark: Knight of the Order of the Elephant Ethiopian Imperial Family: Grand Cordon of the Order of the Queen of Sheba France: Grand Cross of the Order of the Legion of Honour Germany: Grand Cross Special Class of the Order of Merit of the Federal Republic of Germany Iceland: Grand Cross of the Order of the Falcon Italy: Knight Grand Cross with Collar of the Order of Merit of the Italian Republic Ivory Coast: Grand Cross of the National Order of the Ivory Coast Japan: Grand Cordon of the Order of the Chrysanthemum Norway: Grand Cross of the Order of Saint Olav Portugal: Grand Cross of the Order of Christ South Africa: Grand Cross of the Order of Good Hope Spain: Knight Grand Cross of the Order of Charles III Sweden: Commander Gra
Institut Barcelona d'Estudis Internacionals
The Institut Barcelona d'Estudis Internacionals or IBEI is an inter-university research institute and postgraduate education center located in Barcelona, Spain. IBEI was established in 2004 as a joint initiative between five public universities in the Barcelona metropolitan area and the CIDOB Foundation with the aim of promoting advanced training and research in international relations and related subjects; the director of the Institute is Jacint Jordana, Professor of Political Science at the Pompeu Fabra University, the president is Narcís Serra, former Minister of Defense and former Vice President of Spain. IBEI is located at the UPF Ciutadella Campus and offers several postgraduate: Master in International Relations, Master in International Security, Erasmus Mundus Master in Public Policy - MUNDUS MAPP, Master in International development. All master programmes are taught in English, master in international relations has an English-Spanish bilingual version; the programmes are offered by IBEI as joint degrees from Pompeu Fabra University, University of Barcelona and Autonomous University of Barcelona.
IBEI is an affiliate member of the Association of Professional Schools of International Affairs. IBEI's masters are accredited as official university master's degrees. Students are from abroad; the high level of internationalization of IBEI academic programmes has been recognized by the distinctive mention International Master's Program granted by the Generalitat de Catalonia for the Master in International Relations. IBEI has experienced a steady increase in the affluence of students. More than 150 students are enrolled in its master programmes. IBEI teaching staff highly diversified internationally, shows a strong research profile, with more than 20 doctoral researchers. Several professors from universities in the Barcelona area complete the teaching staff; the Institute has developed a significant scientific production that focuses on the relationship between domestic affairs and the international dimension into four major areas: Global Governance and Institutions in a Globalized Economy and Security, Power and Multilateralism in a Global World.
IBEI is one of the focal points at European level in the field of Political Science and International Affairs. IBEI was founded in 2004 as an "inter-university institute," meaning that multiple universities in Catalonia cooperated to establish it, fund it and support its operations; these affiliated institutions include Universitat de Barcelona, Universitat Autonoma de Barcelona, Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya, Universitat Pompeu Fabra, Universitat Oberta de Catalunya and the CIDOB Foundation. The Institute was located in Elisabets Street for ten years, in the neighborhood of El Raval, Ciutat Vella in Barcelona; the sixteenth-century building, located next to the CIDOB, is part of the complex of the House of Mercy, an old school for orphaned girls. Since September 2014, due to the need of expansion, IBEI happens to be located on the UPF Ciutadella Campus, next to Barcelona Zoo, Parc de la Ciutadella and the Olympic Port. IBEI is placed at Mercè Rodoreda Building, in Ramon Trias Fargas Street, 25-27.
The campus is next to the subway Ciutadella - Vila Olimpica station, to the light rail stations Wellington and Ciutadella - Vila Olimpica, to the bus stops Marina - Doctor Trueta, Icària - Parc Carles I and Sardenya - Pg. Pujades; the Institute shares the building with several research groups, has access to all the campus facilities and to the libraries of the University of Barcelona, Autonomous University of Barcelona and Pompeu Fabra University. IBEI aims to promote scientific knowledge through advanced research and postgraduate training, stimulating the understanding of the global challenges of our world; the Institute is a European leader growing new generations of professionals involved in resolving those challenges within the scientific framework of international studies. It provides training programmes for academic excellence and produces internationally competitive research; the logo of IBEI consists of a black square divided into four equal parts, each containing one of the letters of its acronym.
Every square has a different background: yellow, red and black. The Barcelona Institute of International Studies is set as a private foundation, it is a non-profit organization and is listed as a full legal personality at the Register of Foundations of the Generalitat of Catalonia. IBEI is organized as an inter-university research institute and is governed by the statutes of its Foundation and its Internal Regulations. IBEI is chaired by Narcís Serra, Spanish economist and politician who served, among other positions, as Mayor of Barcelona, Minister of Defense of Spain and Vice President of Spain; the Director of the Institute is Jacint Jordana, Professor of Political Science at the Pompeu Fabra University. His research efforts are focused on the analysis of comparative public policy, regulatory policies and institutions; the Board is the main governing body of the Foundation, while the Scientific Council is responsible for academic competences. IBEI has a prestigious International Academic Council chaired by Javier Solana, meeting biannually to discuss the strategic planning.
IBEI's courses are planned within a System of Internal Quality under the responsibility of the Scientific Council of the Institut