July 09, 2018
When she found out the result, she was very proud. In the latest CHE ranking, the most important university ranking in the German-speaking world, “her” course of study “International Relations: Politics and History” achieved excellent results. “That was fantastic, an incredible confirmation,” says the political scientist Prof. Dr. Karen Smith Stegen, who not only teaches the course at Jacobs University Bremen, but also designs and coordinates it.
What makes it special? The academic does not have to think hard to answer. “It is an English-medium course and we cover the whole range of topics in international relations, from theory to history, law and business. We have great teachers, including a practitioner such as the former German ambassador Prof. Dr. Claas Knoop, who teaches diplomacy and foreign policy. And, most importantly: we have highly motivated students from all over the world.”
The diversity and internationality of her students has particularly impressed the American. When talented young people from the US, China, Senegal or Germany contribute their experiences, this always leads to exciting discussions and contributions, she says. “That’s great, this is what I enjoy about Jacobs University, it’s a dream come true for a professor,” says Smith Stegen with audible enthusiasm. For many students, studying is an opportunity in life because they come from less well-off backgrounds. Their path will lead them to continue their studies at the best universities worldwide or to jobs in international organizations, business or the media. “With a bachelor’s degree in International Relations from Jacobs University in one’s pocket, the job prospects are very good,” she says.