Our Partners

Consortium partners

The IMSISS programme is supported by a consortium of academic and non-academic partners. Together we aim to provide students on the programme with access to knowledgeable teachers, practitioners and researchers working on many different aspects of security, intelligence and strategy.

Over the course of two years, IMSISS students will undertake teaching each semester in a different institution amongst our consortium partners before undertaking their independent study period to complete their masters’ dissertation.

OTH Regensburg (Germany)

OTH Regensburg runs one of the four annual IMSISS Summer Schools. This takes place in August and is open to all students. OTH Regensburg is one of the largest technical universities of applied sciences in Bavaria, Germany. It was originally founded in 1971, but its predecessor institutions can be traced back to the beginning of the 19th century. It currently has over 10500 students undertaking a range of ‘practice-orientated bachelors and masters degrees’. OTH Regensburg has broad expertise in applied security studies and information-based intelligence matters.

Contact: Dr Markus Bresinsky, Faculty General Studies & Microsystems Technology Phone: +49 (0) 941 943 9818 Email: markus.bresinsky[at]oth-regensburg.de


University of Cádiz (Spain)





The University of Cádiz (UCA) in Spain runs one of the four annual IMSISS Summer Schools. This takes place in July and is open to all students. Founded in 1979, UCA is located in the province of Cádiz, Andalusia, in southern Spain. It can trace its origins back to the beginning of the 15th century with the creation of the College of the Pilots of the Sea of the East and West (Colegio de Pilotos de los Mares de Levante y Poniente). Its medical faculty, meanwhile, has its origins in the Royal Naval College of Surgery, founded in 1748. This maritime tradition is now represented by the University’s coordinating role of the EU funded European University of the Seas (SEA-EU). It currently has over 22000 students across its four campuses. UCA has broad expertise in security, borders, migrations and international relations.

Contact: Dr Antonio Díaz, Law School  Phone: +34 856 037833  Email: antonio.diazfernandez@uca.es

International associate partner universities contribute to the IMSISS programme via master classes, workshops, summer schools and work-based placements. These include:

Center for Security Studies, ETH Zurich (Switzerland)

The Center for Security Studies (CSS) at ETH Zurich is a center of competence for Swiss and international security policy. It offers security policy expertise in research, teaching, and consulting activities. The CSS promotes understanding of security policy challenges as a contribution to a more peaceful world. Its work is independent, practice-relevant, and based on a sound academic footing. It combines research and policy consultancy and, as such, functions as a bridge between academia and practice. It trains highly qualified junior researchers and serves as a point of contact and information for the interested public.

Center for Intelligence Studies, Norwegian Defence Intelligence School (Oslo, Norway)

The Norwegian Defence Intelligence School (NORDIS) is an education and research institution reporting to the National Intelligence Service of Norway. The NORDIS Center for Intelligence Studies (NORDIS-CIS) collaborates with academic partners nationally and internationally on various academic research projects.

Institute of International Relations and Political Science, University of Vilnius (Lithuania)

The Institute of International Relations and Political Science (IIRPS) at Vilnius University is one of the most prominent social sciences institutions in Eastern Europe and the Baltic region. The Institute is an academic institution specializing in social and political sciences. IIRPS holds a faculty status at Vilnius University. The Institute has been educating a new generation of intellectual elite in Lithuania for more than 25 years. The Institute is host to a number of prominent experts on national, European and international politics who are renowned for their competent and original public commentaries, expert knowledge and professional experience. These individuals conduct both critical analysis of contemporary social science issues, political philosophy, international relations, and policy oriented research. They have contributed extensively to the analysis of Lithuania’s accession into the EU and NATO and its role in these organizations and other international structures, country’s relationships with its neighbours in the region, including Nordic-Baltic countries, Poland as well as Eastern partners.

WITS School of Governance, University of the Witwatersrand (Johannesburg, South Africa)

The Wits School of Governance (WSG) is a post-graduate institution that works towards transforming the public, private and non-governmental sectors through education and building an Africa for all to want to live in. The School is located in Parktown, Johannesburg, one of Africa’s biggest cities and South Africa’s economic powerhouse. The School falls under the Faculty of Commerce, Law and Management at the University of the Witwatersrand. The School works closely with government and community-based organisations in South Africa and across the African continent addressing topics that directly affect us such as race relations, corruption, security and policy-related issues.

Tel Aviv University (Israel)

Since its foundation in 1964 the Faculty of Social Sciences at Tel Aviv University has set its goal to further our understanding of social forms in general and of Israeli society in particular. Located in Israel’s largest metropolitan area – its business and cultural center – the Faculty of Social Sciences at Tel Aviv University offers a diverse and vibrant research and learning environment. Supported by 17 Research Centers and Institutions the collective work of the faculty members has addressed complex security issues  linked to Israeli and Jewish identity, gender inequality, immigrant integration, economic development, Jewish-Arab relations, the impact of war and occupation, social and economic inequality between Arabs and Jews and among Jews, and small countries in a globalizing world.

Department of Security Studies and Criminology, Macquarie University (Sydney, Australia)

The Department of Security Studies and Criminology (SSC) is one of Australia’s leading academic centres of teaching and research in applied security studies and criminology. Our research and teaching focusses on finding solutions to real world security challenges, including Security and Defence Studies, Cyber Security, Intelligence, Counter Terrorism and Resilience, Criminology and Policing.  Teaching is delivered by both academics and practitioners, providing students with the experience and practical skill set required to be competitive in a wide range of security-related government and private sector employment.

Center for Security & Peace Studies, Gadjah Mada University (Yogyakarta, Indonesia)

The Center for Security and Peace Studies (PSK) of Gadjah Mada University (UGM), emerged in the context of a changing world political configuration, especially after the “Cold War”. These new situations and challenges demand the development of new concepts and ideas about peace and security. PSKP UGM was established on October 1, 1996 to sharpen concepts and thoughts on security and peace, with the aim of expanding and deepening the public’s understanding of security and peace issues within the national and regional scope. PSKP-UGM specializes in three areas of expertise: (a) Security; (b) Conflict resolution; (c) Peace building. Of the three areas of expertise, the center focuses on several issues areas that include Ethnic and Religious Multiculturalism; Peace and Government; Democratization and Political Parties; Military and Police Reform; Human Rights and Conflict Resolution; Crisis Management; and Industrial Conflict.

Center for International Peace and Security Studies, Department of Political Science, McGill University (Montreal, Canada)

The McGill University Department of Political Science carries on a long and pioneering tradition in the study of politics in North America. Founded in 1901, the Department’s distinguished faculty is actively involved in a wide variety of ongoing research projects, and is committed to achieving a high level of academic excellence in research, graduate, and undergraduate education. It has a strong area of interest in international relations (IR) stretching back to 1952, with early research interests on regional conflict, international systems and sub-systems, foreign policy, and security. Since the 1980s, a number of pioneering works on conflict, crisis and war were produced under the International Crisis Behavior (ICB) Project which set much groundwork in this area through the assembly and analysis of a large amount of data. During the 1990s the arrival of several scholars with expertise in both security and political economy helped to enlarge the IR program. In recent years the program diversified into areas such as ethnic conflicts and constructivism. More recently the Department has played a key role in the development of the Center for International Peace and Security Studies in conjunction with the Université de Montréal.

College of Emergency Preparedness, Homeland Security, and Cybersecurity, University at Albany, State University of New York (Albany, USA)

The mission of the College of Emergency Preparedness, Homeland Security, and Cybersecurity (CEHC) at the State University of New York’s University at Albany is to make a difference by providing high quality academic programs, blending an interdisciplinary and entrepreneurial spirit, fostering enthusiasm for learning and teaching, promoting operational application of knowledge, and leading cutting-edge research initiatives that bring together people, technology, and knowledge to address the challenges of the 21st century. CEHC specialises in a number of areas including informatics, cyber security and emergency preparedness.

Department of Political Science, Georgia State University (Atlanta, USA)‌

Staff and students at the Department of Political Science at Georgia State University examine the most pressing and enduring puzzles of politics and policy at the local, national, and global levels. With research expertise and a passion for teaching in all of the major fields of the discipline – American Government, Comparative Politics, International Relations, Political Theory – the Department offers innovative and comprehensive degree programmes at BA, MA, and PhD level. The Department’s Comparative Politics and International Relations staff conduct research on virtually every world region. Key areas of interest include comparative democratization, comparative political behaviour, the study of civil war, post-conflict peace building and reconciliation, comparative and international political economy, international and comparative energy policy, international security, human rights, corruption and development, and NGOs in world politics.

Vietnam National University (Hanoi, Vietnam)

Vietnam National University is the first modern university established in Vietnam and one of the two national universities in the country. It supports IMSISS’s understanding of regional security in Southeast Asia.

Conflict Analysis Research Centre, University of Kent (Canterbury, England)‌

The Conflict Analysis Research Centre (CARC) at the University of Kent is a multi-disciplinary Faculty Research Centre of Excellence specialising in the study of political conflict, developing original theory and analysis of conflicts. It is based in the School of Politics and International Relations.

Our non-academic partners provide projects and internships for the Work Placement Scheme, offer master-classes and webinars to degree-awarding partners, and support the wider programme.

The United Nations Office of Information Communications Technology, New York, USA

The Office of Information and Communications Technology is responsible for defining strategic direction for ICT to the Secretariat. It provides oversight of ICT programmes, budgets and decision-making to ensure alignment with the Secretariat’s overall ICT strategy. The Office is headquartered in New York and sits within the Department of Management.

UNOICT has supported the programme by hosting students on internship at the UN HQ.

The Antall József Knowledge Centre, Budapest, Hungary

The Antall József Knowledge Centre (AJKC) in Hungary hosts a variety of events aimed at domestic and international professional audiences. The Knowledge Centre’s main objectives, in line with the Antall philosophy, are talent management and providing students and young professionals with wide-ranging practical knowledge through various events. With seven years of experience in the field, the Knowledge Centre aims to become a regionally relevant think tank that is respected and appreciated when it comes to certain issues, such as Visegrad Cooperation, the future global role of the world superpowers, security policy, sustainable development, as well as technological and social innovation.

AJKC has supported IMSISS through hosting placement students.

Centro Studi di Politica Internazionale (CeSPI), Rome, Italy

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CeSPI is an independent and non-profit think tank performing research and policy oriented analysis studies, providing advice, evaluations and training on many subjects relevant to international relations. Founded to promote an innovative and open view on international processes, CeSPI has always cultivated an end-to-end/comprehensive perspective on world affairs, combining an analytical approach to the dynamics within Europe with a constant focus on emerging realities, globalization processes, supranational and multilateral cooperation, sustainable policies and asserting human rights.

The Council for European Studies, New York, USA

The mission of the Council for European Studies (CES) is to produce, support, and recognize outstanding, multi-disciplinary research on Europe through a wide range of programs and initiatives. These include fellowships, grants, publications, awards, conferences and meetings, public lectures and symposia, as well as direct research and artistic collaboration. CES is particularly committed to supporting research that can play a critical role in understanding and applying the lessons of European history and integration to contemporary problems, including those in the areas of global security, sustainability, environmental stewardship, and democracy.

CES supports IMSISS through a shared academic fellowship competition, as well as hosting placement students for Collaborative Research Placements between the US and Europe.

Crossing Borders Education, Bo’Ness, UK, and Shutesbury, MA, USA.

Crossing Borders Education sponsors and helps to create intercultural resources, films, and travel programs that empower individuals to view the world from multiple perspectives. They work for a world where differences are welcomed as learning opportunities and where intercultural understanding develops naturally through intentional cross-cultural interactions. CBE’s training resources and products are designed to enrich society by initiating intercultural dialogues and enhancing critical thinking skills.

Crossing Borders Education supports IMSISS by helping us to develop our Intercultural Competency training for all students on the programme.

Euro-Gulf Information Centre, Rome, Italy

The Euro-Gulf Information Centre (EGIC) is an initiative that builds socio-political, strategic, cultural and economic bridges between the people of Europe and the Arabian Gulf.  Founded on 01 October 2015 as a legal not-for-profit Association, in Rome, Italy, EGIC draws on the expertise of a multitude of scholars, policy makers, economists and members of European and Gulf civil societies to enhance inter-regional relations.

GLOBSEC, Bratislava, Slovakia

GLOBSEC is a global think tank committed to enhancing security, prosperity and sustainability in Europe and throughout the world. Its mission is to influence the future by generating new ideas and solutions for a better and safer world. GLOBSEC believes it can change the world by putting together the right stakeholders at the right time for a free exchange of ideas.

Herder Institut for Historical Research on East Central Europe, Marburg, Germany

The Herder Institute for Historical Research on East Central Europe – Institute of the Leibniz Association (HI) in Marburg is an international, non-university center for historical research on East and Central Europe.

International Centre for Defence and Security (ICDS), Talinn, Estonia

ICDS is the leading think tank in Estonia specialising in foreign policy, security and defence issues. We aim to be the regional knowledge hub of first choice for the security and defence communities of Estonia, its allies and partners.

ICDS has supported IMSISS through work placement opportunities for our students.

The Institute for Foreign Affairs and Trade (IFAT), Budapest, Hungary

The goal of the Institute for Foreign Affairs and Trade is to help to solve those significant challenges that every society encounters when going through change: how to develop a consistent foreign policy whilst encouraging free and open debate about it so as to broaden the views and understanding of decision makers, scholars and other interested parties.

IFAT supports IMSISS with work placements.

Partnership for Global Security, Washington D.C., USA

The Partnership for Global Security (PGS) is a recognized international leader and innovator in the nuclear and transnational security policy area. It provides actionable responses to 21st century security challenges by engaging international, private sector, and multidisciplinary expert partners to assess policy needs, identify effective strategies, and drive demonstrable results. PGS is constantly evaluating how the convergence of security, technology, and economic issues influence global nuclear challenges.

PGS supports IMSISS by providing collaborative research placements and internships as part of our Work Placement scheme.

Peace Research Institute Frankfurt (PRIF), Frankfurt, Germany

The Peace Research Institute Frankfurt (PRIF) is a research institute in Frankfurt am Main focused on violent international and internal conflicts and research of conditions for and promotion of the concept of peace.

PRIF supports IMSISS through collaborative research placements.

Peace Research Institute Oslo (PRIO), Oslo, Norway

The Peace Research Institute Oslo (PRIO) conducts research on the conditions for peaceful relations between states, groups and people. Researchers at PRIO seek to understand the processes that bring societies together or split them apart. We explore how conflicts erupt and how they can be resolved; it investigates how different kinds of violence affect people; and examines how societies tackle crises – and the threat of crisis. PRIO documents general trends, seeks to understand processes, and informs concrete responses.

Prague Security Studies Institute, Prague, Czech Republic, and USA

Prague Security Studies Institute (PSSI) helps safeguard and strengthen the individual freedoms and democratic institutions of the countries in Central and Eastern Europe and beyond. The Institute also seeks to illuminate select unconventional threats emanating from authoritarian governments that challenge the transatlantic alliance and other partners globally, especially in the economic & financial and space domains. PSSI is dedicated to the education and training of new generations of security-minded students and young professionals, including through its programmatic activities and growing academic network in the Czech Republic and abroad.

PSSI supports IMSISS through masterclasses and various work placement opportunities for our students focused on space security.