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Συνέντευξη της Καθηγήτριας του ΕΚΠΑ, Εμ. Δούσση, από το Study in Greece με θέμα το “Master’s Degree in Southeast European Studies: Politics, History, Economics”

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Η Εμμανουέλα Δούση, Καθηγήτρια Διεθνών Θεσμών στο Τμήμα Πολιτικής Επιστήμης και Δημόσιας Διοίκησης του Εθνικού και Καποδιστριακού Πανεπιστημίου Αθηνών (ΕΚΠΑ), έδωσε συνέντευξη στο web portal “Study in Greece” με τίτλο: “Master’s Degree in Southeast European Studies: Politics, History, Economics” (

Συγκεκριμένα στην συνέντευξη αναφέρθηκαν μεταξύ άλλων τα εξής:

Mrs Doussis, could you briefly describe the features and the spirit of the MA in Southeast European Studies: Politics, History, Economics, offered by the NKUA.

The MA in Southeast European Studies: Politics, History, and Economics was launched in 1999 as an international initiative in the framework of the Royaumont process, to promote peace and reconciliation in the Balkans in the aftermath of the wars in the former Yugoslavia. Although the initiative aimed to establish an area studies programme, the term “Balkans” was not included in its title; this is because the term “Balkans” is both narrow and also bears a negative connotation for the region, which had its origins in a specific discourse formed at the time of the Balkan wars and the First World War. Instead, the term “Southeast European Studies” has been promoted for two main reasons: firstly, to bring forward the European identity of the region and, second, to include in the study field other Southeast European countries such as Turkey and Cyprus.

The initiative came from the Department of Political Science and Public Administration of the NKUA, which is the oldest department of political science in Greece, with a strong presence of historians (Thanos VeremisPaschalis Kitromilides and George Mavrogordatos among others) and with a clear interdisciplinary character combining history, economics, politics and law. The curricula of the Southeast European Studies followed this idea by offering interdisciplinary courses to enhance knowledge and research on the evolution of the Balkan countries and the broader Southeast European region as well as a better understanding of the past and post-cold war situation, as well as their European future.

The aim of the programme is twofold: The first aim, is purely academic, that is to provide a thorough and multidisciplinary understanding of the key historical, political, and economic affairs of Southeast Europe and to promote discussion on the current challenges. The second aim is broader. As the programme was founded during the Kosovo crisis, at a time of violent upheaval in the Balkans, the idea was to bring together students from the region and beyond, students from different ethnic groups and cultures, to learn about Southeast Europe with and from each other, and thus contribute to the promotion of peace, democracy, and reconciliation in the region.


Since we are in the application period, please tell us which are the future prospects for the students and why they should choose this MA among others?

Having the expertise and the experience after 23 years of offering high quality and well known interdisciplinary postgraduate studies in the area of Southeast Europe in the framework of the National and Kapodistrian University of Athens, the SEE Master’s Programme holds a key role in promoting good neighbourliness among students and future opinion leaders. A major benefit of the Master’s Programme in Southeast European Studies: Politics, History, Economics is its cosmopolitan environment. Besides the Programme’s own students from Southeastern Europe and beyond, students will share their classroom with students from the International Master in South European Studies (Eurosud). The Programme has an excellent student-teacher ratio. Programme Alumni are employed across the globe in government, business, the academia, NGOs and international organisations.

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