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If we want to change the world, first we need to understand it.

“With the goal of finding innovative  solutions to complex global  challenges, I am learning from  experts and colleagues with a rich  diversity of perspectives.”

–H  elen Broom, Master of Global Affairs student


“Our new Islam and Global Affairs Initiative at the Munk School has created a powerful interdisciplinary network of experts who can address the most critical challenges facing the modern Muslim world.” – Aisha Ahmad, Assistant Professor

The world is a complicated place. Let’s see if we can make sense of it.

“The Munk School’s commitment to academic excellence and human rights makes it an ideal and unique place in which to build real international  expertise on human rights in Canada.” – Georgette Gagnon, Munk School Fellow

“I enjoy the interdisciplinary training  I am receiving at the Munk School.  I believe the world’s challenges require multi-pronged approaches.” – J ames Madhier, undergraduate student in Peace, Conflict and Justice program


But in recent decades it has only grown more complex, as local hierarchies give way to worldwide networks, and as globalization streamlines the flow of commerce and ideas while magnifying cultural differences and the unevenness of prosperity. New social actors vie with nation-states for power and influence. Heightened awareness of the advantages enjoyed by others – freedom, justice, security, economic opportunity – creates deep divisions within and between societies. And environmental threats affect people differently depending on who they are and where they live. In short, our world can be challenging, distressing, even overwhelming – yet at the same time stimulating, inspiring and full of promise. Old boundaries, political and technological, no longer apply. The very idea of global has become elastic as issues arising on distant continents end up in our backyard, and vice versa. Understanding relentless change calls for new approaches that aren’t limited by traditional structures and ways of thinking. We must examine problems and possibilities through many disciplinary lenses to get a nuanced view. And we need to embrace uncertainty, probing and testing what might be true to gain deeper insights into what we can probably say for sure. This is the context that shapes our purpose at the Munk School of Global Affairs. Through innovative teaching and learning, boundary-crossing research and ongoing public dialogue and debate, we’ve created a worldleading hub for an emerging field. And we invite all who share our vision – students and scholars, policy-makers and community partners – to join us in defining, through study and action, what global affairs can be.


You’ve got a lot to learn.



the Munk School helps exceptional graduate and undergraduate students from around the world realize their potential. We encourage you to dig deeper into important issues, questioning received truths and looking beyond the obvious. And in the process, we all learn more about the world’s endlessly changing social, economic and cultural perspectives.



The MGA is helping to shape the next generation of problem solvers – talented students from Canada and abroad who are committed to tackling tough challenges in an interconnected world. The program integrates professional internship opportunities with leading Canadian and international organizations.


In this first-year foundational program, undergraduates learn to connect global issues with local realities – and then put their insights into action. After completing their Munk One year, students can opt to continue their studies abroad in our summer program, Beyond the Classroom, before completing their undergraduate studies in other U of T programs.


This flagship program within the Trudeau Centre for Peace, Conflict and Justice invites undergraduates to address urgent humanitarian challenges through interdisciplinary study – and complementary internships or study-abroad programs – focused on the origins, impact and resolution of civil and inter-state conflicts.


Committed to creating a new breed of specialized journalist, this unconventional program welcomes experts in diverse fields – from emergency medicine to architecture to trade law – and helps them develop the skills they need to share their insights with a wider audience through high-profile media outlets.


The centres and institutes within the Munk School offer a wide range of education opportunities enriched by their intensive and creative research focus. The Asian Institute has graduate and undergraduate programs in Asian, South Asian and Asia-Pacific Studies. The Centre for European, Russian, and Eurasian Studies offers a Master’s program, as well as majors in Hellenic, Hungarian and general European studies. The Centre for the Study of the United States has an undergraduate American Studies program. And several faculties come together to offer the Collaborative Graduate Program in Ethnic and Pluralism Studies.

So do we. Especially from you. 2 Munk School of Global Affairs


Encouraging rural Brazilians to keep their kids in school. >Interning with Médecins Sans Frontières. >Building the foundation for Mexico’s answer to Silicon Valley. >Reaching out to homeless LGBTQ+ youth. >Supporting Congolese rape survivors as they try to find justice. >Helping South Africans secure essential proof of birth. >Blending science and economics to assess the looming global water crisis. >Exploring how cities adapt to climate change.


This row, left to right: Screening of Citizenfour, the Academy Award–winning documentary about the world’s bestknown whistleblower, Edward Snowden; Robert Steiner, Director of the Fellowship in Global Journalism; Prof. Shiri Breznitz in class with MGA students. Below, left to right: Students from the Asian Institute studying urban development in Vietnam; Munk School Director Stephen Toope congratulates MGA grad Masanori Wakita; Fellowship in Global Journalism boot camp.

This row, left to right: Prof. Todd Foglesong and Prof. Ron Levi teaching MGA class; (from left to right) Kim Skead, Kourosh Houshmand, Aditya Rau (top), Stephanie Lim, Prof. Joseph Wong, Helen Kroes and Anthony Marchese in South Africa studying efforts to improve birth registration. Below, left to right: Former Munk One student Quinn Underwood and Peace, Conflict and Justice student Swarochish Goswami created an app to increase food security and reduce food waste on campus; former Munk One student Arya Ashoori in Jerusalem; MGA student Claire Wilmot and Carmen Cheung, Professor of Global Practice, in class.

We know you have questions.


PURSUING HIGHLY COLLABORATIVE RESEARCH, Munk School scholars bring together diverse disciplines to investigate issues and opportunities facing humanity in the 21st century. Examining everything from global justice and poverty to innovation policy and cybersecurity, we ask questions that challenge current thinking and suggest new lines of inquiry – even when there are no obvious answers. Within a constantly evolving array of research initiatives, there is one value we consistently apply to establish priorities and measure success: relevance. The innovative studies we support seek insights across the emerging field of global affairs, from community safety and government surveillance to mass migration, income inequality and environmental governance. To meet our rigorous standards, a project must be designed not necessarily to solve problems, but at least to map out the terrain where future solutions may lie. In the Munk School’s regionally focused centres and institutes, specialist scholars ground our broader research aims in specific geographical, political and cultural contexts. Their deep local and regional knowledge strengthens and extends our commitment to building the field of global affairs. Complementing these efforts is the dynamic, cross-disciplinary research driven by our themed labs on global justice, environmental governance and innovation policy, as well as the work of the Citizen Lab on security and human rights in a digital world. We are also developing new labs focusing on migration and civic engagement. The many dimensions of our research portfolio all focus on areas that we believe require closer study and will help to define the boundaries of our own field while contributing to the global conversation.

And some may lack clear answers. 4 Munk School of Global Affairs


Investigating the root causes of terrorism. >Studying how tax systems strengthen African states. >Examining homicide investigations in Latin America. >Rethinking how organizations provide humanitarian relief. >Reforming global environmental governance. >Fostering innovation in Canada’s banking sector. >Tracking Chinese cyber-attacks around the globe. >Briefing U.S. generals on high-tech weapons systems and their dangers. >Exploring the social implications of self-driving cars.

(solar panels) REUTERS/Regis Duvignau; (Mzumazi) REUTERS/Mike Hutchings

This row, left to right: Munk One students in class; Michael Blake, The Hon. Louise Arbour and Prof. Stephen Toope debate Canada’s responsibility to help refugees as part of the CBC Radio program Ideas. Below: Munk One student Stephanie Xu in class.

Above row, left to right: Citizen Lab research officer Adam Senft and Director Ron Deibert; a woman in Mzumazi village near Malawi carries food distributed by the UN World Food Programme; MGA students Theresa Do, Pratique Kain and Filip Borovsky in class. This row, left to right: Solar panels in southwestern France; Munk One Director Teresa Kramarz with students Sayeh Yousefi and Neil Kohlmann; Prof. Randall Hansen discusses the November 2015 ISIS attacks on Paris and implications for immigration, refugees and security.

The whole world is talking.


A HUB FOR PUBLIC DIALOGUE AND ENGAGEMENT, the Munk School brings thinkers and policy-makers together with leaders and members of diverse communities – local, national and global – to debate the world’s most important questions and collaborate in the search for answers. By convening and curating these discussions, we connect our teaching and research more deeply to where they can create the most impact. We extend the Munk School’s reach through innovative communications over a wide range of channels and platforms, including: > Public panel discussions on topics of current interest, from the Syrian refugee crisis to the devastating earthquake in Nepal in 2015, and from the government surveillance revelations of Edward Snowden to the ISIS-inspired attacks in France and Belgium. > A full calendar of distinguished guest speakers, from Canadian political leaders and international heads of state to renowned global scholars and innovative thinkers. > Conversations with federal and provincial leaders on everything from economic policy and budget planning to the Trans-Pacific Partnership and the Paris Agreement on climate change. > Regular contributions by Munk School scholars, via traditional and digital media, on issues ranging from unlawful imprisonment and torture to children’s online privacy. > Collaborations with public broadcasters, including the CBC in Canada and NPR in the U.S., on everything from global migration to the continuing impact of the Magna Carta. > Book launches and film screenings (including an ongoing partnership with the Toronto International Film Festival) featuring creators and expert commentators discussing issues of global impact. In every area of the Munk School’s mission – whether we’re forging alliances with other respected institutions or encouraging students to work for social change in their own communities – we understand that to continue building relevance and impact, the emerging field of global affairs must be firmly rooted in the world it attempts to understand.

We need to make it a conversation. 6 Munk School of Global Affairs


Welcoming guest speakers from 38 countries. >Talking to Ralph Nader and Edward Snowden. >Inviting cabinet ministers to test out new policy ideas. >Helping Iranians speak freely online. >Creating radio programs about the sharing economy and big data. >Screening a provocative film about the Charlie Hebdo attacks. >Awarding the Lionel Gelber Prize to the best non-fiction books on foreign affairs. >Reaching a worldwide audience via 10,000 media stories annually‌and counting.

This row, left to right: MGA student Shruti Sardesai; The Hon. Chrystia Freeland (left), Minister of International Trade, and Prof. Dan Breznitz (right) discuss the Trans-Pacific Partnership’s potential impact on Canada. Below, left to right: Prof. Janice Stein joins director Maysaloun Hamoud and the cast of In Between, following a screening of the film as part of the Contemporary World Speakers series at the Toronto International Film Festival 2016; Ralph Nader speaks to Munk School students about inequality in the United States; author Scott Shane accepts the 2016 Lionel Gelber Prize for his book Objective Troy: A Terrorist, a President, and the Rise of the Drone.

This row, left to right: Munk School Distinguished Fellow Michael Ignatieff speaking at the Munk School in September 2016; Premier Kathleen Wynne speaks at the Ontario-Israel Business Innovation event held at the Munk School; The Hon. Catherine McKenna, Minister of Environment and Climate Change, speaks of her experience leading the Canadian delegation to COP21, the UN climate change conference in Paris. Below, left to right: In partnership with the CBC Radio program Ideas, (from left to right) Munk School Fellow Neil Desai, Dr. Ann Cavoukian, Prof. Ron Deibert and Prof. Stephen Toope weigh the opportunities and risks inherent in the world of big data; Prof. Janice Stein appears on CBC’s The National to discuss the implications of Brexit; Jahaan Pittalwala (left), Brian Malczyk (centre) and Bushra Nassab (right) at the 10th annual Peace, Conflict and Justice Conference.

Come and learn. Teach. Explore.


The Munk School of Global Affairs is a forum for exchanging breakthrough ideas, a catalyst for discovering new avenues of opportunity and a platform for reaching beyond traditional boundaries to foster insightful engagement with the world. As we grow and evolve, our positive impact comes through the collective efforts of everyone who shares our vision: To create a unique, world-leading centre of teaching, research and public engagement that builds the new field of global affairs from Canada. We invite you to be part of this dynamic, inspiring, constantly changing project. Come and learn with us, then apply that knowledge in the world. Teach in a Munk School program, sharing your unique expertise. Join one of our research collaborations, linking disciplines to break new ground. Contribute your insights via digital channels and in our regular public forums. Or partner with us on a global initiative – whether on the other side of the planet or in a community right outside our doors. Together we can turn uncertainty into resilience and shift anxiety toward hope, as we take the vital first step toward changing the world: understanding how it works.

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Left to right: Peace, Conflict and Justice students Fernando Casanova Ochoa, Rachel Ball-Jones and Courtney Wong.

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The global conversation starts here.

“I enrolled in the MGA program  hoping to learn about the world’s complexities, and came away motivated and empowered to help address them by driving for  change in any context I am in.” –N  ir Kumar, President, Master of Global Affairs Alumni Network (MGA 2014)

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