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Master's in International Technology

Sondra Buffett sbuffett at ucsd.edu
Wed May 10 18:55:19 EST 1995


Master's Degree in International Technology for Engineers and Scientists

Professional scientists and engineers have a new opportunity to expand
their career horizons through a technology-based management program at
UCSD's Graduate School of International Relations and Pacific Studies.

The new International Technology Management and Policy Track of the IR/PS
master's degree program targets technical professionals seeking advancement
into policy and management positions in the private and public spheres.
Professionals wishing to retain their current positions may participate on
a part-time basis.

"We designed the program to give these seasoned professionals the expertise
they need to move into the challenging fields of international technology
management and policy making," said IR/PS Dean Peter Gourevitch. The
program is also open to a limited number of recent graduates with bachelor
of science degrees.

Several graduate schools offer technology management programs, but IR/PS is
one of the first to give technology management and policy studies an
international focus.  IR/PS organized the program in response to requests
>From employers and students.

"Most companies and public sector agencies now know they have to understand
technology, its effect on their operations and on the broader global
economy," said Roger Bohn, IR/PS associate professor.  "But right now,
there aren't enough professionals trained in this field. There are lots of
engineers who don't know how to apply technology to solve social and
business problems, and there are plenty of managers and policy makers who
don't understand how technology is changing the worlds they inhabit."

International technology management and policy students will join other
IR/PS students in the two-year Master of Pacific International Affairs
degree program.  But the requirements of the new program are customized for
scientists and engineers.

Instead of conversational fluency in a foreign language, for example,
technology management and policy students will achieve technical reading
literacy in either Chinese, Japanese or Spanish.  Technical language
certification also will be offered in English for foreign students
selecting the new course of study.  In addition, technical students will
attend courses offered in conjunction with UCSD School of Engineering's new
graduate program in advanced manufacturing.

Other IR/PS courses include operations management, policy making,
technology management, corporate finance, international marketing and
environmental policy.  Each IR/PS student also participates in a unique
team-based simulation of international business and political issues facing
governments and businesses in the global economy.

IR/PS will accept about 10 engineering and science professionals for the
technology management and policy specialty for the 1995-96 academic year.

Since its formation in 1986, IR/PS has built a strong record of training
students for public- and private-sector careers in international affairs
and management, focused on the Pacific Rim.  More than 300 IR/PS graduates
are pursuing public and private sector careers in the United States, Asia,
Mexico, South America and Europe.  The school's International Career
Associates Program has attracted over 50 professionals from companies and
ministries all over the Pacific Region.

Prospective students should contact the IR/PS Admissions Office by phone:
(619) 534-5914, or E-mail:  irpsit at ucsd.edu.  More information about IR/PS
and the program is also available on the World Wide Web resource locator:
http://www-irps.ucsd.edu/irps/irpsmenu.html.



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