Institut Barcelona d'Estudis Internacionals (IBEI)

The Institut Barcelona d’Estudis Internacionals ( was founded in February 2004 with the goal of becoming a leading Southern European institution for advanced research and postgraduate education in international affairs. The Institute was established as a private foundation by the five public universities in the Greater Barcelona area (Universitat de Barcelona, Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona, Universitat Pompeu Fabra, Universitat Oberta de Barcelona and Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya), along with the CIDOB Foundation and five government institutions: the Generalitat -Catalonia’s regional government; Barcelona City Hall; the Diputació -Barcelona province’s government; the Mancomunitat -the association of Greater Barcelona municipalities; and Spain’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Cooperation.

IBEI has over 40 faculty members, including tenured faculty, tenure-track professors, post-doctoral- and doctoral researchers (including funding from European Training Networks, Marie Curie Research Fellowships, European Research Council and the Spanish Ministry of Science and Innovation). Staff from the public partner universities also contribute to the teaching and governance of the institute. The institute offers five masters’ programmes, of which three (International Relations, International Security, and International Development) are one-year (60 ECTS) and two are 120 ECTS (Erasmus Mundus Joint Master’s Degree in Public Policy and the Research Master in International Studies). In the academic year 2020-2021, there are 140 new students from over 40 countries. Research clusters focus on Globalisation and Public Policy, Norms and Rules in International Politics, Institutions, Inequality and Development, Security, Conflict and Peace, and States, Diversity and Collective Identities. In recent years, IBEI has been involved in various Jean Monnet Networks, both as partner and coordinator, including EUN-NET, NORTIA, SECUREU and RENPET. This adds to its participation in several EU-funded projects, like TIGRE, and the coordination of the H2020 Globe project.

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