Live Chat

Press Release (October 16, 2014)

The School of Public and International Affairs (SPIA) at Virginia International University (VIU) is currently forming its first Advisory Board and is looking for qualified candidates. The members of the board will have the unique opportunity to help develop the school’s programs and oversee its growth. Required qualifications include:

    Interest in higher education
  • Experience in governance, politics, international development, or international business
  • Experience with the work of advisory institutions
  • Ability to support SPIA in it fundraisings and recruitment efforts
  • Ability to support SPIA in its many academic initiatives including its academic talk series, its ambassadorial talk series, conferences, and others

VIU is a private, non-profit university established in 1998 with the mission to educate students from all parts of the globe through a highly qualified and diverse body of faculty and staff. Currently we boast a student body of over 750 students from over 75 countries. The School of Public and International Affairs at VIU is a relatively young but very dynamic institution offering a Master of Science in International Relations (MIR) and a Master of Public Administration (MPA) with five different concentrations.

  • Master of Science in International Relations (MIR) with concentrations in:
    • International Economic Development
    • International Business
  • Master of Public Administration (MPA) with concentrations in:
    • Public Management
    • Information Systems
    • Healthcare Information & Public Health

Both programs and offered on-ground and online. Currently our program is small (less than 20 students) but we expect to double our student body by next fall. As most of our students come from abroad – mainly from Latin American, Eastern European, and Middle Eastern countries – SPIA’s core objective is to provide them with a rigorous academic experience, as well as a substantial exposure to some of the best practices in American democracy and governance. All SPIA courses are required to incorporate elements of exposure to local, state, or federal systems of government (such as attendance at town hall meetings, pre-election debates, and visits to the Capitol) as well as attendance at policy talks and international conferences. Our hope is that SPIA alumni will be able to successfully transfer this experience to their countries of origin and built productive careers for themselves and their communities.

Please send inquiries and letters of interest with a current CV to Dr. Klara Bilgin at kbilgin@viu.edu. More information about the School of Public and International Affairs can be found at www.viu.edu/spia.