GPSSS Summer School

Jointly organized by the Global Governance Institute (GGI) and the Belgian Royal Military Academy (RMA) online from 28 ...

GPSSS Summer School

Jointly organized by the Global Governance Institute (GGI) and the Belgian Royal Military Academy (RMA) online from 28 June to 9 July 2021


Europe and the wider world face complex, multifaceted and fundamental security challenges at an ever-expansive scale. Whether it is ‘new threats’ such as cybersecurity, the impact of environmental degradation on security and livelihoods, the societal impacts of the impending ‘robotics and artificial intelligence revolution’ or the resurgence of ‘classical threats’, such as nuclear proliferation, arms races, regional conflicts, information warfare, hybrid warfare and the challenges of peacekeeping, peacebuilding and conflict resolution, the next generation of students and analysts must be literate in the analytical tools and policy-oriented solutions to a widerange of security problems.

To this end, the Global Governance Institute (GGI),  the Belgian Royal Military Academy, and a network of senior scholars and policy-makers from international organizations (such as NATO, the European Union and the United Nations) have teamed up to deliver a unique 10-day intensive summer school from the political capital of Europe. This summer school brings together theoretical and policy-oriented perspectives from peace studies, security studies and strategic studies. Students will learn first-hand from some of the leading scholars and senior practitioners about major security challenges and how to apply concrete policy solutions in an integrative manner.


GPSSS 2021 will take place from 28 June to 9 July 2021.The first online session will start at 09:00 (Brussels time) on Monday 28 June and the school will end with a closing ceremony on Friday 9 July 2020. All learning and social activities are designed and delivered with a focus on engagement and continuous interaction among students, lecturers and invited speakers. The programme provides ample opportunities for exchange and peer learning, exclusive insights from officials and practitioners, and a combination of active learning methods that will ultimately deliver a unique learning experience. The programme content and overview are available in the GPSS brochure. You can download the brochure, or view it online below.


The Royal Military Academy and the Global Governance Institute will award 6 ECTS credits for successful completion of the summer school. This can be achieved if students attend all sessions, take part in the final simulation and complete one written assignment in the form of a policy paper. Students’ institutions will decide whether and how to integrate the credits into their educational programmes.


The programme is open to undergraduate and graduate students currently enrolled at a recognized higher education institution or recently graduated, as well as practitioners. Applicants need to fill out the summer school application form below and upload their academic file.


  • Early Bird tuition fee for those paying in full before 1 May 2021: 800€
  • Tuition fee for those paying in full after 1 May 2021: 950€
  • Please note that if you are offered a place the final deadline for payment is 15 June 2021.
  • A number of scholarships representing 50% tuition fee waivers are available for outstanding students and can be awarded on the basis of need and merit. Please send an e-mail for further information.

Registration is now closed, stay in touch for updates on the 2022 edition

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