Munk School of Global Affairs

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Munk School of Global Affairs
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Devonshire House, home to the Munk School
Established 2000 (2000)
Type Faculty
Academic affiliation University of Toronto
Location Toronto, Ontario, Canada
Director Janice Stein
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The Munk School of Global Affairs (also referred to as the Munk School or Munk) at the University of Toronto is an interdisciplinary academic centre with various research and educational programs committed to the field of globalization. It occupies the historical Devonshire House, a former residential hall of the university's Trinity College, and in 2012 opened a second location at 315 Bloor Street West (Observatory Site).

The school was founded as the Munk Centre for International Studies in 2000, named after Canadian businessman and philanthropist Peter Munk who made a $6.4 million donation to finance the construction.[1] It was renamed the Munk School of Global Affairs on April 13, 2010 when Peter and Melanie Munk made a further $35 million donation. This contribution by the Munk Foundation amounts to 44% of the total funding for the Centre, with the federal and provincial governments contributing $25 million each.[2] According to the University of Toronto, the donation made by the Munk family to create the school allows the University to "expand U of T's research capacity, enable the hiring of new faculty and drive the expansion of new facilities".[3]

The School is located in the north and south wings of Devonshire House[4] building on Devonshire Place, and the Observatory site at 315 Bloor Street West (formerly Admissions and Awards). The refurbished Devonshire House is shared with Trinity College's John W. Graham Library. In 2012 the Munk School of Global Affairs opened its second location on 315 Bloor Street West (Observatory Site), which houses the offices for the directors of research and education programs.

The current director is Professor Janice Stein, a widely cited expert on conflict resolution and international relations, with an emphasis on the Middle East.

Education Programs[edit]


  • American Studies
  • Dr. David Chu Undergraduate Program in Asia Pacific Studies (APS)
  • Contemporary Asian Studies
  • European Studies Undergraduate Program (ESP)
  • Hungarian Studies
  • International Relations
  • Peace, Conflict, and Justice Studies (PCJ)
  • South Asian Studies


  • Collaborative Master's/PhD Program in South Asian Studies
  • Collaborative Master's Program in Asia-Pacific Studies (MAPS)
  • R.F. Harney Program in Ethnic, Immigration and Pluralism Studies (EIPS)
  • Fellowships in Global Journalism
  • Masters of Arts in European, Russian, and Eurasian Studies (ERES)
  • Masters of Global Affairs (MGA)
  • The Dynamics of Global Change Collaborative Doctoral Program


  • Masters of Global Affairs
  • Peace, Conflict, and Justice Studies Alumni Network

Research Centres[edit]

  • Asian Institute
  • Canada Centre For Global Security Studies
  • Centre for European, Russian, and Eurasian Studies (CERES)
  • Centre for South Asian Studies (CSAS)
  • Centre for the Study of Korea (CSK)
  • Centre for the Study of the United States (CSUS)
  • European Union Centre of Excellence (EUCE)
  • The Trinity-Munk Centre for the Study of Contemporary International History
  • Trudeau Centre for Peace and Conflict Studies (PCS)

Research and Public Education[edit]

  • Atlantik-Bruecke Canada
  • Canada-Montenegro Education Initiative
  • Canadian International Council
  • Central and Inner Asia Seminar
  • Central Asia Program
  • Citizen Lab
  • Comparative Program on Health and Society
  • G8/G20 Research Group
  • Global Order/Disorder: A Multi-National Research Initiative
  • Global Summitry Project
  • Halbert Exchange Program
  • Humanities Initiative
  • India Innovation Institute
  • Innovation Policy Lab
  • Institute on Municipal Finance and Governance
  • Joint Initiative in German and European Studies
  • Lionel Gelber Prize
  • Petro Jacyk Program for the Study of Ukraine
  • Program on Global Environmental Governance
  • Program on Global Health Diplomacy
  • Program on Globalization and Regional Innovation Systems
  • Program on Water Issues
  • Toronto International Relations Seminar

Master of Global Affairs Program[edit]

The Munk School's Master of Global Affairs[5] (MGA) program is two-year interdisciplinary professional degree aimed at equipping students with an awareness of global and financial systems, global civil society, and global strategic and security issues. Students are also encouraged to think critically and responsibly on global issues, and are provided with leadership training and management skill-building. The program requires students to complete a relevant internship with an NGO, an international organization such as the UN or WTO, or at an embassy or consulate abroad.

After a general first year of study, students specialize in one of three streams:

  • The Global Economy
  • Global Civil Society
  • Global Institutions

As well, MGA students can also complete their degrees concurrently with an MBA at the Rotman School of Management or with a JD at the University of Toronto Faculty of Law.

Trudeau Centre[edit]

The Trudeau Centre for Peace and Conflict Studies is a division of the Munk School. It administers the 'PCS' major and specialist programmes and three courses on the topic. It grew out of the Peace and Conflict Studies programme established by Anatol Rapaport in the early 1980s. In 1990, Thomas Homer-Dixon assumed the Directorship and continued in that role through 2001 when the programme was institutionalized as the Trudeau Centre. Homer-Dixon's Directorship ended in 2007. Wendy H. Wong is the current Director.

Distinguished Scholars[edit]

Notable Faculty[edit]


The contract signed to establish the Munk School has been criticized by campus activists for the unprecedented level of involvement from the Munk Foundation. "The Barrick Gold magnate’s $35 million donation to the university and the Munk School of Global Affairs has attracted considerable attention," which has raised concerns about "the often-troubled behaviour of Canadian mining companies abroad."[7] Alternatively, the National Editorial Board of the National Post argues that no undue influence or involvement has ever been substantiated, and that the School's donor agreement stipulates its commitment to university rules and academic freedom.[8]


  1. ^ [1][dead link]
  2. ^ "A Global Affair | Launch of Munk School of Global Affairs, Janice Stein International Relations | By Cynthia Macdonald | University of Toronto Magazine". Retrieved 2014-03-25. 
  3. ^ [2][dead link]
  4. ^ The University of Toronto: A History / Martin L. Friedland p.199. Retrieved 2014-03-25. 
  5. ^ "Home | Master of Global Affairs". 2014-03-20. Retrieved 2014-03-25. 
  6. ^ [3][dead link]
  7. ^ Chernos, Saul. "Chomsky vs. Munk". Retrieved 2014-03-25. 
  8. ^ "National Post editorial board: Generous gifts are nothing to fear | National Post". 2011-01-21. Retrieved 2014-03-25. 

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