Master in Terrorism Studies and Deradicalization
WORLD MEDIATION ORGANIZATION does not confer academic degrees. WORLD MEDIATION ORGANIZATION cooperates with EUCLID University and recommends such programs. Prof. Laurent Cleenewerck – International Faculty Coordinator / Euclid University: ‘WMO and EUCLID have been partners for several years – a partnership formalized by the high-level memorandum of understanding – in view of their common goals in the field of mediation. The two organizations are remarkably complementary in the sense that EUCLID is a degree-granting institution focusing on global mediation at the level of state actors whereas WMO is a network of professionals which focuses more on interpersonal, communal and business-related mediation. WMO has also demonstrated expertise in developing course material as well as organizing international seminars combining academic and civil society participants. Both organizations look forward to continuing to foster better knowledge and understanding of the increasingly important field of mediation at all levels of society.’
Master of Science in Terrorism Studies and Deradicalization exists to prepare government officials, social workers, ministers (including imams), theologians, law enforcement officers and educators to successfully and constructively in interreligious dialogue and diplomacy. This master’s degree program does not assume a strong background in religious studies, psychology or international relations. Furthermore, it is open to students from all religious backgrounds (including non-religious). However, this graduate program does assume the following:
- an ability to read, understand and memorize large amounts of material since the reading assignments are significant
- interest and respect for all religions and for the ideal of rational dialogue and social behavior.
The MTSD is also a dual-purpose program which offers a core religious studies foundation with additional competency in critical thinking, psychology, and applied sociology. EUCLID’s program tackles, in particular, the pressing issue of Islamic radicalization and contemporary terrorism associated with ISIS. This program was designed to train government staff having an interest in this field, but also to prepare general public students for careers with government agencies, international organizations, civil society institutions as well as NGOs. The MTSD is also a unique program in the sense that it is the only one actually offered by an intergovernmental organization with a university mandate and extensive experience in interfaith studies, thus allowing direct interaction with practitioners as well as opening international internship opportunities.