Classes will be Held in Neve Shalom/Wahat al-Salaam
UMass Boston’s John W. McCormack Graduate School of Policy and Global Studies is now accepting students for the fall into a conflict resolution master’s program which will be held entirely at an Arab-Jewish village in Israel.
Graduate students in this groundbreaking two-year degree program will study at Neve Shalom/Wahat al-Salaam in Israel and live in the only community in the world where Palestinians and Jews live together in equality and peace.
"In this unique community, a student can be immersed in a community with people coping with conflict on a daily basis, and being successful at it,” said David Matz, professor of conflict resolution, human security, and global governance and the liaison between UMass Boston and Neve Shalom/Wahat al-Salaam.
Matz has worked with Neve Shalom/Wahat al-Salaam for 30 years and will be teaching there this fall.
Students in the program will have to complete the same core requirements for the master’s in conflict resolution offered at UMass Boston, but will have different electives reflecting the setting in the Middle East and the ethnic composition of the community. Matz and other UMass Boston professors will teach in the program, as well as leading Palestinian and Jewish scholars.
If a current student in UMass Boston’s conflict resolution master’s program is interested in the program in Israel, Matz says they can apply. As introductory classes will be taught when classes start at the end of October, an interested student could go to Israel in the spring for the electives.
Neve Shalom is located midway between Jerusalem and Tel Aviv-Jaffa. The winner of Japan’s Niwano Peace Prize, the village has twice been nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize. The village contains a primary school that is bilingual and bicultural; it was the first such school in Israel. Neve Shalom is also home to the School for Peace, a training center where over 60,000 Arabs and Jews have learned a unique methodology for dialogue.
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