German Studies Russia is a joint study program at Freie Universität Berlin and the Moscow State Institute of International Relations.
Program directors and initiators are Prof. Dr. Klaus Segbers and Prof. Alexei D. Voskressenski. Dominik Sonnleitner is CSR’s Project Coordinator in Berlin. He is supported by the tutors Peter Schönherr and Mario Baumann in Moscow. Additional support is provided by the student assistant Denis Boriskin in Berlin.
Freie Universität (FU) Berlin was successful in the second round of funding from the federal and state Initiative for Excellence. The applications for the future strategy and three clusters of excellence as well as three graduate schools of Freie Universität Berlin have been approved. Freie Universität is now one of the nine “universities of excellence” in the Federal Republic of Germany. FU Berlin is one of the leading universities in Germany and distinguishes itself through its modern and international character. In university rankings Freie Universität places among the best universities.
MGIMO is Russia's most prestigious educational institution for young people with international interests. For international students, MGIMO is that and more: a modern, welcoming, and intellectually stimulating place to study in Russia’s greatest city.
MGIMO’s diverse student body of 6,000 is drawn from the top ranks of Russian students and from partner universities around the world. MGIMO offers a broad range of courses at undergraduate and graduate levels — from international law, political science, and economics, to journalism, business management, and energy policy. International undergraduates can pursue intellectually challenging and exciting coursework alongside their Russian peers. Students seeking a Master degree can apply for one of MGIMO’s groundbreaking double-degree programs, offered in partnership with international institutions, or seek a place in one of more than thirty MA programs taught in Russian.
Klaus Segbers holds the chair of Political Science at the Institute for East European Studies and is professor for International Relations at the Otto-Suhr-Institute for Political Science at FU Berlin. His academic expertise extends to the areas of foreign policy analysis and international relations, in particular international political economy and issues of globalization. Furthermore, he focuses on designing innovative concepts of knowledge-building and transfer, including the development of e-education and blended learning programs in international contexts.
Dominik Sonnleitner studied Political Science (BA) in Regensburg and Prague and completed the Master's program in European Studies at the three universities of Berlin (FU, HU, TU) in September 2013. During his studies, he worked at the Eastern Institute in Regensburg. He has worked at the Center for Global Politics since 2012, initially for the MA International Relations Online and the alumni network. Since October 2013 Dominik has worked as a project coordinator for German Studies Russia.
Alexei D. Voskressenski is the Professor of Political Science and Asian Studies and Dean of the Faculty of Political Sciences at MGIMO. He completed his study of Chinese studies at the Lomonosov University in Moscow. He obtained his doctorate at the University of Manchester and the Institute for Far Eastern Studies in Moscow. He is the author of several monographs and articles, and has edited numerous anthologies. His latest publication deals with policy in the Far East (The East and Politics: Political Systems, Political Cultures, Political Process, Aspect Press, 2011). Since 2010 he is also program director of German Studies Russia.
Peter Schönherr studied European studies with a major qualification in economics at the Technical University of Chemnitz (BA) and the Viadrina University in Frankfurt (Oder) (MA). Subsequently, he worked at the Viadrina University in a research project on employee participation. From autumn 2015 to summer 2017, he taught at the Russian-Kyrgyz Slavic University of Bishkek within the scope of the Robert Bosch Foundation's lecturer program. From September 2017, as a tutor of the Free University of Berlin he will conduct the module ''Economics'' at the Moscow State Institute for International Relations as part of the German Studies Russia program.
Mario Baumann studied International Relations at the Technische Universität Dresden (BA) and International Security Studies at the University of St Andrews (MLitt). Meanwhile, he has worked as a research associate on "Strategic Culture". His interests include EU relations with Russia, the Eastern Partnership and Central Asia. Bauman also accomplished several internships such as in Friedrich-Ebert-Foundation in Kiev, Transparency International in Beshkek and in the Robert Bosch-Center of the German Society for Foreign Politics in Berlin. Starting from September 2018, he will conduct the module "Politics" at the MGIMO as a Tutor for the Free University of Berlin within the framework of the program ''German Studies Russia''.