In this portrait series, we introduce our 2017 GSGP successful and prospective graduates. First, we have congratulated some of the students that have successfully completed our 3-year Program, now we introduce Wang Mengyao– an excellent PhD student and prospective graduate.
News from Nov 27, 2017
A distinct feature of the Graduate School of Global Politics (GSGP) is that the program enables its outstanding PhD candidates to complete a 3 – year course not only at the Freie University Berlin, but also at one of its renowned Chinese partner universities. Behind the program´s regional focus on East Asia and Europe, stands a pioneering concept, namely that the GSGP is the first bi – national German- Chinese PhD program in social sciences. By taking their research from one continent to another, PhD students embrace the difference in socio – political, cultural and economic factors, and their interdependency. The program is designed to provide both in-depth knowledge of theories and methodology in International Relations and an understanding for what it means to approach a research-oriented career from a truly global perspective.
Wang Mengyao´s decision to apply, was based on the fact that the GSGP program provides the rare opportunity to explore and understand new phenomenon in global politics by integrating different theoretical backgrounds and engaging in transnational communication at the same time. All this, while being supervised by the open-minded people, in particular Prof. Segbers, dedicating to the smooth run of the program. Mengyao majored in communication in her Bachelor and Master degrees, which sparked the interest in the globalization and communication processes of our time, as well as how these processes are influenced by the international power structure and interstate relationships. Another reason for her enrolment in the GSGP program was essentially the opportunity to better understand global politics. Besides being long inspired by German thoughts in philosophy and humanity, Wang Mengyao believes that her knowledge and experience in communication studies further provides her with a different perspective looking into global politics, and vice versa.
Undoubtedly, we live in the information age, where the internet technology transfers the domestic politics and eventually the global politics in a worldwide range. This rather revolutionary development merits scholarly attention and furthermore, raises the question: how the plural actors, e.g. governments, market and civil society, play the game in a new way? The topic of Mengyao´s dissertation is precisely the networking governance, which is a relatively new attempt in explaining the transformation in government that bridges domestic and global politics. After her graduation, she is determined to pursue a career in academia, since she enjoys looking for explanations and finding solutions to the unknown changes and problems that the global future holds.
When asked to share her thoughts about her time spent at the GSGP, Wang Mengyao says: “It is my pleasure to stay and study in a city with dramatic history during 20th century which implies the fate and faith of human.”
We are excited to find out what the future holds for Wang Mengyao, wish her all the best and thank her for her dedication to the GSGP program!