PhD Security and International Diplomatic Studies

Michael and Cecilia Ibru University is a licensed private institution in Nigeria to run degrees and postgraduate programmes. The Michael and Cecilia Ibru University (MCIU) has been established to produce high quality graduates of international standard, who can compete favourably with their counterparts anywhere, anytime in the world. The programmes and academic calendar are designed to enable students graduate within the stipulated period and duration of study. Students shall graduate with quality head knowledge, skills, competencies and high moral integrity. Work ethics of diligence and passion for excellence are inculcated into undergraduates. Produce skilled high level manpower that are globally competitive and, irrespective of their course of study, shall be independent, self-employed and relevant to the private and public sectors of the Nigerian economy and international development.

Encourage the advancement of learning and to hold out to all persons without distinction of race, creed, sex or political conviction the opportunity of acquiring a higher and liberal education.

Create a stimulating and challenging academic environment, provide requisite facilities for the pursuit of effective teaching, learning, research and the acquisition of a liberal education as are appropriate for a University of the highest standing as well as make those facilities available on proper terms to such persons as are equipped to benefit from the use of the facilities.

Advance scholarship, knowledge, research and professionalism; and to promote by research and other means the advancement of knowledge and its practical application to social, moral, cultural, economic, scientific and technological problems in relevant fields of learning.

Promote excellence in science and technology to meet the challenges of the global village.

Inculcate creative and innovative values as well as entrepreneur capacities in students and foster in them an orientation consistent with the philosophy of the University of producing disciplined, upright, morally and ethically sound cultured and patriotic men and women so as to make them more relevant to the national development process thereby ushering in the new Nigeria of our collective dream.

Complement the efforts of Government by generating employment opportunity for Nigerians.

Relate the activities of the University to the contemporary social, economic and material needs of its environment.

Faculty of Government and European Studies, a member of the New University, is one of the leading educational institutions in Slovenia offering a broad interdisciplinary knowledge to everyone who wishes to get employed in administration, international organisations, as well as in the private sector. Experts are always welcome there for co-operation with government and international institutions.

The school is recognised for:

  1. High quality study programmes, which cover the areas of constitutional and international law, state performance and its administration. No other faculty in Slovenia covers such programmes;
  2. An excellent academia teaching students critical and creative thinking. They are first class expert practitioners, ex-presidents of constitutional court, renowned professors with long professional careers in other key institutions in the state, and, young university staff educated abroad;
  3. Co-operation with partners in an international surroundings that enables students to attend Erasmus+, an international student exchange, attending lectures of guest experts, co-operating with international projects etc.;
  4. E-learning, friendly professional services, several after-study activities and more.

Galilee International Management Institute is an international educational institute, specialising in designing and conducting international study programmes.

Networking with universities and other educational institutes in 174 countries worldwide, we believe the importance of education is a vital component of a country’s National Mission and know the incomparable advantages of learning in different environments.

Our programmes are based on cooperation with universities and educational institutes in many countries. We believe that studying in various environments enrich both the students and the faculty.  Experiencing different cultures is in itself, educational.

In addition, we also have experience in developing Masters’ and Doctorate programmes in cooperation with various higher education institutes from around the globe.

Galilee Institute designs and implements special training projects customised to fulfil the specifications of sponsoring governments and international agencies such as the World Bank, UNESCO, UNICEF, USAID, WHO.

The institute aims to share Israeli practices and innovations applicable to participants own nation-building requirements, to provide an international meeting place where professionals learn from top academic and professional experts and from each other.

This PhD is offered by Galilee International Management Institute, Israel and the New University’s Faculty of Government and European Studies, Slovenia. It comprises an interdisciplinary, international approach from academics of different nationalities and is a full-fledged European certified degree with a focus on professional experience and application.

The programme will provide the opportunity to investigate security related dilemmas in the framework of the doctoral thesis, and has been designed to enable students to continue in their employment while undertaking short periods of study in Israel and Slovenia. This is an opportunity to advance your professional aspirations and develop a deeper understanding towards solutions to current global security challenges.

Every student will receive a research advisor who will guide the research thesis, as well as the opportunity to make an international contribution by publishing the findings in well-known social scientific journals.

Defence, Homeland Security and Law professionals wishing to broaden their academic knowledge.

Diplomats and senior government officials in related fields who want to understand the international security arena better.

Academic professionals in Law, Defence, Security Studies, International Relations and similar fields who wish to acquire a European PhD in their field.

The joint PhD in International and Diplomatic Studies is a three year programme taught entirely in English. The first two years will provide the academic and methodological background for organising the research topic and engaging in the process of writing the doctoral dissertation, with the guidance of the research advisor. Guidance will be provided by the Faculty of Government and European studies in accordance with Slovenian legislative requirements and regulations, facilitated through the modern communication and information technologies.

Post-graduate doctoral study programme of International and diplomatic studies is based on the principles of the Bologna declaration. The undergraduate university study programme and post-graduate master’s study in International and diplomatic studies both create a consistent whole. This is a unique three-year specialised doctoral programme of that kind in Slovenia.

Students gain knowledge in specialised areas and learn individual scientific work. Students also learn solving complex problems in international relations and diplomacy.

After fulfilling conditions for completing doctoral university study programme of International and diplomatic studies a graduate earns the title: Doctor of Philosophy, shortened Ph.D.

University doctoral study programme lasts three years or six semesters and consists of 180 credit points according to ECTS.

The first semester is focused on theoretical and methodological revision of previous knowledge, which enables an introduction into a doctoral study.

The second semester is based on formatting disposition for a doctoral dissertation.

The third and the fourth semester are focused on individual work with doctoral dissertation with mentor’s help and the probable co-mentor.

In the fifth semester the latter is connected to the seminar for the preparation of the dissertation. Candidates present a draft of the dissertation and receive advice for further completion.

Doctoral dissertation defence is due to the end of the sixth semester.


1st YEAR


International Relations and Foreign Affairs 15
National and International Security 15
Proposal Preparation Seminar 15
Writing of PhD Thesis Proposal 15
Total 60


2nd YEAR


Diplomacy and Intelligence Services 15
Defence of the Disposition of Doctoral Dissertation with Obligatory Testing of Knowledge of Subjects 15
Drafting a PhD Thesis 15
PhD Thesis Seminar 15
Total 60


3rd YEAR


Preparation of the Final PhD Thesis, Article and Defence 60

Prof. Dr. Peter Jambrek: PhD in law and political science. Professor of constitutional law and international human rights law. Judge of the European Court of Human Rights during 1993 and 1998. Judge of the Constitutional Court of the Republic of Slovenia during 1990 and 1998, and its president during 1991 and 1994. Between June and November 2000, he served as Minister of the Interior of the Republic of Slovenia. He has also held numerous academic positions and professional functions.

Prof. Dr. Milan Jazbec: PhD in diplomacy. The only full professor of diplomacy in Slovenia and one of few in Europe. He also teaches and researches in the field of political sciences and international relations, and has a rich publishing record in these fields. He has held numerous professional functions and has been State Secretary at the Slovenian Ministry of Defense and the Slovenian ambassador in Turkey and Lebanon.

Prof. Dr. Ernest Petrič: PhD in international law. As professor of international law and international relations, he has taught at the University of Ljubljana, University of Addis Ababa and several other higher education institutions. He is a member and former chairperson of the International Law Commission and a member of the Advisory Committee on Nominations for the judges of the International Criminal Court. Between 1967 and 1972, he was a member of the Slovenian Government (the Executive Council). Subsequent to 1989, he was the ambassador to India, the USA, and Austria, and the non-resident ambassador to Nepal, Mexico, and Brazil. He was a permanent representative/ambassador to the UN and to the IAEA, UNIDO, CTBTO, ODC, and OECD. In 2006 and 2007, he presided over the Council of Governors of the IAEA. From 2008 to 2017, he has been the judge of the Constitutional Court of the Republic of Slovenia and was its president during 2010 and 2013.

Prof. Dr. Dimitrij Rupel: PhD in sociology. As professor of political science and international relations, he has taught at the University of Ljubljana, New School for Social Research, Cleveland State University and many other foreign universities. He has been the Minister of Foreign affairs of the Republic of Slovenia and has held notable positions in politics and government bodies. He is also a renowned writer.

Prof. Paul Mahoney: Master of Laws. Lecturer at the law faculty of University College London. Judge of the European Court of Human Right from 2012 to 2016. The first President of European Union Civil Service Tribunal from 2005 to 2011.

Prof. Dhurata Hoxha: Master’s degree from Georgetown University in Washington DC in the department of security studies, with concentration on international security. Professor at College ESLG and American University in Kosovo, where she lectured courses such as Terrorism and Political Violence, Faith and Globalization, Politics and Public Policy, Ethics in International Relations and Values and Public Policy. Member of Women in International Security (WIIS) with headquarters in Washington DC. Amongst many positions she held in her career she was also Political Advisor to the Prime Minister of Republic of Kosovo from 2011 to 2015.

Prof. Oliver Ruppel: specialises in International Economic Law, Environmental Law, SADC Law and Public International Law. He coordinates and teaches the LL M modules “Aspects of Environmental Law” and “Legal Aspects of World and Regional Trade”. He is the Coordinating Lead Author (CLA) for Africa of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), Working Group II, which is housed at Stanford University (USA); a Regional Resource Person on Trade and Environment in Sub-Saharan Africa to the World Trade Organisation (WTO) (Switzerland); and a Visiting Professor at various institutions worldwide. He was the founding WTO Chair holder and Director of the Human Rights and Documentation Centre at the Faculty of Law, University of Namibia, where he served until 2010. He is also a founding member of the United Nations Environmental Programme’s (UNEP) Association of Environmental Law Lecturers in African Universities (ASSELLAU), Nairobi (Kenya); and a member of the IUCN Academy of Environmental Law, Ottawa (Canada) and a member of the Editorial Board of the NIELS Journal of Environmental Law at the Nigerian Institute of Advanced Legal Studies, Lagos (Nigeria). At times he functions as an external academic legal advisor to the Windhoek based SADC Tribunal.

Assoc. Prof. Dr. Matej Avbelj: PhD in European law. Associate professor of European law. His academic and research work focuses on law of the European Union, constitutional law and legal theory. He is active in professional associations and NGOs in Slovenia and abroad.

Dr. Norman Bailey: PhD from Columbia University. Author, editor or co-author of five books and hundreds of book chapters and articles. He received two honorary degrees: the National Security Award and the Cold War Commemorative Medal.  Professor of Economics and National Security in the Centre for the Study of National Security at the University of Haifa. Adjunct Professor of Economic Statecraft at the Institute of World Politics, Washington, D.C. Professor Emeritus of the City University of New York. Former senior staff member of the National Security Council at the White House as Senior Director of International Economic Affairs during the Reagan administration and a member of the senior staff of the Office of the Director of National Intelligence during the George W. Bush administration.

Mr. Yossie Ben Ari: Publicist in Political and Military Affairs. Former Chief Instructor at Israel’s National Security College; Former senior officer in the Israeli intelligence community. Founder and Director of NDC’s (National Defence College) analysis centre. Academic adviser at the Open University.

Dr. Eyal Paschovich: PhD, Department for Middle Eastern History, Bar‑Ilan University. Doctoral thesis: “The Social-Civilian Activity of Hamas and Hezbollah – Sources, Ideology and Practice: A Comparative Study”). Currently a lecturer at Haifa University, Sapir Academic College and Ariel University Centre. Served for ten years as an officer in Israel Defence Forces military intelligence and the Israeli Counter Terrorism Bureau. Former advisor to the Prime Minister’s Office on the finance of terrorism; Hamas and economic conditions in the Palestinian Authority.

Students that can apply for post-graduate doctoral study of International and Diplomatic Relations are those who have finished:

  • 2nd level study programme;
  • Higher education programme and study programme for gaining specialising other study obligations worth 30 to 60 KT are fulfilled. These are determined by the study committee according to the type of the study programme of the undergraduate study and specialisation;
  • Study programme from the fourth paragraph of Article 36 ZviS[1] provided that is assessed 300 KT(coherent study programmes);
  • Study programmes for obtaining a university degree, accepted before 11th April 2004.

Students who have completed an equal education abroad also fulfil the conditions for the enrolment.

Criteria for the selection:

Provided that the number of the enrolled candidates excesses the number of the available spots, the enrolment will be limited according to Article 41 ZViS. The committee for student matters will determine the selection of candidates. The following criteria will be followed:

An average assessment mark in the undergraduate study or post-graduate study……………… 50 %

Thesis assessment mark, specialised or bachelor study  ……………………………………..……………………………… 40%

Other academic achievements (competition, awards, publications etc.)  …………………………………….. 10 %.

The school enables a continuation of the study and an enrolment into a study programme according to the criteria of transition. Candidates can obtain the information about the continuation of the study programme according to the criteria of transition at school.

1st YEAR

Location Dates
Michael and Cecilia Ibru University Agbarah-Otor

Delta state

January 30th


2nd YEAR

Location Dates
New University, Faculty of Government and European Studies, Slovenia Date to be released later
Galilee International Management Institute, Israel Date to be released later


3rd YEAR

Location Dates


3rd YEAR

To be scheduled according to each student’s progress.

Application Deadline

January 31, 2020 (31.01.2020)

Payment Deadline

February 28, 2020 (28.02.2020)

The tuition for the programme is €25,000


Application and registration fee: 250€ (including translation of application documents to Slovenian).

Tuition Fee: There are two options for payment

Option IFull payment: €25,000 to be paid by 30th January 2020

Applicants who will send full payment will be entitled to a 5% discount

Option 2Payment Plan: This option enables the participant to pay the tuition fees in installments:

3 installments:

Payment: Pay By: Amount:
1st  30th January 2020 €8,340
2nd  1st September 2020 €8,340
3rd  1st   September 2021 €8,340
Total: €25,000


Local Expenses in Nigeria:                €1000

Fees covers accommodation, health insurance, airport pickup and guided excursions.


Local Expenses in Israel

The fee for local expenses while at Galilee Institute, Israel amounts to a total of €5,910

(€2,955 per study period in Israel).

The local expense fee includes: full board accommodation (single), airport transfers, visa, Medical Insurance, study and computer facilities, weekend guided excursions to places of religious and historical interest in Israel.

Local expense fee, Year 2 to be paid by: 10th July 2020

Local expense fee, Year 3 to be paid by: 10th October 2020

Local Expenses in Slovenia

All travel and accommodation arrangements in Slovenia are to be arranged by the students.

Please note:

*Visa to Slovenia is to be processed by the student in his/her country of origin

**Flights are not covered in the fees

For further details please contact:

Mr. Or Gabrieli, Senior Programme Director, Galilee International Management Institute.

Email: Tel: 972-4-642-8888/8821


Mrs Kike Opatayo, Admissions Officer, Michael and Cecilia Ibru University.

Email: Tel: +2348023385488


Ibru Village
Agbarha – Otor
Ughelli North
Delta State