International relations is about the EU as an international player. Trade, energy, the environment, finance, migration, and conflict – some issues are just too big for a single member state to tackle alone. You will look at how different European countries, with their own interests, militaries, and diplomatic corps, come together to deal with common challenges. You will examine the types of ethical and practical issues underpinning international cooperation and conflict. Key themes include international relations theory and foreign policy analysis, insights from political economy, human rights law and other fields. These issues have acquired new urgency with so much turmoil in the world, from the recent uprisings in the Middle East and North Africa to the instability in Ukraine to heightened economic cooperation among the BRICS countries.
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John was born in Atlanta, Georgia, USA, but he was raised in the Netherlands. He has a bachelor’s degree in European Studies from Zuyd Hogeschool in Maastricht. He decided to stay in Maastricht for the master’s programme European Studies at the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences. A pre-master granted him direct access to the master’s programme in European Studies at the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences. “I’ve always been passionate about new emerging science and technology (NEST), but more from a European perspective like, for example, the policies we need regarding artificial intelligence (AI) and data. I am particularly interested in start-ups in this field, because I love their drive and energy. During my bachelor’s studies, I did a six-month internship in New York, working for a company helping European start-ups to be get established in the US. Then, after my graduation, I did a six-month internship in Brussels. This experience made me decide to choose this master’s programme. It’s my ambition to work in Brussels, in public affairs, consultancy or perhaps in-house for an organisation, helping start-ups in NEST establish themselves.”
“I want to contribute to a European perspective on new technologies and their relation to EU politics and society.”
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“For me, this master’s programme is an ideal steppingstone for a future career in Brussels, preferably working for the European Commission or the European Parliament.”
With my knowledge of banking, finance, international relations and politics, I can see myself in an international organisation like the World Bank or IMF, but perhaps also in politics itself.
During my Bachelors studies, I became interested in politics and international relations. After doing my minor in European Studies, I realised that that was the programme for me.
“I always wanted to show the world that I can leave an imprint on society.”
We went on a two-day trip to Brussels and spoke to Business Europe, one of the biggest lobby groups there
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Assem Dandashly, Hylke Dijkstra and Gergana Noutcheva have been awarded a Horizon 2020 grant.
Master European Studies alumna Hanna Novosad has been appointed as Education Minister.
The Lithuanian parliament approved the nomination of Economy and Innovation Minister Virginijus Sinkevičius for European commissioner.
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