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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“During my bachelor’s degree in International Management and Economics I have acquired a broad market and economic policy awareness. This led to my strong interest in foreign affairs, and how global developments and international relations are affected by the world economy.
My interest in these areas deepened through my work experience as an Advisor at the Permanent Representation of Liechtenstein to the Council of Europe in Strasbourg, where I had the opportunity to gain real-world, hands-on experience in diplomacy and international relations.
I believe that doing this master’s programme is a critical step to advance my knowledge in EU and world politics. This will be critical when building a career as a valuable female leader in the European Sphere. As a national of Liechtenstein, I intend to play an active part in shaping our global community and contributing to a unified and thriving European future, that respects human rights, the rule of law, as well as our democratic values.
As someone who is committed to developing a career with an international focus, I could have not imagined a more authentic place to pursue a master’s degree in European Studies, than the city where the foundations for the European Union were laid nearly 30 years ago. Maastricht and its lively city buzz, rich culture, economic history, and picturesque streets alongside the Maas River have lots to offer and give you a truly cosmopolitan feel from the very first moment you arrive.”
“I consider this master’s degree to be a critical step towards building a career as a valuable female leader in the European Sphere.”
Julia comes from Liechtenstein and has a Bachelor’s degree in Science in International Business Administration at the Lucerne University of Applied Sciences and Arts (Switzerland).
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The programme allows you to evaluate the underlying reasons of your own viewpoints, questioning your beliefs and discovering the structures and processes that have an impact on the way the international order is designed.
I’m inspired by the dynamics of the international economic systems, therefore, my goal is to work in an international environment focusing on trade policies.
I want to contribute to a European perspective on new technologies and their relation to EU politics and society.
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.
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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