Globalisation and Development Studies

Do you have a passion for research and work in the field of globalisation and development, rooted in undergraduate studies or experience in the field? Are you interested in individuals and communities, as well as in the broader relations between the Global North and South? Do you have the ambition to develop your academic research skills and to use academic insights to make a positive impact in the world? If so, this may be the right programme for you. The master’s in Globalisation & Development Studies is a social science programme that focuses on how the dynamics of globalisation affect developing areas. You will develop the theoretical, analytical and practical skills that are essential for either an academic or professional career in globalisation and development.

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Kirstin Kreyscher, Student Ambassador Globalisation and Development Studies

Kirstin Kreyscher is half German, half Dutch, she holds bachelor’s degree in Economics/Business Administration from the DHWB in Stuttgart and a master’s degree in Public Relations & Advertising from UNSW Sydney, Australia. She decided to come to Maastricht for a master’s programme in Globalisation and Development Studies. “When I obtained by bachelor’s degree in 2009, job opportunities were scarce with the full-scale financial crisis. By then I had acquired an interest in communication so I decided to specialise in that field. I went to Australia for a master’s programme, with a focus on journalism, media, public relations and advertising. Afterwards I worked in various jobs related to marketing, internal communications and PR, traveled throughout Asia and worked in India. Having experienced so many different developing countries at first hand, I was convinced that my further career would take a different route. After my return to Germany, I gradually realised that I lacked social purpose and a real connection with the subject at hand in my daily work. This was a turning point in my life. So I decided to go back to university, gain new knowledge and focus on a career in the social and NGO domain. The standards and reputation of Maastricht University are very good and with me being half Dutch, I wanted to explore more of this area. This master’s programme connects all the dots, so to speak, between my studies, travels and experiences so far.”

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Kirstin Kreyscher, Ambassador Globalisation and Development Studies 2017-2018

“My goal is to live and work abroad in a developing country, as a project manager or teacher helping out and sharing knowledge with others where it is needed most”


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  • “The ‘feel good’ component of the master’s programme is what drew me most.”
    Maddy Glenn, Student Ambassador Globalisation and Development Studies 2016-2017
  • I would love to carry out a project somewhere in the world, with my feet in the mud, really helping people.
    Toby Chan (Hong Kong), Globalisation and Development Studies


  • Student volunteer Jana Echterhoff portraid in Die Welle

    Thursday, June 1, 2017

    The german international broadcaster Die Welle reported on the vonlunteer work of Globalization and Development Studies student Jana Echterhoff in Mexico.

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      On 5 December we celebrate a Dutch tradition, called "Sinterklaas". During this celebration sweets are placed in children's shoes by Sinterklaas and his helpers. In true Sinterklaas spirit, we invite you to guess how many "pepernoten" (sweets) there are in this jar. The person who guesses the right amount (or close to it) will win an amazingly sweet Sinterklaas surprise!! May the best man or woman win! The winner will be announced on Tuesday 5 December.

      Tip: Visit the reception desk to have a good look at the jar.

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      Lift Off: The Sky Is Not the Limit, It Is Only the Beginning.
      In 2016, his Harvard Graduate School of Education convocation address “Lift Off” went viral, reaching over thirteen million views and prompting Hillary Clinton to praise, “It’s young graduates like Livingston who make it clear that America’s best days are still ahead.” Since his pivotal speech, Donovan Livingston has been featured on CNN, NPR, BBC, Good Morning America, and in news outlets across Europe, Australia, India, and South Africa. And now he is coming to Maastricht University to spread his empowering message!

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