Ashley Aitken (UK), Healthcare Policy, Innovation and Management
I want to improve quality of care programmes for developing countries

“After getting my bachelor’s in Marketing & Management from the University of Newcastle in 2010, I worked in the UK for several marketing agencies. I also worked in Australia, South-Korea, New-Zealand and Honduras. It wasn’t until I volunteered for an HIV project in Kenia, however, that I became interested in health issues.

I started looking for master’s programmes where I could combine my management and marketing background with health. This master’s programme fit the bill perfectly. I decided to come to Maastricht because of its international surroundings and opportunities for travel, its affordability, the Problem-Based Learning method and the opportunity for an internship abroad while writing your thesis. This I intend to do at the University of Kampala, where I hope to come into contact with the right people so that I can stay there after my master’s degree. My dream is to work with an NGO, the World Health Organisation or the United Nations in Africa, contributing to quality of care programmes for developing countries.

For now, I’m excited to be in Maastricht. The city is beautiful with its historical centre and there are so many things to do for international students. The information on Maastricht University’s website was very helpful for me in getting settled and finding my way when I flew in. With so many years between my bachelor’s and my master’s studies, it’s a bit of a challenge organising my time and making schedules again, especially with the workload of the programme, but I’m very excited to fulfil my dream through this master’s programme.”

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