Mariam Shokralla (Egypt) - Governance and Leadership in European Public Health
It’s exciting to be in the middle of all the changes taking place in policy-making nowadays

Mariam is from Egypt and chose to come to Maastricht for the master’s programme in Governance and Leadership in European Public Health as an Erasmus Mundus scholar pursuing a double degree programme. “I did my first year of the double master’s programme at the University of Sheffield last year where I chose the Public Health track. I chose Governance and Leadership in European Public Health at Maastricht University because of the uniqueness of the programme.

I graduated as a bachelor’s student in Pharmaceutical Sciences in 2006 and started my career with the Egyptian Drug Authority. I gradually moved up through the ranks to become an auditor. During that time I became passionate about policy and European regulations and about public health in general. After nine years I felt I needed to learn more about those subjects if I wanted to further my professional development.

I’m now in my second year of the Erasmus Mundus Joint Master’s Degree programme and I’m very happy with my choice. The combination of governance, leadership and public health in a European context is quite unique. My cohort is made up of students from all over the world, many from outside Europe and with a professional background that brings more diversity to the programme.

So far, I must say I’m impressed by this university, the PBL method, the international atmosphere, the tools we are given, skills we learn, the extracurricular activities offered by the university that expand your horizon as a person, in short, the entire multi-disciplinary approach. After this year I intend to put all my combined experience and knowledge to good use and tackle mental health and non-communicable diseases, but also contribute to the cause of refugee and migrant health on a European level.”

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