The staff and students at Maastricht University and my programme truly embody the spirit of human development. They’re immersed in the problem, understand the complexity and are willing to dedicate themselves to finding the solutions. I believe we can use communication platforms to bring people closer, promoting a better integration of communities and countries. That’s my aim.
Joint institute with United Nations University
My programme is run by a joint institute with Maastricht University and the United Nations University (UNU-MERIT). It prepares you to be a policy analyst in different fields. The specialisation track ‘Multilevel Governance and Regional Integration’ really interests me.
Connecting the world in a better way
As a policy analyst working in the public information sector, I’ll be able to prioritise information that people can use to their benefit. An efficient information policy is fundamental for promoting the changes that society needs.
In Latin America, for example, we need more cooperation between the different countries. Maybe I can also help to build multilateral relations between Latin America and Europe.
I don’t call myself ambitious. I think I have aspirations and I see possibilities. I try to build the infrastructure and the possibilities to achieve my dreams. I think big, but I know it’s about realising small steps at a time. I hope to connect the world in a better way.
A solution for a plant problem
I initiated a Facebook group, ‘Plant care Maastricht’, where students can exchange plants. I saw how students in Maastricht didn’t know what to do with their plants during holidays, so I posted on Facebook that they could bring them to me. And the problem appeared to be wider spread. Now the plants don’t get abandoned anymore, but it’s also about bringing people together.
Plants are not personal belongings, in my opinion. We don’t own a plant, we can share them. At the moment my house is full of plants, some palm trees as well. But it’s a big house and my flatmates help me. I live with two German students, one girl from Ecuador and a girl from Eindhoven.
Being of use in my home country
One day I would like to return to Brazil and apply the knowledge I acquired here. I want to be of use in my home country.
The way we’re taught here is so active that you’re always learning.
Maastricht is not only a beautiful city where internationals and locals study and hang out but also provides a high level of education and many opportunities to its students.