Student International Development Studies
Prior Education: International Relations & International Organisations, University of Groningen
After my Bachelor’s International Relations & International Organisations (IRIO) at the University of Groningen (RUG), I wanted to specialise further in the theme ‘global governance‘ from the perspective of the non-state actors. I soon arrived at International Development Studies at Wageningen University (WUR), also because of the interdisciplinary and international character of this program. Within the program I chose the specialisation ‘Law and Governance’.
In Wageningen I learned, instead of from an abstract state level, to analyse and reason from the local and individual context. The provided sociological theories greatly added to my background knowledge because I am now able to analyse issues from different levels and sides.
The subject that where discussed during lectures were new to me. Hereby I discovered a whole new spectrum of the most interesting subjects, like the latest international debate concerning food security.
Studying at the WUR is a great fun. During the lectures there is a lot of room for discussion and own ideas are very much appreciated. The many international students make a difference like night and day. Due to this, discussions are very diverse and topics are illustrated from all kinds of different sides and backgrounds. Hereby, I have learned a big deal from my peers and I have really been able to broaden my horizons. What is more, I have experienced that there is plenty room for own idea’s regarding study planning. The study advisors and the teachers are always very easy to contact and are keen to help realise your plans. Like so, I have been able to do two internships in Geneva. Keeping contacts with the Study Advisor and the Internship/Thesis Advisor that then went via email and Skype were very easily achievable!
I have experienced that the combination RUG/WUR is the perfect mix for the international working field. Like so, I first did an internship at the Economical Department of the Dutch Permanent Representation in Geneva. My background in IRIO in combination with my acquired knowledge in Wageningen proved to be of great help to me. Furthermore, Wageningen University is internationally known and this became clear to me quickly during my second internship at the International Centre for Trade and Sustainable Development (ICTSD) where I enjoyed benefit from my ‘WUR network’.
Starting September 1st I will be a state trainee at the Ministry of Economic Affairs. During the selection procedure it turned out that I was a good fit for the profile with my RUG/WUR background. In short: the perfect mix for a good start of your career!