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Read the stories of our alumni specialized in the Middle East here.

Souhaib Ben Kchouh

Alumni dreams #5

Souhaib Ben Kchouh graduated cum laude from the BA where he had been an active student member and mentor. He did an internship at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in the Security Policy Department – Non-Proliferation, Disarmament and Arms Export Control Policy.

Now he is completing his MSc in Public Policy and Human Development with thesis on nuclear disarmament in the Middle East. This is at UNU-MERIT,  a research and training institute of United Nations University and Maastricht University!

Finn Carlson

Alumni dreams #16

After graduating from the BA, Finn Carlson took a gap year and did two internships.

One with the Secretariat of the United Nations in New York, working on projects such as the International Day of Peace and got to meet then-Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon!

One with Eurojust, the EU's Judicial Cooperation Unit working on cooperation in criminal matters between EU Member States.

Then Finn did a Master in Political Science, specializing on International Organization, which he completed this summer at Leiden University!

Grace Atkinson

Alumni dreams #73

As Director of Educational Programs MENA Grace Atkinson manages the Jordan country branch of Kiron Open Higher Education, that helps refugees access higher education!

Moving to Jordan whilst studying a Master degree at Sciences Po, Paris Grace was instrumental in setting up the Jordan branch, which gained momentum quickly, and assisted in establishing the Lebanon branch.

On a typical day, Grace is forming partnerships with universities, NGOs and ministerial bodies, recruiting, training and managing staff members, designing and coordinating multiple projects from grant writing stage to final reporting.

She is also co-ordinating activities and deciding on strategy with the head office, monitoring and evaluating programs, outreach to new potential students and supporting current students to access higher education!

Wonderfully done!

Nura Jaafar

Alumni dreams #83

After the BA with a specialization in the Middle East and an exchange at METU (Turkey) in peace and conflict studies Nura Jaafar wanted to contribute to alleviate suffering. So she went for an Erasmus Mundus Joint Master's Programme in International Humanitarian Action.

In Groningen and Uppsala Nura specialised in conflict, peacebuilding and religion and met great people with a heart for a better world. 

Then she became a policy intern at the Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs at the Humanitarian Aid department! As part of the Mashreq team (Syria, Iraq, Lebanon and Jordan) she could use knowledge from her bachelor and master. Her thesis was on "Fighting Barriers to Increase Access to Education for Syrian Refugee Youth in Jordan". 

She volunteered at an asylum seeker centre organising sports and game activities for children and is now very excited for the next career move at SB OverSeas in Lebanon as Project Development and Communications intern.

SB OverSeas works in education, empowerment and emergency aid for Syrian refugees in Lebanon. Very close to her interests, thesis and studies, so she very much looks forward to it!

Way to specialize and build your career Nura!

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