Besides the comments we got from our mentor, we were also supposed to read each other’s theses and provide peer-feedback. The highlight of the Master's programme was that we were given the opportunity to apply - and if accepted- to attend the European School on Security and Development in Follonica, Italy which was funded by the European Commission and brought together students from three Italian and one Belgian university and the University of Amsterdam. Having been selected to attend the Summer School, I was able to enhance my knowledge on current EU issues. I am currently working on my Master’s thesis, which deals with the European Union’s democracy promotion efforts through electoral assistance in transitioning democracies. - Alina Pascarel
Prof. Marieke de Goede is the track coordinator of the Master's programme in the European Politics and External Relations. She is also Professor of Politics, with a focus on 'Europe in a Global Order,' at the Department of Politics of the University of Amsterdam. Previously, Marieke de Goede worked as Senior Lecturer at the Department of European Studies of the University of Amsterdam. She received her doctorate in International Politics from the University of Newcastle in 2001. She previously held the Vera List Fellowship at the Graduate Faculty of the New School University in New York (1997-1998) and a post-doctoral Fellowship of the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) (2001-2003).
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