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Alumni Testimonials

 

CERIS offered me an excellent academic and intellectual opportunity to improve myself and also enrich my professional skills. The courses offered me a wide ranging coverage of major international political and economic issues. I believe that diplomats will stand to gain from CERIS executive programs and degrees.

- Assem Hanafi, Ambassador of Egypt to Nigeria, MAIP 2017

 

"CERIS provided the ideal environment to inspire a professional. There was a supportive work ethic, a demanding academic programme and interesting extracurricular activities.

I strongly believe it is an excellent choice for anyone seeking to advance their professional or academic career."

- Laurentiu Rebega, Member of the European Parliament

 

"I find CERIS' teaching methods to be very mature and comprehensive. Teachers always suggest to approach the problem from different angles and invite to draw own conclusions rather than push to accept the mainstream vision. The range of topics in the module "International Politics" touched upon the majority of issues and geographical regions. Overall this was an excellent learning and networking experience."

- Vera Lipkovskaya, Senior Expert, Representative Office of Gazprom in Brussels


"The theory and practice mix of the programs offered by CERIS makes it a unique institution of high learning. CERIS offers life long learning skills that makes one versatile and motivated to continue learning by building upon the knowledge acquired while studying at CERIS. I now have enhanced analytical skills that are needed in the multilateral environment where a sound appreciation of the ever changing global political dynamics is a must negotiators courtesy of the CERIS Executive Masters in International Politics."

- Poem Mudyawabikwa, Diplomat with Zimbabwe Permanent Mission to the United Nations Office and other International Organizations in Geneva

 

"CERIS program attracted me for two reasons: it covered widespan themes such as international security, arms control, global warming or human rights, and it gave an in-depth perspective on every region in the globe, not focusing exclusively on the West or China. During a whole year I had classes on these subjects given by lecturers from some of the best universities in Europe and the US, bringing different schools of thought to an already open and diversified audience. It is indeed a fascinating International Politics degree, perfectly suited in Brussels, the Capital of Europe."

- António Nobre, Eco Management and Audit Scheme - EMAS Coordinator, European Commission


"I followed the lectures on International Politics at the CERIS-ULB Diplomatic School during the academic year 2017-2018. They gave me access to broad information on current political situations worldwide, including their history and their impacts. Sometimes given in a provocative spirit, these lectures were a great opportunity to see different sides and approaches to politics and thus helped me enlarge my horizon. I enjoyed in particular the lectures on Geopolitics and on the Middle East. I would like to thank the Executive Board, who provided a welcome platform for discussions and networking in a friendly atmosphere."

- Sanja Mijic, European Parliament

"I studied at CERIS from October 2016 to October 2017. The Master is organised in 6 topic modules and 6 geographic modules which together provide a full overview of international relations theory but also a helicopter view of current global events. Moreover, the guided research and Thesis writing module allows developing valuable expert knowledge in a chosen area of international relations.

 

Yet, what really distinguishes CERIS from “traditional” university studies lies in its ability to attract not only academics but also, and mainly, practitioners. We had speakers and teachers from international institutions such as NATO and EC, country ambassadors, experienced field analysts, etc. These practitioners were passionate about sharing their experience from the field, which enabled us to learn not only the theory but also to understand what that theory means “in the real world”. I recommend CERIS to anyone who wishes to enrich his work experience with the theoretical side of things or vice-versa!"

 

- Georges Ortmann, Investment Officer at Virunga Development, DRC.

 

"It has been a brilliant idea to follow the CERIS Master in Governance and Development policy. I was impressed each time by the top level of lecturers. There is hardly a public policy field (be it geopolitics, governance, development policy, economy, energy policy, security, environment and climate change, human rights) that was not covered at a high level. What is also important, we had the opportunity to actively participate in the lectures by raising as many questions as we wished.

All this in a most agreeable and human ambiance (in the imposing ULB premises since last year), with efficient organisation of the courses by the competent and friendly members of the CERIS secretariat. I can only recommend this opportunity for Master studies."

- Vasilios Magnis, Administrator at the Agriculture committee's secretariat of the European Parliament.

 

"It was my honor to be part of CERIS Executive Master in International Politics programme in the academic year of 2017-2018. I would like to acknowledge the wealth of thoughts and opinions that CERIS Executive Master programme offers. I got more than I expected and more than a single University can offer, as CERIS provides high quality lecturers from a broad spectrum of academic origin and professional background inter alia London School of Economics and Political Science, Sciences Po Paris, UC Louvain. The scholarly part is well balanced with the opportunity to engage with current NATO and EU officials, diplomats and analysts, represented among the lecturers and likewise your own course-mates in the auditorium. The horizon of my knowledge was further broadened by the variety of questions asked by my course-mates during our seminars, each of us presenting a complementary perspective, sometimes opposing views that fostered additional discussion and by our informal networking discussions during coffee breaks. Highly recommend CERIS to those searching for a master's study programme to be combined even with a demanding full-time work schedule."

- Ilze Milta, diplomat of the Latvian Ministry of Foreign Affairs, currently Policy Officer at the European Commission