Dr. Rana Deep ISLAM (DE)
Nicolaus COPERNICUS Promotion, 2006-2007
Stiftung Mercator, Essen, Germany
Studies in History, Sociology and Politics in Berlin, Strasbourg and Bonn (2002-2006). Then an MA in EU International Relations and Diplomacy Studies at the College of Europe (2006-2007).
Various job positions, e.g. research assistant at the School of Advanced International Studies in Washington, trainee at the European Parliament and project coordinator at the Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit in Bonn.
PhD Studies at the University of Erlangen on a comparison between the EU and Turkey with regard to their respective Middle East policies.
During my PhD studies I was a staff member of the SPD party headquarters in the international department in Berlin.
WHAT THE COLLEGE MEANT TO ME
The College of Europe not only educated me in academic terms. It basically laid the foundation for a lifestyle, a "Haltung" that can best be described as pro-european, globalist, tolerant and open-minded. The College advanced my way of thinking and behaviour. So consider the Master class to be a school for life and not only for an academic degree. This is why I still feel very much attached to my European "Alma Mater" though the completion of my study is quite a long time ago.
Furthermore and what is also worth to be said: in an era when nationalistic forces are on the rise again the College experience equips you with good spirit to counter such anti-Europeanism. We all know that we need more Europe and more Union. If you want to learn how this goal can be achieved, go attend the College. You will be taught there.
So if someone asks me whether I would attend the College of Europe again, I would reply a clear-cut YES!
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