MATA students graduate at the College of Europe

On 21 June 2019, the students of the Master of Arts in Transatlantic Affairs (MATA) programme, which was inaugurated in September 2017, completed their studies at the College of Europe in Bruges.

MATA is a two-year study programme offered jointly by the College of Europe and The Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy (Tufts University). The students who spent the academic year 2018-2019 in the USA graduated at the Fletcher School on 19 May 2019.

The College of Europe congratulates the Benjamin Franklin MATA Class of 2019 and wishes all graduates the very best for their future!

Before the Closing Ceremony, MATA graduate Laura SCHIEMICHEN shared her experience in the programme.

Why did you choose the MATA programme?

MATA is unique for many different reasons. Both schools are renown in Europe and in the USA. The programme attracts many international students, people willing to step out of their comfort zones and bring their diverse experiences into the classroom. Professionally speaking, it is a chance to open yourself to the alumni communities of both institutions.

What is the difference between the two universities?

The Fletcher School offers a global perspective in the classroom and you can specialise in law, politics, economics or business. The curriculum is varied and there is a nice balance between theory and practice.

At the College of Europe, you are studying primarily EU affairs. The professors come from different countries and are often practitioners who bring interesting styles and teaching methods into the classroom.

The Fletcher School and the College of Europe complement each other very well in my opinion – from the academic calibre, to the student body, to the professional opportunities beyond the program.

What was the best highlight of the MATA programme for you personally?

The best memory at The Fletcher School was getting to know the students who are doing things beyond transatlantic affairs, those aspiring to work for international NGOs, in the humanitarian sector, or are studying counterterrorism.

At the College of Europe, it is the multiculturalism. You hear a variety of languages on a daily basis, but what unites people is the way they socialise and are curious about each other. It is intense and incredibly rewarding.

What recommendation would you give to the next students?

Be open to change! This programme requires adaptability and curiosity when it comes to engaging with different cultures and people. You can gain a lot from studying in two schools and from the alumni communities of both institutions. It is an exciting and enriching cultural and academic experience!

MATA students graduate at the College of Europe
MATA students graduate at the College of Europe