Nina Sendecka studied Migration, Ethnic Relations and Multiculturalism
"I come from Slovakia and I chose to study the Migration, Ethnic Relations and Multiculturalism Master's Programme mostly because of its specific focus on migration. To my great satisfaction, however, this Master is well-rounded as we are studying migration from different academic disciplines and points of view, making it a very comprehensive Master. As such, I find the courses challenging; like most of the students, I am studying subjects that I have not looked at in-depth before.
Apart from the theoretical knowledge we are gaining, this Master's programme offers us practical skills. This will facilitate our future job-seeking. The course offers opportunities for wide application of our knowledge gained throughout this study. We are taught in small-sized classes by motivated professors who are experts in their fields. I would recommend this Master to anyone for whom migration is of great interest, yet is open-minded to study migration issues from a multidisciplinary point of view."
Thomas de Vroome studied Migration, Ethnic Relations and Multiculturalism
"I have very much enjoyed the two years of the this Master's programme. It was quite stimulating to be part of a relatively small group of highly motivated students. The programme is well structured, with a good mixture of interesting theoretical courses on numerous aspects of migration and multicultural society and training in research skills. I consider it a privilege to have been taught by excellent researchers in the field.
Writing the Master’s thesis in the form of a journal article has proved to be an enlightening and very pleasant experience. All in all, the programme has significantly contributed to my confidence and enthusiasm in conducting social scientific research."
Anouk Smeekes studied Migration, Ethnic Relations and Multiculturalism
"The Master's programme on Migration, Ethnic Relations and Multiculturalism offers an interactive, international and multidisciplinary learning environment, which encourages me to actively exchange ideas with fellow students and teachers from various cultural and academic backgrounds. This challenging and stimulating atmosphere always motivates me to work hard, and also made me develop a growing interest in different approaches with respect to migration and ethnic studies.
The programme approaches migration and ethnic relations from an interdisciplinary perspective. In this way I personally feel that I am becoming a real expert in the field. Cultural diversity is an important topic of many present debates and tensions in various countries. As such, I feel that the programme provides students with a good background to improve the understanding of these current debates and the possible policy solutions to them.
Next to the fact that this programme offers an interesting content and environment, it also trains you to become a quantitative researcher. To me, this is a very valuable aspect of the programme, since you acquire the skills and knowledge you need to be able to conduct your own quantitative research, but also to criticise and evaluate the work of others. The combination of theoretical knowledge and research skills prepares you well for a job in the academic world. Taken together, I feel that the programme offers an inspiring and challenging environment for all those who are interested in doing research into cultural diversity."
Pietro Castelli Gattinara studied Migration, Ethnic Relations and Multiculturalism
"Coming from a background in studies of Political Sciences, Constitutionalism and International Relations, the choice of applying to the this Master's programme was driven by my desire of approaching the same issues from a slightly different perspective. Indeed, I encountered an environment that allowed me to combine my interests in the relations between people and their institutions, with a large knowledge of the social psychology of interpersonal and intergroup relations. At the same time, although it is sometime difficult to admit it, the courses I attended throughout my first year of Master’s helped me in discovering the importance of being able to handle sophisticated statistical methods for the interpretation of reality.
I think that the most fascinating aspect of the programme concerns its focus on a subject that combines specificity with generality. Indeed, the specific attention of the programme to the outputs of international migration is inevitably generalised to the issue of ethnic relations between majorities and minorities, and to the institutional settlement of societal diversity. These are matters that constitute core issues in the social and political debate, and one of the most challenging questions for the understanding of today’s world and the prediction of the one of tomorrow. The programme provided me with the privileged opportunity of exploring such issues within an excellent academic environment, and provided me with extensive knowledge and skills for pursuing further research in this field of studies.
It cannot be ignored that the programme requires not only hard work and endurance, but the patience necessary to deal with methodological and practical courses. However, the depth, the variety and the organisation of the courses, as well as the expertise of teachers and academics, constitutes a great educative experience, which contributed extensively to my development of critical thinking and reasoning. All in all, given its strong focus on academic research and scientific investigation of social phenomena, I suggest that curious and intellectually motivated students enrol in a Research Master such as Migration, Ethnic Relations and Multiculturalism."