Ceren Ozkan, student Governance of Migration and Diversity (Public Administration)

The unique quality of the Master and interdisciplinary approach, while specializing on migration and diversity, was the main reason for my choice for Governance of Migration and Diversity
Ceren Ozkan

Growing migration patterns in the world and changes in society, culture and policies make the debates on migration and diversity more current and alive than before. Growing anti-sentiments towards migration leaves us with complex situations on the local, national and international level. Nonetheless, migration is a result of the growth in globalisation. Not only are the debates growing in media and politics, but there is also a growth in scholarly research on migration and diversity. The Master Governance of Migration and Diversity elaborates on this excellently.

What appeals to me the most is the unique, interdisciplinary approach of this Master, which combines the expertise of Erasmus University with guest-courses in Leiden and Delft. Aside from the core Public Administration courses, there are courses on Urbanism, Politics, History, Development and Sociology; all focusing on migration and diversity. Some guest lectures from the International Organisation for Migration (IOM) and the Netherlands Institute for Social Research (SCP) presented how our studies work in practice. The unique quality of the Master and interdisciplinary approach, while specializing on migration and diversity, was the main reason for my choice for Governance of Migration and Diversity.

Furthermore, I really wanted to choose a Master in which I could achieve my pure potential. The specialisation, the topics and the approaches appeal to me personally. My parents are migrants, which makes me a second-generation migrant. Now that I am studying Governance of Migration and Diversity, different than my other degree, I can say that I can relate to my studies a lot. This keeps me motivated in every course. In this light, labor market discrimination and diversity are the topics I find the most interesting to conduct research on. Furthermore, not only do I feel a personal connection, but this Master programme builds clearly upon the practicalities, the theories and the societal importance of this field of study. It has surpassed my expectations positively and I can see a clear future with my degree in Governance of Migration and Diversity.