Due to its multidisciplinary approach, this Master’s programme enables students to gain a better understanding of migration and diversity.
My personal interest in the subjects migration, integration and cultural diversity has increased during the time I followed the Bachelor’s programme ‘International Studies’ at Leiden University. During these studies I deepened my knowledge on these issues on an academic level by following the minor ‘Frontiers of multicultural societies’ at the Sociology department of the Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam.
After writing my Bachelor’s thesis on the topic of the integration process of the Ghanaian diaspora in The Hague, I was able to gain more practical experience in the fields of migration and integration during a nine months internship at the International Organization for Migration (IOM). During this internship I was part of an integration project which helps people with a permanent residency who reside in asylum seekers’ centers to enter the Dutch labour market. My Bachelor’s studies and my internship at IOM helped me to realise that I find a sociological perspective on the migration issue the most interesting. I can imagine working in this field in the future. Therefore, I chose to follow the Master’s programme ‘Governance of Migration and Diversity - Sociology’.
Due to its multidisciplinary approach, this Master’s programme enables students to gain a better understanding of migration and diversity. It addresses different aspects of migration and diversity by following courses in history, sociology, development studies, urbanism and governance at Erasmus University (including ISS The Hague), Leiden University and TU Delft. During the programme, I have enhanced my academic skills. Furthermore, we visited institutions in the field of migration and diversity and talked to specialists, which is very useful for future job opportunities. I appreciate the multicultural and diverse group of students. Being a rather small group of 40 students creates a pleasant environment in class which is stimulating for discussions on issues related to migration.