Student Story

Shwetha Nair (India): from a scientific background working with wildlife to seeking the opportunity to learn about management and policy

October 9, 2018

Please describe your professional and educational background, and what brought you to MESPOM?

I found out about MESPOM on an alumni’s FB post. Having a few years’ experience working in conservation, I had realised that I lacked skills that needed to translate the research I was doing to policy or conservation measures.

Emily Dowding-Smith, Environmental lawyer from New Zealand, MESPOM batch 5: 2009-2011

September 25, 2018

Emily' current location, place of employment and position:
Bonn, Germany, World Secretariat of ICLEI - Local Governments for Sustainability, Urban Food Systems Forum Manager in Resilient Cities Team

Stanzi Litjens '19 (Netherlands)

February 16, 2018

Stanzi's academic background is in Business Administration (B.A.) and in applying to MESPOM was seeking a more environmental approach rather than seeing the world in terms of money and ‘shareholder value’. She made a decision to focus on the link between government, business, and non-governmental organizations to pursue a healthier balance in the current system. While studying for her B.A. she also worked for World Wide Fund for Nature in Argentina in forest and coastal management.

Meet CEU’s next | generation

October 26, 2015

This year, two MESPOM students, Savannah Carr-Wilson ‘17 (Canada) and Mira Khadka ‘17 (Nepal), have been selected as recipients of the CEU Alumni scholarship. Since 2001, the CEU Alumni scholarship has been awarded to outstanding students from all over the world, based on financial need and their “commitment to community service and leadership potential, both at CEU and beyond”. This scholarship is funded by donations from CEU alumni via the ‘next | generation fund’.

Nga Nguyen '12 (Vietnam)

December 28, 2011

My name is Nga Nguyen and I am a second year student of MESPOM (2010-2012)

I really don’t know how to answer "where are you from" type of question since my fragmented academic career took me on five continents in eight years and by now I should have a case of identity crisis (just kidding). I graduated with a bachelor in applied Mathematics and I just started a graduate certificate in Geographic Information System before joining MESPOM. The reason I chose MESPOM was the interdisciplinary nature of the program, one that can bridge my different interests in sciences, management and policy (as the name literally suggests). I also chose MESPOM because of the distinguished professors and universities in the consortium. However, the moment I joined MESPOM, I forgot about all of these calculations and the journey I had so far was beyond magical. Not only that I was in an elite group of accomplished students, I was also part of a family whose strong bond will last for many years to come.