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Vincent Meriaux

All I can say is that the double-MA was a great academic and human experience. It allowed me to grasp both French and British perspectives of the EU affairs and international relations. I really enjoyed the international and multicultural atmosphere of both Aston's campus and Birmingham. In a world where people are getting more and more mistrustful and intolerant towards others, where people are cutting themselves off of the wealth of differences rather than gathering around diversity... Studying at Aston was a luck.

The first year at Aston, highly academic and oriented on research, is very complementary with the second year in Lille, where the lectures were more practical. Thanks to the added-value of this background, we have been able to find very interesting final placements. I am now working as "chargé de mission pour la coopération" (cooperation attaché or cultural attaché) in the French Embassy to Bahrain. I have signed this contract while I was still a trainee in Brussels. And I arrived in Manama only one month after the end of this traineeship in the EP. My mission consists in developing and enhancing the bilateral ties and cooperation partnerships between France and Bahrain, in the fields of culture, heritage, education and university affairs.

I have to say the double-MA was a perfect opportunity to benefit from a valuable knowledge and understanding of the diplomacy challenges and international relations. I was happy to put these "tools" into practice in Brussels at a "European scale" while working for the EU relations with the Arab world. I am now working on the ground. At the end of this mission, in one or two years, I guess I would come back in Europe for a final formation (e.g. College of Europe, SOAS, INALCO) prior to the preparation of the examinations to get in the French or EU diplomacy, or prior to a researcher career.

Vincent Meriaux

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