Why Join the Global Affairs?

The Division of Global Affairs takes immense pride in its highly diverse study body, representing a community of over 40 nationalities. Below, please find the testimonies of a few of our students from across the globe!

Sabrina Axster (Germany): Nachdem ich vier Jahre praktische Berufserfahrung bei der UN sammeln konnte, entschied ich mich zurück an die Uni zu gehen, um  meinen Doktortitel zu machen. In meiner Dissertation möchte ich mich  auf das Thema Migration und die anhaltende Diskussion über den Einfluss von Migration auf die Souveränität von Nationalstaaten fokussieren. Da dieser Forschungsbereich nicht ausschließlich im Bereich klassischer Migrationsstudien beheimatet ist, suchte ich nach einer Möglichkeit interdisziplinärer zu forschen und neben reinen Migrationsstudien hinweg ebenso zu Fragen der Konzeptualisierung und Entwicklung moderner Nationalstaaten Antworten zu finden.DGA ist dabei eines der wenigen Forschungsprogramme für Global Affairs, das die Möglichkeit bietet, beide Forschungsbereiche abzudecken. Darüber hinaus habe ich mich wegen den renommierten Professoren und deren vielfältigen Forschungstätigkeiten für DGA entschieden. Ebenso ist die Nähe zu New York ausschlaggebend, die es Studierenden ermöglicht leicht in Kontakt zu internationalen Experten der UN und anderen Organisationen zu treten.

After working at the United Nations for over four years, I decided to go back to school for my doctoral degree. In my thesis I aim to focus on migration and the ongoing discussion on whether it challenges the sovereignty of nation states or not. Since this research did not necessarily fit with traditional migration studies, I was looking for a program with an interdisciplinary nature that would allow me to further specialize in migration while also looking at the conceptualization of nation states and how it has evolved. DGA is one of the few global affairs programs that offers classes that address both aspects of my research. Beyond the academics, I also chose DGA because of its faculty and their interesting research and the proximity to New York which enables students to easily get in touch with international affairs experts at the UN and other organizations.


Yemi Onitiri (Nigeria):  Idi ti mofi pinu lati tesiwaju ninu eko giga-aagba wa’ye ni gbati mowa ni Afganistan ninu ise Ologun ti ilu Amerika. Akoko ti mo lo ni ilu yi sipaya okan mi si ise takun-takun to nbe ninu oselu ati itesi waju ara-ilu. Leyin iwadi tankun-takun lori ile-iwe giga to-san, mo pa okan po lori ile-iwe Rutgers ni ilu new jersey, lati ko Eto Agbaye (Global affairs). Awon oluko be ati bi won tise eto prograamu naa ni oje ki o wunmi. Ko da, anfani n be fun eni ti oba fe ko ede keji nitori pe ose Pataki lati se aseyori ni ile-eko giga yi. Gege bi eni toti sise ni orisirisi agbagbe Alagbaye, bi south korea, Iraq, Afghanistan ati bebe lo, eko Eto-Agbaye yi rorun fun mi osi je nkan towunmi pupo. Lati igbati mo ti bere eko naa moti ko npa Ofin-Abgaye, eto-ilosiwaju ilu, ati papa julo eto Oselu. Eto-Agbaye wunmi pupo nitori pe owunmi ni agbara olorun ki emi je ikan lara awon olori ti dari awujo wa ni ijo iwaju. Mofeje ni eni ti omu irorun ba agbegbe mi. Gbogbo eko ti moti ko nibiyi, oti sipaya okan mi si orisi-risi esin, ede, ati isesi. Pelu aseyege ninu eko Eto-Agbaye, mopinu lati sise gege bi Olofintoto ninu oselu ninu ijoba ati idagba-soke kaakiri agbaye.

My desire to pursue a Master’s degree from the Division of Global Affairs (DGA) arose when I was on my last deployment to Afghanistan in 2013. There, I realized how the pragmatic complexity of policymaking and economic development could intertwine with the process of creating order from chaos. After researching several schools of policy programs, I chose the DGA program at the Rutgers University-Newark, New Jersey. There are several reasons I wish to pursue this program from Rutgers—one of them being the faculty members—who are well-versed in geopolitical studies of different regions of the world. Moreover, the program teaches both theoretical and empirical analysis of domestic and international policies. Besides its requirement to speak or learn a second language, the Global Affairs program design encompasses different areas of concentration. My academic discipline is global governance, a concentration that spans general areas of study including political economy, international relations and the rule of law. As a former U.S Army Special Operations-Civil Affairs analyst, I have served in multiple overseas assignments including South Korea, Iraq and Afghanistan. Thus, the decision to acquire an advanced degree in global affairs was a no-brainer. My experience of conducting missions in these locations has inspired me towards becoming a leader, whose efforts will make society a better place. The academic knowledge I have acquired thus far from DGA has given me the confidence to lead and an inclination to pursue a permanent career in governance and development. As a Nigerian born and bred, the cultural diversity of Rutgers-Newark has been a great experience. I learned the differences, as well as the similarities, between cultures, beliefs, and languages. With a degree from DGA, I plan to work as a political analyst, helping nations expand their capacity in governance and development.


Rochdi Mohan Nazala (Indonesia): “Dua hal yang mempengaruhi keputusan saya untuk melanjutkan studi di DGA: perspektif interdisipliner, para pengajar serta beasiswa yang DGA sediakan untuk mahasiswa doktoralnya. Saya secara akademik memiliki ketertarikan yang luas terhadap isu-isu hak asasi manusia, politik domestik serta kebijakan luar negeri. Tetapi lingkungan global saat ini yang semakin kompleks berkaitan dengan aktor serta masalahnya membuat saya menyadari bahwa sebuah analisa yang komprehensif terhadap isu-isu tersebut membutuhkan lebih dari pendekatan Hubungan Internasional dan Ilmu Politik yang biasa digunakan saat ini. Oleh karenanya, saya sangat menikmati kesempatan untuk bergabung di kelas pada jurusan-jurusan yang berbeda, seperti politik, hukum, ekonomi, bisnis, sosiologi dan kesehatan. Beragam aktivitas maupun pengajaran di kelas-kelas tersebut telah memperkaya perspekstif keilmuan saya dan secara nyata bermanfaat dalam membantu penelitian doktoral saya. Saya juga mengambil banyak keuntungan dari belajar dan berkerjasama dengan para pengajar yang demikian demanding serta diskusi dengan teman-teman dari berbagai penjuru dunia. Benar-benar lingkungan global!”

“Three key considerations affected my decision to pursue a doctorate in the Division of Global Affairs at Rutgers University: its interdisciplinary perspectives, the faculty and staff, and also scholarships. I am interested in broad topics of human rights, domestic politics, and foreign policy. I am aware that a comprehensive analysis regarding those issues will need more than the merely traditional approach of International Relations and Political Science, particularly in our global environment that is more intricate with regards to the problems and actors involved. I really appreciate the opportunity to enroll in classes within different departments such as politics, law, economics, business, sociology, and health during my study in DGA. Also I benefit from learning and cooperating with outstanding professors in different fields of study as well as sharing experiences with fellow scholars from different corners of the world. It is truly a global environment!”

 


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