My name is Christoph and I just completed a Master of International Relations (Advanced) at the Coral bell School of Asia Pacific Affairs.
When I began studying at ANU I already held a Bachelor and a Master Degree in Economics. Since I had participated at a very interesting Summer School in the field of International Relations in Vladivostok in Russia and had studied a second Bachelor Degree in Political Science, I wanted to learn more about International Relations. Therefore I decided to start studying a second Master Degree in this very interesting discipline. The Summer School in Russia near the North-Korean border, an internship in the Asian division of the German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development and five months during which I lived in Phnom Penh in Cambodia strengthened my deep interest in the Asia-Pacific. Australia seemed for me the perfect location to study an internationally renowned Master Degree in International Relations with a focus on the Asia-Pacific. ANU’s excellent reputation for the studies of International Relations motivated me to apply at ANU.
The course I enjoyed studying the most was International Relations Theory. Having a background in strong quantitative Economics, I enjoyed learning that Theory can be thought of from a whole different perspective. The course was very challenging in a positive manner. I not only learned a lot but was also very fascinated by the content of the course. An excellent teacher with the willingness to engage in discussions with students about the theories covered in class strengthened my desire to learn more about International Relations Theory.
The courses are challenging and well structured. In addition, active participation by students is encouraged. I really enjoyed the international environment in class. Being able to engage in discussions with students from all over the world certainly increased my knowledge and occasionally made me think about questions or problems from a different perspective.
I just started a PhD program in Economics at a renowned European University. I am convinced that the high standard of academic working and the techniques I learned at ANU will help me a lot for the work on my dissertation. I am very grateful and happy for the many things I could learn at ANU.