Sylvia van Oevelen
Testimonial Sylvia van Oevelen
“We are experts on government”
“When I started my studies, I didn't really know what I wanted to do. I found the courses on the government and how public administration works and fits together the most interesting. That goes some way to explaining my choice of Public Administration: you learn what really goes on within government and how organisations function. The master's focuses on learning the theories on management and policy-making, and how to apply them in practice...
The master's is taught entirely at Campus The Hague, close to all the main government institutions and NGOs. As you're one of a small group where everyone is focused intensively on the subject material, it's very important to take part in the lectures. The work pressure is quite a lot higher than in the bachelor's; we are mainly conducting research projects and writing papers, rather than doing exams. About half the students are international, and they come from all over the place. You learn a lot in such a varied community, particularly about different forms of government administration.
As a member of the board of B.I.L., the Public Administration study association, I am involved in organising all kinds of extra events. Of course, there are parties, but there are also study trips to Brussels to visit the European Parliament, or lectures by alumni or inspirational speakers from government or the business sector. We do that because it's important that students start to build contacts with the world outside academia. Although my options are still open, I'd really like to work for a Ministry or a municipal council, dealing with environmental issues, for example.
Graduates of this master's are experts on the government and know how to find their way around this complex world. You have to be able to do that to make sure the public administration system works effectively. I would recommend this master's to students who want to know more about current issues in government and policy making. If you have solid background knowledge and a lot of enthusiasm, this could be the programme for you!”
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