I am Amr Awad, born in 1989 in Cairo, Egypt. I am writing this letter in the hope of pursuing the MA program in International Relations: Global Governance and Social Theory offered jointly by Jacobs University Bremen and the University of Bremen. I believe that this opportunity would be a crucial step in my career development.
Despite the fact that national policies still predominant today, the growing importance of NGOs and global organizations such as the United Nations (UN), World Trade Organization (WTO), and the World Bank, helped to develop what might be called an international model of governance. The impact of these entities extended to many economic, cultural, social and political areas.
There are two reasons why studying mechanisms and tools of the process of globalization is necessary for me. First, for a man lives in the Middle East, I can see the negative impact of the bad domestic governance and mismanagement of public affairs on the whole region. Perhaps one of the solutions is to encourage governments to adopt global policies regarding topics such as human rights, climate change, government effectiveness, and control of corruption. Second, technological progress continues to strengthen the interdependence of people and countries, eliminates the geographic and psychological barriers that exist, and creates new forms of global governance. This is why “the analysis of governance beyond the nation state” has become increasingly more important.
I think that my strong work experience and education will make me a very competitive candidate for this MA program. Many of the subjects that I have studied during my undergraduate and postgraduate studies have been directly related to the international relations.
I graduated in May 2010 from the faculty of Economics and Political Science, Cairo University. My undergraduate studies concentrated on three major fields: International relations, comparative political systems, and statistics for political analysis.
After the 25th of January 2011 revolution in Egypt, my country faced severe political instability. Civil wars and conflicts broke out in the neighboring countries of Syria, Iraq, Libya, and Yemen. Moreover, radical Islamist groups made gains in some of these countries. As these issues have hindered social, economic, and political growth and development in the region, I have decided to become a scholar in the field of international relations and to be specialized in Euro – Mediterranean affairs. That was the reason behind choosing to join two diplomas and a pre-masters course in international relations.
In June 2011, I finished an “International Negotiations” diploma at Cairo University. The main subjects of this diploma were theory and evolution of international relations and settlement of international disputes. After that, in June 2012, I finished an “Israeli Studies” diploma.
A year later, I finished the preliminary year for the Master’s degree under the “Euro-med Studies” program at Cairo University. The focus of this program was on two major fields: The European Union as a model for regional integration and Euro-Mediterranean relations. Unfortunately, I had to travel to Germany for an internship and I did not have a chance to finish my master’s thesis entitled “The Impact of Political Leadership Change on the EU-Egyptian Relations in the Period of (2011-2013).”
At the same time, I have substantial work experience in the newspaper industry. I am working as a foreign affairs editor at “AL-Shorouk” daily newspaper in Egypt since December 2013 till now. I am also working as a news editor at Middle East News Agency (MENA) since May 2016 till now.
My work responsibilities are to research and write stories about national, regional, and international news, as well as cultural issues in the world. These issues are wide and broad, but my specialty is immigrants, transnational dialogues, and intercultural norms. I interview officials and members of various organizations to investigate stories and attend press conferences to cover international and local events.
Another point that makes me especially qualified for this program is that I had a previous experience in Germany. In 2016, I got a three months internship at a non-profit organization named Media in Cooperation and Transition (MiCT) in Berlin. Last year, I got a training at “der Spiegel” politics department in Berlin. These experiences helped me to improve my team working capabilities with people from different cultural, racial, ethical and religious backgrounds. Because of this, I have a lot of exposure to other cultures all over the world. This has a big influence on my personality and my way of thinking, it shaped the person I am today.
In conclusion, I have no doubt that the MA program in International Relations: Global Governance and Social Theory would be a great opportunity to enrich my knowledge and effectively contribute to the socioeconomic development, democracy and good governance, and the promotion of social justice in my home country and the world.
This step would help me to achieve my long-term goal to run for the parliament and later on for the presidency. However, most importantly, it will give me a truly once-in-a-lifetime chance to gain cultural insight, and understand the complexity of the world at a much deeper level.
I am excited at the prospect of this opportunity, and I’m grateful for your consideration.