The department is a lively community that is recognised internationally as one of the top centres for research and teaching in development studies.
I enrolled in the MSc in Global Governance and Diplomacy in 2014 with a few years’ experience in the Foreign Service, seeking to equip myself with the kind of knowledge, skills, and resources only a place like Oxford could afford.
Even as a practitioner, the MSc in Global Governance and Diplomacy helped me to truly appreciate the essence of diplomacy and the diplomat’s raison d’etre, allowing me to make sense of the traditional or seemingly mundane aspects of our work, but perhaps even more importantly, raising my consciousness of emerging issues and the demands of the information age.
Soon after leaving Oxford, I was appointed Special Assistant to the Minister of Foreign Affairs, a position that requires reading with a critical eye and keeping abreast of the latest developments.
I am privileged to witness and contribute to the formulation and coordination of foreign policy at the highest level, the rigour and content of the MSc having been good preparation for the analytical, management, and coordination functions of the role. I have come to truly appreciate the time and the network of friends and lecturers at ODID.
I am privileged to witness and contribute to the formulation and coordination of foreign policy at the highest level.