More Experiences: Master of International Communication Student About The BEF.

MIC Student, Alyssa Hopp, from the Hanze University of Applied Sciences in Groningen, the Netherlands, gives some insights about the Brussels European Forum.

It is great to hear, that our program is not only relevant for political science students. Many thanks Alyssa!

My first day at my first BEF

I will tell you a secret: Munich European Forum (MEF) is so much more interesting then I really expected. It is part of one of my specialisations at Hanze UAS: International Public Affairs. When I just got involved in the first discussions at MEF I totally understood the whole interesting point of participating in the meeting.

The Forum is a simulation meeting that involves three important international institutions: G-20, EU-Council and NATO. The highlight is that each participant plays a role; incorporate a character, a head of state responsible to address the agenda. The main focus is on debate and set up agreements even under different perspectives over the same subject. It is possible to develop strategies not only in a political perspective, but, also, improve professional characteristics and focus on your weaknesses turning it into opportunity of knowledge.

This was our first day. We still have the whole week to work and address proposals related to climate change issues, international financial system, strategies towards the Middles East or Euro Crisis. It does not matter from where we come from, what background we have; we will always find a way to apply our learned experience here and strengthen our personal or professional life. The routine is hard, we have 11 hours of debate daily with people from all over the world representing a character and defending different points of view. Today, we move towards the first roles about procedures during the meetings and addressed the first resolutions about different issues; and this is just the beginning.

For me, the most important result of this meeting has already been achieved: I realized that strategy, negotiation and persuasion are techniques necessaries in any field of knowledge. We, as “communication” people, sometimes do not realize the importance of getting involved in situations like this, usually analyzing “how will we send a message?”, rather than “which strategy do we need to have in order to achieve our objectives?” or “how to use persuasion techniques to a corporate communication perspective?” As a Brazilian Master’s in International Communication student, I would never imagine how this experience could contribute to my professional framework without having been part of this meeting. Actually I strongly believe that all of us MIC students, could not have imagined it being relevant to our program, but I now believe this to be untrue.

Find Alyssa’s original experience report.

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