“My name is Anna Berggren, I’m 25 years old and graduated from the BIDS programme in 2015. I have been in and out of Sweden the past years but am now currently living in Stockholm. I have always had a passion for traveling and exploring new cultures and ideas, and I believed that BIDS could help me exploring the world and its dynamics even further.”
Dina is from Kazakhstan and she graduated from the BIDS programme in 2015. Currently, working as UN Youth volunteer in Astana, Kazakhstan . She shares her thoughts on her BIDS experience and how it got the best of her.
With a major in economic history and an economic background from his home country, Kirgistian, Baizhanysh has now taken a master in finance. I met with him one afternoon this fall in AF-Borgen’s café Athen to hear his reflection about BIDS.
In this Spotlight interview you can read about Jordan who graduated in 2012 with a major in Human Geography. Before and during his studies at Lund University Jordan has traveled and worked in the Middle East. Jordan shares his thoughts about the BIDS-Programme and how analytical skills and perspectives on global problems also can contribute to projects beyond the BIDS-programme.
Read about Olle Hammar, who graduated in 2012 with a major in Political Science. Before enrolling in the BIDS programme, Olle studied at the Business and Economics Department – He shares how this has given him broader knowledge in terms of research, as he is now doing his PhD concerning development economics and global inequality.
Looking back at her bachelor degree, Suzanna Törnroth claims that: “BIDS is a utopian environment where the majority of people are open-minded, aware of the world and curious.”
She is half Swedish, half Singaporean and grew up in Singapore and moved to Lund when she was 19 to start the BIDS program at Lund University; an act which she claims to be the best decision of her life. “Cliché, but true,” as she expresses in an interview about her experience with BIDS.
Natasha from Sweden and Taiwan, who describes herself as a “menstrual health enthusiast”, is right now working on her Master’s thesis while trying to plan her next adventure. Natasha finished her bachelor in 2012, making her a part of the very first BIDS-class to graduate. She agreed on sharing some of her experiences with the programme, which might inspire other students to be adventurous; “You can do so much by just contacting interesting organisations”.
Read about Klara Lindvall, who did an interesting Minor Field Study in Turkey, studying local Turkish migration management in relation to the EU external border and migration regime. Klara recommends everyone who considers it to dare go on an MFS as it challenged her and she gained a lot from it. Moreover, she expresses how important it is to try different things and not settle straight away.
This week Andreas and Karin from the BIDS class of 2017 talk about their exchange semester at the University of Ghana in Accra. They write about the application process as free movers and how they connect the reality of Ghanaian development they witness every day to their class room teachings. So far, Karin and Andreas can “nothing but warmly recommend future students to go“.
Growing up with a sister working for UNHCR, Frederik was early introduced to the concept of international negotiations. He is now working for the Danish Ministry of Health in the Unit of International Corporation.
I met up with him in a café in Copenhagen to learn about his experiences during and after BIDS and how he ended up working for a ministry.
Read about Milja Norberg who graduated in 2014 with a major in Economic History. The flexibility of the Economic History Department allowed her to spend a year in Lebanon in the middle of the early refugee crises. Among other interesting points, Milja writes that in the field of development, “it is easy to be critical, but not as easy to come up with better alternatives”.
Sixten, a BIDS graduate from the class of 2015 with a major in Sociology, is now taking a one-year break from studying. We have talked to him about his time in the BIDS program, which brought him to exchange studies in Iceland and Minor Field Studies in Nepal.