Sthijn van Kampen

Sthijn van Kampen
I believe that solutions to challenges such as climate change and the protection of democracy can be found at the European level.
Sthijn van Kampen
European Union Governance and Politics | Public Administration
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Bachelor's Public Administration - Radboud University

Sthijn van Kampen is a Master's student European Union Governance and Politics.

What do you like about the programme/specialisation and why? How has the programme/specialisation challenged you (in relation to your previous education)?

The Master’s is a combination of Public Administration and Political Science. This means that the European Union is studied from policy making on the European level, to policy implementation on the (sub)national level. These two perspectives are valuable in understanding the EU as a complex, massive system. It is interesting to gain insight into the distribution of power and how this affects the actions of the institutions, the member states and other key actors.

What do you think about the atmosphere in class (for example the relationship between students and with the teachers/researchers)?

The teachers are very passionate and enthusiastic about their subject. This motivates the students to participate actively and creates a good atmosphere. The classes are interactive and there is a good variety of teaching and examination methods.

What do you find most challenging in your Master’s (specialisation)? Have you encountered any obstacles?

Since this was the first year of this Master’s programme, the planning was sometimes tight and not yet evaluated. However, we had the opportunity to deliver feedback which is taken into account for the coming years. If you experience a high workload, teachers are ready to help you find solutions.

Are you currently doing an internship? Or what is your thesis about?

During my Master's thesis, I also did an internship at a consultancy that assists subnational governments with European funding and projects. This is in line with the topic of my thesis, in which I investigated what explains whether or not municipalities participate in European networks. Of course, the relationship between subnational governments and the European Union is but one of the many themes of this Master's programme.

Why do you think is it important that there are people out there with this degree? What are your plans once have received your Master's degree?

The European Union has an increasing impact on our lives. Not only because of the volume of European legislation, but also because of the global challenges we face. I believe that solutions to challenges such as climate change and the protection of democracy can be found at the European level. It is important that there is more awareness and better understanding of the European Union in order to face these challenges and to process European legislation correctly.