Alle stafleden hebben hun eigen specifieke interesses in het Midden-Oosten waarop hun wetenschappelijk onderzoek is gebaseerd. Daarover word je geïnformeerd tijdens de colleges, b.v. over de Moslimbroeders in Egypte, het Jihadisme, Religie en Cognitie, Literatuur en Identiteit in Hebreeuwse en Arabische teksten.
Middle Eastern Studies is the most topical degree programme there is
'After I had finished my BA in Art History, I wanted to focus more on current issues. I chose Middle Eastern Studies, the most topical degree programme there is. News items are discussed and extensively analysed in class the very same day they appear. A major plus about the programme was that it taught us a variety of different ways to delve deeper into a subject. For example, I wrote papers and gave presentations, but I also organized a study day on Iran together with my fellow students.
What I also liked a lot was that the programme included the option to go on a placement. I followed my placement at the Koninklijke Militaire School Luchtmacht, the Royal Netherlands Air Force school at Woensdrecht air base, where I taught classes on all kinds of topics, from Dutch politics to Dutch mission areas in the Middle East. I also gave several lectures on the United Nations and thereby contributed to the Missiegerichte Opleiding Mali, the training programme for military personnel about to go on a mission to Mali.
Right now I am busy applying for jobs and have already noticed that this Master’s degree programme prepares you for a wide range of jobs. So besides imparting a lot of knowledge about current issues in the Middle East, it also ensure great prospects for the future!’