After serving as an instructor for three years in Ethiopia, I
have always been looking for a study programme that integrates both
legal and economic thinking. In my quest for the relevant
programme, the Netherlands – being seat of numerous
international courts and tribunals and rightly referred to as the
'legal capital of the world', not to mention Dutch Universities'
reputation for high-quality programmes and state-of-the-art
international research infrastructures – was in the
forefront. In the mean time, the University of Groningen was
recommended to me by one of its LLM alumni. Deciding to come to
Groningen, leaving two other admission offers with full
scholarships, was not, however, an easy task. It was not until I
arrived here and started attending courses and saw the overall
atmosphere that I realized that I had made the perfect choice.
Groningen has certainly excelled in its International Economic
and Business Law programme. The deliberate choice of compulsory
courses in the curriculum covers core areas of international
economic and business law. Yet, the wide range of optional courses
gives students the option to make tailor made decisions and
emphasize on particular aspect of this broad area of law. In all
the courses economics and law do always interact and give a
different way of approaching international business law issues. The
professors are not only passionate and excellent in their subjects
but also very friendly to interact and work with. There is also a
lot to be grasped from the truly international class atmosphere
with students coming from different countries and walks of life.
The incredible support and guidance from the International Office,
coupled with a vibrant student city and the very cheerful Dutch
people, makes one feel at home. All of this is what RUG's
international rankings, impressive though they are, don't quite
demonstrate -- but what, I believe, everyone who has come to know
Groningen would agree on.
Despite the intense workload and demanding curriculum, the
International Economic and Business Law programme gives a thorough
and focused education in just one year. There is nothing
regrettable in coming to Groningen, leaving my family and loved
ones back home. I do hope that my exciting experiences will subsist
in the coming years during my PhD here at the University of
Groningen. Do you want to feel this exciting experience? Come and
see it. Finally, I must thank the Dutch government for the generous
financial grant through the Huygens Scholarship Programme.