International Studies students receive their diplomas
No fewer than 194 students received their bachelor's diplomas in International Studies on Friday 26 August.
The students were presented with their diplomas during a ceremony in the Pieterskerk in Leiden. The student procession - smart casual dress in line with protocol - entered the church to the sound of the church organ. They were followed by their very proud lecturers. 'We were really happy to see you arrive,' said André Gerrits, Professor of International Studies and Global Politics, 'but we are even happier to see you leave! With a lot of extra intellectual baggage, of course.'
Gerrits presented the Golden Stork award for the 'Most Outstanding Student', this year to Ruth-Marie Henckes. Henckes earned a 9.3 for her final essay, completed the honours programme, spent a semester as an intern in Tanzania, and was also the driving force behind the student magazine BIAS for almost two years. The jury commented that, with all these activities, she had made a contribution not only to the study programme but also to society.
In the 'Best Thesis' category, the Golden Stork went this year to Maurice Gajan. He wrote his bachelor's thesis on China's intervention in the water supplies in the Nile delta, for which he was given a grade of 9.3. Well deserved, in the opinion of the jury, because his research was not only comparative, but also innovative and made a clear contribution to the existing literature. Gajan received the award from Giles Scott-Smith, Professor of Doplimatic History of Transatlantic Relations.
International Studies started in 2012. 'In that first year it felt as if we had taken possession of an unfurnished apartment,' said alumnus David Chadwick in his speech. 'The design of the building may well have been faultless, but it was empty. That changed when you arrived in 2013. The Hague became a fun and friendly place to study. Future students will thank you for that.'