Middle East-North Africa

  • Sciences Po: Kuwait Program Scholarship Recipients

    Mia Moisio, Master in International Energy, PSIA

    For my undergraduate studies I went to the Sciences Po campus of Menton, which is the Middle Eastern and Mediterranean campus, and there I started learning Arabic. And so I’ve now been learning Arabic for four years already, and I did my third year at Sciences Po in Egypt. I studied Arabic intensively there. And so that really set me to a course of studying more intensively Middle Eastern studies and the Gulf region; and so this year I started my Master’s in International Energy at Sciences Po.

    Maria Bennici, PSIA, Master in Human Rights and Humanitarian Action

    I think the Gulf region in particular is very interesting in terms of the Middle East, mostly because a lot of the actors in the region, especially Qatar, has grown to take on more and more of an important role in the world stage.

    Tore Hamming, Master in International Security, PSIA

    I met a professor called Stephane Lacroix here at Sciences Po, and he has for long been interested in Saudi Arabia particularly; so working with Stephane really made me particularly interested in Saudi Arabia, and more regionally also other countries like Bahrein and Kuwait.

    Amal Bourhrous, Master in International Security, PSIA

    Many of my works for political science classes were related to Saudi Arabia, to Kuwait, and to the Gulf region in its relationship with Morocco.

    Servane Thibaud, Doctoral School, master in Comparative Political Sociology

    I got interested through the religions, first, and then I got interested in politics in these regions, so I got involved in the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, I took three classes on this subject. And then during my Master I had to choose an area of study, so I chose the Middle East.

    Tore Hamming, Master in International Security, PSIA

    Being here, talking to the professors, talking to fellow students, getting the chance to go out in the field as the Kuwait program really allowed students to do — and going to Doha as I did recently also, due to the Kuwait program — it allows students both to get an academic experience with the Middle East and the Gulf, and also a practical one.

    Servane Thibaud, Doctoral School, master in Comparative Political Sociology

    Thanks to the scholarship I was able to go to Jerusalem during three months, and to study the grassroots peace movements there; and to write my Master’s thesis on this subject.

    Tore Hamming, Master in International Security, PSIA

    My plan is after graduation now to move to Beirut in Lebanon in order to study Arabic for the next year. And then afterwards to hopefully come back to Sciences Po and do a PhD on militant Islamism.

    Amal Bourhrous, Master in International Security, PSIA

    I really want to become a professor, so maybe finish my master, do a PhD dissertation, and become a professor. I envision my future in academia.

    Maria Bennici, PSIA, Master in Human Rights and Humanitarian Action

    I will be going to Beirut, Lebanon, next month to do an internship with UNHCR, so that’s the plan for the immediate future. In terms of after-graduation, I have to work in human rights issues in the Middle East, preferably with a policy analysis focus.

    Mia Moisio, Master in International Energy, PSIA

    I was really hoping that I could find an opportunity to work in renewable energy in the Middle East. But I wasn’t sure if the opportunities existed. And luckily I was able to find an internship in the field, so I’m now working to develop solar energy in the Middle East — so I’m working in business strategy at Total.

    Maria Bennici, PSIA, Master in Human Rights and Humanitarian Action

    Sciences Po has been invaluable in giving me a lot of insight into situations in the Middle East that I had not prior received in the US. So I’m very, very grateful to Sciences Po, and to the Kuwait Program for allowing me the chance to learn this.


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Sciences Po has long-standing relations with North Africa and the Middle East, supported by our many partners and alumni in these regions. Sciences Po also develops and runs innovative programmes specific to the regions, including Women of the Mediterranean: Next Generation of Leaders and programmes with the Kuwait Foundation.