Student testimonials

  Cecilie Spanggard Hahn-Petersen, 26, first semester student

“I have an education as Arabic interpreter from the Royal Danish Defence Academy and a BA in Political    Sciences from the University of Copenhagen. I was about to do my master’s the same place when I  read  about a new masters degree in international security and law at the University of Southern  Denmark,  which immediately caught my attention. Having always taken a big interest in international  politics, the  master seemed to be the perfect combination of elements from this discipline and  international law, which  is highly relevant if you want to work in an international organisation or  company, for example. I hope  and believe that this master programme will give me the best  opportunities to achieve a career in the field  of international security and defence policy. The fact that  my fellow students come with very different  backgrounds, both academically and nationality-wise, is  really inspiring and has been a great asset to the  programme, since it adds many more perspectives to  the discussions. Plus we have a lot of fun together,  which is important to me because it creates a great  learning atmosphere both inside and outside the  university.”


 Anuradha Amrasinghe, 32, first semester student

“I am originally from Sri Lanka, but did my BA in London in International Politics. I find war interesting, and  therefore, during my BA, I was searching for a university where I could get a thorough understanding of  international security and law issues. I found that the master programme in International Security and Law  at the University of Southern Denmark offered me the best study content that will make sure I will not only  obtain a good understanding of these issues, but also good job prospects in the future. My fellow students  in the programme have diverse professional backgrounds and come from around the world; Norway,  Germany, Ethiopia, Chile and Slovenia, to name but a few. I think, personally, I have the best opportunity  to shape my future in this setting through this programme.”


 Jens-Christian Hedegaard Thomsen, 31, first semester student

“As an officer in the Danish Defence, I have been actively involved in several international, military  operations that have given me a thorough understanding of some of the world’s conflicts as well as  practical experience in solving them. But for some time, I have had a desire to widen my horizon and get  an even better understanding of the underlying causes of the crises and conflicts in order to be more able  to solve them. Also, I wanted to grasp why there is such a gap between the academic approaches  compared to the military approaches to conflict management. That is why I was very pleased to see this  new master programme in International Security and Law at the University of Southern Denmark, which  provides me with the exact knowledge I had been searching for. The programme provides me with the  opportunity to combine my practical experience with academic knowledge in a great learning environment  together with fellow students of very different backgrounds. With a master degree in International Security  and Law I will most certainly enhance my possibilities of acting both in the academic and practical domains  of international conflicts in the future, and thereby – hopefully – bring those two worlds closer together."

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