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Studying in the UK Question

Outline why you have selected your chosen three university courses and explain how this
related to your previous academic or professional experience and your plans in the future.
* Please do not duplicate the information you have entered on the work experience and
education section of this form (minimum word count: 100 words, maximum word count:
500 words)

Ive always wanted to work in development matters. Since I was little Ive been working in
volunteering programs. Serving in different regions of the country and being face to face with many
socioeconomic contexts over the years set a turning point for how I initially configured my vision of
the country as a whole. Majoring in Political Science later on helped me broaden my perspective
and understand the decision making processes towards seeking new ideals to foster and create
more peaceful societies at domestic, regional and international levels. Consequently, becoming a
researcher and being able to work extensively with interdisciplinary scholars lead me to set the
platform for what has now turned into a more committed work centered in this matter.

As a UN Volunteer Specialist, Ive been working in various projects regarding peace, human
security, youth empowerment, and arms control issues. Its helped me understand how the
international arena works towards the same goals as the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)
that interlink economic prosperity, peace and partnerships among governments, the private sector
and civil society.

My country is nowadays facing new challenges. Weve undoubtedly changed over the last decade.
For instance, we are now categorized as an Upper MiddleIncome Country (UMIC). However, we
still face many difficulties on tackling poverty and reducing inequality while still being one of the
richest and most bio-diverse regions in the world.

Therefore, enrolling in the MSc of Development Studies at The University of Sussex would give me
the interdisciplinary overview to overcome these new challenges, researching in the Institute of
Development Studies (IDS). And more fundamentally- learning how to collaborate in cross camp
initiatives such as the STEPS Centre or the Centre for Rising Power and Global Development.

The MSc in Development Studies at LSE would further my knowledge regarding the latest
advances in development theory and methodological instruments to link policy implementation and
development. Due to its enriched curricula and academic staff, two from whom I want to learn the
most: professors Teddy Brett (due to his latest works regarding civil societies actions) and Jean
Paul Faguet (due to his recent concepts on Popular Democracy in Latin America and the impact of
these on development).

Finally, the MSc in Global Governance and Diplomacy at Oxford University constitutes a more
integrated political view within the Development Studies faculty, with strong components of
International Relations and Cooperation. This master would let me understand the contemporary
debates on structures of governance and policy issues at all levels as well as train me on
multilateralism, regional integration and diplomacy. With this graduate program I could pursue both
my own goals. The short-term constitute working at a decision-making level position at a top UN
agency (such as UNODA, UNODC or UNDP) or in my countrys government, working towards
much more peaceful societies and joining efforts along with other governments in the Latin
American region for this. the long-term relates to taking part in the creation of an international NGO
driven by solid development principles.