Having grown up in an unequal society like Colombia, I decided to pursue Mundus MAPP with the aim of contributing to solve certain issues of my country. The program has given me the opportunity to interact with people from many backgrounds, and to learn to approach social reality from different theoretical perspectives. Due to the nature of the master, which combines theory and practice, I have developed my ability to think critically and to situate problems in complex scenarios.
After almost 8 years of rewarding work on social policy and development in my home country I felt it was time to go back to study and get additional tools to be able to design and implement strategies that would contribute to improve the standard of living of vulnerable populations in a context where poverty, violence and inequality were a big part of the equation.
I was a public official and a researcher when I decided to pursue a Masters degree. I wanted to improve my capacity to understand and intervene in society. MUNDUS MAPP stroke me as the perfect combination between training in academic methods and exposure to theories and ideas from other latitudes.
Juan Carlos says:
The most valuable things Mundus MAPP offered me was the chance to be a world citizen, to make wonderful friends from every corner of the planet from whom I learned a lot, and to be exposed to an academic atmosphere that shaped my critical thinking.
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