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Albert Buyé

Albert Buyé
Name
Albert Buy
From
Barcelona, Spain
Degree
IEP
Graduated
2011
Doing Now
Paid Internship, Brussels

My name is Albert Buyé. I am from Barcelona where I studied Political Science. After graduating in 2010 and some volunteering experience in Calcutta, India, I decided to continue my studies in the field which, as an undergraduate, had become my main academic interests: international relations and the European Union.

Why did you decided to do the IEP degree?

Being mainly focused in international relations, I also wanted to acquire a thorough knowledge of how the EU institutions work. I felt that the University of Edinburgh, with the Europa Institute being one of the leading specialised centre of advanced studies on the EU, was the best choice.

The fact that the University of Edinburgh is also one of the leading institutions both in the UK and Europe was also a decisive fact in my decision to come to Scotland.

Moreover I was also attracted by the wide range of courses offered by the Graduate School of Social and Political Science. In my case I was especially interested in International Security and being able to focus on different regions such as Africa, the Middle East and America.

What where your best memories?

My best memories of the year I spent in Edinburgh are linked to the large number of friends from all over the world I made there. I also enjoyed playing football both in the intra-mural league and in the Meadows, twice a week for many hours and meeting friends at the incredible pubs Edinburgh has to offer. Another high point was the trip to Brussels, visiting the EU institutions in the morning and hanging out with our classmates the rest of the day.

What is it that you do now and did the degree help in your career path?

I am now working as an intern in the Delegation of the Catalan Goverment to the European Union. The theoretical knowledge acquired in the IPEU course was essential for me to get this scholarship. As for my future, even though I would like to gain more professional experience in order to work for an international organisation in the long-term. Nonetheless, the fact that I found the program very intellectually challenging as well as rewarding makes me think about doing another masters in Latin American studies, as Brazilian Foreign Policy was the subject of my dissertation.

How did you like Edinburgh as a city?

Living in one of the most beautiful cities in the world with such an international atmosphere where everything is within a short walking distance provides one with an excellent quality of life. After a very cold winter, it was rewarding to have a warm spring with never-ending sunlight, in my opinion the best time to enjoy the city.

The views from the North-South Bridge and from the Arthur's Seat are stunning. Once you have finished your dissertation it is a must to stay and enjoy the Festival, when the city becomes a huge party.