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Saša Kragulj

Saša Kragulj
Name
Saa Kragulj
From
Bosnia-Herzogovnia
Degree
IEP
Graduated
2004
Doing Now
Diplomat

MSc IEP 2003-04

I am Saša Kragulj from Bosnia and Herzegovina. I participated in the MSc Programme in International and European Politics at Edinburgh University in 2003-2004. After finishing secondary education in my home country, I had an opportunity to undertake undergraduate studies at La Roche College in Pittsburgh, USA. After these studies, I returned to BH and started working for the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in 2000.

Why did you decide to do the IEP degree?

I had been working for the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Bosnia and Herzegovina for several years when I realized that the only way to progress and become better at what I did was to deepen my understanding and knowledge about European and international politics. Of particular interest for me was to learn more about the functioning and organization of international institutions, contemporary legal, political and policy processes. I started looking for the best schools and scholarships. Thanks to very generous assistance from the British Council's Chevening scholarship, I was able to enter the IEP programme at the University of Edinburgh.

What were your best memories?

Studying, going to lectures and attending classes was a huge change from my everyday nine to five routine. I remember the most enjoying the opportunity to learn, research, and discuss concepts and ideas. I remember being nervous prior to essay deadlines! However, the immense intellectual satisfaction that I gained during my time in Edinburgh is exactly why I am now planning to take another career break, seven years on, to continue learning and enter into a PhD degree programme. I met many incredibly intelligent and talented people from all over the world. I made friends for life and, most importantly, gained more intellectual and practical skills necessary for my line of work.

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

I am currently working as first secretary in the Embassy of Bosnia and Herzegovina in Sofia, Republic of Bulgaria. Prior to this post, I worked as a representative of BH in a regional intergovernmental organization whose main task was to coordinate cooperation in the area of migration management (both legal and illegal migration). The skills and knowledge gained during the MSc IEP degree helped me work efficiently and contribute significantly more to the work of a multilateral international organization. In addition, participating in the IEP programme sharpened my research skills and my abilities to collect and quickly synthesise information. I also gained understanding of theoretical concepts and key contemporary debates in the study of international politics. This increased my ability to understand and analyse specific developments within international politics and international relations.

How did you like Edinburgh as a city?

During my stay in Edinburgh I discovered that Scottish mentality is very similar to the mentality of people where I grew up. I felt right at home. I enjoyed every minute of living in Edinburgh, a city rich in folklore and culture, beautiful and full of interesting historic sites. I highly recommend living and studying in Edinburgh.