Romanian student Valentin Simion’s time spent whilst studying at London Metropolitan University has proven to be one of the best years of his life so far. He tells us that it gave him an opportunity to enjoy a new cultural experience for one year whilst meeting new people and studying something he was passionate about.
Before coming to London Met, Valentin was working in the NGO sector, dealing with various youth issues such as disengagement from society and unemployment among the youth. Working in this sector, he had the opportunity to win a scholarship to further his education in public management through the Young Professionals Scheme. This was a new initiative designed to contribute to the process of public administration reform by providing training to civil servants. The scholarship was developed on a two-year plan, out of which the second year was to be spent studying abroad. He was provided with a list of European universities where he could complete his second year of study and chose to study for the MA in International Public Administration at London Metropolitan University.
What made you choose London Met?
“I chose London Met because of the location and also because the MA presented an opportunity to study and gain work experience at the same time.”
During his time with us he had the opportunity to meet new people from different countries and made friends from all over the world. Student life was colourful and full of new experiences.
What were the highlights of your time here?
"I definitely feel that my experience at London Met changed my life and helped me to become more aware of what is important for social development and what we as individuals can do for the communities we live in.”
“I have to say that I still miss my student days at London Met and would love to meet my friends again at an alumni event”.
Valentin was very impressed with his course and teachers.
Was there a good balance of theory and practice on the course?
Valentin advocates that the courses were designed to stimulate learning and also allowed you to put theory into practice through the placement module. For this module, Valentin secured an internship with Ealing Borough Council which gave him an invaluable insight into UK public administration and provided him with a case study for his dissertation paper.
“Perhaps the most fundamental thing that my experience at London Met has taught me is that good governance is the key to development at local, regional and national level. I strongly feel that this can be implemented anywhere in the world. It is people that make policies and it is my belief that predictable, open and strategic policies along with professional and accountable civil services should be made 'by the people, for the people'."
What is your current role following graduation?
After graduating from London Met and being inspired to develop and implement good governance, Valentin decided to work in public administration and pursue a career in this sector on a national and even international level.
“After graduation, I returned to Romania where I was placed in work with the central public administration. Currently I work for the Romanian Ministry of Environment and Climate Change – Managing Authority for Sectoral Operational Programme Environment as public manager inside the Directorate of Programming and Evaluation. My tasks relate to project evaluation and activities for the next programming period 2014 – 2020. This puts me in the position to contribute to fulfilling the European Acquis through investments in environmental infrastructure such as water and waste water, waste, biodiversity and flood protection.
“I wholeheartedly encourage future students to study at London Met. Just like me, you will acquire great knowledge, practical experience and unforgettable memories”.
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