First Graduates from the Dual Degree MA – Carleton University and the University of Lucerne

Arta Tahiraj

First Dual MA Graduate from Carleton University to the University of Lucerne

I am humbled to be the first Carleton student to graduate from the Dual Master of Arts in Political Science degree in conjunction with the University of Lucerne.

I had a remarkable time while living in Lucerne. From overlooking the Swiss alps from your living room window to the view of purple-pink skies overlooking Lake Lucerne, Switzerland is breathtaking everywhere you look.

Studying at Carleton and the University of Lucerne provided me with a strong cross-cultural understanding of the multi-disciplinary nature of political science. Having the opportunity to immerse myself in the Swiss culture was both a professional and personal growing experience.

I wrote my Masters Research Paper on the geopolitical factors and nuanced motivations behind the Yugoslav Wars in the 1990s, with a focus on the Kosovo War in 1998-99. My parents migrated from Kosovo in 1964 and 1988, respectively, thus offering a personal connection to my research.

Upon my return to Canada, I was able to partake in the co-op program where I received a placement with Global Affairs Canada, where I continue to work on captivating and exciting international files.

I am grateful for the incredible experience of the dual degree program. It is an opportunity that I would encourage any future student to seize.

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Max Kallenbach

First Dual MA Graduate from University of Lucerne to Carleton

In January 2019, I arrived in Ottawa at -15 degrees, packed with many expectations, hopes and two large suitcases. I was the first student from Switzerland to complete the new Double MA Degree at the University of Lucerne and Carleton University. Two years later, I am feeling blessed and grateful. I have had a great time at Carleton, was active in various clubs and societies, made some great new friends, and visited many of Ontario’s beautiful spots.

I was excited and sad to leave Carleton and officially start the next chapter of my life, but I am forever grateful to the Carleton community for welcoming me with open arms and preparing me for life! The parts I will miss the most are definitely going to classes with my friends, being part of Carleton’s clubs and hanging out on its beautiful campus.

I am now working as an Associate at the Embassy of Switzerland in Canada, specializing in Diplomatic Affairs, Human Rights, and Economic relations. It feels great good to be back in Diplomacy, and I cant wait to see where life takes me next.

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