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WHERE DO THEY WORK?

The graduates of IE•EI Master’s programme work as Senior officials in European institutions, policy officers within the UN framework, administrators, diplomats, consultants, researchers for think tanks, lobbyists, academic experts.

The graphic shows the distribution of the professional careers of the Institute's graduates of the last eight years.


 Where are they now?    Alumni interview

Dalibor Dvorny, Croatia, Alumnus MAEIS 2003/04
Deputy Head of Prime Minister’s Office / Government of Croatia

Q: From Avenue des Fleurs to Deputy Director for the Prime Minister today. That is quite an impressive journey. How has this been for you?
A: Well, it was literally at the Avenue des Fleurs where it all began. The Master was definitely a critical turning point and all of that intense IEHEI experience had logically directed me towards state administration and EU topics. And in no time there I was – starting as a trainee in the Ministry for European Integration, working with (at that time) only few but very dedicated enthusiasts on Croatia’s accession to the EU.
And finally, embracing some real political responsibility was again a true challenge (and it still is) and the personal invitation from the newly elected Prime Minister was just an offer one does not refuse. Being able to make some genuine changes in my country was the main goal for me from the very beginning, and now this wish has come true.


Q
: Mr Dvorny, Croatia is on the verge of EU accession. With Europe facing a set of serious tests, how are you preparing for some of these challenges?
A: In the last ten or so years, Croatia has undergone a series of structural transformations in many aspects, and many of those changes came as a result of our “European way”. I can never emphasize enough its positive role in the process of democratisation of Croatia, as I have witnessed it myself. Today, Europe as a whole is experiencing some unprecedented challenges, and Croatia as a future member state is ready to take its active role in finding a solution acceptable to everyone. In the meanwhile, Croatia is taking the current economic crisis very seriously and most of the Government’s programme is focused on how to overcome its negative effects on society and economy and then building a sustainable growth on a healthy basis.

Q: Do you feel that your time at the Institute has provided you with the means by which to deal with some of these challenges?
A: It certainly did provide me with countless practical insights, and even more importantly, it had so much impact on my personal perspective and point of view. Seeing the European Union and strong regional and international cooperation as crucial element of solution to those challenges, would probably be the most obvious example.

Q: Could you sum-up your time at the Institut européen in just a few words?
A: It was a truly unique experience for my friends and me! As a standard feature you get interesting lectures and involving lecturers, but the programme gave us a lot more – international and multilingual real life experience and, of course, lifelong friendships.

Q: And finally, what message would you like to send to our current students and recent alumni?
A: As it is just about time for the current generation to take the final exam, it is maybe time to start a new career or make some serious changes in life, my message would be, although it might sound as a cliché, to be open to new ideas and possibilities; you can make a difference if you really wish it.

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