Alumni stories

"I’d love to become a diplomat in a conflict zone such as Libanon. When I was there for an internship, I witnessed how many of the issues that the Middle East is dealing with somehow seem to come together in Libanon. I know what it's like to live in between different cultures, since my mom is Moroccan and my dad is from Turkey. To be able to solve many of these issues, it’s important to see beyond different groups of people. That’s where The Netherlands as well as the local population have potentially the most to gain. I believe my strength lies exactly there." Süleyman Tosun (class of 2019) recently got into the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. He started his diplomatic training in April 2021. During the PPE in Person session An Alumni Panel on Responsibility in a PPE Career, he will reflect on what responsibilities come with his career choice.

"Debates are not duels against each other, they are fights for each other. They are the method of creating our common values."

Bence Juhász PPE Alumnus, Class of 2020

"I would like to express my gratitude towards the PPE community for giving me the inspiration that led me to create Tabumentes. Tabumentes is a Budapest-based civic organisation aiming to create and sustain an unpartisan platform for cultured debates among politicians, academics and civilians from differing ideological backgrounds. Our community of volunteers works in order to decrease the polarisation of our society, to help create common grounds between political blocks and to contribute to the freedom of information. As the founder and president of the organisation, I am proud to say that in the Hungarian context, we have organised unprecedented debates between the government, the opposition and civilians, several times with a live audience of 90-100 people and an online reach of around 50.000 people. We believe that if people from opposing ideological backgrounds can sit down and exchange thoughts in a civilised manner, every participant of the discussion, including its audience, stands up a winner. Debates are not duels against each other, they are fights for each other. They are the method of creating our common values."

"As a debate coach, I travel all around the country to teach students as well as teachers in primary and secondary schools. In the future, I’d like to be involved in formulating education policy. I wish that all students in secondary school were taught subjects such as debating and philosophy. I never would have thought of studying PPE if I hadn’t been taught those classes before." Nadine Hoen PPE Alumna, Class of 2019

“I think — without being too communitarian — that when young people like us have the opportunity to attend the PPE programme, it’s so important to use these privileges, to take responsibility for the big social questions we face in society.”

Lena Hoffmann PPE Alumna, Class of 2020

PPE alumna Lena Hoffmann has been selected as the first ever Schwarzman Scholar from VU Amsterdam. Schwarzman Scholars funds a Master’s in Global Affairs at Tsinghua University in Beijing. This prestigious program has been designed to build a community of global leaders and deepen understanding between China and the world. We asked Lena what she hopes to get out of the Schwarzman program. During the PPE in Person session An Alumni Panel on Responsibility in a PPE Career, she will give her opinion on the responsibilities that come with studying PPE and being selected as a Schwarzman Scholar.