Alumni Testimonials

Anne Stuger

Master of Arts in Diplomacy
, Class of 2012
I was able to apply the diplomacy program many times during my job as a legal officer. One example was when I had to advise the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Suriname whether Suriname should recognize the National Transitional Council of Libya as its legitimate government. My analysis of this question was based on the various theories I learned in the program.
Anne Stuger, Class of 2012
Master of Arts in Diplomacy

Q:  “We’d first like to know more about you.”
A:  “I was born in a family of 5 children, and am a quiet, friendly person who loves to hang out with friends and family. I like reading, swimming and enjoy outdoors activities.

Q:  “What is your current employer, your title and briefly describe your professional life."
A:  “Currently I am a legal officer at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Suriname. As a legal officer I am responsible for evaluating, reviewing and monitoring the ratification procedure of all treaties to which Suriname wishes to become a party and advising the Ministry regarding international legal issues.”

Q:  “What was your motivation for pursuing the Master of Arts in Diplomacy?”
A:   “I hold a degree in International Law. But I realized that I didn’t have enough skills and knowledge to do my work as a legal officer satisfactorily. In order to be an excellent foreign affairs legal officer I needed to know the motives of states to conclude treaties and the political circumstances that led to the creation of certain international legal documents. As a citizen of a small developing country I am aware of the impact of global challenges on such countries. I believed that a degree in diplomacy would provide me with these skills.

Q:  “What makes Norwich unique?”
A:  “What made Norwich unique is not only that it allowed me to achieve my intellectual and personal goals, Norwich teaches you to use the knowledge you have acquired to serve others, the community and the entire nation.”

Q:  “What aspects of the Norwich experience will you carry with you?”
A: “The discipline, meeting tight deadlines, the research skills, the wonderful people I have met because of this program, and the motivation to serve others. 

Q: “Please describe any memorable experiences you have from the program.”
A: “I will never forget one of the group assignments during the third seminar: international law and the international system. It was really challenging because one of the students was traveling, another was in Iraq, I live in Paramaribo and due to the time difference it was not easy to organize a group discussion that was convenient for all group members. Still we managed to submit the assignment on time. This experience taught me to cooperate with others under stressful circumstances.”

Q: “Anything else you would like to tell us about your experiences at Norwich or the impact of Norwich on your life.”
A: “I am thankful for the opportunity to have been a student at such a prestigious University as Norwich. I live in Suriname, a small developing country at the Northeast coast of South America. Developing countries usually lack the resources to do research and have limited access to the results of scientific research. Norwich offers international students the opportunity to do research while continuing to live or work in their own environment.”