University of Leeds Students Take a Trip to Brussels
This September a group of students from the University of Leeds, studying Politics and International Relations, came to visit the European Quarter here in Brussels. This trip was made possible by the funding received from the European Parliament Opinion Multiplier grant, allowing 40 students to experience first-hand the work and the structure of the European Parliament, offering a glimpse into possible career paths in politics. As the uncertainty of Brexit continues to haunt Britain, amidst the agreement of another Article 50 extension, it was fascinating for students to be in the Capital of Europe, where the UK’s political future is being debated by several European stakeholders.
As part of their visit, the group met with a senior civil servant working within the European Parliament, who provided them with an opportunity to gain a more in-depth understanding of the various career paths in Brussels. Students were also able to visit the NATO Parliamentary Assembly that included a meeting with Secretary General, David Hobbs. This enabled the students to learn more about the mechanisms of international organisations and discuss some topical defense and security issues facing the world today.