A meeting, not of the German playwright and Ukrainian poet, but rather of the leaderships from two universities proud of their Enlightenment pedigrees. James Brown, Director of the Paris Campus of SIU met with the leadership of the Taras Shevchenko National University of Kyiv’s Institute of International Relations October 13th. Dr. Brown had a chance to meet with the Head of the Department of International Relations and Foreign Policy, Professor Volodymyr Manzhola, Vice-Rector of International Relations, Professor Bekh and Sergiy Galaka, Professor of International Relations and International Security.
The Institute of International Relations is the pre-eminent institution specialized in foreign affairs in Ukraine and has a long history of producing leaders and diplomats, from the Soviet period to today. Based as it is on four European campuses, Schiller International University brings an interesting perspective to international relations that complements that of its Ukrainian counterparts. Dr. Brown also had the opportunity to meet with top managers of Bechtel Corporation, the American multinational engineering firm piloting the International Chernobyl Consortium. Bechtel is capping off twenty years of its commitment to the New Safe Confinement project which will cover the Chernobyl reactor under a special enclosure. Schiller is proud of its ties to Ukraine and the numerous alumni based in Kyiv and elsewhere. We look forward to furthering our engagement and exchanges with our Ukrainian partners!
Convocation was a special event allowing students, faculty and all the members of the Schiller Paris community to **meet and catch up with each other**. We were honored to have as our key note speaker Javed Hamid, member of the Board of Directors and Executive Committee of Schiller International University, a former Director of the World Bank’s International Finance Corporation (Asia/Pacific) with accomplishments spanning a 30-year career in international development finance and education. Mr.Hamid underlined the **uniqueness of Schiller Paris** as a destination for undergraduate and graduate studies. Students develop critical thinking skills, know-how key for future international careers and strong inter-cultural skills especially thanks to the sheer diversity of the student body. We are looking forward to **other upcoming events** that strengthen the ties of this community of students and scholars that is Schiller Paris. — James Brown, PhD Director, Paris Campus [Full Photogallery of the event](http://paris.schiller.edu/events/convocation-2016/)
Students at SIU Paris will be participating in Fall Convocation 2016 Friday, September 30th at the American Cathedral in Paris.
This is the occasion to mark the beginning of the Fall 2016 Term, and guest speakers will include Javed Hamid, Member of the Board of Trustees of Schiller International University and former Director of the East Asia and Pacific Region branch of the World Bank’s International Finance Corporation (IFC).
Mr. Javed Hamid has been involved in some of the most important investment strategies in that institution’s history: furthering China’s transition to a market economy, leading the financial structuring strategy in the wake of the 1997 Asian financial crisis, opening up the IFC’s first Asian offices, and spearheading the IFC’s first-ever investments in education, to name but a few key moments.
From September 29th to October 1st Schiller International University – Paris Campus will attend the “[Forum des Bac+2 & Bac+3](http://etudiant.ma/foraction/)” student fair in Casablanca. Come meet our representatives and discuss with them your plans for your future and international education!
Elise Montchanin graduated from Schiller Paris with a Bachelor of Arts in International Relations and Diplomacy
SIU: Could you tell us a little bit about your current position?
EM: I am currently the Regional Security Adviser for IDLO, the International Development Law Organization (headquartered in Rome). I am in charge of the various countries in Africa where IDLO operates, mainly Somalia, Kenya, South Sudan, Mali with Tanzania and Liberia coming up soon. I have been working for IDLO since April 2014 ensuring the safety and security of staff implementing IDLO’s programs.
SIU: What have been some of your professional accomplishments since you graduated from Schiller International University?
EM: After Schiller I joined the French army, specifically the Gendarmerie, which had always been a dream. I spent 18 years in the army, I did missions for the Department of Peacekeeping Operation (DPKO) for 6 years and was deployed in Kosovo, Haiti and Chad. I also worked 3 years for the World Food Program (WFP) as a security officer training all WFP staff in Africa.
SIU: How did the Bachelor of Arts in International Relations and Diplomacy at SIU prepare you for your career?
EM: After I graduated from Schiller I joined the French army, as mentioned, staying more than 18 years. I was quiet an atypical member of the army since I was the only one in my units to have a university degree. Having this educational background enabled me to be selected as one of the first female Gendarmes to be deployed overseas for DPKO and work for the United Nations for about 9 years in various countries. A Bachelor of Arts degree, with work experience, or a Master’s degree is now considered one of the main requirements in order to apply for international security jobs. My BA in International Relations and Diplomacy and my English proficiency have always been assets both when I was in the army and in the world of international development: it has helped me succeed at the international level.