Tuesday, July 8, 2014

The MIPP program at SAIS: A chance to gain a better understanding

The Master of International Public Policy (MIPP) is one of the four master's programs offered at SAIS.

Vahid (right) with prof. Ken Keller on graduation day
Vahid Jahangiri has been the deputy director of a non-governmental organization for several years. He also worked at UNHCR managing programs for refugees, displaced persons and street children in Afghanistan; and at the United Nations World Food Program as an Energy Consultant where he provided policy recommendations for projects in Uganda, Sudan, South Sudan and Kenya.

Last May he completed the MIPP program at SAIS Europe.

The program is designed for mid-career professionals with at least seven years of relevant work experience and it is offered both at SAIS Europe and at SAIS DC.

The wide range of courses SAIS offers, allows MIPP students to customize the program around their interests and career goals.

Traditionally, MIPP students in Bologna form a small, but very tight-knit group within the class. They are intrinsic members of the community because they bring their experiences and perspectives to the classroom.

Vahid came to SAIS with a wealth of work experience and a successful career under way. We asked him a couple of questions on his overall exeperience.

Q: Why did you decide to go back to school?
Jahangiri: I needed to take a step back from my work and gain a better understanding of the academic and the intellectual frameworks. SAIS offers a flexible program, has high caliber professors as well as a strong network.

Q: How was your experience as an MIPP student in Bologna?
Jahangiri: Having lived and studied in the U.S., the location in Bologna was a plus for me. It was a great experience to meet so many people from across the globe who shared their life stories, experiences, and aspirations. I learned a lot and was also in a position to contribute to younger students who were super smart and wanted to a make a change in the world.

Q: Would you recommend it to others? If so, why?
Jahangiri: Yes. All of the above.

Amina Abdiuahab

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