“My name is Mayra Ramirez, and I studied the Master’s in International Relations (MIR) at the Geneva School of Diplomacy (GSD) during the 2020-2021 academic year. Originally from Peru, I have a background in Management and Finance, and worked in the Impact Investing sector for about 8 years, until 2020. My professional work and substantial volunteering experience in Peru developed in me a keen interest in pursuing a career in the international sector, particularly working in organizations providing worldwide support in health and education to underserved communities. This encouraged me to study the MIR program at GSD.
Studying at GSD was a great decision, not only because of its unique location in Geneva but also its emphasis on equipping students with practical skills. The theoretical classes were followed by challenging and relevant cases, which were analyzed and discussed. What I fondly remember about GSD is the supportive community of professors and classmates, who provided a stimulating and engaging learning environment. The friendships and connections I made at GSD will stay with me for years to come.
During my time at GSD, I had the opportunity to do two very interesting internships at the Permanent Mission of the Republic of Maldives to the United Nations (UN), and at the Joint Inspection Unit of the UN. The education I received at GSD prepared me well for these experiences, as to apply my theoretical knowledge to practical situations. What I liked most about my internships was the chance to be involved in making meaningful contributions to policy discussions.”