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One program, many success stories:

Since the start of the program in 1998/99, more than 550 fellows have graduated with a Master of European Studies.

ZEI alumni have entered various career sectors: they work in EU institutions and international organizations, NGOs, national administrations, lobby groups, in the field of science and research and have been successful in the private sector. The range of organizations and companies that recruit ZEI graduates is far reaching. The University of Bonn is the top ranked German University for graduates who go on to high level careers in the European Institutions. Here are just a few of our alumni sucess stories:


Ann Mettler (Class of 1999) 

Metter Director for Europe, Gates Ventures.


 “ ZEI prepared me for my career by giving me the economic, institutional, political and legal underpinnings of the European Union”

Vasko Naumovski (Class of 2004)

Naumovski Associate Professor, 


"The ZEI Master Program was crucial for my professional and academic career, since I was able to apply my knowledge in the government positions, as well as in the teaching and research. Personal relations with my colleagues are still maintained, and although all around the world - we still work for our common goal: Europe whole, free and at peace".

Tristan Suffys (Class of 2003)

SuffysSecretary General at Eurogypsum


"ZEI prepared me for my career by giving me a solid understanding about the EU, processes and specific politics. It gave me a network of friends interested in EU affairs, who are still working in EU circles and helped me when applying for jobs by adding an international dimension to my curriculum."

Christina Wunder (Class of 2013)

WunderCorporate Communications Manager, Google


“ZEI taught me the general functioning and “basics” of the EU as well as how to connect the dots to the big picture. It helped prepare me for my career by introducing me to some key contacts in the institutions; I got my traineeship in the Commission thanks to an Alumna recommending me.”

Karl Shimizu (Class of 2003)

ShimizuInternational Manager at NTT Data


“Everything I learned at ZEI was very helpful for my career, because today I can understand and explain the internal European market in my daily work."

Martin Zimmek (Class of 2004)

ZimmekSenior Director Business Development and Transformation


“There are two very important success factors for an international career: excellent academic skills and international experience. I am convinced and know that ZEI provides both.”

Margaux Laspeyres (Class of 2010)

LaspeyresProgram Manager, Wayne State University

“The content of the program helped me to understand how the institutions work with each other and how decision making processes interact. ZEI helped shaped my career in EU projects.”

Ignatius Oli (Class of 2016)

IgnatiusInternational Program Manager, Alliance for Global Development


“From the coordination team to the tutors, there’s an always ready ambience to listen, guide and assist at every step of the way during your program and afterwards. As a student far away from home, it gave me the unique family support I needed to keep my dream alive."

Matthieu Bertrand (Class of 2007)

Acting Head of Unit, Mandate Operations Unit
European Investment Bank
 “One of the strongest aspects of the program is that the professors teaching the program are people with first-hand knowledge and experience in EU affairs and in the EU institutions.”


Katharina von Schnurbein (Class of 1999)

SchnurbeinEuropean Commission Coordinator on Combatting Antisemitism


"Being part of the first ZEI master class we felt like pioneers. The most precious result is that all of us are still in regular contact. As to the Master degree itself, it appears that the program was the perfect match for my Slavonic studies. "

Genevieve Decker (Class of 2009)

GenevieveDeckerForeign Affairs Specialist, Federal Aviation Administration

Washington D.C.

"ZEI made it possible for me to pursue a career at the World Bank Group. The comprehensive program set in a small-classroom environment gave me a greater understanding of the European Union and it's role in the larger context. I developed very meaningful friendships and valuable contacts as a result of this program that I continue to rely on to this day." 



The success stories of our students underscore the high quality education provided at ZEI. ZEI is proud to be important part of the career paths of excellent young professionals from all over the world. ZEI keeps in contact with its alumni in order to strengthen the network between alumni and current students and  ZEI fellows have the chance to meet alumni during field trips and events held in Bonn.

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