Eduardo Toscani - ChileanAssociate Evaluation Officer - IAEA - International Atomic Energy Agency MPA 2017
"SDA Bocconi's MPA offered me a platform to pivot my professional development towards the international arena. Through the continued support from distinguished faculty and numerous opportunities to network and establish lifelong relationships with peers and friends, I was able to achieve my professional goal of working in international development."
Philippine d’Alverny - FrenchJunior Consultant, WFP - World Food Programme - Geneva, Switzerland MPA 2017
"The strength of the MPA lies in that it gives you a well-rounded overview of Public Affairs that is essential for a career in the United Nations. Knowing key management concepts together with having specialized knowledge about international organizations has made a real difference for those coming from a purely managerial or International Affairs background. As I develop in my job at the World Food Programme, I keep encountering and working on the different concepts that I studied throughout the MPA."
Jay Arzu - AmericanTransportation and Equity Research Fellow at the Congressional Black Caucus Foundation MPA 2017
"I would describe my experience as being a U.S Fulbright Grantee at SDA Bocconi as one of diversity: a diversity of opinions, a diversity of nationalities and a diversity of beliefs. As an Afro-Latino from New York City I grew up in a melting pot, sadly I had never been in an academic setting that was as diverse as the great city that I lived in. I wanted to attend the MPA program at SDA Bocconi because having a diverse class is a key component of understanding both domestic and international subjects."
Jansulu Abdikyerim - MongolianSenior Executive, Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy, NUS MPA 2017
I chose to study at SDA Bocconi specifically in order to get a different perspectives and widen my horizons as I born and raised in North Asia, living in South-East Asia and closely working in Central Asia. So true enough, it was one of my most amazing experiences I have had as I participated in classes from both academics and practitioners. Furthermore, we had an opportunity to visit international organizations, which gave me a great tool later to work as an intern at the International Training Center of International Labor Organization (ITCILO).
Ana Lucia Canales Herrerias - MexicanCo-Founder & Chief Executive Officer (CAPOLAVORO SRL) - Milan, Italy MPA 2017
In my experience, SDA Bocconi was the best platform to develop and improve my skills, giving me the right exposure to accomplished and international profiles - referring not only to professors but also to my colleagues. The international environment, along with the dynamism of the program's structure, not only motivates students to be competitive but also provided us with unique experiences that can only be learned in a full time, intense, and challenging program such as this. It gave me the skill set necessary to succeed while working in international teams, and a strong network of contacts that I call on daily to help continue growing the company I started with one of my MPA colleagues.
Alina Urbanic - AmericanPortfolio Analyst at the United Nations Office for Project Services (UNOPS) - Geneva, Switzerland MPA 2017
SDA Bocconi leverages on Milan's ideal location in the heart of Europe, offering academic rigor as well as proximity to experts in finance, innovation, and management. This allows students to evaluate what they gain from the classroom against live examples, giving them the tools to succeed and the platform to kickstart a career in the public, private or nonprofit sectors.
Javier Alonso Gutierrez Orozco - Colombian/BelgianMPA 2018
Can you describe your SDA Bocconi MPA experience and the importance of taking an International Master in Milano, Italy and at SDA Bocconi School of Management?
Attending the MPA at SDA Bocconi was an incredible experience. Not only owing to its reputation, quality of professors and the stimulating academic environment, but also to the interaction with other master programs, working on joint projects and events together, clubs and in-house university events and activities. Besides this, Milano is a thriving city that never sleeps and it is constantly displaying a wonderful cultural scene and the beauty of the Italian lifestyle. The expositions, galleries, aperitivos and international events, all of these qualities made living in Milano a unique experience and a wonderful complement to what the master offered.
Amaya Amigo - AmericanMPA 2018
Fulbright Scholarship Recipient
I am thrilled to be awarded the Fulbright scholarship to attend the Masters of Public Administration at SDA Bocconi this year. As a daughter of educators, I am a firm believer that education empowers us to develop personally and become more politically active. Throughout my studies, I have always been active on a community level and found ways to make contributions of change. I am eager to take advantage of the excellent opportunities that Bocconi provides and continue to grow upon my skills and ultimately find the right career path.
Alberto Ferrari - ItalianMPA 2018
My MPA at SDA has been a unique experience so far, characterized both by what I have learned from teachers and colleagues and by personal relationships. This experience will definitely help me out to succeed in my next career steps. What I appreciate most about the MPA learning model is the hands-on learning experience that allows student to go into real and practical cases, and the possibility to combine what taken away from classes with a bit of creativity. I would recommend the MPA at SDA Bocconi to anyone who wants to build their career in the public sector for many reasons: its learning method, the fast paced assignments that make you ready for challenging jobs and the professional network you will be consolidating
Jiachen Li and Renshang Gao - ChineseMPA 2018
We are Li Jiachen and Gao Renshang from China. We both had experience working in the private and public sectors prior to the MPA. While working for the World Wildlife Fund (WWF), we learned about the importance of gaining professional skills in public management and wanted to understand the differences between Chinese and European public administration. Since Italy is the cradle of European culture and SDA Bocconi is a top management school in Italy, we specifically chose the MPA program. For us, Milan is an attractive location as it is the economic and financial heart of Italy, and the center of fashion, design, finance and media. It is also a leader in modern and innovative public administration. Principles of social justice and the open-minded culture provide tremendous opportunities for young people like us from different countries. A great scientist from China, Mr. Chen Yinke, said that the most important thing in life is the independent spirit and the freedom of thought. We both believe that SDA Bocconi is the place that offers us up to date knowledge, innovative managerial skills and a creative way of thinking.
我们是来自中国的李佳宸和高仁尚，都曾在私人部门和公共部门有相关从业经验。在世界自然基金会的工作期间，我们意识到在公共管理领域中专业技能的重要性,发现了中国与欧洲在公共管理方面的差异。意大利是欧洲文化的发源地，SDA Bocconi更是世界顶级的商学院，所以我们选择了这个MPA项目。米兰非常吸引我们，它不仅是意大利的经济和金融中心，在时尚、设计、金融和媒体等领域建树颇丰，也是公共管理领域的领导者。公平正义的社会原则和开放的胸怀都为公共事业的发展提供土壤。中国有一位伟大的科学家叫陈寅恪，他认为最重要的是要有独立之精神，自由之思想。我认为SDA Bocconi就是这样一个既能教授知识和技能又能提供思维方式的地方。
Eduardo Toscani - ChileanMPA 2017
Both as a professional with experience in the design, evaluation and implementation of public policy and a founding partner of a consulting firm, I reached out to SDA Bocconi’s Master of Public Administration (MPA) for an updated and innovative perspective on the state of public management and policy analysis. SDA Bocconi’s reputation as a leading institution of management studies combined with its privileged access to world-class faculty and thought leaders offered an excellent opportunity to hone down the necessary skills and establish crucial connections to enhance my career. Also, SDA Bocconi’s international appeal makes it possible to undertake this formative experience amidst a multicultural group of peers that ensure that the learning process does not stop after class ends. I expect to obtain from the SDA Bocconi MPA the rigorous training, access to resources and inspiration to promote my development into a global leader in the field of public policy.
Flavia Bozzolla - BrazilianMPA 2017
I have chosen the MPA program at SDA Bocconi School of Management because I am half Italian and I have always known the reputation of SDA Bocconi. While considering the Master programs, I knew the MPA would be an international experience and I am pleased that the MPA class is very international and the quality is guaranteed as the university is highly ranked internationally. I am confident with my choice.
My expectation from the MPA is to be able to transition my career from private to the public sector. I have always worked in the private sector and now my end goal is to join the public sector as a professional manager. I expect the courses to be very engaging and participative. I am happy to share my experiences with classmates and as a result I will be a highly skilled professional ready to join the public sector. My first impression could not be any better after seeing the organization of the courses as we started last week with the Orientation. Even though it was intense, it was very fruitful, because of the quality of the Faculty. All the Professors engaged are really great academics.
Assel Yeskendirova - KazakhMPA 2017
Studying abroad is an important decision for everyone and choosing the right university is equally important. SDA Bocconi is among the top universities in the world and studying in such a beautiful country like Italy is a great experience. As a public servant currently studying at the Academy of Public Administration under the President of Republic of Kazakhstan, my goal is to gain international experience and managerial skills and knowledge with international standards and the MPA provides me with required knowledge and experience. I hope to achieve my goals while indulging what Italy offers and gain a professional network and new friendships for a lifetime.
Philippine d’Alverny - FrenchMPA 2017
After a first experience at the European Commission and internships in French Consulates, I wanted to strengthen my practical knowledge of public institutions. I chose the SDA Bocconi MPA for its dynamic approach to public management, which balances practical experience, theory and technical tools. I was particularly attracted to the concentrations in Management of International Organizations and Business-Government Relations, as they will give me real-life skills and knowledge directly relevant to my career objectives. The small size and diversity of the class are, in my view, two major assets of the MPA: they allow significant space for student interaction, creating a friendly atmosphere that makes it easier to get involved in class. We gain a lot in terms of soft skills, especially working with colleagues of different ages and nationalities, speaking in public and interacting with professionals. Through this MPA, I seek to achieve higher positions in public affairs. I aim to widen my panel of career options through the SDA Bocconi network and boost my own network beyond the European level.
Jay Arzu - AmericanMPA 2017
My name is Jay and I am a US Fulbright Grantee. From the perspective of a US student coming to SDA Bocconi as an MPA student, I am ecstatic. In the US, a lot of schools state they are diverse, that they have different perspectives but I have never seen such diversity like here. I am in a class where we have international presence of most continents in the world covered. I have pride in knowing that my perspectives and ideals are going to be challenged, which is one of the reasons I came to Europe. I could have done an MPA program in the US but I wanted to gain international exposure.
Daeeun Kwon - South KoreanDual Degree Candidate from KDI School of Public Policy and Management (KDI School) MPA 2017
My name is Daeeun Kwon and I am a local public sector officer at the Busan Metropolitan Government in South Korea. I am participating in the MPA program as a dual degree student of SDA Bocconi School of Management and KDI School. The reason I chose to join the MPA at SDA Bocconi as a government scholar is that the Korean Government can obtain diverse knowledge from Europe in public management as European experiences are different than the Korean. Also, the Korean Government can learn new approaches to resolve public sector challenges and I believe the cooperation between Korea and European countries will strengthen thanks to this MPA program.
Sanjeev Sekhar - IndianMPA 2017
Buongiorno and Namasde!
Coming from India as a person who has been running my own business and an NGO at the same time, the experiences showed me that we need effective systems to deliver policies and public services with excellence. For this, the public administration aspect needs to be improved and hence I decided to gain the necessary skills in public administration through the MPA.