Training Officer, Crisis Management Centre Finland
The variety of backgrounds of international students within the Master's Degree Programme provides an excellent learning environment.
Name: Kuisma Kinnunen
Why I chose this programme: Before entering the Master’s Degree Programme in International Human Rights Law I had military crisis management experience from Kosovo and Afghanistan as well as studies in international relations and international law. My aim was to work in the field of civilian crisis management and peace building, where one of the most important cross-cutting themes is human rights. Thus it was essential to get firm understanding of international human rights law and the Institute for Human Rights at Åbo Akademi University has established itself as one of the leading institutes in the field.
The studies: The variety of backgrounds of international students within the Master’s Programme provides an excellent learning environment. I was working quite a lot while studying so the flexibility of the programme was important. Students could tailor their curriculum based on their own interests from a broad range of high-quality courses covering different aspects of international law. Moreover, it was possible to study from distance when needed.
Additional comments: Currently, I work as a Training Officer in the Crisis Management Centre Finland (CMC Finland), a governmental institution and a centre of expertise in civilian crisis management and civil protection. The main tasks of CMC Finland are to train and recruit experts for international civilian crisis management missions, conduct research in the field and act as a national head office for all seconded Finnish civilian crisis management experts. One of the cross-cutting themes is indeed human rights and Åbo Akademi University gave me excellent tools to work in this field.