Students travel to Brussels during spring break for Policies and Institutions of the European Union

Over the University of Missouri’s spring break, six Truman School MPA students traveled to Brussels, Belgium as part of the Policies and Institutions of the European Union study abroad course.  The course and trip are designed to provide students with an understanding of how the European Union is structured, how policy decisions are made and implemented, and the important role the EU plays in global economic and international affairs.

The trip was led by Dr. Mary Stegmaier of the Truman School of Public Affairs, and Dr. Willi Meyers of the Department of Agricultural and Applied Economics.

Students met with representatives at the European Parliament, the Council of the European Union, the European Commission, and the Committee of Regions.  The group participated in the day-long Forum for the Future of Agriculture, at which Kofi Annan (former Secretary General of the United Nations and Nobel Peace Prize recipient) gave the keynote address. Annan and other speakers addressed topics of environmental sustainability, the circular economy, and importance of sound agriculture policy and pra
ctices.  The students attended a lecture at the University of Leuven and afterward enjoyed some free time with local graduate students.  On the final day of the trip, the group took a tour of the historic center of Bruges which is designated as a UNESCO World Heritage site.

Students participating in the trip have written blogs about their experiences