Ajla Keško, a third-year student of the Department of International Relations and European Studies, participated in the annual Assembly Meeting and Business Forum of the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development, held in Sarajevo between May 7 and May 9, as a meeting room attendant.
As a meeting room attendant, Keško and her team conducted work such as preparing halls prior to meetings, making sure the next event could start on time, ushering guests that weren’t familiar with the Parliamentary Assembly building, ensuring the functionality of the equipment, and being technical support in general.
“Although I conducted primarily administrative work that most people would consider mundane or unimportant, I listened to several insightful speeches, met dozens of important people, and had an opportunity to contribute to one of the most important events that happened in Bosnia and Herzegovina,” Keško said.
Some of the events she attended include lectures by Baroness Catherine Ashton, the former High Representative of the European Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy, and John Simpson, a former BBC journalist who reported on some of the most important events in world history.
Keško also participated in a lecture on China’s Belt and Road Initiative. “Since I am researching the Belt and Road Initiative as a part of the Political Geography and Geopolitics course, this greatly benefited me: I learned new things and was able to constructive partake in the discussion due to my previous knowledge,” Keško explained.
Of the many panels, “the most helpful to me personally were those that related to international finances because I don’t consider myself as knowledgeable enough about international finances, especially since I want to continue studying global management, so I benefited from the opportunity to learn about it from people who are doing it,” Keško elaborated.
“What stuck out to me most about the event was the organizers’ ecological consciousness. All of the printed material was made from recycled material or could be recycled,” Keško noted, adding that this is a practice that more individuals and institutions in Bosnia and Herzegovina should adopt.
In addition to fluency in English, the working language of EBRD, Keško also had the advantage of being familiar with the history of the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development and the contemporary workings thereof, all of which are results of studying at the Department of International Relations and European Studies.
We are very proud of our Ajla Keško for having participated in the Assembly Meeting and Business Forum of the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development, a very historic event for Bosnia and Herzegovina and appreciate of her imparting her experiences from that event onto her colleagues.
Keško is one of the best students at the Department, managing to excel academically while partaking in such extracurricular activities of social significance. In addition, the Department is more than happy to accommodate and support such ambitious students like her. We are very proud of our Ajla Keško.