Melisa H. Mehmedović and Hata Kujraković, third-year students at the Department of International Relations and European Studies, were recently declared the best students of the Faculty of Economics and Social Sciences for their excellent academic performance and outstanding extracurricular activities throughout all three years of their study.
After a grueling selection process in which a committee of professors from all three faculty and the dean of students ranked students by their curricular and extracurricular merits, they decided to award the honor of being the best student of the Faculty of Economics and Social Sciences to both H. Mehmedović and Kurajković.
They were both highly successful academically, having the same weighed GPA of 9.86, and equally yet differently successful out of the classroom. Both were involved in Burch Diplomacy Club, the premier student club at International Burch University. Kujraković served as vice-president in 2017-18, while H. Mehmedović served as vice-president in 2016-17 and as president in 2018-19.
H. Mehmedović interned at the Directorate for European Integration, where she worked on the completion of the additional questions of the Questionnaire to Bosnia and Herzegovina from the European Commission, while Kujraković interned at FENA, the Federation of Bosnia and Herzegovina’s news agency working on some exciting news coverage in the field of international relations.
In addition, H. Mehmedović was a fellow at Humanity in Action last year, having spent a year learning about project management and then developing a short film about people who returned to Bosnia and Herzegovina after living abroad. She also participated this year in a research project Strengthening Resilience of the Youth to Radicalization in the Western Balkans, the results of which she presented at the GLOBSEC Forum in Bratislava and to representatives of the Slovak Ministry of Foreign Affairs.
She is also the country project manager of Changing the Story, “a four-year international, multi-disciplinary project supporting the building of inclusive civil societies with, and for, young people in 5 post-conflict countries,” including Bosnia and Herzegovina” and “is a collaborative project between universities, INGOs, artists, grassroots civil society organizations and young people across the world.”
Kujraković is currently a fellow at Humanity in Action, developing a short film about the beauties of Bosnia and Herzegovina in sign language with colleagues Tajra Hadžić and Ajla Keško. The film aims to both present major landmarks in the country and highlight sign language as a medium of communication.
She also spent a semester abroad on an Erasmus+ student exchange at Dalarna University in Sweden representing the Department of International Relations and European Studies and acquiring new acquaintances, knowledge, and skills. After her return, was secretary of the Student Parliament of International Burch University.
“The three years I spent at the Department of International Relations and European Studies of International Bruch University were truly invaluable. Not only did I acquire new skills and knowledge but I also met so many amazing people and made friends for a lifetime. It’s been an exciting growing process. I would like to thank my professors for their support and all they taught me, the Committee for recognizing and rewarding all my hard work, and my friends and family for making everything worthwhile. New challenges await,” H. Mehmedović sad.
“This recognition is proof that every effort made eventually pays off. Enrolling at the Department of Relations and European Studies of International Burch University is truly worth it, because we all completed it as rich people – rich in knowledge, rich in experiences, and rich in acquaintances and friendships,” Kujraković concluded.
Both H. Mehmedović and Kujraković were awarded the Silver Plaque for Academic Excellence at the Class of 2019 Graduation Ceremony, where they were also recognized as Best Students of the Faculty of Economics and Social Sciences by the acting rector of International Burch University, assist. prof. dr. Mersid Poturak.
The Department of International Relations and European Studies is very proud to have not one but two of its students recognized and selected as best students of the Faculty, which attests to both the quality of the students who enroll and complete their studies at the Department and the Department itself.
All current and future students can look to H. Mehmedović and Kujraković as role models to emulate. We sincerely congratulate both Melisa H. Mehmedović and Hata Kujraković for their extraordinary success, both academically and extracurricularly, throughout their studies at the Department of International Relations and European Studies.