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Mircea (Mike) Bostan

2013.12.05_acea-truckofthefuture_w-199.jpgCourse: MA International Political Economy 2009-10
City of residence: Brussels, Belgium
Employer: EURACOAL (the European Association for Coal and Lignite)
Interests: trade, industrial policies, energy
Contact details: mircea_bostan (at) yahoo.co.uk


When were you at Warwick?
I had the opportunity to be at Warwick for a year, between 2009-2010, where I have studied International Political Economy. It was a memorable year for me, having three professors which I still remember with great respect: Ben Clift, Dominic Kelly and Leonard Seabrook.

Do you have any fond memories?
Most of all, Warwick made me a citizen of the world and I will always be grateful for that. I met housemates and colleagues from so many countries, each bringing his own culture and ideas. It was really a meeting of the minds.

Where did you live while you were at Warwick?
I lived for a few months in Coventry, Earlsdon, Kirby 39, then I moved to Heronbank, during the summer.

Were you a member of any societies?
I was member of the Romanian Speaking Society and the Politics Society.

What are you doing now?
I am working in lobbying, in Brussels, for the European coal industry. I previously worked for freight forwarders and for manufacturers' lobbying.

Why did you decide to become an alumni ambassador?
Warwick did a lot for me, it is truly an elite university and I think I can help Warwick as well, as an Ambassador, showing to others how great Warwick is. The idea came up at a discussion with a prospective student asking me about the universities in the United Kingdom.

What kind of people make up the Warwick alumni community in your area?
There are not many Warwick alumni here in Brussels right now, but I want to bring them together. Hopefully, more alumni will come here.

What kind of events do you run? Do you get a good turnout?
Usually, I network a lot, so I go often go meetings and dinners. I organized a dinner with some Warwick at the beginning of 2014.

Have you been back to Warwick recently?
The last time I was to Warwick was at my graduation, with my parents. It was very emotional for me: I entered Warwick as a student and I left it as an employee. One stage of my life was over and another one has begun.

Anything else you care to add?
I always loved the Warwick spirit: the pragmatism, the passion for excellence, the extraordinary ambition of the university and I hope to share it with others and keep the spirit alive.

Contact Mike if you would like to attend or suggest an event in Belgium or want to make contact with the alumni community there.