We met with Alina Noeth, from Germany. Alina is a PG Arabic alumni studying for MSc International Relations of the Middle East with Arabic at the University of Edinburgh. In an interview with Alina, we asked her the following questions:

Tell us about yourself

My name is Alina Noeth and I am originally from a small town in Northern Bavaria, Germany. In 2016, I finished an undergraduate degree in “International Politics and History” at Jacobs University Bremen, Germany. Afterwards, I completed a journalism traineeship at the German media company “Axel Springer” where I focused on video journalism at the news TV channel “WELT”.

What made you decide to study the Arabic language and culture?  What & who inspired you?  What were your motivations?

At work, I was confronted with news from the Middle East on a daily basis. Not a single day went by where I did not wish to understand the Arab-Israeli conflict better. Where I did not wonder about the historical context and the political forces at work in the Middle East. Where I did not depend on Google Translate to check Arabic sources. Every time something like that happened, I wanted to able to speak Arabic and know more about the Middle East. I wanted to be able to report on that region in an objective manner and communicate with Arabs in their native language. Therefore, I decided to study “International Relations of the Middle East with Arabic”. I aim to acquire a proficient reading, speaking and writing competence in Arabic and learn about the historical, cultural and political developments in the Middle East.


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