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Posted: Monday, April 26, 2021. 2:09 pm CST.

By Zoila Palma: Meet Chelsea Mai, a Belizean student who has been awarded an Erasmus Mundus scholarship to obtain her International Masters in Security, Intelligence, and Strategic studies.

Mai told BBN that she was awarded the scholarship in 2020 and the scholarship is fully funded by the European Commission’s Education Audiovisual and Cultural Executive Agency (EACEA).

 “I recently completed my first semester at the University of Glasgow in Scotland and I am currently living in Italy to complete my second semester at the University of Trento. I will then move to Prague in the Czech Republic to complete my third semester before moving into the research period for my dissertation,” Mai said.

Mai also has a Bachelor’s degree in International Relations from the University of the West Indies in Jamaica.

Mai says that she chose to pursue an academic path in security because she believes that it is important for women to become more involved in the security apparatus of Belize, especially at the policy level.

“Conflict and insecurity have a way of disproportionally affecting women that is why I believe it is of paramount importance for women to be given roles to contribute to solutions at both the International and National Security levels,” Mai expressed.

Mai recently published her first academic article entitled ‘The impact of Drone Technology on Intelligence practices: Revolutionary or Evolutionary?

The article was published in an academic journal from the University of Glasgow in Scotland called the Student Security and Strategy Journal.

“My hope is to continue performing well in this program to make my family and country proud. I want to encourage other young Belizeans to apply for the Erasmus Mundus scholarship as it opens up a world of opportunities beyond the geography of Latin America and the Caribbean,” she added.

Mai shared that her research interests include the use of technology in intelligence and modern warfare, China’s international relations, environmental security, and nuclear non-proliferation and disarmament.

“I want to continue honing my professional skills so I can make a meaningful contribution to Belize when I complete my studies,” Mai stated.

BBN joins in extending congratulations and well wishes to Chelsea on her academic achievements.

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