Matthew Johnston

Graduation: Dual Bachelor of International & Economic Relations and Business Administration, class of 2015
Career: Program/Grants Assistant for Africa, USAID - Office of U.S. Foreign Disaster Assistance (OFDA)

“I would say that my biggest success has been in living according to the values and principles that I’ve adopted for myself. Everything else falls into place if you live according to your deepest and most sacred values.”

Matt Johnston is a motivated and high-flying individual. He combined his personal values and ambitions with the education he attained at UNYP to get a job that not only allows him to strive toward his personal goals, but also to make the world a better place. Matt currently works at the U.S. Office of Foreign Disaster Assistance, which is the humanitarian aid office for the U.S. Agency for International Development. He is the program assistant for Africa, and is involved with screening, monitoring and managing NGO proposals that are sent to the U.S. Government requesting funding for disaster relief.

Before coming to study at UNYP, Matt studied at a good university in the United States but found the environment rather boring and under-stimulating. Matt wanted to study in Europe but still attain an American-accredited degree, and UNYP was the perfect answer. “UNYP provided a great education, which also helped me to maneuver the accreditation challenges that come with a complicated and globalized world.” As well as UNYP itself, Matt says that the city of Prague has contributed to his learning. “Prague itself offers many cultural, language, and travel opportunities. You can learn so much from just living in a completely new city and interacting with people that have very different but strangely similar backgrounds to yourself.”

Matt believes that extracurricular activities are very important in order to become a well-rounded person. These give you the opportunity to not only develop new skills, but also meet new people that you might never have encountered otherwise. It will therefore come as no surprise to learn that Matt was the founder and president of no fewer than three student clubs during his time at UNYP. He also had a summer internship at Locus Workspace in Prague, and worked as an English teacher and tutor.

Matt thanks UNYP for helping him to see the world through a different perspective. After his US-based education, the diversity of our professors has allowed him to speak with a very different outlook on world events. His UNYP studies taught him to connect the dots between politics, economics, and culture, which has given him a very important understanding of what he is doing now. Matt considers that his critical thinking skills, awareness and cross-cultural communication are some of the most valuable assets that he gained at UNYP. UNYP gave him the tools to find the right answers to the right questions, and the diversity of the faculty, staff and student body helped him to develop insights and awareness that he would not have acquired anywhere else.

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