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Barroso goes back to school

Former European Commission President José Manuel Barroso will teach graduate courses at the Universidade Católica Portuguesa in Lisbon, and at Princeton, after ten years at the helm of the EU.

Barroso opted for a university career, after his hopes of becoming the next United Nations Secretary General, in 2016, were dashed.

It is unclear if Barroso failed to gather enough international support for the gig, or is taking interim work until an equivalent position in politics opens up.

While the former Commission chief never admitted to seeking a UN mandate, Barroso has told EurActiv he’d consider the option if it were available.

In the meantime, graduate students will have their hands full, with Barroso courses covering such topics as the “Dynamics of European Union Institutions”, “Law in a European and Global Context”, and “International Business Law”.

Prior to leading the European Commission, Barroso served as Portugal’s Prime Minister, and held teaching jobs in the US and Switzerland.

 

Photo courtesy of Baltic Development Forum. Published under a Creative Commons license.

 

 

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