Hazim Al-Eryani, 2012, Yemen

 Why I chose Fletcher: Choosing Fletcher was a simple decision that did not require much thought.  My main priority was to find a program that would allow me to broaden my horizons rather than one that would restrict me to a single subject of concentration. I was searching for a program that would provide me with all the necessary tools and skills which would allow me to return to my country with the confidence to make a difference.  Though international relations is a program found in numerous universities around the world, none of the other universities I considered had Fletcher's unique multi-disciplinary approach to education. The diverse student body, coupled with professors who have more than just an academic understanding of global subjects, convinced me of Fletcher's superiority in creating a 21st century education. Having graduated with a bachelor's degree in international relations, I knew that I wanted an international career, but I was unsure of which field to concentrate (the Middle East, Development Economics, or International Business). Fletcher’s extremely flexible curriculum was the only place where I could tailor my degree to get exactly what I wanted.

How I plan to use my experience at Fletcher to make a difference in the world: Coming from a country that has been devastated by economic, political, and social challenges, I hope to acquire the skills that will enable me to start a career in the field of development.  Yemen has recently become an important player in the international arena due to the presence of Al-Qaeda. However, I believe that it is economic development and not security buildup that will lead to the stability necessary to eradicate Al-Qaeda and other challenges.  Developing countries like Yemen are in need of students who choose to study abroad.  It is for this reason I find it crucial that I find a career, whether from within or from the outside, that is connected to Yemen's development.

Favorite Magazine:
The Economist

Favorite Musician/Band:
Bob Dylan

Most Rewarding Trip:
Diving in the Great Barrier Reef

Global issue that brought you to Fletcher:
Yemen's economic, political, and social challenges

Most pressing world issue:
Climate change

Fields of Study

  • Development Economics
  • International Business Relations

Education before Fletcher

  • BA, International Relations, Boston University

Experience before Fletcher

  • Amnesty International, Refugee case-worker - Sydney, Australia
  • National Democratic Institute, Program assistant to the Parliament Development Program - Sana'a, Yemen
  • Cultural Bridges Forum, Program assistant to the Yemen Democracy Movement - Sana'a, Yemen


  • Arabic
  • English