After hearing about Tanja’s worldly career path, the most unlikely place she could currently be working would be the most familiar of all locations: Basel.
Originally from Basel, Tanja studied History, Communications- and Media Sciences, and European Ethnology at the Universität Basel with a professional focus on Journalism or International Development Cooperation/Humanitarian Aid.
Subsequently, she would participate in election observation for the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE); one of her destinations would be Montenegro where she would observe the Independence Referendum in 2006. Jumping ahead a year, Tanja would land in Nepal on a conflict transformation and peacebuilding mission, observing the first elections after the civil war in 2007-2008.
In all of her service abroad, Tanja believes that coming from the “neutral” country of Switzerland with no political agenda abroad afforded her a warmer reception in the areas she visited than had she had a different nationality, resulting in richer cultural exchanges and deeper insights.
Returning to Basel, Tanja completed a PhD at the Basel University on civil society activists in the field of dealing with the past, and currently heads the Welcome Center & Dual Career Advice at the Universitat Basel in addition to relocation services in the tri-country area.
But Tanja didn’t come to PWG to market her services – instead, she spoke in depth about the myriad benefits the Universität Basel offers the general public – many for free! – that many residents may not know about. Are you familiar with the following services provided by the Universität Basel?
- Advanced Studies
- SeniorenUni (courses for Seniors)
- MOOCS (online courses)
- Free public lectures
- Museums (Anatomical Museum and Pharmacy Museum)
- Cafe Scientifique (for discussions/dialogues)
- University Library (free registration!)
- Botanical Garden
- KidsLab (workshops for kids 6-13 years old)
- KinderUni (introducing kids 8-12 years old to the world of sciences)
PWG thanks Tanja for sharing with us her unique professional experiences in service and aid, and for informing us about the various benefits the Universitat Basel offers the community. We hope you’ve discovered a new way to enjoy Basel! Check out the photos below (thank you Jeanette Babik for the photos!):