Aston German Graduate Wins Prestigious Scholarship

Dr. Stefan Manz, Head of German and dissertation supervisor, congratulating Jekaterina on a student prize during the graduation ceremony in 2013
Dr. Stefan Manz, Head of German and dissertation supervisor, congratulating Jekaterina on a student prize during the graduation ceremony in 2013

Aston Graduate Jekaterina Grigorjeva awarded Euro 29,500 to do Master of Public Policy in Berlin

We are proud to announce a fantastic student achievement. Jekaterina graduated from our International Business and Modern Languages (German) programme in 2013. She writes about her grant, her aspirations, and the support she received from Aston:

 

Being a convinced European my biggest aspiration has always been to contribute to the development of the common European foreign policy. By winning the Future of Europe Stipend I am now able to hit the envisaged road by undertaking my studies in Master of Public Policy at the Hertie School of Governance in Berlin. I am expecting it to be a very intense, highly demanding degree, which should prepare me for the real world of policy making. Prior to the beginning of my studies in September 2014, I will be working for a member of the German Parliament on an International Parliamentary Scholarship provided by the German government to young people from 28 different countries.

After passing my final year exams at Aston in May 2013, I moved to Germany where I started my job in Mergers & Acquisitions at E.ON SE. After completing an acquisition project of a UK-based energy efficiency company I decided to move to Berlin to undertake a new position, also with E.ON, however in Political Affairs & Corporate Communications, where I am working at the moment.

I would have never been where I am now without the support of Aston University lecturers, who always believed in me. My applications have always been strong thanks to the recommendations and references I received from them. And even now, after I left Aston, I can still rely on valuable advice from my lecturers. I am also absolutely convinced that without the guidance from my dissertation supervisor during the final year of my studies I would have never remained as focused on my objectives as I am now.