Sixteen students from eight countries representing three continents participated in the 13th round of the „MSc Environmental Technology and International Affairs" (ETIA). The postgraduate program is a cooperation initiative between the Diplomatische Akademie Wien-Vienna School of International Studies and the Continuing Education Center of TU Wien. At the beginning of July, the graduation ceremony took place in the Festsaal of the Diplomatic Academy Wien.
Ambassador Emil Brix, Director of the Diplomatic Academy, congratulated all students on managing to finish their studies, despite facing even more challenges than usual in light of the pandemic. “The students originate from different backgrounds, but what unites them is their interest in the best of both worlds”, Brix said. “You have learned to understand political and economic implications. And you have gained professional expertise in environmental technology”, Brix told the graduates. As one of the graduates put it in his address to the audience: “The ETIA program is about more than well-paying jobs. It’s about our planet and a sustainable future".
Bob Martens, Dean of Academic Affairs at the Continuing Education Center at TU Wien, highlighted the cordial cooperation between the two institutions. Among the unique characteristics of the program, he emphasised that studying ETIA is not anonymous; the “international family” is a distinctive feature of the program. Small cohorts, which have enabled the creation of an excellent network, as well as the “female dominance” of this technical program, will hopefully serve as inspiration for future participants and applicants.
In the course of the graduation ceremony the “ARA Best Study Award“, which awards a total prize money of 20,000 euros, was granted for the twelfth time to the students with the best academic performances. ARA - Altstoff Recycling Austria AG – a non-profit company and Austria’s leading recycling expert, is the innovative driving force of resource management, using the revenues from compliance fees to organise and finance the collection and recovery of packaging waste in Austria. Christoph Scharff, CEO of ARA, complimented this year’s ETIA graduates on their stunning achievements. The ARA Best Study Award 2021 prize money was split in equal shares between the four best students of their class, with equally brilliant results: Tiziano Alessandri (Austria/Italy), Sarah Bandera (Austria), Victoria Renee Keogh (USA), and Maria Clara Rasinger (Austria).
The Diplomatische Akademie Wien – Vienna School of International Studies and the Continuing Education Center of TU Wien are delighted to extend their congratulations to the award winners and all the alumni.
More information on the postgraduate program can be found on the ETIA website https://cec.tuwien.ac.at/en/engineering-school/msc-environmental-technology-intl-affairs, opens an external URL in a new window
Late applications for the program start in September 2021 are still possible – further information: https://www.tuwien.at/index.php?id=9214&L=1, opens an external URL in a new window
Mag. Isabelle Starlinger
TU Wien – Continuing Education Center
T: +43 (0)1 58801 – 41716
Nadja Wozonig, BA
Diplomatische Akademie Wien
T: +43 (0)1 505 72 72 - 188