Alumni Hall of Fame Scholarships

More than 100 DLG and MAIS alumni as well as former participants in the DA’s Executive Programmes have been inducted into the Alumni Hall of Fame since 2010. The DA initiated the project to honour the DA’s most distinguished alumni and to show students what they, too, can achieve with excellent education and hard work. In 2019-20, for the seventh time our Hall-of-Famers supported two financially disadvantaged students via the Alumni Hall of Fame Scholarship.

This scholarship, funded by donations from members of DA's Alumni Hall of Fame, is available for second-year students.

Alumni Hall of Fame Scholarships 2019-20

© DA/Peter LechnerWhat brought you to the DA and why have you chosen ETIA? 

Observing and analyzing the global political landscape, I became mortified by the fact that the vast majority of global leaders were ill-equipped and did not possess the basic knowledge to efficiently address some of the most pressing issues of this century – the environmental ones. Thinking ecologically does not mean thinking like a biologist, chemist, economist or an engineer – environmental science is an integrated science. It is very complex and ETIA programme is the solution. 

 

What impact did the Alumni Hall of Fame Scholarship have on your “second” academic year? 

It brought me a sense of security during the stressful months filled with exacting seminars and exams. I could focus solely on studying and advancing academically and did not have to worry about paying the bills for a couple of months. Additionally, it contributed to my decision to adopt a cat, which is something that has brought me a lot of joy.  

 

What was your personal highlight of your time at the DA? 

Personally, my most cherished memories of the DA will be those of late nights in the reading room during the exam weeks, ordering fast food and being exhausted together. What is special about the DA is this shared feeling of hunger for knowledge and everyone really wanting to be there, late in the night, learning and becoming better people. On a more professional note, extraordinary career services and the rich and engaged alumni network is also something that sets the DA apart from most other Universities. 

 

How do you think you can contribute to changing the world after finishing your studies? 

The DA and particularly the ETIA programme have given me the gift of knowledge – a kind of knowledge I did not have before I started here. I have learned so much in such a short amount of time and I believe that sharing this knowledge with others, both in my personal and professional life, is how we all can do our part in changing the world for the better. Making better decisions than the leaders before us is a responsibility we all share, and I know no better place than the DA to enable young people to do so. 

 

If you could have one superpower, what would it be? 

I would like to have the ability to control time – to stop it, stretch it, bend it, rewind or fast forward it. Who wouldn’t like to be able to turn back time and prevent things from happening, or do things differently, be at two places at the same time? The possibilities are infinite. 

 

Who are the people you would like to meet and work with in the future? 

I do not have particular people in mind, but I do know that I thrive in international environments with equal opportunities. I would like to meet and work with people who are constantly learning and improving themselves and who do not seek to compete, but to cooperate instead. 

 

How and in which form would you want to be involved with DA’s alumni network? These past two years at the DA have been so intense that I find it hard to imagine my life without somehow being involved with the Academy. I do not know where my career will take me, but I hope to be able to participate actively in a variety of Club DA’s events, gatherings and other activities. One day, when I am more advanced in my career and I feel like I have ripe knowledge to share, I would like to sign up as a mentor as well.

 

Anja Vujaković, a 26-year old Bosnian student, who majored in communication and social linguistics at the University of Vienna, answered our questionnaire. She is enrolled in the DA's 12th ETIA programme.

© DA/Peter LechnerWhat brought you to the DA and why have you chosen ETIA?

I decided to apply for the ETIA programme, as I was looking for an education focusing on the topic of sustainable development. The combination of its various dimensions, the political, the economical, the social and the environmental, embodies the foundation of what I wanted to include into my expertise. Furthermore, the dual education of politics and diplomacy as well as technlogical understanding allows me to work competently within this field.

 

What impact did the Alumni Hall of Fame Scholarship have on your “second” academic year?

The HoF Scholarship strongly supported me within a personal process of transformation. Through not worrying about my income and bills I have to pay, I certainly could put all my focus on my studies and my future career. Now, in the moment of almost being finished with my programme I feel much more confindent in succesfully graduating. 

 

What was your personal highlight of your time at the DA?

There are a few things I have to mention. First of all, interacting with my colleagues and building long lasting relationships can be seen as the centre of studying at the DA. Secondly, I see the academic input I received as very valuable for my life. Furthermore, I have to mention that the experience of working under constant pressure during this intense study, helped me to build up a strong skill set in dealing with all sorts of tasks at the same time and dealing with them in a much more constructive way. 

 

How do you think you can contribute to changing the world after finishing your studies?

Changing the world does not only start with the wishes and thoughts of doing something, but with the first steps of actually contributing. The knowledge I have gained throughout these two years taught me various different ways how to approach problems and how to come up with effective solutions. Especially, the critical thinking about challenges serves me as an valuable tool how to do things differently. Wherever I will put time of my life into, it will be enriched by the knowledge and experience I gained during my studies.  

 

If you could have one superpower, what would it be?

One superpower I would love to have is to be able to enhance and amplify the best potential and good of people in general. That we all contribute to this world in the best way possible and reduce suffering to a minimum. 

 

Who are the people you would like to meet and work with in the future?

I see so many great people out there. Active, inspiring, strong and dynamic people. People who can adapt to various situations and develop great solutions and positive change. Even if it sometimes does not seem to be the biggest change, people should stay confindent about their little impact. Even the smallest change can start a chain reaction of positive events. These are the people I want to meet and work with. 

 

How and in which form would you want to be involved with DA’s alumni network?

I see the DA alumni network as a very good possibility of connecting, supporting and exchanging between previous students. I am happy to actively take part within the network to support each other and enhance the individual and collective potential of everybody. 

 


Konstantin Oedl, a 27-year old Austrian student, who holds a BA in Political Science from the University of Vienna, answered our questionnaire. He is enrolled in the DA's 12th ETIA programme.