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The TU Wien and DA’s 16th MSc ETIA Programme "Gaia's Dreamers" Graduation Ceremony & Presentation of the ARA Best Study Awards

Ambassador Emil Brix, Director of the Diplomatische Akademie Wien (DA), delivered a warm welcome speech, congratulating the graduates for excelling in a unique curriculum that merges international law, history, economics, and political science with chemistry, physics, and environmental management. Despite most students lacking a background in natural sciences, they achieved remarkable success. Like an ETIA alumnus said, it’s not just about well-paying jobs, it’s about our planet and a sustainable future.

Professor Kurt Matyas from TU Wien lauded the high number of distinctions and the diversity within the cohort, which included 18 students from 10 countries across 3 continents. He noted the consistent female majority in the program and highlighted its pioneering nature, stating, "You carry not only a degree but also a mission."

Professor Holger Hestermeyer, the new Academic Programme Director at the DA, encouraged the graduates to dream big, saying, "Dare to dream, because sometimes those dreams will become reality."

Professor Hans Puxbaum, Academic Programme Director at TU Wien, proudly mentioned that four ETIA students were recognized among TU Wien's "30 under 30" out of its 25,000 students.

In their valedictory address, the representatives of the 16th MSc ETIA cohort expressed their gratitude to both institutions for fostering an enriching, challenging, and inclusive environment. They also thanked their classmates for their mutual support, creating a lifelong network.

The ceremony, enhanced by a performance from the Brass Quartet of the University of Vienna Orchestra, saw the presentation of the "ARA Best Study Award." Martin Prieler, CEO of ARA Altstoff Recycling Austria AG, Austria's leading collection and recycling system for packaging, honored Nikola Mirčetić, Luka Šolić, and Clara Wend for their outstanding achievements as the top graduates of this cohort.

The Diplomatische Akademie Wien – Vienna School of International Studies and the TU Wien Academy for Continuing Education  proudly extend their heartfelt congratulations to the award winners and all graduates.

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Last update: 28 June 2024

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