June 27, 2014

PRESSE Scholarship for MSc Program „Renewable Energy in Central & Eastern Europe“


(f.l.t.r.) Daniela Mathis, Reinhard Haas, Bernhard Zlanabitnig, Karin Mottl, Andrea Würz. (c) Die PRESSE/Clemens Fabry

The scholarship of the daily newspaper DIE PRESSE in the amount of 14,000 EUR for the outstanding MSc program “Renewable Energy in Central & Eastern Europe” was awarded to Bernhard Zlanabitnig on June 11, 2014.

He sticks out of numerous applicants and finally persuaded the jury. The PRESSE expert jury consisted of Daniela Mathis (DIE PRESSE), Reinhard Haas (TU Vienna), Karin Mottl (Energiepark Bruck/Leitha) and Andrea Würz (Continuing Education Center).

With the background of studies in Law at the University of Vienna and a Master in Advanced Studies in Humanitarian Logistics and Management at the Università della Svizzera Italiana he currently is working at the EU Environmental Bureau Austria, the competence center for environmental policy organized in the Austrian Umweltdachverband.

The very first time Bernhard Zlanabitnig came in contact with Renewable Energies was working as a volunteer for capacity building of municipalities and orphanages in Chile and Nepal: „It was at this time when I also got in contact with renewable energies, namely small hydro power plants, wind power and solar energy. It enabled people living in very remote areas to have access to energy. It completely changed their lives: they did not have to cook inside their houses with open fire destroying their health (smog) and the environment (cutting trees without reforestation, domestic fuel). They easily could maintain the small plants or solar panels by in-depth trainings from professional technicians. I wondered if I could become such an expert one day, bringing dignity, independence and joy to people’s lives.“, he says.

The MSc “Renewable Energy in CEE” would enable the 38 years old man to raise his professional skills and technical competencies. It is the ’one piece of the puzzle’ that is missing in order to become an environmental-humanitarian specialist with sufficient technical background. With this program he can help organizations creating an independent, sustainable and fair life for the poorest. Being the winner of the PRESSE Scholarship he gets a step closer to his goal.

The MSc program “Renewable Energy in Central & Eastern Europe” which Bernhard Zlanabitnig will participate in, starts on October 23, 2014 and has a duration of four semesters. The language of instruction is English.

Applications are still possible.
Detailed information you´ll find under http://newenergy.tuwien.ac.at

 

 


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