Chalmerists Tomasz Matuszczyk (IT08), Lillian Ong (MSc00) and Patricia Conceicao De Morais (MSc06) received the prestigious Rune Andersson Scholarship worth SEK 500,000 each.
The proud scholarship holders received their awards at a solemn award ceremony in the House of William Chalmers on the 5th of June.
‘The scholarship will give me the chance to realise a lifelong dream,’ Tomasz Matuszcyk said.
The ceremony started with a brief welcoming speech from Marianne Gyllensten, a Chalmers fundraiser, and continued with speeches delivered by Chalmers president & CEO Karin Markides and donator Rune Andersson (V68)
Rune Andersson spoke entertainingly about his long experience as an executive and entrepreneur and informed his public that more people willing to expand their engineering skills by studying economics and management are needed.
‘More people with your analytical background are needed in the world of economics. And within economics we need a basic understanding of engineering. By means of this scholarship my intention has been to support those who want to step forward and build bridges between industry and the economy. It is important to work on this both in-depth and horizontally,’ Rune Andersson said.
”I am convinced you are a good investment”
He recommended the new scholarship holders should look to Asia.
‘It is essential that more of us study in Asia. The Asian countries are now much more useful for the young generation to get to know. But I hope you find an education that you enjoy. I am convinced you are a good investment – for both myself and for Chalmers,’ the experienced entrepreneur and financier said.
The leaders of the future
Chalmers president & CEO Karin Markides, emphasised the importance of the scholarship and thanked the scholarship holders for having the initiative to apply.
‘Not only does the scholarship provide an extra dimension to your careers, it can serve as an inspiration for the students who succeed you. Those elements with which you are now building up your skills will make you the leaders of the future. That is something that Rune Andersson understands,’ Karin Markides said.
She took the opportunity to pass on greetings from Xinhao Xu, who received the Rune Andersson Scholarship in 2009, and who she met recently in Washington.
Then it was time for the year’s main players to step up and receive their diplomas and bouquets and deliver their own short speeches of thanks.
Inspiring example for women
Lillian Ong has a master’s degree in Industrial Engineering from Chalmers. She has maintained contact with the university through the years and is now aiming for an MBA.
‘I feel extremely grateful and very humble over receiving the scholarship. It gives me great pleasure to be back in Göteborg and Chalmers after 13 years,’ Lillian Ong said.
Her thank you speech included some words on the importance of women providing good examples in business life.
‘I hope I shall be able to contribute and provide an inspiring example for women,’ she said.
Wanted to build spaceships
Patricia Conceicao De Morais left Chalmers with a master’s degree in 2006 and is planning to take her MBA in London. Her speech of thanks was relaxed and informal:
‘I had no desire to be an astronaut, I wanted to build the spaceship! Looking back I have not actually sent anyone out into space, but I have contributed to increasing the number of mobile telephones in the world,’ she said, referring to her long experience with telecom giant, Ericsson.
She now intends to broaden her horizons beyond the telecom world and is thinking about starting her own company.
‘I’m happy and pleased that Chalmers is willing to help me some of the way,’ Patricia Conceicao De Morais said.
Tomasz Matuszczyk was already an experienced entrepreneur when he left Chalmers in 2008 as a newly-fledged civil engineer in information technology. He is the man behind the greatly admired online booking service called Tablefinder. These past years he has helped to develop Spain’s answer to Facebook – Tuenti – into one of the country’s largest social meeting places.
‘I chose between Chalmers and the School of business, economics and law when I was 18, and decided to fulfil my passion for building things. The knowledge I obtained at Chalmers enabled me to start my first company,’ said Tomasz in his speech of thanks.
His next step is to study for his MBA in the USA
‘This scholarship will give me the opportunity to realise a lifelong dream. I believe that technology will change the world and eventually wipe out poverty,’ Tomasz Matuszczyk said.
Awarded for the seventh time
This year the Rune Andersson Scholarship was awarded for the seventh time. In total, Andersson has donated twelve million kronor to a scholarship bearing his name at Chalmers. The scholarship has been made accessible for continued studies in economics or law to those holding a degree from Chalmers and with some years’ experience of working life.
Most scholarship winners – an exclusive group of 22 persons – have elected to extend their Chalmers education with an MBA abroad.
Each scholarship is for 500,000 kronor.
Text: Michael Nystås
Photo: Jan-Olof Yxell
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