In August 2013, Erisa Nuku from Albania and Pranjal Ghimire received the first official scholarships from former Queen's Commissioner Karla Peijs and Herman Wijffels (on behalf of the Rabobank).
A message from Pranjal Ghimire
Dear Friends of UCR,
I am currently in my fourth semester and I must say enjoy it very much. I was able to take all of my favorite economics and psychology courses and I have fun studying them. A lot of good things have happened in the past 3 months. I was able to land a job as a business consultant for a non-profit student-run consulting company called De Kleine Consultant. The job is highly professional and the quality of work we do is comparable to the top-consulting firms.
Throughout the semester I was able to discover my field of interest, entrepreneurship. Currently, I have two possible ventures that I am leading. One is a non-profit organization that helps empower people in villages of Nepal with access to electricity by introducing community owned solar panels. The business plan for this is in final stages of development. It is my way of giving back to my country. Another venture is about a unique opportunity I discovered in the online retailing field and currently am trying to capitalize on it with some students from UCR. I am also working for a non-profit organization called ‘Bicycles for Humanity’ and also going to work as an intern for a great company called Rocket Internet in the summer holidays.
None of this would have been possible without your support. Thank you.
A message from Erisa Nuku
Dear Friends of UCR,
I am having a great fourth semester at UCR. Currently, I am taking three law courses and a politics course which I enjoy very much. A lot has happened in these past months but the highlight has been a trip to the European Court of Human Rights in Strasbourg with my General Theories of Law class taught by Dean Oomen. It was a really interesting experience because it is one thing to learn about a specific issue or case in theory and quite another thing to experience it first-hand. We heard a case called Jaloud v Netherlands, and we were able to meet with the lawyers representing both the Dutch government and the applicant. I really learned a lot, and I certainly hope to be able to do an internship at the European Court of Human Rights in the future. Other than that, I am working very hard and trying to make the best out of my time at UCR. Thank you for your continuous support!