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EIB Summer School: Opening new opportunities for our students

03.07.2020Comments are closed.

Nejc Jarm, student of the Marketing programme, alumni of the EIB summer school

At SEB LU, we strive to open new opportunities. Our students were offered a unique opportunity to participate in the European Investment Bank (EIB) summer school in Luxembourg. Being one of the selected students, can you tell more about this opportunity and how it broadened your horizons?    

It was truly an amazing experience to be part of the European Investment Bank Summer School as representative of SEB LU, and as one of five elite partner universities, including: Bocconi, the London School of Economics, Sciences Po, and the College of Europe. Among 70 students from across Europe, I was accompanied by three other Slovenian students, Urh Kovačič, Katja Kastelic, and Petra Pureber.

The EIB Summer School is a 10-day intense learning programme for graduate students to learn about the core activities and responsibilities of the EIB Group (European Investment Bank, European Investment Fund, EIB Institute). The most inspiring part was the fact that lecturers offer first-hand insights about the world’s largest multilateral lender, and discuss issues that cannot be found in academic textbooks. Having listened to EIB staff members who shared their insider’s view, we learned what it means to be part of the EIB Group. Also, visiting the European Central Bank in Frankfurt and get even more practical insight was really priceless. This effective practical approach to multidisciplinary problems included lectures on the EIB Group’s missions and operations; tutorials; and breakout sessions covering legal, financial, policy, and sustainability-related topics. The programme aims to foster long- term relationships and create a network of those interested about the future of Europe and beyond.

Another really great thing was that there was a lot of time for socialising and networking with lecturers, some of whom were high member staff of the EIB group. The whole school offered the perfect opportunity for students who aspire to a career in the context of European integration or strategic investment to discuss with those who, through the projects they finance, influence the lives of citizens in Europe and beyond.

Now, as an alumnus of the EIB summer school, I can say this project and the network of people has changed the course of my career, and I can´t wait to get back next year to go back to Luxemburg to meet with EIB representatives and the next generation. It was truly a unique opportunity, and I would like to express my gratitude to Sandra Damijan for helping me to be part of this career-changing experience.

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