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Recipients of the Prins Bertil Scholarship 2020
Recipients of the Prins Bertil Scholarship 2020
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Meet this year’s recipients of the Prins Bertil Scholarship

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These are the students awarded with this year’s Prins Bertil Scholarship. The aim with the scholarship is to fund studies, internships and Bachelor or Master theses which relate to international markets. Each scholarship amounts to SEK 25,000.

Alma Jolby

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Alma Jolby
Alma Jolby

What are you studying?

I am studying a bachelor’s degree in human geography and urban planning at the School of Business, Economics and Law at the University of Gothenburg

How are you planning on using your scholarship?

I am planning to use my scholarship together with Catherine Svedhem for our bachelor’s thesis about the international exchange of information within sustainability and innovation in urban planning. We will look deeper into how different countries and cities work in the same industry by interacting with Landvetter Södra Utveckling AB and the city Namyangju in South Korea.

How does it feel to be awarded with the scholarship?

It is an honor to be awarded with this scholarship because it makes it possible for me and my essay partner to hopefully be able to travel to South Korea and take part of their thinking and methods regarding infrastructure and sustainability on a deeper level.

What would you like to work with in the future?

In the future I would like to work with issues regarding sustainable development concerning both economic, ecological and social perspectives in the urban planning process. 

Catherine Svedhem

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Catherine Svedhem
Catherine Svedhem

What are you studying?

I´m studying a bachelor’s degree in human geography and urban planning at the School of Business, Economics and Law at Gothenburg University.

How are you planning on using your scholarship?

The scholarship will be used for my bachelor's thesis where me and Alma Jolby will write about the international exchange of information within sustainability and innovation in urban planning. We will, together with Landvetter Södra Utveckling AB and the city of Namyangju in South Korea look deeper into how two different nations are working with this question and how they can help each other. By going to South Korea and studying their way of working and then comparing with Sweden/Landvetter Södra we hope to find ways of how an international exchange can work. 

How does it feel to be awarded with the scholarship?

I am extremely grateful for this scholarship and to have been given this opportunity to be able to, if possible due to Covid-19, travel to South Korea and see their working progress and get a deeper understanding of this. 

What would you like to work with in the future?

In the future I see myself working with urban planning with a core focus on sustainability at a bigger scale and help organizations and municipalities to exchange knowledge. 

Qingyu Zhu

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Qingyu Zhu
Qingyu Zhu

What are you studying? 

I am currently studying MSc Logistics and Transportation Management.

How are you planning on using your scholarship?

This scholarship would be used to cover my travel and living expenses as well as spending on literature and data access.

How does it feel to be awarded the scholarship?

I was very excited and delighted. It is my great honor to be awarded this scholarship. I will work harder and rationally and efficiently use it to conduct my research. 

What would you like to work with in the future?

In terms of the research, I plan to conduct research on how Covid-19 could impact the logistics and export activities around the Gothenburg area and collect the cases and best practices within the industry to deal with the crisis. Any other related topics could also be research objectives.

Emma Åström 

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Emma Åström
Emma Åström

What are you studying? 

I am studying the Master's program Knowledge-Based Entrepreneurship at the School of Business, Economics and Law at the University of Gothenburg.

How are you planning on using your scholarship? 

This scholarship will be used for researching and working on a master’s thesis project in innovation and entrepreneurship. Since the automotive industry is undergoing a drastic change due to servitization and autonomous driving technology, the aim of the research will be to explore potential future business models and how international collaboration within the automotive industry can benefit the Swedish export.

How does it feel to be awarded with the scholarship? 

I was honored to be awarded with the Prins Bertil scholarship! This opportunity gives me a great chance to contribute to the sharing of knowledge and experience about international markets, and also to bring value to the automotive industry in Gothenburg. 

What would you like to work with in the future?

I am very curious about new innovative businesses that will change industries and the way people live. I would really like to work internationally with a customer-centric and innovative approach where focus lays on solving users’ problems though offering them unique and futuristic solutions.

Saima Shahid

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Saima Shahid
Saima Shahid

What are you studying?

I am a Master's student of Knowledge-Based Entrepreneurship at the School of Business, Economics and Law at the University of Gothenburg. My expected graduation will be in June 2021. 

How are you planning on using your scholarship?

This scholarship will be used for researching and working on the Master’s thesis project within innovation and entrepreneurship. The aim of the research will be to contribute to the existing knowledge and practices ideally within the automotive industry and to also present new and knowledgeable insights obtained through our research. The automotive industry is undergoing a drastic change currently due to service innovation and autonomous driving technology. Potential key areas of research can be within: 
- Business model innovation within the automotive industry in Sweden
- How international large automotive manufacturers/companies collaborate with smaller tech start-ups in Gothenburg. 
- Knowledge sharing regarding service design and design thinking within the automotive industry.
- The role of disruptive technologies (AI, Big data) in fueling and driving innovation 

How does it feel to be awarded with the scholarship?

I cannot stress enough how glad I am to be selected for Prins Bertil, as it is definitely an honor to be awarded this prestigious scholarship. Me and my thesis partner greatly appreciate and are thankful to be given the opportunity. 

What would you like to work with in the future? 

I have gained many tools and skills throughout my education period and I cannot wait to put my knowledge into practice. I have a love for business development and strategy and ideally would want to work within this domain after graduation. 
However, I also have a passion for research and writing and I would like to consider my options before my final decision. I will definitely have a discussion about it soon with my teacher(s). 

Hanna Johnsson

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Hanna Johnsson
Hanna Johnsson

What are you studying?

I am studying the second year of the Masters Accounting & Financial Management 

How are you planning on using your scholarship?

I am planning on using the scholarship during the spring for the research of my master thesis. My thesis partner and I wanted to go abroad to do our research, but given the pandemic we still don't know if it will be possible. Regardless, we will focus on the international environment and companies with a global focus. 

How does it feel to be awarded with the scholarship?

I am very happy and honored to have been awarded this scholarship! 

What would you like to work with in the future? 

I have a big interest in the international environment and how global companies are operating around the world. So, I would like to work at a global company in the future but exactly with what, I still don't know yet. 

Sofia Hallberg

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Sofia Hallberg
Sofia Hallberg

What are you studying? 

I am currently enrolled in the Master of Science in Finance 

How are you planning on using your scholarship?

With the ongoing pandemic, I can no longer use the scholarship as I first planned. That is, to write my thesis outside of Sweden in an international setting, in order to get a deeper understand of international relations and markets. Instead, I have to rethink, and adapt to the new normal. With the pandemic requiring people all over the world to work, shop and socialize from home, the international markets move online and open up new possibilities. It is more crucial than ever to follow the digital development, and to know how to properly use the online tools in order to stay relevant. With this background, I hope to use my scholarship to move to Stockholm and write my thesis with an international company, investigating how online channels can be used in an efficient way to attract and retain customers. With my research I hope to provide insight on how international markets can function through social media and other online tools. 

How does it feel to be awarded with the scholarship?

I am grateful that an organization like this exists, that encourages young people to go out and explore the world, and I feel privileged to be awarded with this scholarship so that I can continue developing one of my greatest interests – International relations. I am also honored to be chosen for such a prestigious scholarship, and I hope to prove myself worthy by working hard and investing my time and energy to gain as much experience and knowledge about international markets as possible. 

What would you like to work with in the future?

After several years of studying, and participating in numerous events and activities, I have realized that I find everything interesting and enjoyable as long as it is challenging and in an inspiring environment. With that said, I do not know exactly what I want to do in the future. What I do know is that I want to start my career by working in an international setting in a, for me, new country to further challenge myself, explore international markets and gain knowledge from other cultures.