11.04.2019 – At this year’s Meet the Talent event, more than 150 donors conversed with students supported through the Excellence Scholarship and Opportunity Programme (ESOP). ETH Rector Sarah M. Springman also engaged in lively dialogue – speaking with two former ESOP scholars on stage and answering questions from the audience during her address.
“Our ESOP family is growing year by year, and so too is my enthusiasm for the programme,” said Springman, patron of ESOP, in her opening statement. Scholarships are awarded annually to Master’s students of all disciplines who are outstanding in their year. This gives young talents the opportunity to focus their energy on studying and push ahead with research.
The Rector also pointed out that in recent years, however, the number of scholarships has not kept pace with the growth in student numbers. In order to continue promoting the top two to three percent, she hopes to boost the number of scholarships from around 50 to 60 a year.
Since its launch 12 years ago, some 500 gifted young people have benefited from the programme. Most have gained a sure foothold in working life after graduation, some pursuing a high-level academic career, others founding their own business. Approximately three quarters of foreign scholarship holders stay in Switzerland after graduating and contribute to the prosperity of the country.
“I’m delighted that many of these former scholars have now become patrons themselves,” Springman emphasised. She closed her address by thanking all the individual donors, companies and foundations for the generous support which is so essential to ESOP, and for their continuing commitment to ETH Zurich.
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