Alumnus shares Swiss experience

As part of the B360 Education Partnerships Internship Programme, Ralf Uunyuni, a Bachelor of Economics graduate, spent three months working at Credit Suisse, commonly referred to as the Swiss Bank. Uunyuni was still a NUST student at the time and this was part of his Work Integrated Learning (WIL) programme.

Through B360, European experts teach at institutions of higher education in Africa on a voluntary basis and African students complete internships in Europe. Students apply for the positions through NUST and afterwards interviews are conducted to select the ‘cream of the crop’.

“Working at the Swiss Bank was not only a chance of a life-time for me, but it gave me the opportunity to put my theoretical knowledge to practice. My tasks were not a walk in the park. Each day the work became more demanding, but I am grateful because I had many colleagues to help me so I managed to handle the pressure,” Uunyuni said. His tasks were mainly focussed on the investment services of the bank.

“I would really urge my fellow young people to take advantage of the many opportunities available to travel abroad. I have become a more open-minded person, someone who wants to learn new things and invest in my country. One of my highlight was going to a car show in Geneva. I will never forget this experience,” he added.

The students’ air tickets to Switzerland are sponsored by B360 and they are totally immersed in the Swiss business culture and social life as they are also accommodated by host families.

Being a Swiss-based organisation, B360 places students at companies in Switzerland such as Credit Suisse, Deloitte, KPMG and Swiss Quality Testing Services. In the past three months, seven NUST students have benefitted from this programme.

Date: 
Friday, March 24, 2017
for Month: 
March, 2017

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