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Three international Westminster alumni finalists in British Council Education UK Alumni Awards

Biomedical Sciences; Biosciences; Business and Management; Fashion 28 January 2016

Three former international students from the University of Westminster have been selected as finalists in the Education UK Alumni Awards 2016 for their achievements in entrepreneurship and professionalism.

The three Westminster alumni, including Human Resource Management MA graduate Alexander Sriewijono, Fashion Business MA graduate Theresia Alit Widyasri, and PhD in Molecular Biology and Public Policy graduate Dr Eric Scott Sills, have all been selected as finalists in the prestigious British Council’s Education UK Alumni Awards.

Alexander Sriewijono and Theresia Alit Widyasri, both from Indonesia, have been shortlisted for the Entrepreneurial Award in the Indonesia country category. The Entrepreneurial Award is given to self-starters, go-getters and risk-takers, according to the British Council. Successful applicants in this category will be active in initiating, or contributing to, innovative new business opportunities with strong growth prospects.

Speaking about being a finalist, Alexander Sriewijono said: "It is more than just a milestone in my career journey to be nominated as the finalist of the British Council's Education UK Alumni Awards. It's also a reminder to be more beneficial for others along the journey, and to create a life instead of make a living only."

Finalist Theresia Alit Widyasri expressed her excitement by saying: “I am deeply honoured and humbled to be chosen as one of the finalists of the British Council’s Education UK Alumni Awards. Studying at the University of Westminster was a valuable lifetime experience that's vital for my personal and professional growth. Not only gaining life skills, the experiences have broadened my knowledge and sharpened my entrepreneurial skills. So I am so grateful that I had the chance to study at the University of Westminster.”

USA alumnus Dr Eric Scott Sills has been selected as a finalist for the Professional Achievement Award in the USA category of the awards.

“I am humbled to have been named a finalist and hope this event will draw attention to the opportunities and programmes available at the University of Westminster,” said Dr Sills.

The Professional Achievement Award recognises alumni who have distinguished themselves through exemplary leadership and achievements in their professional industry, and who can demonstrate the highest level of integrity and character in their professional career.

The winners will be celebrated at a ceremony in each of the ten locations taking part in this year’s Awards. The Education UK Alumni Awards honour the outstanding achievements made by business professionals, entrepreneurs and community leaders across the globe who can demonstrate how their UK education has contributed to their subsequent success.

The award ceremony for the Indonesia and USA Awards will take place on Thursday 3 March 2016.

Internationalisation is central to the University’s strategic vision and identity. We have extensive connections with universities and industries throughout the world and our global engagement strategy seeks to strengthen and deepen those connections ever further. Our international partnerships support the development of our academic and research portfolios. Experiences that enable our staff and students to operate in an increasingly interconnected, internationalised world are key to our approach.

For more details on our international partners and global engagement strategy, visit our Global Westminster pages.

About the University of Westminster:

The University of Westminster boasts a vibrant learning environment attracting more than 20,000 students from over 150 nations and we continue to invest in our future with new developments, research projects and new ideas.

We offer highly attractive practice-based courses that are independently rated as excellent, many with international recognition. Our distinguished 180-year history has meant we lead the way in many areas of research, particularly politics, media, art and design, architecture and biomedical sciences, and our position in the city of London allows us to continue to build on our close connections with leading figures and organisations in these areas as well as in the worlds of business, information technology, politics and law.

Our commitment to educating graduates for the needs of professional life attracts high quality students from within the UK and around the globe.

Internationalisation, employability and sustainability are key elements in the University of Westminster’s vision for the future and we strive to ensure the very highest standards are met and maintained.

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