The British Council’s Education UK Awards ceremony which took place on 4 March named Theresia Alit Widyasari, founder of three independent clothing retail stores, the winner of the Entrepreneurial Award.
Theresia’s three independent retail stores – Bloop, Endorse and Urbie - are located in the city of Jakarta’s hippest location, and have created job opportunities for young people who design, manufacture and market the products locally.
Having graduated with a postgraduate degree in Fashion Business Management, she considers her time at the University of Westminster as key to her success in the retail field, having helped her conquer new challenges.
“I started my business from zero. I thought I needed to study something more specific regarding what I was doing, so I decided to take my Masters Degree in the UK. 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,” said Theresia.
Previously Theresia was awarded the Ernst & Young’s Entrepreneurial Winning Women Award in 2010.
“I have a dream to be able to build a one-stop flagship store for fashion where all of the products that are sold in the store are all local apparel products. In addition, I hope to be able to realise my company's vision: ‘becoming no. 1 trendsetter and leader in youngster retail fashion industry that Indonesia can be proud of’. In the future, I want to expand my business worldwide so that someday Indonesia can be proud of having more reputable Indonesian brands on the world stage,” added Theresia.
Two other University of Westminster alumni, Alexander Sriewijono from Indonesia and USA alumnus Dr Eric Scott Sills also reached the final stages of the Education UK alumni 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.
Jacqueline Jenkins, Senior Advisor for Education Engagement at the British Council, said: “It’s absolutely tremendous to see such inspirational stories demonstrating the impact that a UK education can have upon individuals and countries around the world. We had hundreds of excellent nominations and it was very difficult to filter it down to the finalists. These alumni are an outstanding credit to their universities and hopefully will serve as an inspiration to the next generation of ambitious international students.”
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