07.03.2012 08:14

This year’s Erasmus Mundus STAR is, drum roll please…Alex Bunten!

On behalf of the EMA Committee, we are happy to present Alex Bunten as the “Erasmus Mundus Star” for 2012.

The selection is for his impressive efforts raising money for charity and for his help organizing a successful EMA conference with limited funding. As an acknowledgment of his achievements, we have invited him to take part in the General Assembly in Prague on 22-23 June 2012.

Just to get a quick insight on Alex’s achievements:

While writing his MA Euroculture thesis, participating and publishing actively for the EMA Communications Team, as well as doing an internship on a European Commission funded project researching cultural observatories, Alex Bunten decided to run his first-ever marathon.  Although pursuing an extensive training regime, he found time to author multiple articles for EMANATE, help write one of the chapters for the book publication, “New Challenges of Cultural Observatories”; not to mention, after his 4-hour first marathon, he had raised over $4000 for ‘charity: water’ to build a well in a central African village.

Not one to rest on this laurels, shortly after graduating with distinction, Alex combined his first degree in English Literature with his expertise in European cultural dynamics to be hired as the Assistant Director of Studies for the Executive Centre at BKC International House Moscow – training teachers, designing business courses, as well as consulting high-level business executives in linguistic and cultural competencies. 

Most recently, Alex has been building on the success of last year’s Human[i]ties Perspective - an EMA networking and career orientation event part of the REALISE IT initiative - by taking the lead as Project Coordinator for Human[i]ties Perspective 2012: Empowerment in a Globalized Society, scheduled for October 5-6, Roskilde University, Denmark.

EMA is very proud to have Alex as an EMA member. Congratulations! Thank you to all the other participants that have been so active and supportive throughout the year. We really appreciate it!