131 new graduates join the Innoenergy alumni community this month
“There are more than 100 people in this room who are better equipped than anyone else on this planet to have impact. You have the strength, knowledge and business innovation skills to drive shape the future – for us and for yourselves.”
With these words Henrik Svensson, Manager of the Master’s School, welcomed 131 graduating students into the Innoenergy alumni community on December 1 2017.
The graduation ceremony, celebrated at Barcelona’s iconic Forum, is the culmination of two intense years, which have seen students from all over the world pursue Master’s programmes in sustainable energy and energy engineering across seven disciplines – an immersive learning journey that extends across 14 European universities, three world-class business schools and more than 70 business and research partners.
This year’s graduates of Innoenergy Masters programmes in clean fossil and alternative fuels, in nuclear energy, in energy technologies, in renewable energy, in smart electrical networks, in environmental pathways for sustainable energy systems and in smart cities collectively represent more than 45 nationalities.
“We have formed a connected worldwide community that we will always be able to depend on,” said Polish engineer Viktor Kadek, accepting his MSc in Clean Fossil and Alternative Fuels. “Two years ago we didn’t know how much this experience was going to change our lives. Today we have the skills and knowledge to create a better world. We face the same challenge as we did when we set out on this journey, and now we’re hungry to do something about it.”
Compatriot and fellow graduate Kamila Wilczynyska, accepting her Master’s in Nuclear Energy agreed: “Our purpose now is to dream big, work hard, go step by step and change the future together.”
Academic directors from all seven Innoenergy programmes were on hand throughout the ceremony to confer the degrees, and share words of encouragement with the new graduates. “You are not alone,” said Cornelia Schwenk, director of the Masters in Energy Technologies. “You have built a community around you. You have found colleagues, but you have also found friends.”
Enrique Velo, director of the MSc in Renewable Energy, was rather more candid about the challenges ahead.
“We don’t need aliens to destroy our planet – we are pretty good at that ourselves. But we have the people who can save it. I have a dream. And I believe that our graduates are dreamers too. My message to you is this: never stop dreaming. Wake up every day prepared to keep this planet green and safe – especially for my grandchildren!”
Maria Garcia Prince, graduating in Energy Technologies, raised one of the largest cheers of the ceremony, summing up what was felt by many to the be the essence of the experience.
“What is the biggest takeaway for me? It’s energy itself. Energy has been our defining quality as a group. Energy built on games and on laughter. And the certainty that we are on the good path. The right path to make things happen.”