Ernst Mach Grant Awardee at UAS Technikum Wien

The Austrian agency for international mobility and cooperation in education, science and research (OeAD), among other activities, offers various scholarships to students from both Austria and abroad. One of these scholarships is the Ernst Mach Grant for studying at an Austrian University of Applied Sciences (UAS), financed by the Austrian Federal Ministry of Education, Science and Research (BMBWF). In order to be eligible for the grant, applicants must be under the age of 35 and can be enrolled either in an undergraduate or graduate degree programme at HEIs outside of Europe. If awarded, they can stay in Austria between four and ten months.

For the study year 2018/19, one of those highly-competitive grants was given to a student of one of the partner institutions of UAS Technikum Wien, the Mongolian University of Science and Technology (MUST). Ms. Khaszul Gunbileg, a 20-year-old student from MUST, is the first Ernst Mach scholarship awardee to spend time at UAS Technikum Wien within the Bachelor’s degree programme Business Informatics.

Ms. Gunbileg first found out about the scholarship through one of her professors at MUST who encouraged her and some of her colleagues to apply, but she also did some research on opportunities to go abroad herself. One of the most crucial things she learned during the application process was to be attentive to details on all the documents needed and to consult the checklist provided by the OeAD. Small details, such as a missing stamp, date or signature can be decisive in gaining or losing the scholarship. In order to be eligible, a Letter of Acceptance of one or more Higher Education Institutions (HEI) had to be provided.

At UAS Technikum Wien, she particularly enjoys the small groups of people in the lectures and that the lecturers are motivated and observant of their students. Her courses are a mixture of soft skills classes such as a German language and a scientific writing class specifically designed for Incoming students, as well as courses from her degree programme Business Informatics, among which Database Fundamentals, Computer Networks and Data Analysis and Statistical Modeling. Ms. Gunbileg appreciates the combination of spending time with her peers from her degree programme but also getting to know other Incoming students as they have a lot in common and thus many things to discuss and talk about.

Upon arrival, Ms. Gunbileg barely had any difficulties with finding her way around her new living situation. She mentions that both the OeAD and the International Office at UAS Technikum Wien make an effort at welcoming new students and at offering as much guidance as possible. Prior to coming to Austria, she received information on housing and insurances and was made aware that should any problems occur, she could always ask for help at the UAS Technikum Wien or the OeAD.

“It is good to know that I have I place I can go to if I have any questions. Everybody here has been very helpful.”

In her spare time, Ms. Gunbileg tries to visit the cultural landmarks of Vienna. She is particularly fond of the abundance of museums and musical offers of the city and is looking forward to spending the winter holiday season here.

Concluding, Ms. Gunbileg highly recommends applying for the Ernst Mach-Grant:

“Just give it a try!” she encourages other students.

The UAS Technikum Wien congratulates Ms. Gunbileg on her achievement of receiving the Ernst Mach grant and wishes her all the best for the rest of her stay with us here in Vienna.