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Making the world a little better and a little more colourful: Simon Attia awarded EBS University DAAD prize

20 January 2017 | By: Pressestelle EBS Universität
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Simon Attia shares his delight in receiving this year’s DAAD prize of the EBS University with Professor Marjo-Riitta Diehl.

Remarkable social engagement and outstanding academic achievement - each year the Deutscher Akademischer Austauschdienst (German Academic Exchange Service), together with German universities, awards a prize to top international students in this field. This is where Simon Attia scored: above all, Israeli-born Simon convinced the jury with his untiring efforts for culturally diverse student life and respectful coexistence on campus. He is the winner of this year’s 1,000-euro prize. The award ceremony took place this week on the EBS campus in Oestrich-Winkel.

In her laudatory speech, Professor Marjo-Riitta Diehl commended the prize winner’s boundless desire to make the world a little better and, at the same time, a little more colourful: “What distinguishes Simon most is his commitment to supporting his fellow students. He is totally committed to living cultural interaction.” The jury, consisting of students, professors and staff of EBS, all agreed: “This is definitely not the last we have heard from Simon - whether in business, academia or politics!”

Simon sees the prize as a confirmation of all he has achieved so far: “The prize shows me that we can achieve anything as long as we believe in ourselves and consider the needs of others in everything that we do. Ever since I was a child I have known that it is not about which path we decide to take in life but rather that we should always try to be good human beings.”

Living diversity is particularly important to the student: In October 2016 he founded the “EBS Pride Club”, which is aimed at offering a platform for interaction and orientation for everyone, not just for homosexual students. As one of the first international student representatives at the EBS Business School he has made the case for culturally diverse student life on campus and is engaged in a variety of initiatives, including the student association “Students help”. This is where he got the idea of donating stem cells to a nine-year-old girl.

Attia was born in Israel and also has Italian citizenship. After finishing school in Israel, he began his bachelor studies at the EBS University in 2013, was among the top 10% graduates of his class and, since September 2016, has been enrolled as a master student in Management Studies. After his studies Simon sees his future in the fields of either compliance or change management. “In my future role as an executive I want to set an example in responsible business practice.”

The Deutscher Akademischer Austauschdienst (DAAD) is the world’s largest funding organisation for the international exchange of students and researchers. Together with German universities, the DAAD awards annual prizes to international students who have distinguished themselves both with excellent academic achievement and also outstanding social and intercultural engagement. The EBS Universität für Wirtschaft und Recht has been awarding this prize for more than ten years.

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