The proportion of women in technical professions continues to be small. By awarding the VERBUND Women's Stipend, which will support three students active in different fields for one academic year, VERBUND is making a targeted contribution to supporting women in their technical studies and is offering them an opportunity for undertaking personal and professional further training alongside their university courses.
"Excellent performance is the result of the interplay of various talents. We are convinced that women are exceptionally valuable for a company. Particularly in the technical area, women are still underrepresented. The targeted promotion of talented women is of great significance for VERBUND. To us, it is important to gain a greater number of qualified women, particularly technicians, as employees for our company. VERBUND therefore actively supports the training of women in technical professions and awards the VERBUND Women's Stipend at the Technical University Vienna," explains Georg Westphal, Area Manager Strategic Personnel Management.
"For the seventh time, VERBUND is awarding three women's stipends at the TU Vienna to exceptional students of Technology and Environmental Sciences. We are happy about the long-term success of this unique initiative, which we are able to be a part of as the Career Centre at the TU Vienna. Every year, the VERBUND stipend holders demonstrate to us the success and joy with which women live their enthusiasm for technology, thus serving as role models for many other women interested in technology," Helene Czanba, Managing Director of the TU Career Centre, highlights the importance of the VERBUND initiative towards promoting women.
The VERBUND stipend holders
The three winners convinced the jury with their excellent academic achievements, practical experiences and time abroad, as well as a high degree of social competence. BA student Nadine Stoiber, MA student Jutta Hollands, and PhD student Emine Calis are the proud winners of this year's VERBUND Women's Stipend.
BA scholarship holder Nadine Stoiber from Steyr is studying Civil Engineering. She applied for the VERBUND Women's Stipend to show that even a woman without previous technical knowledge has what it takes not only to study at the TU, but to do so successfully. "It would be my pleasure to function as a sort of role model for other young women," Stoiber explains her motivation.
MA stipend holder Jutta Hollands from Germany is studying Civil Engineering. Hollands was impressed by the VERBUND Women's Stipend due to its well-structured combination of cost reimbursement and support for personal development.
PhD stipend holder Emine Calis from Turkey is enthusiastic about the field of Electric Engineering, as it is part of all important aspects of life. "Electric engineering is found in the production and distribution of energy, in communication media as well as in the home and in transportation," emphasises Calis.
Comprehensive multi-step selection process
36 highly-qualified TU students applied for the VERBUND Women's Stipend. The applicants initially took part in a phone interview. Next, the best-qualified participants were invited to a hearing. In the course of the selection process, the three winners had to convince a prestigious jury composed of HR experts and top managers from VERBUND as well as experts from the TU Career Centre through giving presentations and taking part in team exercises, amongst other things.
Custom-tailored career planning
Together with the three stipend holders, VERBUND and the TU Career Center will now develop a custom-tailored support package. It will contain selected specialist conferences and seminars for personal development. In addition, the students will receive funds to cover expenses such as textbooks or travel costs, as well as the semester ticket for public transportation.