BI-student awarded prestigious scholarship

20 June 2013

BI-student Carmen Larissa Cornejo (22) from Oslo was recently awarded the prestigious Alarga scholarship.

-It is a great pleasure to award Carmen Larissa Cornejo with the Alarga scholarship. She is a great representative for BI-students and we are proud that she has chosen to use BI as her learning partner, says Tom Colbjørnsen, President of BI Norwegian Business School.

Alarga is a knowledge organization that aims to strengthen the competiveness of Norwegian industry by increasing their intercultural competence. For the seventh year in a row Alarga award Norwegian students with top academic grades and extraordinary competence in multiple cultures and languages.

Increased need for intercultural competence

This year Alarga received 261 applications, representing a 90.5% increase in the number of applications compared with last year. 32 applicants were invited to take part in Assessment Center. 16 of these were taken on to the final short list. 7 of these were chosen as this year's fellows.

- Our partner companies are finding that employees with different linguistic, religious, educational and cultural backgrounds are important building blocks for tomorrow's businesses, says Dilek Ayhan, general manager of Alarga.

Carmen Larissa Cornejo will receive 100 000 NOK as a scholarship recipient for her master studies. She will also be associated Orkla ASA as her partner company. There she will have the opportunity to get a mentor, offering of summer job and the opportunity to write a master thesis.

Active student

Carmen Larissa Cornejo has already made her mark on several levels. As a student, she has been IT manager in StudConsult which is a professional consulting company driven by BI-students. She was also a member of the International Business Project (IB) 2012/2013 as a Chief Communications Officer. IB is an annual non-profit project carried out by students from NHH, NTNU and BI. The project is conducted in cooperation with Innovation Norway. The aim is to explore opportunities and challenges for Norwegian companies going abroad. This year they explored Brazil. The acquired knowledge throughout the project will be summarized in a publicly published report.

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