During my Master in Economics, Finance and International Integration at the University of Pavia, I decided to enrol in the Double Degree Programme. Among the different opportunities offered, I was admitted into the programme between Pavia and the University of Hohenheim, in Stuttgart (Germany). The experience has been remarkable: firstly, it allowed me to challenge myself with a different education system and to learn how to face new challenges, turning them into new opportunities. Secondly, the programme has offered me the possibility to attend new courses with top-quality professors both in Italy and in Germany, turning the final year of my studies into an incredible insight into new economic subjects and research interests. Lastly, the experience enabled me to know wonderful people, both inside and outside the University: with most of them I am still in contact right now, after 2 years from the finishing of my studies.
Given the fact that the programme is involving the last year of master studies, I was also encouraged to write my thesis with two co-supervisors, one from Pavia and one from Honeheim. This led me to discover my passion for the economic research and pushed me to apply for a Ph.D. Candidate position after the ending of the programme. Therefore, after a first permanent working position in Berlin with a German SME as European project manager gained immediately after my graduation, I decided to quit and enrolled in the Ph.D. Programme in Economics at Sant’Anna School of Advanced Studies in Pisa (IT). My research topic is still the same as the one jointly elaborated for my thesis during the DD Programme.
Last but not least, the DD Committee granted me the title of Best Double Degree Master Student for the academic year 2015/2016. What can I say more? Thanks DD, you have being an amazing opportunity for my future!