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The Study UK Alumni Awards celebrate UK higher education and the achievements of UK alumni all over the world. Now in its seventh year, more than 1,300 international UK alumni applied from over 114 countries, representing more than 148 UK higher education institutions across the UK.

For the first time this year, the EU has been honoured to celebrate UK alumni from across the region. Finalists were selected for their outstanding achievements as business professionals, entrepreneurs and community leaders, and for their important contribution to strengthening collaborative ties between the UK and the EU region.

Alumni Awards 2021 winners

The winners of the Alumni Awards 2021 – Europe are:

Professional Achievement Award

Christel Adamou
France
 Durham University

Entrepreneurial Award

Konstantina Bethani
Greece
 University of Essex

Social Impact Award

Dr Orna Rosenfeld
France
University of Sheffield
University of Westminster

The winners of the Study UK Alumni Awards 2021 in Europe were announced at a digital award ceremony on Friday 26 February 2021, hosted by Sheila Lumsden, Deputy Regional Director EU Europe at the British Council.

Award winners will automatically proceed as finalists for the Global Awards, representing EU Europe, and have the opportunity to raise their international profile, expand their professional networks and enhance their careers.

Upon receiving the awards, the winners said:

Christel Adamou (France): ‘I am deeply honoured and humbled to have been chosen as the recipient of the Study UK Professional Achievement Award 2021 in the EU region. This award is testimony to the significant importance a UK education can play in opening doors to a great career.’

Konstantina Bethani (Greece): ‘Although I am the one who received this award, it actually belongs to the talented people I’ve surrounded myself with over the years. We want to constantly prove that Greece can create and offer internationally. I aspire to continue to grow and bestow upon my co-workers, students and women in the industry the importance of acquiring knowledge, following your dreams and never giving up.’

Dr Orna Rosenfeld (France): ‘I am deeply honoured to have been selected as a winner of the Study UK Social Impact Award 2021 in Europe. I am earnestly grateful for the recognition of a decade of work for the advancement of the housing and affordable housing sector in the European Union and the Global North.’

Find out more about winners and judging panel in the ‘Downloads’ section below.

Watch the ceremony on Vimeo.

Andy Mackay, Regional Director EU Europe at the British Council, said:

‘We at the British Council are proud to recognise these outstanding individuals who have taken their UK education as a starting point to excel in their chosen careers and shape the world around them. They are a symbol of the enduring connections between people in the UK and European countries and have gone on to develop ever stronger connections with the UK and internationally.

Over 147,800 European students studied at UK universities in 2019–20, while 90 per cent of UK international graduates say they have progressed further in their careers than their peers who studied elsewhere. We look forward to seeing many more European and UK students following these alumni, learning, exchanging knowledge and succeeding in a way that is only possible with an internationally-connected education.’

The British Ambassador to Greece HE Kate Smith CMG said:

‘Every year the Study UK Alumni Awards in Greece give us an opportunity to celebrate Greek alumni of British universities, highlighting the very best of the relationship between Greece and the UK. It brings us tremendous joy to see that this year, a Greek alumna representing Europe in the British Council Study UK Global Alumni Awards is the winner in the Entrepreneurial Award category. Konstantina Bethani excels as an entrepreneur in a very promising field in Greece, while at the same time making her own social impact.

 The experience of the academic excellence and all the opportunities that studies in the UK provide forge deep and lasting personal bonds, but also strengthen the co-operation between our countries across a wide range of policy, business, science and social endeavours. Greek alumni like Konstantina Bethani are great examples of this and I am very proud the UK has contributed to her outstanding achievements.’

Alumni Awards 2021 finalists

Professional Achievement Award

Christel Adamou
France
Durham University
Gabriela-Cristina Nistor
Romania
University of Sheffield
Paola Obbia
Italy
University of the West of Scotland

Entrepreneurial Award

Konstantina Bethani
Greece
University of Essex
Florian Hildebrand
Germany
University of Sunderland
The Open University
Dr Marco Mannisi
Italy
Glasgow Caledonian University

Social Impact Award

Holly Penalver
Greece
Loughborough University
King’s College London
Dr Orna Rosenfeld
France
University of Sheffield
University of Westminster

Find out more about the finalists in the ‘Downloads’ section below.

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