2010 Edition

Arenberg - Coimbra Group Prize for Erasmus Students 2010


On 23 March 2010 Mr Alessandro De Bortoli from the University of Padova was selected as the winner of the 2010 Arenberg-Coimbra Group Prize for Erasmus Students. The Recommendation from the Selection Committee was the following:

This year, in the face of some stiff competition, the Committee and the Executive Board of the Coimbra Group agreed to award the Arenberg Prize to Alessandro De Bortoli, University of Padova. He is the first medical student to win the award. He went to the University of Bergen for part of his studies as a very deliberate decision to move to a part of Europe very different from his previous experience in Italy, and to test the meaning of a European research area in his own life. Not only did he come to a very vivid appreciation of the value to his own research of this European experience; it has also created very practical outcomes for the treatment of those with certain cardiological problems in Italy, a true trans-European advance which we regarded as eminently worthy of the award.

The award was presented to Alessandro De Bortoli at a ceremony at the University Foundation in Brussels on 3 June 2010 by H.S.H. the Prince of Arenberg.

Speech delivered by the Prince of Arenberg

Alessandro De Bortoli:

"The Arenberg Prize had a profound meaning for me, especially because of the time of my life in which it happened to me. I have indeed just moved my life permanently to Norway where I aim to give continuity to my Erasmus experience and my thesis work. The Award that I have received today is an important confirmation that I am on the right track and this provides me comfortable support for my recent demanding choices of life.

I thank the Prince Léopold and the whole Coimbra Group for having given me the possibility to compete with other exchange students and for the appreciation shown for my work. I am committed to pay back Your trust by becoming a life-long ambassador for the Erasmus programme."

The Arenberg-Coimbra Group Prize for Erasmus Students will be awarded annually and is of the value of € 5,000. Applications should be sent to the Coimbra Group representative of the candidate’s university.

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