Adrian Ackva

Hi, I’m 27 years old and originally from Frankfurt in Germany. My first EIT Digital year took place in Rennes, France, whereas my exit university is Stockholm, Sweden. I gained my bachelor’s in Business Information Systems in Mannheim. Before I joined EIT Digital, I worked for three years. I am passionate about automation, big data and sports. I speak German, French and English.

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Adrian's academic journey with EIT Digital

Why did you choose the EIT Digital Master School?

I wanted to specialise in Cloud and Network Infrastructures and learn more about areas which were only lightly covered in my bachelor’s. At the same time, I thought that two years abroad would be similarly interesting to experience. Now, 1.5 years later, I don’t regret anything. I would choose to do it again.

What do you like most about your academic curriculum?

The Master’s is about specialisation and and mandatory courses are well chosen. Hence, I feel well-prepared to go back to work after graduation. In addition, the business classes help me understand the process of finding a business idea, the first stages of a startup and how to validate your idea.

Was it easy to move to your entry/exit universities?

In Rennes and Stockholm (and some other universities), EIT Digital students benefit from residence guarantee and can choose between different types of accommodation. This made the move very convenient because everything was fixed in advance. The support was very good and I never felt any stress.

What is the greatest lesson this academic journey has taught you?

I learned that each academic system is (very) different but eventually I succeeded with all of them. At the beginning, it seemed like a huge mountain to climb but in time you find the EIT community and teachers help you to reach the summit.

Do you consider yourself a digital innovator?

So far, I have considered myself more a problem-solver rather than an innovator! This being said, since day one of my Bachelor studies, I have been actively embracing this mindset by finding new ways to make every day’s life easier.

Which advice would you give to future students to be successful and make the best of this EIT Digital experience?

You should be curious about new technologies and businesses. If you are only interested in one of those two, it might be difficult. Also, you should really enjoy team work and being in an international environment with new challenges. And the most important things: learn the local language & don’t take everything too seriously.

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