As a long-term cooperation partner of the Eastern Committee of German Business this year, despite the global pandemic and the resulting travel restrictions, the Leibniz Institute for Innovative Microelectronics (IHP) is looking after one of the 56 young people from the Western Balkans who are supported by the “Zoran Djindjic Scholarship Program of the German Economy ”have the opportunity to pursue their interests in research and development.
Bojana Petrovska is 22 years old, a student at the Faculty of Electrical Engineering and Information Technology in Skopje, North Macedonia. During her 3-month internship in the IHP's System Architectures department, she has the opportunity to use the institute's high-end equipment and resources to work on low-energy Bluetooth proximity sensors and Bluetooth communication using her already excellent expertise explore. For Ms. Petrovska this is a great opportunity to improve her analysis and processing skills. With her work she contributes to the integration of distance, localization and radar sensors, which have been developed at the IHP for years and are of strategic importance.
During her stay at the IHP she will be supported by Dr. Vladica Sark, who has been actively involved in the cooperation of the IHP with the Zoran Djindjic Foundation for several years. He sees the program as an excellent opportunity to learn more about the research topics on which the scientists and engineers from the Western Balkans are working.
Ms. Petrovska is very grateful for the opportunity that the scholarship offers her and praises the helpfulness of the staff at the institute. Despite the corona pandemic, she received great support from the IHP's relocation service, which made it easier for her to start her internship. After her return to her home country she would like to continue her professional development and after successfully completing her studies she would like to work in a research institute similar to the IHP. She would like to encourage other students from the Western Balkans to also take advantage of this extraordinary opportunity that was offered to her with the scholarship program.
The program serves as the best example of an excellent cooperation between the German economy with the development cooperation of the BMZ and the cooperation between Germany and the countries of the Western Balkans. The past few years have shown that promising business contacts and a large number of cross-border friendships have been established within the framework of this program.