Interview with Monika Filipovska (Slovenia), member of JAB

Written on March 29, 2012 by Roberto Arribas in General

From March 27th to March 30th 2012, IE University’s Junior Advisory Board will hold its fourth annual meeting. Founded in 2009, organized and promoted by IE School of Arts and Humanities, Junior Advisory Board is a highly selective group of pre-university students, aged from 16 to 18, who advise IE University about the future of university education.

Interview with Monika Filipovska (Slovenia), member of JAB 

How did you hear about JAB and what motivated you to take part in it? 

I first heard about IE University’s junior Advisory Board on a presentation we had at school about IE University and from our school’s International Baccalaureate Coordinator.  I was impressed of this idea because it really shows that the University actually aims to understand and appreciate the opinions of those who are to build the university as such – the future part. And I, as a person striving to become a knowledgeable, experienced and educated life-long learner, I understand that the university is there to build us as persons as much as we are there to build the university into a real educational institution. I know that I want to study at a university that will give me a chance to grow and that will give me the knowledge I want in a way that is most appropriate for me. 

What is the greatest challenge you are looking forward to on your future university?

In my opinion, my future university should be the institution to grow me into a thinker, knower and creator on a global level. So, I’m looking forward to exaggerating my own limits and explore my talents, help my shape my professional profile, my role in the world, afterwards. And the most challenging part, after all, is the fact that my future university is supposed to give me the world on a glance, to make me explore it and understand it and then be prepared to live and work in it. 

Which aspects of your chosen university career interest you most and why?

 I can say that my academic interests are really broad. Firstly, I think that economics plays a quite important role in this world of developments, and every person, no matter what they study, should be familiar to the basics of economics, because we all have to then, later on, find our places in the economy of the 21st century. But, one also has to consider that this has to be a lot more shaped around critical thinking development of the person’s creativity. And of course, my studies after all have to be globally-leveled, because being acquainted with the world’s functioning as a whole is crucial. 

What particular qualities do you believe a future leader should have?

 We know that a leader is someone who has the ability to give ideas, listen to people’s opinions and lead them as a group towards a marked goal. But what is also very important is that a leader needs to have the ability to confront complex problems, ask the right questions and create solutions. And the ability to create is the most empowering thing that can happen to an individual.
Thus, when we talk of leaders, we talk of all these educated people who are about to create the world. 

What do you find most valuable when choosing your university?

I’m expecting from a university to offer me education. And this process of educating is not just learning and gaining knowledge, understanding what we learn, taking new perspectives towards the world and life. Education is much more than this. These things that are taught at schools and colleges are just means of education, just the things that have to contribute to our education, to help us gain education. Education, actually, is a long process of self-building, where by means of gaining knowledge, learning and understanding, one is shaping their perspectives towards the world, establishing themselves as a part of the moving and developing environment they live in, a way of individual development. That’s what I value when choosing a university. I want it to educate me.


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