Ramona Miron completed a research residency between 2012 and 2014 at the University of St Gallen's Institute for Economy and the Environment as part of her doctoral thesis. This involved looking at the impact of the EU policy on renewable energies at the regional level.
How did you hear about Sciex?
An acquaintance of mine in Romania told me about it. After that, things went very quickly.
Why did you decide to apply for the Sciex programme?
One of the reasons was that Swiss universities give you access to all specialist journals free of charge. In Romania, this is more limited and you usually have to pay. Also, I had always wanted to spend more time in Switzerland. I'd been here before a couple of times for holidays. I can speak German as I went to a German school in Romania.
What were your experiences in Switzerland?
I got a lot out of my residency in Switzerland. My dissertation work improved thanks to the resources available at the University of St Gallen, which are a lot more substantial than what we have at the university in Romania where I studied. I also learned how to look at my work more critically because the way we do research in Romania is different from the way it is done in Switzerland. Another thing I thought was great was the close connection between the university and the business community.
What do you do now?
At the moment I'm still in Switzerland where I'm working for a Swiss energy supplier in the Canton of St Gallen. It's not something that I actually planned.