The Global Swede Award, which has been given out for the 11th year running, has been awarded by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the Swedish Institute. The award is given to top international students who excel in areas related to innovation and entrepreneurship. Candidates for the award should also be good representatives for both their native country and Sweden. One of the students that received the prize is JU-student Ravinath Herath, originally from Sri Lanka, who has been studying the master's programme in Strategic Entrepreneurship at JIBS.
- I didn't expect such an award! Being nominated for the award was a surprise for me. I feel honoured to be this privileged. I take with me the confidence my lecturers at JIBS gave and the encouragement of this award gives me heaps of energy to continue along my entrepreneurial path,” he says.
The nomination highlights his excellent academic results and his entrepreneurial spirit. Ravinath is an active entrepreneur, and it was a business idea that made him apply to JIBS and Jönköping University in the first place.
- I actually moved to Sweden before I applied to study. In early 2018 I had a business idea, to develop a glove specially designed for bicycle couriers. January 2018 was very cold and I saw a mail carrier come into our building for delivery. Before leaving, he stopped for a couple of minutes to place his hands and gloves on the radiator. I was quite surprised to see this and wanted to solve this issue by designing a glove fit for bicycle couriers’ specific needs. I did not know anything about starting a business or creating a product. So I decided that I needed to learn, it was time for me to go back to school” says Ravinath.