Siniša Matić and Anja, student and wife
‘The quality of life in Lausanne is amazing. The town offers business opportunities, a multicultural environment and lots of attractions.’
Do you speak French?
Anja | I'm learning it at the moment.
Why did you choose to study in Lausanne?
Siniša | We had been living in Qatar for four years and I wanted to study in Europe. The IMD is one of the best business schools in Europe, so we decided to come here.
What were your first impressions when you arrived in Lausanne?
Siniša | After my time in Qatar, my first impression was that I was back home, in Europe.
Where did you study before starting your MBA in Lausanne?
Siniša | I did my first course of study at the University of Zagreb, a Master in Civil Engineering.
If you had to define the study environment in Lausanne in just three words, what would they be?
Siniša | Diversity, quality and opportunities.
Can you tell us about any memorable events you have experienced during your studies at the IMD?
Siniša | During the presentations at the plenary session at the start of January, I was impressed by the variety of cultures represented and the fact that students of all ages were in the hall.
What are you planning to do after your studies?
Siniša | I will go back into industry. I like to follow commercial trends and their academic implications. To start with, I hope to do some work placements or short-term training courses.
Will you stay in Lausanne after finishing your studies if you have the opportunity to do so? And if so, why?
Anja | We fell in love with Lausanne the moment we arrived here. We enjoy the wide variety of cultural events. The people are very friendly and very polite. The amenities are amazing. Everything works perfectly! What's more, we're not far from Croatia.
Siniša | Happily. The quality of life in Lausanne is amazing. The town offers business opportunities, a multicultural environment and lots of attractions. Seeing people going jogging or having barbecues by the lake in summer reminds me of the Adriatic coast in Croatia. Last but not least, the ski resorts are just an hour away and we also appreciate being so close to Geneva
Would you recommend Lausanne as a town in which to start your higher education?
Anja | We've already done so on social media.
And your fondest memory of Lausanne?
Anja | Firstly, the fact that I've made lots of friends here from all over the world as well as Switzerland. And secondly, the smells of coffee and pastries coming from the bakery on the ground floor of my apartment block.
Siniša | A visit to the wine cellars in Lavaux.
Interview conducted by | Tom Crawford