Alliance Niyigena has become the first engineering alumna from the University of Edinburgh to be accepted onto the prestigious Schwarzman Scholarship programme.
The intensely competitive scheme invites applications from high-achieving graduates around the globe, and successful applicants embark on a one-year, fully-funded Master’s at Tsinghua University in Beijing to deepen understanding between China and the rest of the world.
Alliance recently graduated with an MEng (Hons) Electrical and Mechanical Engineering. During her time at Edinburgh, she was President of the Civil Engineering Society (2016/17), Head of Power with the University’s Hyperloop team HYPED (2019/20) and she is a Saltire Scholar (2018).
Alliance is from Norway, and during her high school years, was one of a small group of Norwegian students given a full Norwegian State scholarship to attend high school in France, which she completed with the highest merit. Following this, she won a China Council Scholarship which took her to the Beijing Language and Culture University to study an intensive course in Mandarin.
Alliance is currently working as a Graduate Research Engineer with the Barcelona Institute of Microelectronics (IMB-CNM CSIC), which specialises in the applied research and development of nano and microelectronics devices.