October 05, 2012
Wurth one of the first masters of technology of business program enrollees.
By Sherrie Voss Matthews, International Media & Marketing Coordinator
Bernd Wurth knew he wanted to study abroad and he saw the U.S. Fulbright Program as a way to explore a master’s degree that combined management and technology.
“I found UTSA and the Management of Technology program. It was one of my favorites,” Wurth says.
The UTSA Graduate School’s Master of Science in Management of Technology Program had all components that Wurth was interested in studying. The program focuses on management issues and skills required to stimulate and manage technological innovation and creativity, and help bring value creating ideas, goods, and services to the marketplace.
Wurth was a project coordinator at the company that he had joined after graduation. He had worked at the company before he began his undergraduate studies, and did a parallel career training and degree program at Fachhochschule Südwestfalen (South Westfalia University of Applied Sciences), where he studied mechanical engineering with a concentration in construction design.
“They were not amused that I researched the Fulbright,” he said. “I realized that this was something that I was really interested in.”
His boss did his best to encourage him to stay. But Wurth believed in furthering his education and taking advantage of the opportunities that the Fulbright program offers.
“You get a different view of a country if you are studying there, rather than working 60 hours a week. And you get to know people your own age,” Wurth explains. “Fulbright wants us to share our experiences, our values, and learn about America.”
He cautions that Fulbright applications are not for the faint of heart. The process is exacting and time consuming. Wurth started working on his application in early 2011, when he took the required TOEFL and GRE exams. He then researched possible graduate programs that fit his interests, wrote essays, and when he made the final round, had an interview with local professors, Fulbright commission members and American professors in Germany.
Wurth’s parents supported his decision to travel half a world away. “My parents told me that this was a unique chance. ‘Go for the Fulbright.’”
During the competitive Gateway Orientations offered to Fulbright scholar participants, Wurth met other fellows from around the world. Wurth already has a few travel plans. He wants to visit Boston, New York City and the New England region of the U.S.; a quick trip in 2009 only piqued his interest in the area.
He knows a few Fulbright scholars on the West Coast, so a California visit also seems possible.
“I think wherever I want to go, there’s a Fulbrighter whose sofa I can sleep on,” he jokes.
Sponsored by the United States Department of State, Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs, the Fulbright Program provides funding for students, scholars, teachers, and professionals to undertake graduate study, advanced research, university teaching, and teaching in elementary and secondary schools.