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16. Nikhil Ray (La Chât 2004)

Posted By Alumni Office, mardi, 9 septembre 2014
Nikhil Ray1. How long did you spend at Ecolint?
Some 15 years.

2. How did you come to attend Ecolint in the first place?
My mother had previously attended Ecolint (La Grande Boissière) and had enjoyed the experience. My parents also felt that an international, bilingual education would be beneficial for their children.

3. Which teacher had the biggest impact on you and how?
Mr. David Batten (5th and 6th grade teacher at Pregny-Rigot) through his unique teaching style: stories of Dayak and Maasai Tribesman, coupled with a creative take of the anatomy of fish among other lessons. He taught us about the existence of very different cultures to our own, how to learn about them and to respect them.

4. What was your favourite spot on campus and why?
At La Châtaigneraie, the portico above the main entrance to the Old Building because of the vista it affords of the mountains and lake, and the shade and shelter it provided during warm spring and summer days.

5. What was your favourite place in the wider region, and why?

I like the lakeside near the Bains de Pâquis in Geneva due to the view of the mountains and the Jet d’eau, and the bustle of people – both locals and tourists – strolling nearby. It makes for a lively, yet serene atmosphere.

6. Describe your life today, where you live and what you do.
I have been back in Geneva for 10 months now, working for one of the international organizations based there. That said, it’s the first time I’m living in the city proper, so I’m looking forward to rediscovering Geneva from within.

7. What should be Ecolint's top priority as it approaches its 100th anniversary?
The top priority should be to maintain academic standards while maintaining the inclusive environment that makes Ecolint special. This means continuing to accept students on a first-come, first-served basis, yet paying careful attention to teaching standards and avoiding cutting too much from the syllabus. For me, the International Baccalaureate (IB) is sound, but weaker in content than the French or Swiss education systems and we must avoid diluting it further.

8. What "words of wisdom" would you pass on to today's Ecolint students?
Knuckle down for the IB – it is well worth the effort later on. Perhaps more importantly, Ecolint generates a special community, a bond that brings many people back together time and time again. As such, you will always have this community to fall back on come what may.

9. What has been the biggest impact of your Ecolint education on your life?
The biggest impact of my Ecolint education has undoubtedly been an international outlook, which has taken me from Switzerland to the UK, Belgium, Malta, the Philippines and back. It has also imbued me with a versatile skills set – a mix of language (French, Spanish) and quantitative skills (economics, mathematics) – that is valued by employers for work and myself for the people I can relate to. Lastly, it has also given me a global community to identify with and feel part of.

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