Discover the journey of L’Oréal scholar, Robert Tindwa

  • Robert Tindwa © Elisabeth Brunet / Sciences PoRobert Tindwa © Elisabeth Brunet / Sciences Po

Tell us a little about yourself: what are your aspirations and what was your path before Sciences Po?

I am half Zimbabwean, half Kenyan and I grew up in Zimbabwe. Prior to joining Sciences Po for my undergraduate programme, I completed my International Baccalaureat diploma at the United World College in Swaziland, a tiny kingdom in Southern Africa. In the long-term, my goal is to acquire the necessary skills that will allow me to be an effective leader, especially in this age of digitalisation, globalisation and climate change.

You have applied to the Europe-Africa program on the Reims campus. What were your reasons and what did you get out of it?

I chose the Europe Africa program for two main reasons: On the one hand, I was attracted by the strength and uniqueness of the academic programme. For me, Euraf represented a rare opportunity to study a bilingual degree, and learn another language in the process. Furthermore, it represented the opportunity to study pressing and often-delicate issues be it historical, current and issues of the future, all in an objective manner. On the other hand, I wanted to be surrounded by people who would be interested by such a programme. This is because I would know I would learn a lot outside the classroom as well. It was a choice I certainly did not regret. I learnt so much in those two years: from the importance of teamwork to the necessity to develop and nurture a critical spirit, and other tools that have allowed me to broaden my horizons and help me get to know myself as a person better. More importantly, I made a few lifelong friends during the two years and I am proud to have been a part of this unique programme.

You are a L'Oréal scholar for the duration of your Master's degree. How does this help you in your studies? What is the relationship you have with your patron?

Being a L’Oréal scholar is an opportunity I will eternally be grateful for. In terms of my studies, this has given me a lot of direction and perspective. Currently, I am enrolled in the Economics and Business masters at the School of Management and Innovation. My master programme is currently shedding a lot of light on and questioning the role of the enterprise in today’s connected world. It is a great help for me to be supported by individuals from L’Oréal who truly embody its values, and vision and I personally think that this type of personal engagement and support goes a long way in training the future leaders of tomorrow, and for that, I am more than grateful.