In 2019, Stefan Papastefanou was one of only four applicants to be accepted into the 2019/2020 program of the Applied Research Centre for Intellectual Assets and the Law in Asia (ARCIALA) of the Singapore Management University (SMU) and spent six months in Singapore.
Stefan, congratulations on winning the ARCIALA scholarship. That must have been a significant advantage during your stay abroad.
Stefan: "Yes, indeed. The ARCIALA program is rivaled in its generosity only by its excellence. It provided me with unprecedented academic and financial freedom. Therefore, the circumstances were ideal to develop myself personally as well as academically. The position as a visiting scholar also signified that I was not bound by a specific research project but enabled me to pursue any meaningful project which was of personal interest to me.“
That sounds like a wonderful experience. So what did you think of Singapore?
Stefan: "Getting to know Singapore is an astonishing experience that can only be witnessed in a meaningful way if you are financially and personally independent. However, since the position as a visiting scholar is an employment, you have to undergo strict medical testing and a rigorous visa process before you can officially start. Add that to the demanding application process where you compete against excellent scholars from all over the world and it becomes a challenging endeavor. Yet, unlocking the wonders and beauty of Singapore from an academic perspective is more than worth it. Even more so because Singapore is a gateway to Asia in general and by being associated with the ARCIALA you are able to explore Asia academically as well.”