Former ASIS student donates grand piano

    Alexandra piano 1920
    Alexandra Hercegno, an alumnus of the Avans School of International Studies (ASIS), has donated a grand piano to Avans. She no longer has room for it due to her emigration to Singapore.

    The grand piano was moved from Utrecht to the Avans campus on Hogeschoollaan in Breda over the summer break. The Facility Management & ICT Unit (DIF) was there to receive it. It was originally decided to put the piano in the School of Education. However, the instrument turned out to be too large for the music room. DIF will now replace the broken piano in room HD001 with Alexandra’s grand piano.

    Permanent departure
    It was Alexandra, a former student of the Bachelor of International Business and Management Studies, herself who contacted Avans about a possible donation. “I worked in Germany, Hungary, Slovakia, Poland and Singapore after my graduation,” she explains. “I’m now permanently leaving for Singapore so it appears I won’t return to the Netherlands in the near future.”

    Alexandra had a great time studying at Avans and is grateful for the international experience it has enabled her to gain. That’s why her alma mater was her first choice for her donation. “I really wanted to give back to the place where I have learnt so much.”

    Meaningful donation
    Alexandra is pleased the piano will be used again. “Although it feels horrible to say goodbye to the piano, I’m happy that other students will have the chance to play it now. That makes it a meaningful donation.”

    The grand piano is an antique that dates back to the Austro-Hungarian Empire. Alexandra bought it from a ballet dancer friend. She always took the piano with her whenever she moved to a different country. “The piano represents my journey, which started in Hungary and has led me down different international paths.”

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