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The First Studienbrücke Alumni Reunion in Germany

80 international graduates of the Studienbrücke programme travelled from all over Germany to the Ruhr University in Bochum for their first alumni reunion. These alumni, who are originally from partner countries in Eastern Europe, Asia and the Americas are currently studying STEM subjects (science, technology, engineering, maths) at German universities. This get-together in Bochum was their very first Studienbrücke alumni reunion.

By Vita Tymchenko

First Get-Together reunion of Studienbrücke programme alumni at Ruhr University in Bochum, Germany © RUB Marquard The Studienbrücke programme is run by the Goethe-Institut, various partner universities and the DAAD (German Academic Exchange Service). It prepares high school graduates from around the world to study successfully at German universities.
 

First Get-Together reunion of Studienbrücke programme alumni at Ruhr University in Bochum, Germany © RUB Marquard The attendees engaged in lively discussions over the course of several eye-opening workshops focussed on their career prospects: i.e. on possible careers in science, the basics of starting up a company, and job opportunities, especially at start-ups. They also took part in a “science slam” with plenty of enthusiasm.

The invited project partners had an excellent opportunity to exchange information about the current status of the programme and further developments.
 
 
First Get-Together reunion of Studienbrücke programme alumni at Ruhr University in Bochum, Germany © RUB Marquard Prof. Dr. dr H. c. Martin Paul, Rector of the Ruhr University Bochum, explained in his welcoming speech that “it was the right decision to continue with the successful programme. The lively response and demand confirm this. The Studienbrücke stands for cohesion, for helpfulness and solidarity.

Dr. Christoph Veldhues, Head of the language department at the Goethe-Institute, emphasized the relevance of the educational programme: "The Studienbrücke programme is an important investment in international educational exchange: the Goethe-Institute, DAAD and German universities combine their skills with the Studienbrücke and enable qualified students from abroad have a direct access to studying in Germany.”
 

First Get-Together reunion of Studienbrücke programme alumni at Ruhr University in Bochum, Germany © RUB Marquard Alumni networking and close cooperation with partner institutions will help make the Studienbrücke programme the ideal springboard for a successful career – whether in Germany, in their native countries or anywhere else in the world.


First Get-Together reunion of Studienbrücke programme alumni at Ruhr University in Bochum, Germany © RUB Marquard About Studienbrücke

Launched in 2015, Studienbrücke serves as a direct bridge to higher education in Germany for outstanding high school students in 23 different countries (in Eastern Europe, Asia and Americas). In their own country, the programme provides instruction for these students in the German language – including technical terminology – and introduces them to the teaching and learning culture in Germany.and an introduction to German “learning culture”. The object is to prepare them for an undergraduate programme in a STEM subject (science, technology, engineering, maths) or economics in Germany. Upon successful completion of the programme, they’re read to embark directly on a course of study at a German partner university.

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