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Alumni Treffen: Bericht aus Shanghai

December 12th, 2013 | by

Gut besucht war die letzte Alumni-Veranstaltung, die in Shanghai am 30. Oktober stattfand. Unsere Kollegin Yan Ding, Geschäftsführerin des RWTH Beijing Liaison Büros, hat das Treffen der Ehemaligen vor Ort koordiniert und uns einen kleinen Bericht und einige Fotos gesendet :

Am 31. Oktober 2013 veranstaltete die RWTH Aachen mit der FH Aachen erstmals ein gemeinsames Alumni-Treffen in Shanghai. Neben mehr als 80 Alumni waren auch Rektoren und Professoren beider Hochschulen sowie der Tongji Universität anwesend. Zusätzlich waren Vertreter der Stadt Aachen, die Industrie- und Handelskammer (IHK) Aachen, die AGIT GmbH sowie Vertreter von Unternehmen aus dem Stadtbezirk Yangpu der Einladung gefolgt.

Alumni Treffen  Shanghai 2013 ©RWTH Aachen/Yan Ding

Alumni Treffen Shanghai 2013 ©RWTH Aachen/Yan Ding

Prof. Dr. Poprawe, Rektoratsbeauftragter für die VR China an der RWTH Aachen, begrüßte die Anwesenden und gab einen Überblick über den Neubau des Aachener Campus. Anschließend drückten sowohl der Rektor der FH Aachen, Professor Baumann, als auch Herr Fritz Rötting, Geschäftsführer der IHK Aachen sowie Unterstützer der Alumni-Arbeit der RWTH, ihre Freude über die große Zahl der Alumni aus, die in allen Bereichen zu den deutsch-chinesischen Wirtschaftsbeziehungen beitragen. Im Anschluss begrüßte Herr Li Guowen, Manager der Yangpu Science & Technology Innovation Group, die weit angereisten Gäste und stellte die große Rolle des Bezirks Yangpu für die innovative Wirtschaft der Region vor. Abschließend lud er die Aachener Hochschulen mitsamt ihrer Alumni im Namen des Vorsitzenden des Innospring Science Parks, Liu Wanfeng, der den Veranstaltungsort bereitgestellt hatte, zu Kooperationen und Unternehmensgründungen ein.

Während des Abendbanketts schwelgten die Alumni in gemeinsamen Erinnerungen an Leben und Studium in Aachen. Sämtliche Teilnehmer empfanden die Veranstaltung als Bereicherung und sehen dem nächsten Treffen bereits jetzt freudig entgegen.

Yan Ding

Alumni Treffen Shanghai ©RWTH Aachen/Yan Ding

Alumni Treffen Shanghai ©RWTH Aachen/Yan Ding

Aachener Delegationsteilnehmer beim Alumnitreffen © RWTH Aachen/Yan Ding

Aachener Delegationsteilnehmer beim Alumnitreffen © RWTH Aachen/Yan Ding

Interview: RWTH Research Alumnus explores Aachen with Chilean students

April 12th, 2013 | by

 

In March 2013 our Chilean alumnus Sebastián Fingerhuth visited RWTH Aachen University accompanying a group of students from Pontificia Universidad Católica de Valparaíso in Chile during a study trip to Germany. Here he tells the RWTH Alumni team about this interesting journey.

 

©Fingerhuth

 

RWTH Alumni: Prof. Fingerhuth, you are currently working as professor at the Pontificia Universidad Católica de Valparaíso in Chile. What do you do there exactly?

Sebastián Fingerhuth: Yes, since almost three years I am back in Chile. I’m working as a professor at the School of Electrical Engineering at Pontificia Universidad Católica de Valparaíso, Chile. There I am involved in teaching and research. Mainly I am working in some projects with the civil engineers in measurement and monitoring of civil structures such as bridges or buildings.

RWTH Alumni: You have also studied and worked at RWTH Aachen University. When and where exactly? And why did you actually choose Germany and why RWTH?

Sebastián Fingerhuth: I arrived in Aachen in 2003, with my wife, after having studied in Chile. I arrived as student, with the idea to visit RWTH Aachen for at least one year, attending lectures in acoustics. Why Germany?  Mainly because I have strong bonds with Germany. I speak German and my family originally came from Germany to Chile, more than a hundred years ago. Why Aachen? Because it has a good acoustics institute and because Aachen is not a big city as I was used to live in Santiago de Chile. During this first year I applied for a grant from DAAD to do my PhD at Aachen.

RWTH Alumni: You are currently visiting RWTH Aachen – and you have not come alone. A group of Chilean students from your university has joined you. Could you tell us a bit about your visit here?

Sebastián Fingerhuth: As a Germany-Alumnus I am always looking for possibilities to keep in touch with Germany. Then I found out about the possibility to do a “Studienreise”  (study trip) with support from the German Academic Exchange Service (Deutscher Akademischer Austauschdienst: DAAD). I thought that this is a great opportunity to show German Universities and Germany to students from Chile. I planned a seven-day visit to Aachen and three days in Munich.  Through the contacts I still have with some people in Aachen it was easy to arrange visits to institutes and labs at RWTH and TUM and to some companies near Aachen: HEAD acoustics, RWE’s surface mine and power plant and Lucas-Nuelle. Everybody welcomed us warmly and showed us what they have to offer.

RWTH Alumni: How do you, how do your students rate this possibility to learn more about exchange and research programs at RWTH and to get to know Aachen?

Sebastián Fingerhuth: It was a tremendous trip for the students. For most of them it was their first international trip, their first time of flying on an airplane. After visiting the institutes, labs and research facilities they started to ask about the exchange programs. All the time we were accompanied by Mila, the contact person from the DAAD in charge of the organization of every activity. She handed out information from DAAD and we also received detailed information from the RWTH and from the Faculty of Electrical Engineering and Information Technology.

RWTH Alumni: You have also volunteered to be one of our international research alumni ambassadors of RWTH – what do you do in this function?

Sebastián Fingerhuth: Yes, as I said before my idea is to help people to get to Germany, to Aachen. We had some activities for latino students that arrive in Aachen while we lived there. Now it is similar, just without being in Aachen but back in Chile. If someone is interested in Germany, we have a local lecturer from DAAD in Valparaíso but I can then also speak about my experience in Engineering at RWTH: I can encourage students to go for one or two semesters to Aachen and hopefully also some researchers. I also try to be present when there are information activities from DAAD at my university. Last time when I was in Aachen, I also visited some research centers that could probably be partners from our school or university.

RWTH Alumni: What do you think will have been the most rewarding experience for you and your students during your stay in Aachen?

Sebastián Fingerhuth: I knew many of the places we visited but I was amazed at how well we were received at each place. We were welcomed by professors, CEO´s and directors. They took the time to show us what they do and to share their experiences.

The students were impressed by the technology, the applications, innovations and products they saw. One student commented to me:  “How do they get all the ideas to do these things?” And they also enjoyed a little bit of the (night)-life of a student in Aachen: the Mensa, visiting a Kneipe and Pontstrasse, walking around in a very cold night, etc.

©Fingerhuth: Exploring Campus Melaten

©Fingerhuth: Exploring Campus Melaten

RWTH Alumni: Returning back to Aachen must stir up some memories – anything in particular?

Sebastián Fingerhuth: It was nice having some time to visit some friends. I also was in my old office and I remembered when I used my bicycle in Aachen to move around… but I hope to be visiting Aachen again at least every few years. RWTH Alumni: Thank you very much!

 

 

“Where ideas become products” – The university city

March 12th, 2013 | by

Our collegues from the city administration have set up a nice project called aachen-emotion.com to inform everyone who is new to Aachen about the city, its people, its traditions and its many special features.
In Where ideas become products – aachen-emotion.com  you can see Aachen´s lord mayor Marcel Philipp speaking about Aachen as university city. (If you have not been there yet: the building from which the lord mayor is enjoying this fantastic view on the city skyline, is the SuperC of RWTH Aachen University, home to International Office, Fundraising and Alumni!)

Visit www.aachen-emotion.com to read and see more about Aachen up front and personal!

Forschung publikumsnah vermitteln I – Science Slam

January 28th, 2013 | by

 

Eine Möglichkeit Wissenschaft einer breiteren Öffentlichkeit zu vermitteln erfreut sich immer größerer Beliebtheit, besonders beim jungen Publikum: Science Slams. Ein erfahrener Professor oder  eine erfahrene Professorin und vier Nachwuchswissenschaftler präsentieren auf der Bühne ihre Forschungsthemen in knapp zehn Minuten – und zwar so unterhaltsam und verständlich, dass auch das Publikum sich bei der Entscheidung einen Sieger unter  den Jungwissenschaftlern  zu finden schwer tun darf.

Vor kurzem fand mal wieder so ein Science Slam, veranstaltet von der Initiative LUUPS, in Aachen statt. Für diejenigen, die nicht live dabei sein konnten: die Veranstaltung wurde aufgezeichnet und nachträglich gesendet vom WDR . Und wer sich jetzt noch immer nicht vorstellen kann, wie Wissenschaft „geslamt“ aussieht, schaut sich am besten das Video vom Science Slam 2011 in Aachen an. Viel Spaß!