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RWTH-Alumni als Botschafter bei EuroPosgrados Kolumbien

January 27th, 2015 | by
© Silke Jenssen/RWTH International Academy

© Silke Jenssen/RWTH International Academy

Zwei Mitarbeiterinnen der RWTH International Academy, Silke Jenssen und Christine Volk, repräsentierten die RWTH Aachen im November 2014 erstmalig mit einem eigenen Stand auf der kolumbianischen Messe EuroPosgrados, bei der sich rund 8.000 Besucher über ein Masterstudium in Europa informierten. Als die ehemaligen kolumbianischen Studierenden der RWTH Aachen, César Mauricio Mantilla und Carlos Alejandro Perez, von dem geplanten Besuch in Kolumbien hörten, meldeten sie sich sofort beim Team der RWTH International Academy, um ihre Hilfe vor Ort anzubieten.

“Das war die beste Gelegenheit, kolumbianischen Studieninteressierten von meinen Erfahrungen an einer der besten Universitäten für Ingenieurwissenschaft Europas erzählen zu können. Außerdem wollte ich ihnen mitteilen, dass ein Studium in einer Fremdsprache im Ausland machbar ist und es sich lohnt, um neue Kenntnisse zu erwerben sowie persönliche, akademische und berufliche Erfahrungen zu sammeln.”

So schilderte César Mauricio Mantilla seine Motivation mitzuhelfen. Er absolvierte den deutschsprachigen Studiengang M.Sc. Bauingenieurwesen und lebt seit August 2014 wieder in Kolumbien. Carlos Alejandro Perez studierte den englischsprachigen M.Sc. Computer Aided Conception and Production in Mechanical Engineering, der durch die RWTH International Academy organisiert wird, und kehrte nach erfolgreichem Abschluss des Studiums 2013 in seine Heimatstadt Bogotá zurück. Er kannte die Academy Mitarbeiterinnen bereits durch sein eigenes Studium sehr gut und freute sich, seinen ehemaligen Studienkoordinatorinnen nun seinerseits einmal Orientierungshilfe anbieten zu können. Des Weiteren war den DAAD Mitarbeitern in Kolumbien Jackson Rodriguez bekannt, ehemaliger Doktorand der RWTH Aachen, der sich bereits bei anderen Aktivitäten im Bereich der Studienberatung engagiert hatte und ebenfalls bei dem Messestand mithalf.
Team Messe Bogota

© Silke Jenssen/RWTH International Academy

© Silke Jenssen/RWTH International Academy

Die drei RWTH Alumni waren eine großartige Unterstützung für das Team vor Ort, aber auch schon lange vor der Abreise. So unterstützten sie die Bekanntmachung der Messe über Social Media und verteilten Flyer zur Veranstaltung an ihren Heimatuniversitäten. Während der Messe nahmen sie auch an der Präsentation „Welcome to the RWTH Aachen University“ teil und berichteten über ihre eigenen Studienerfahrungen, die Unterschiede zwischen deutschen und kolumbianischen Hochschulen und ihre Empfehlung zu einem erfolgreichen Studium. Mit großem Engagement, gestützt auf aussagekräftige Zahlen und Fakten und einige humorvolle Anekdoten, gewannen sie die rund 100 Zuhörer für sich. Und ihr Engagement schien angekommen zu sein, so resümiert César Mauricio Mantilla:

Am schönsten an der Messe war die große Begeisterung, die unser Vortrag bei den Studenten geweckt hat. Nach der Präsentation der Universität auf der Messe haben sich hunderte Studenten an die Bude der RWTH gestürzt und unglaublich viele Fragen rund ums Studium gestellt.”

© Silke Jenssen/RWTH International Academy

© Silke Jenssen/RWTH International Academy

Der Messestand war stets gut besucht und das fünf-köpfige Team durchgängig in Gespräche verwickelt.Die Alumni beantworteten geduldig alle Fragen der Studieninteressierten und gaben bereitwillig ihre persönlichen Kontaktdaten heraus, um die Beratung weiter fortführen zu können. Von den eigenen Erfahrungen berichten zu können, war ihnen besonders wichtig, denn ihre Empfehlung der RWTH können sie authentisch belegen:

Die Qualität der Studiengänge ist sehr hoch und ihr Aufbau bereitet die Studenten sowohl für eine Tätigkeit in der Wirtschaft als auch in der Forschung vor. Zudem sind die Aussichten für die Absolventen der RWTH sehr gut, denn die Hochschule genießt einen guten Ruf nicht nur in Deutschland sondern auch im Ausland.“

Am prägendsten für die eigenen Erfahrungen war neben der akademischen Bildung vor allem das interkulturelle Erlebnis in einer multinationalen Klasse. César Mauricio Mantilla erinnert sich:

„Die Möglichkeit zu haben, einen Sitzplatz im Hörsaal mit Studenten aller Welt zu teilen. Man lernt dabei, andere Kulturen zu schätzen und ihre Gewohnheiten zu respektieren, sich auf neue Arbeitsweisen und Lernmethoden einzustellen, sowie Fremdsprachen und unterschiedliche Tanzschritte zu beherrschen. Außerdem habe ich an einer Sommerexkursion meiner Fakultät teilgenommen, bei der man die theoretischen erworbenen Kenntnisse in der Praxis umgesetzt sehen konnte.“

Europosgrados_Kolumbien_StandDas Team der RWTH International Academy ist nachhaltig beeindruckt von dem freiwilligen Engagement ihrer drei Helfer und äußerst dankbar für die viele Unterstützung und die positiven Eindrücke in Bogotá und Cali. Sie freuen sich schon jetzt auf das nächste „Alumni-Treffen“ in Kolumbien.

Autorin: Silke Jenssen, RWTH International Academy gGmbH

Connecting Students and Alumni: T.I.M.E. Alumni Meeting 2014

December 3rd, 2014 | by

RWTH Alumni:  Maximilian, you are graduate student at RWTH Aachen University completing the T.I.M.E. double-degree program. Just recently you have been invited to take part in the T.I.M.E. Alumni-Meeting in Lille organized by the T.I.M.E. Alumni Association. What was this all about?

Maximilian Sprengel: I was invited to share my T.I.M.E experience with the present program organisers and alumni. I gave a ten minute speech in which I mentioned my motivation and gave feedback. The following lunch and dinner made it possible to deepen the subject and to discuss about the different program aspects. Many T.I.M.E alumni and university officials took part at that event which offered unique networking opportunities.

RWTH Alumni:  Could you explain in a few sentences what the T.I.M.E. program is all about?

Maximilian Sprengel: The T.I.M.E double-degree program has the purpose to train future engineers for multicultural companies and their specific needs and leads to two master diplomas. The student completes the first two years at RWTH Aachen University, then enrolls for two years at another partner university, in my case, at the Ecole Centrale de Nantes and ultimately finishes his oder her master back in Aachen.

RWTH Alumni: What do you think are the benefits of this double-degree program as a future graduate?

Maximilian Sprengel: Within the program, the student evolves between two cultures and is confronted to their differences and therefore trains his adaptation skills. Moreover, the diverse education systems teach new ways of problem-solving which is a real asset for engineers. The double degree is the perfect opportunity, next to the mentioned skills, to build a personal and professional network and thus prepares the student very well for the job market.

RWTH Alumni: Sounds like an interesting program and an interesting event you went to. Thanks for sharing your experience!


Maximilian talks about his decision to follow a double-degree programme from T.I.M.E. Alumni Association on Vimeo.

 

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!