DAAD-Preis für internationale Studierende – Kompetenzstützpunkt der Hochschule Anhalt organisiert seit 2012 Preisverleihung als Zeichen der Exzellenz internationaler Studierender an der Hochschule Anhalt
„Coming to Anhalt University remains the best academic decision I have made“ – Der Preisträger des DAAD-Preises 2014 im Interview.
Zur Anerkennung besonderer Leistungen ausländischer Studierender, die an deutschen Hochschulen einen Studienabschluss erwerben, hat der Deutsche Akademische Austauschdienst (DAAD) vor mehr als zehn Jahren den „DAAD-Preis für ausländische Studierende und Doktoranden“ ins Leben gerufen. Der mit 1.000 Euro dotierte Preis kann an fortgeschrittene Bachelor- oder Masterstudierende, Absolventen und Promovenden mit sehr guten Studienleistungen und nachweislichem Engagement im gesellschaftlich-sozialen Bereich vergeben werden. An der Hochschule Anhalt koordiniert das Akademische Auslandsamt die Preisvergabe in Zusammenarbeit mit den Fachbereichen.
2014 wurde der DAAD-Preis der Hochschule Anhalt am 11. Oktober im Rahmen der Feierlichen Immatrikulation des Fachbereiches Architektur, Facility Management und Geoinformation im Dessauer Technikmuseum „Hugo Junkers“ verliehen. Der Preisträger, Chukwuemeka Vincent Chukwuemeka schloss im Sommersemester 2014 sein Studium im englischsprachigen Masterstudiengang ‚Dessau International Architecture‘ mit hervorragenden Leistungen ab. Professor Stephan Pinkau würdigte darüber hinaus in seiner Laudatio das Engagement von Herrn Chukwuemeka im ehrenamtlichen Buddy-Betreuungsprogramm für internationale Erstsemester an der Hochschule Anhalt.
Nach der Preisverleihung fand sich Herr Chukwuemeka gern zu einem Interview mit Marcus Rau, Projektmitarbeiter im Akademischen Auslandsamt, bereit.
Marcus Rau: Vincent, what does being the awardee of the 2014 DAAD Prize of Anhalt University mean to?
Vincent Chukwuemeka: It means a lot to me. I am very happy to have received this award. It demonstrates that hard work and self-commitment to a tangible cause cannot be overemphasized. I hope other students can find inspiration from my experiences while studying at Anhalt University.
Marcus Rau: You graduated from Anhalt in July 2014. Looking back at your time at Anhalt University, what would you say were decisive / landmark experiences you made while studying in Dessau, both negative and positive?
Vincent Chukwuemeka: First of all, I would say my coming to Anhalt University still remains the best academic decision I have made so far. The English-taught Master of Architecture program in DIA draws in students from more than 50 nationalities. In my opinion, this has to be the ‘most international’ Master of Architecture program in the world. Studying in such an environment for two straight years is definitely a very enriching experience.
On the other hand, Dessau is a small city with few opportunities. This makes it a little difficult for many students coming from very large cities to adjust appropriately.
Marcus Rau: Could you please rate how important it is for you from a professional point of view that you have obtained a Master degree in Architecture at Anhalt University?
Vincent Chukwuemeka: It is extremely important that I have obtained my Master’s degree in Architecture at Anhalt University. This is an internationally accredited degree and it will allow me to pursue a professional architecture license and also seek a PhD position in a university.
Marcus Rau: Germany has been experiencing a well-publicized debate about a lack of professionals. You yourself are planning to stay on in Germany, get some work experience, do a PhD. What conditions would you say do international graduates of German universities need to feel encouraged to 'seek their luck' in Germany?
Vincent Chukwuemeka: The most challenging issue so far, from my experience, is to master the German language. I would say, ‘Life is better in Germany when you can speak German.’ I am currently taking further language courses in German in order to get a B1 language proficiency certification. In this respect, I think there is a need to offer more German language classes for international students at Anhalt University. Also, if possible, introduce more sets of programs and courses where English-taught students can easily integrate with German-taught students. The ones in place are really not enough.
Marcus Rau: May I ask about your immediate professional plans?
Vincent Chukwuemeka: I am currently seeking a PhD position to advance my skills and knowledge, especially with a focus on self-organization. I also hope to broaden my professional network from other disciplines in the coming years, and would like to set up a multidisciplinary practice afterwards.
Marcus Rau: Is there anything you would like to say, any message you would like to get across?
Vincent Chukwuemeka: I think the current students should organize themselves and have an active association through which they can communicate better to the university / departmental authorities. For example, accommodation for newly arriving students is always a problem. However, there has not been a proper communication to the university about it from the students.
I strongly believe that it is the ultimate wish of the University is to give the students better learning experience and study conditions, but there has to be an organized channel for communication. We could not succeed in doing this in our time but I think it is necessary.
Thank you very much for your time, Vincent.
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