Alumni stories

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Here you can find interviews and portraits of Alumniportal members from different countries.

Alumni talk about their studies abroad and about their careers.

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  • Two researchers in the lab
    © Forschungszentrum Jülich
    © Forschungszentrum Jülich

    A jab to counter malaria

    23.11.2022

    DAAD alumnae Dr Gabriela Figueroa Miranda and Dr Viviana Rincón Montes are working as postdocs at Forschungszentrum Jülich to develop a new and highly effective rapid test for malaria. They were accordingly honoured with the Innovation Award of the State of NRW in May 2022.

  • SDG Ziel 13: Maßnahmen zum Klimaschutz
    SDG Ziel 7: Bezahlbare und saubere Energie
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    Commitment to climate action

    18.11.2022

    Mario Cornaló tells us what brought him to Germany for a semester abroad, and why working in the European energy sector is so exciting for him now. 

  • SDG Ziel 11: Nachhaltige Städte und Gemeinden
    © DAAD/Jasmin Zwick
    © DAAD/Jasmin Zwick

    Ideas for the urban environment of the future

    03.11.2022

    What is it that defines social, sustainable and smart urban environments – and how can they become a reality? A symposium for DAAD alumni in Leipzig revealed stimulating approaches.

  • Picture of the street sign "Hollywood Boulevard", blue sky and palm trees in the background
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    © Getty Images/TheCrimsonRibbon

    A career abroad: ‘Pack your bags!’

    19.09.2022

    From bottom of the food chain to executive and co-founder of a major video games company: how help from the DAAD enabled Ortwin Sam Freyermuth to make it to the top.

  • [Translate to Englisch:] Die TU Berlin hilft afghanischen Akademiker*innen
    The TU Berlin helps Afghan academics© Christian Kielmann
    The TU Berlin helps Afghan academics © Christian Kielmann

    Support for 62 Afghan IT specialists

    24.08.2022

    On August 15, 2021, the Afghan government was overthrown by the Taliban. The four alumni of the computer science master’s program at the Center for International and Intercultural Communication (ZiiK) at the TU Berlin fled their offices that day and from day to day they lost not only their jobs, but also the hope they had in them country had returned after studying in Berlin.

  • Dana Newman is an influencer.
    © Dana Newman
    © Dana Newman

    Dream job as an influencer? The jungle of self-employment

    12.08.2022

    Dana Newman has made it. She moved from Florida to Munich and is now a successful social media entrepreneur in Germany. She uses her YouTube channel ‘Wanted Adventure’ to narrate funny misunderstandings that are encountered when you're new to Germany. Her videos have since been viewed over 40 million times. But she first had to learn how to work as a freelancer in Germany.

  • Two smiling young African businesswomen are standing in a modern office space. In the background you can see the lettering "Innovate".
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    © Getty Images/Jonathan Erasmus

    Social Innovation & Entrepreneurship: Question 3

    28.07.2022

    The Alumniportal spoke to five experts on the subject of social innovation and entrepreneurship. We asked our interview partners, who are active in the field in different ways, five questions and also asked them for specific tips for other committed people.

  • Uganda can offer a wide range of delicious fruit and vegetables, but also popular varieties of coffee and tea.
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    © Getty Images/FrankvandenBergh

    Jobs and opportunities for young people

    18.07.2022

    Avocados, pineapples, mangoes and passion fruit: Uganda can offer a wide range of delicious fruit and vegetables, but also popular varieties of coffee and tea. Gyaviira Kaleebu sees huge potential in Uganda’s fertile soils and wants to use agricultural processing factories to improve the economic situation in his country.

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    Siegfried Muresan:'My vision for Europe'

    13.07.2022

    Siegfried Muresan is a DAAD alumnus and has been a Member of the European Parliament since 2014. His 'Vision for Europe' tells us why exchange in Europe is one of his most significant concerns and why young people should sometimes be more courageous. 

  • Woman holds European flag
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    © Getty Images/ gpointstudio

    Sotiris Mitralexis: 'A common economic and financial policy'

    30.06.2022

    A common economic and financial policy is necessary, complete with shared debt liability. In the current crisis in particular, the EU can’t stop where it is now because that would only strengthen the nationalists in the individual countries. Instead, we should continue along the path towards deeper unification.

  • Eduardo Felisberto Buanaissa
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    Eduardo Felisberto Buanaissa

    30.06.2022

    "I’ve always been very interested in politics. One of my most important tasks at the German Embassy in Maputo was to keep in touch with initiatives relating to civil society."

  • Nóra Regös
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    ‘We should listen to one another rather than censoring and criticising dissenters.’

    27.06.2022

    Democracy thrives on an exchange of views. We should listen to one another and try to understand the views of others rather than censoring and criticising different opinions.