Focus topics on the Alumniportal Deutschland

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Here you will find articles on topics that are important to alumni - from sustainability and equal rights to academic communication and careers in Germany.

Agenda 2030 - where do we stand?

Six years after the SDGs came into force, we would like to address the question of how far the global community has come and what it will take to achieve the desired results by 2030.

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Social Innovation and Entrepreneurship

With our Focus Topic Social innovation and Entrepreneurship, we look in particular at social innovations - i.e. projects, start-ups and companies that tackle social challenges.

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  • SDG Ziel 12: Nachhaltige/r Konsum und Produktion
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    Tourism – fair and sustainable

    Tourism that in particular enables people in the region to benefit can contribute to sustainable development. And the guests also benefit from fair travel.

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    Advancing social sustainability together

    Dialogue for sustainable development: Alumniportal Deutschland organises online conference on social entrepreneurship.

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    © Getty Images/TheCrimsonRibbon

    A career abroad: ‘Pack your bags!’

    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.

Sustainable Future

Get to know alumni, initiatives and programmes that are working for a sustainable world in different ways.

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  • SDG Ziel 15: Leben an Land
    Smoke pollution in Singapore from Sumatra, the national forest being cut down and burned by farmers, and land being cleared for the production of palm oil in Sumatra.
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    © GettyImages /MsLightBox

    Save the forests

    Global forest loss endangers biodiversity and our ecosystems. DAAD alumna and alumni joined a digital conference to discuss what can be done to combat it. 

  • SDG Ziel 11: Nachhaltige Städte und Gemeinden
    SDG Ziel 12: Nachhaltige/r Konsum und Produktion
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    Participants of the Don't Litter Initiative © private

    How to make a university a clean place

    Humboldtian Professor Uchendu has launched a challenging project: She wants the University of Nigeria in Nsukka to become one of the neatest places in Nigeria.

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    SDG Ziel 6: Sauberes Wasser und Sanitäre Einrichtungen
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    © Courtesy of The American University in Cairo

    WEFE Nexus Award for DAAD alumnus

    DAAD alumnus Hani Sewilam has developed a model that extracts six products from sunlight and seawater without producing waste. His main aim is to assure water and food security.

Science Communication

In the context of this focus topic, we examine, among other things, various formats of science communication and take a look behind the scenes of science with exciting contributions.

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    The inspiring story of Tanka Nath Dhamala

    Tanka Nath Dhamala from Nepal relates how study and research stays furthered his career. Although it wasn’t obvious, especially in his childhood and youth, that Dhamala would one day accomplish so much.

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    Robotics inspired by nature

    Researchers involved in robotics can discover a lot from nature. Dr Robert Siddall works in the field of ‘bio-inspired robotics’ and has organised a contest to bring young people closer to the subject.

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    How to communicate your research

    Communication is a key aspect of the science system, and one that is becoming increasingly important. But which format is best suited to which topics and purposes? We have compiled a brief overview of the most effective and innovative communication formats.

Social Cohesion

A cohesive society has always been important. But it is not only important in overcoming health crises, but also in combating climate change, discrimination and much more.

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    © Unsplash/Artin Bakhan

    Protests in Iran: Using art to fight the system

    Iran is currently experiencing one of the largest waves of protests in decades. The Humboldt Foundation strongly condemns the violence by Iranian security forces, which particularly affects peaceful demonstrators at universities. We spoke with the Iranian Humboldtian Raika Khorshidian about different forms of protest, communication channels and the cultural scene’s influence in Iran.

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    ‘You always find somebody who is willing to help’

    Setonji Ogunbiyi came from Nigeria to the Ruhr region to study Development Management – and to play football. The 29-year-old trains at Fortuna Düsseldorf, together with other foot amputees. In September 2021, he was nominated for the ‘Goal of the Month’ award of the ARD TV programme Sportschau. He came second with just under 30 percent of votes.

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    Syrian refugee obtains a bachelor's degree with the help of a scholarship

    Ahmad Sami Qaddura fled to Germany to escape the civil war in his home country. Today he has a bachelor's degree and a permanent position with the largest software company in Europe.

Career in Germany

Here you will find facts about the German job market, collections of links with all relevant information on the topic of working in Germany guides with the most important steps on the way to a job.

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    Further training for international skilled workers

    International further training, language courses, mentoring and intercultural competence: Further training helps international skilled workers gain a foothold in Germany. An overview of free training opportunities.

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    Shared dreams, joint objectives

    The story of spouses that have studied and conducted research in Germany together — funded by the DAAD and the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation. 

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    © Illustration: Alumniportal Deutschland / Hinterland; Photo: Jessica Schüller

    Podcast: Inside Deutschland

    Your Guide to Careers in Germany - This podcast provides you with insight into working in Germany, and covers topics such as the do's and don'ts for job interviews, pitfalls to avoid in communicating with employers and colleagues, and how to navigate opportunities and challenges across the German labor market.

Europe

Due to the German presidency of the EU Council in the second half of 2020, the Alumniportal will focus more on the topics EU and Europe in the coming months.

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    Siegfried Muresan:'My vision for Europe'

    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. 

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    German phrases about Europe

    On the occasion of the European Day of Language on 26 September, we would like to introduce you to idioms around Europe.

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    Change and responsibility for the environment are needed to stop climate change. © getty images/ Vasil Dimitrov

    “Small steps, big change” – EU Ideas Lab in Poland

    How can we talk about complex scientific issues like climate change in a way that gets people excited about them? This was the subject of a virtual EU Ideas Lab in Poland. Our guest author took part and shares her experiences. 

Equality

The topic of equality has many dimensions - in terms of gender, sexuality, education, politics. That is why the Alumniportal Deutschland has a special focus on the topic.

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  • SDG Ziel 5: Geschlechtergleichheit
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    More women for research in Nepal

    There are only a few women in Nepal who are working in STEM research. Biologist Dr Babita Paudel has launched a network initiative to change that.

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    View of the exhibition Empowerment Kunstmuseum Wolfsburg, 10.9.2022 – 8.1.2023© Marek Kruszewski
    View of the exhibition Empowerment Kunstmuseum Wolfsburg, 10.9.2022 – 8.1.2023 © Marek Kruszewski

    SDG 5 - Artworks about feminism from around the world

    The exhibition Empowerment at the art museum in Wolfsburg provides a global overview of art and feminism since the start of the 21st century.

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    SDG Ziel 5: Geschlechtergleichheit
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    Goal 5 – Gender equality and Women’s empowerment

    1014 spoke with Jenny Dembrow and Ebonie Simpson, Co-Executive Directors of the Lower Eastside Girls Club in New York City, about connecting girls and young women to healthy and successful futures and the importance of community engagement.

THE GLOBAL GOALS – powered by Alumni

As a global network with alumni from a wide range of disciplines, the Alumniportal Deutschland is committed to the 2030 Agenda and its 17 Sustainable Development Goals.

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    SDG Ziel 2: Kein Hunger
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    Alumni are rethinking sustainable agriculture

    From environmental sensors to solar dryers: we look back on Community Challenge 2022. Read on to discover how committed Germany alumni are shaping the future of agriculture.

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    SDG Ziel 2: Kein Hunger
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    Participants of the DAAD SDG Alumni Project IGW 2023 © DAAD / Lleshi

    The food supply crisis – conceivable solutions

    The number of hungry people in the world is increasing. Germany alumni and alumna from around the world are involved in the much needed transformation of food supply chains.

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    SDG Ziel 13: Maßnahmen zum Klimaschutz
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    © Getty Images/Vasil Dimitrov

    Climate change – a challenge for science communication

    Dr Eduardo Queiroz Alves explains in an interview what constitutes successful academic communication of climate change and how it can be used to reach a young target group.