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International  Alumni Newsletter

March 2012

A Postcard from Boston, Massachusetts

International Office pleased to announce two important partnerships

Dear TU Alumni,

The “Ruhr Fellowship” Program is going to bring the first set of students to TU Dortmund University this summer for two-month internships. The students will spend one month with a culture and leadership program at the university and one month working closely with a company in the Initiativkreis Ruhr in order to experience the German work environment firsthand. This internship program brings students from the United States to the “Cradle of Industry” in Germany and shows them the creativity and innovation that are now associated with the Ruhr Area. On March 15, 10 out of 40 applicants from MIT, UPenn, Havard and Princeton were selected for the program. Be sure to look for more about the fellowship program in a later newsletter.

TU Dortmund University was once again exhibitor at the European Career Fair at MIT. Laura and I got to go to beautiful Boston to represent the three ConRuhr universities. The ECF is an annual recruiting event, organized by the MIT European Club that connects employers from Europe with the most talented candidates that live in the US. We had the great opportunity to meet up with old and new colleagues from partner institutions and with students and graduates looking for study programs and job openings. We also had the chance to talk to some TU Alumni from the U.S. Did you know that TU Dortmund University attends several international higher education and career fairs each year? Besides the ECF, there is the PhD Workshop in Beijing, China and of course the NAFSA. Most of them are open to the public and are a great way to reconnect with your alma mater and learn more about research and work opportunities in Germany, especially if you’re planning to go back. Useful information and openings for both students and researchers can be found here: www.research-in-germany. de. The day after the exhibition offers information sessions for both exhibitors and visitors. This year, the half-day program „Research in Germany“ featured first-hand information for both post-docs and graduate students. We hope to see more Alumni at these events in the future. They are great for networking and job hunting. International alumni newsletter 03/2012

We will announce future fairs on our Alumni website and on Facebook. Watch out for it! :-)

Besides work, Laura and I had a day off to explore Bean Town. By the way, does anybody know why this is Boston‘s nickname??? The weather during our stay was cold, there was even some snowfall. But that did not keep us from walking the famous freedom trail and from visiting some historical sites: Bunker Hill, the USS Constitution, the Old State House... Boston is a great place to learn about American history. So next year, you might wanna plan a trip to Boston to visit the EFC, us, and this great city. :-) Looking forward to seeing you there! Team Alumni International Laura & Anna-Julia

The University of Victoria is the newest international exchange partner, connecting Dortmund’s students with research in many areas, including renewable energy systems and deep-water seafloor observatory projects. The school is located on Vancouver Island in Canada, will be hosting its first TU Dortmund University student this fall, and also welcomes further applications for Study Abroad students from the TU. Ongoing Programs:

Info: NAFSA 2012 houston, Texas NAFSA‘s Annual Conference & Expo attracts more than 7,000 attendees from 120 countries each year and is widely recognized as the world‘s premier meeting, networking, and learning opportunity for international educators. The expo is open to the public. Date: 27 May - 1 June 2012

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The tenth annual International Summer Program (ISP) will be hosting international students from the end of May through July and giving them hands-on study opportunities in upcoming fields. The students take part in regular classes in either Engineering or German and European Studies and also attend a German language and culture course during their stay. The International Summer Program also acquaints stu-

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dents with the area by providing cultural excursions and a partnership program with German students. Opportunities: Many former study abroad students wonder how they can make it back to Germany. In order to answer the many questions students have, the DAAD has started an initiative called “Study in Germany: Land of Ideas.” This initiative has a new website with information on choosing a university, getting a visa, knowing about your German health insurance options, and games, If you have been thinking of coming to Germany again, you might want to look here for useful information and tips.

Imprint Newsletter Published by TU Dortmund University International Office, Emil-Figge-Str. 61 44221 Dortmund | Germany Edited by Anna-Julia Toll

Welcome back!

Welcome Message // Alumni Profile: Mustapha Haruna


On and around campus

A Careful Examination of a Neighborhood // Music is in the Air Translations by Tammy Kirchner


Urban Agriculture: International Student Workshop­// EU Sponsors Research Project: Plastic Antibodies

Photos: J. Huhn, M. Roth, M. Haruna, A. J. Toll World Wide News

Layout: IT & Medien Centrum

A Postcard from Boston, Massachusetts

Thanks to DAAD for supporting this publication


International Office Pleased to Announce Two Important Partnerships


Alumni International

Welcome back!


On and around campus


On and around campus

Conferences, Cooperations and Co.

February 2012

December 2011

March 2012

January 2012

Dear International Alumni and Friends, March is a great time to get geared up for the next semester. This spring we are looking at the university’s recent accomplishments as well as upcoming opportunities. We are excited to introduce our first ‘Alumni Profile’ in this newsletter and hope that you will also share your story with the alumni community. With each newsletter, we establish more connections with alumni and hope to facilitate new opportunities and projects for our former students. This newsletter focuses on the diversity of the projects TU Dortmund University has to offer students and alumni. Of course, we always have more information on our website and available through our Facebook page. Each year, TU Dortmund University attends several international career and education fairs. Learn more about our trip to the European Career Fair in Boston this January on page 5. BVB Dortmund is again doing well during the current soccer season and we are hoping to host another “Meisterfeier” in May. Keep an eye on our Facebook page for pictures and reports as we are expecting another huge black-and-yellow party in the city. Fingers crossed! After a year of work on the alumni project, we are making plans for a possible TU Dortmund University alumni reunion in the summer of 2013. Spread the news! As always, we are happy to receive your feedback on the newsletter or the alumni project in general. Glück auf und beste Grüße aus Dortmund! Dr. Barbara Schneider

May 2011

Alumni Profile: Mustapha Haruna

A careful Examination of a Neighborhood: a book about „U-Westend“

Music is in the Air: TU Dortmund University‘s Musical EnSembles

“Urban Agriculture”: International Student Workshop

EU Sponsors research project: Plastic antibodies

Mustapha came to Dortmund in August 2010 as a DAAD scholar in the SPRING (Spatial Planning for Regions in Growing Economies) Master’s program. He is currently working on the final phase of his thesis “Indigenous Knowledge, Science, and Native Forest Management: Possibilities for a Sustainable and Culturally Acceptable Strategy in the Valeriano Cayicul and Manuel Curilef Communities in Southern Chile” in cooperation with the Faculty of Economics and Management Sciences at the Universidad Austral de Chile in Valdivia, Chile. He hopes to complete the thesis in June and continue his career in the public service of Ghana.

With the help of mapping methods, or more specifically the artistic cartography of a neighborhood, children, teens, students of TU Dortmund University, and residents investigated the Dortmunder “Westend” for half a year. They presented their findings during the Capital of Culture year 2010 with an exhibit in the Dortmund U. The book about the project “U-Westend” is now being published as a part of the series “Dortmunder Schriften zur Kunst” (Dortmund Writings on Art).

Johann Sebastian Bach, Peter Tchaikovsky, and Michael Jackson – in January and February, works by these famous musicians and others could be heard at the university. A diverse crowd came to enjoy the conclusion of the semester with the concerts: students, academics, friends, and parents of the participants. Music plays an important role at TU Dortmund University. There are around a dozen musical ensembles; according to Dr. Klaus Oehl from the Department of Music and Musicology, a good hundred students take part in these ensembles. “Lots of them study music but fifty percent are students from other fields,” he also said that “everybody is welcome, including alumni and academics.” The largest groups are the university choir, the chamber choir, the university orchestra, the student orchestra, and the wind orchestra, but there are also smaller ensembles including the musical choir and the big band. Oehl emphasizes the importance of musical activities on campus and the spectrum of musical styles offered by the ensembles, noting that they “give the students the opportunity to explore their cultural interests.”

A joint venture of TU Dortmund University and Michigan State University, the International Student Workshop “Urban Agriculture – Planning for Sustainable Development in Metropolitan Areas” brought minds and ideas together in May 2011. Seven small groups, each with German as well as American students, participated in a charette, an intensive design workshop, for one week. The workshop as well as the field trip and a published documentation of the workshop were supported by the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD), the Martin Schmeißer Foundation, and the School of Spatial Planning at TU Dortmund University. Although the issue of urban agriculture is often regarded as antagonistic in urban planning today, the students tackled it as an innovative form of (temporary) land use. Visits to various existing projects encouraged the development of competitive concepts for four sites in Dortmund in the group projects. The winning project “Station Green Track” developed a concept for the freight depot southwest of the city center which was taken out of commission in 1963. The goal was the reintegration of the brownfield into the community using an urban garden and a socio-ecological-cultural center within the existing buildings. Both of these would be operated and used by residents and other volunteers from surrounding communities. The 27th year of cooperation between the two universities provided the opportunity for 27 students to look at the numerous brownfields in the former industrial metropolis Dortmund as possible sites for urban agricultural projects. Contact: Michael Roth, Faculty of Spatial Planning, TU Dortmund University.

Approximately three million Euros from the European Commission will fund an internationally networked research project with which scientists will develop so-called “plastic antibodies” and other customized materials in order to research their usefulness in the field of bioanalytics. The project is entitled “Robust affinity materials for applications in proteomics and diagnostics” and is being coordinated by chemists at TU Dortmund University. The high level of stability of these “plastic antibodies,” their reproducibility and the low production cost give the researchers hope for innovative delicate, reliable, and cost-efficient methods of analysis for medical diagnosis. In addition, the project deals with the development of new nanotechnology-based tools and instruments in pharmaceutical and medicinal research, for example, in the treatment of diseases such as cancer and Alzheimer’s. The research project will be sponsored for four years by the European Commission as a part of the “Marie Curie Program” and will make it possible to train the next generation of scientists on an international level. Nine specialized work groups at European universities and three industry partners are working together in the “Marie Curie Initial Training Network.” With this funding, ten international PhD students and two postdocs will be joining the project as of January 2012. The initiative will be coordinated by PD Dr. Börje Sellergren from the Institute of Environmental Research in the Chemistry Department at TU Dortmund University (picture). The kick-off meeting took place at the end of January 2012 here in Dortmund.

Looking back at his time in Dortmund, Mustapha has many fond memories of the legendary H-Bahn and the beauty of the Technologie Zentrum. He has always told the story of his wonderful experience with the H-Bahn anywhere he went and it is his hope to replicate it at his home university in Ghana.

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To make the change of the neighborhood bordering the Dortmunder U visible – that was the aim of the project “U-Westend,” organized by TU Dortmund University, the Museum Ostwall, and the youth art school “balou” and completed in cooperation with schools, extracurricular venues, the artist Martin Brand, and the residents of the “Westend” neighborhood. The collected results of the project can now be found in a book, which was presented in the Museum Ostwall on January 12th. The publishers are Klaus-Peter Busse (TU Dortmund University), Rudolf Preuss (balou e.V.), and Kurt Wettengl (Museum Ostwall). As part of the “U-Westend” book presentation, videos taken during the exploration of the area were also shown.

We are now looking for alumni profiles for our upcoming newsletters. Please get in touch with us via email ( or fill out an alumni profile form at Your Alumni International Team

The students in the ensembles all have the same motivation: they enjoy making music or singing. Gospel choir member Laura Kleiß adds, “the community is great. Moreover, it’s nice to present the results of our work at the end of every semester.” Most of the ensembles present new programs twice per year: in the winter and in the summer. Thus, the end of the semester always brings music into the air on campus. By Linda Klimmek

International alumni newsletter 03/2012


International alumni newsletter 03/2012


International alumni newsletter 03/2012


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