DAAD prize 2018

DAAD Prize 2018 for Mazen Draw

This year the DAAD prize has been awarded to Mazen Draw from Syria, a master’s student of Computational Engineering.

The award of the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) is granted to international students who execute outstanding academic performances and demonstrate exceptional social engagement. The award was received during the annual DAAD scholarship holders’ meeting and includes a price of €1000. RUB professors and lecturers may propose qualified students for next year’s award until October 2019.

This year’s awardee was nominated by Professor Dr rer nat Klaus Hackl course director of Computational Engineering. The Rector of Ruhr-Universität Prof Dr Axel Schölmerich awarded the prize. A selection committee of the International Office and other faculties of Ruhr-Universität selected Draw for the award. He is recognized not only for his outstanding academic performances in Computational Engineering, but also by his remarkable social commitment in the refugee network Bochum Südwest. Furthermore, Draw is one of the first alumni of the study preparatory programme "Integra" for refugees, which is organised by the International Office since 2016 and financially supported by the DAAD.

Click here to read the article in Ruhr-Universität’s news portal about this year's award winner Mazen Draw (German language only).

In addition to the award ceremony, the annual DAAD scholarship holders’ meeting offered other interesting items on its agenda. DAAD representive, Dr Simone Burkhart gave the DAAD-scholars the opportunity to present their home countries and their international experiences. Students from Mexico and Pakistan seized the opportunity to introduce their home countries and took the participants of the meeting on a trip around the globe.

In total, scholarship holders from 46 different countries currently studying at Ruhr-Universität were invited as well as DAAD-alumni.

The DAAD is one of the most significant funding organisations for international exchange of students and researchers all over the world and annually funds around 150 international students studying at RUB. Additionally, they also sponsor international students taking part in special projects, and RUB students who are studying abroad.

If you are interested in a DAAD scholarship, please contact the DAAD or the International Office for further information.

04 December 2018


The DAAD Prize 2018 is awarded to Mazen Draw (second from left) by Dr Simone Burkhart of the DAAD, Prof Dr Axel Schölmerich, Rector of the Ruhr-Universität and Monika Sprung, Head of the International Office.

Photo: RUB, Marquard

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