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Photography Competition IWW Winter 2015/16

We asked the participants of the International Welcome Week Winter Semester 2015/16 to send us pictures of Hamburg and the HCU as a sense of place.

Here are the winners:

1st Place - Oto Novacek (Slovakia) /on the left/
2nd Place - Mariana Cascardo Dias Vieira (Brasil) /in the middle/
3rd Place - Thomas Fraser (the U.S.A) /on the right/

We thank everyone for the participation in the contest as well as for voting on YOU@HCU's Facebook page!

Congratulations to the Winners!

You can find all the contributions on YOU@HCU's Facebook page.

Photography Competition IWW Summer 2015

We asked the participants of the International Welcome Week Summer Semester 2015 to send us pictures of Hamburg and the HCU as a description of the diversity of a city, living in Hamburg and the differences between the social and built aspects of a city.

Here are the winners:

1st Place - Mette Lyhne (Denmark) /in the middle/
2nd Place - Alejandro Infante (Spain) /on the right/
3rd Place - Ecem Kutlay (Turkey) /on the left/

We thank everyone for the participation in the contest as well as for voting on YOU@HCU's Facebook page!

Congratulations to the Winners!

You can find all the contributions on YOU@HCU's Facebook page.

Photography Competition IWW 2014/15

We asked the participants of the International Welcome Week 2014/15 to send their strongest first impressions of Hamburg and the HCU. Finally, we have the winners who received their awards for the competition today!

1st Place - Gabriela Stancu (in the middle)
2nd Place - Michelangelo Mezzocolli (on the right)
3rd Place - David Huntington (on the left)

We thank everyone for the participation in the contest as well as for voting on YOU@HCU's Facebook page! It was a fun experience to hold the competition for the first time; hopefully, it will become a new International Welcome Week tradition!

Congratulations to the Winners!

You can find all the contributions on YOU@HCU's Facebook page.

Kristi Grünberg Wins Prestigious 2014 DAAD Prize

 

Kristi Grünberg, a graduate student from Estonia, receives the 2014 DAAD Award for Outstanding Achievements by International Students from HafenCity University Hamburg (HCU). 

During the welcoming ceremonies conducted in the first week of the winter semester, the prestigious DAAD Prize was awarded by the International Office together with the Vice President for Academic Affairs, Professor Dr. Harald Sternberg, representing the academic administration. More than 300 new students gathered in the newly constructed Holcim Auditorium to witness the award ceremony. Ms. Grünberg is the fifth student in HCU’s history to earn this accolade.

Kristi Grünberg is currently in the 3rd semester of a Master of Science in Urban Planning at the HCU. She graduated from high school with a GPA of 1.6 and completed her bachelor degree in Urban Planning at the HCU with a final GPA of 1.9, a notable achievement when studying in a second language. As well as winning both literature and photography competitions, she has also been the recipient of numerous grants and scholarships since 2007. Ms. Grünberg is extraordinarily skilled academically, and also finds the time to support her fellow students.  Alongside her busy academic schedule she has served as a member of the student parliament, a representative for AstA, a welcome buddy for incoming international students, and also as a tutor, among many other activities. Since coming to HCU in 2010 Ms. Grünberg has shown a consistent commitment to supporting international students, academically and in their intercultural activities. HCU and the International Office are proud to honor her for her efforts.

About the DAAD Prize

The €1,000 DAAD Award for Outstanding Academic Achievements by International Students is allocated annually by the German Academic Exchange Service (Deutscher Akademischer Austauschdienst - DAAD). The prize is awarded to international students demonstrating superior academic achievement who also dedicate their time to intercultural activities and make significant social contributions. With this prize, the DAAD intends to illustrate to a wider public audience the enrichment international students bring to German universities and the benefits they bring to their communities.

Although the prize is funded by the Federal Foreign Office through the DAAD, the individual universities themselves are responsible for nominations and the final selection of the award recipient.

This year's selection committee consisted of the Vice President for Academic Affairs Professor Dr. Harald Sternberg, AStA Representative for International Affairs Claudia Blazejczyk and the Head of the International Office Christiane Brück.

 

Zoya Masoud Awarded 2014 International Book Prize

Zoya Masoud, a graduate student from Syria, has been awarded the 2014 International Book Prize for her academic achievements and international involvement at HafenCity University Hamburg (HCU).

After completing her bachelor degree in Architecture at Damascus University in the Syrian Arab Republic, Ms. Masoud studied Urban and Environmental Planning for one year at Damascus University in the Master’s program, before transferring to the Resource and Efficiency in Architecture and Planning (REAP) Master’s program at HCU in 2012. Parallel to her studies she voluntarily tutors fellow REAP students on complex theoretical concepts and also donates her time to the Welcome Buddy program for incoming international students. Ms. Masoud is admired by her professors for her thoughtfulness, friendliness, and enthusiasm.

 

The HCU Book Prize is awarded annually alongside the DAAD Prize to international students who have demonstrated both academic excellence and intercultural involvement.

 

Lama Alkaiem Wins 2013 DAAD Prize

The HafenCity University Hamburg (HCU) awards the 2013 DAAD Prize to Lama Alkaiem, a student from Syria working on her Master's Degree in Geomatics.

The € 1,000 DAAD Prize serves to recognize international students with outstanding academic performance who also excel in their social and intercultural engagement.

Ms. Alkaiem demonstrates a history of academic excellence. She graduated from high school with honors with a final grade of A+ (95%). She continued her higher education by obtaining a Bachelor of Science degree at the Tishreen University finishing with a B+ GPA (80%) in Civil Engineering. She worked for two years in the field of topography at the same university. From the port city of Latakia, Syria where Tishreen University is located to the port city of Hamburg, Ms. Alkaiem is currently striving to complete her Master of Science in Geomatics at the HCU.

Based on her international experiences, Ms. Alkaiem speaks three languages: Arabic, German and English. It is these language skills along with her interpersonal competencies which have helped her bridge the gap between extremely different cultures like Germany in the “Western World” and Syria in the “Middle East”. Utilizing this adeptness is why she succeeds in her role as president of the National Union of Syrian Students, a club aimed at aiding in the integration of Syrian students into the German school system and into German society.

About the DAAD Prize

The €1,000 DAAD Award for Outstanding Achievements by International Students is allocated annually by the German Academic Exchange Service (Deutscher Akademischer Austauschdienst - DAAD). The prize is awarded to international students demonstrating superior academic achievement who also dedicate their time to intercultural activities and make significant social contributions. With this prize, the DAAD intends to illustrate to a wider public audience the enrichment international students bring to German universities and the benefits they bring to their communities.

Although the prize is funded by the DAAD, the individual universities themselves are responsible for nominations and the final selection of the award recipient.

This year's selection committee consisted of VP of Academic Affairs Professor Dr. Harald Sternberg, AstA Representative for International Affairs Claudia Blazejczyk and the Director of the International Office Christiane Brück.

 

Mostafa El Gamal Awarded 2013 International Book Prize

Mostafa El Gamal, a graduate student from Egypt, has been awarded the 2013 International Book Prize for his academic achievements and international involvement at HafenCity University Hamburg (HCU).

After completing his bachelor degree in Architecture at Cairo University in Egypt, Mr. El Gamal acquired six years of professional experience in the architectural world before choosing to continue his studies at HCU, in the Resource and Efficiency in Architecture and Planning (REAP) Master’s program. Alongside his academic work, Mr. El Gamal has organized multiple cross-cultural workshops and has spearheaded academic cooperation between HCU and Helwan University in Egypt. He is known by his professors and peers for his thoughtful and constructive manner, his dedication, and the way he exceeds expectations.

The HCU Book Prize is awarded annually alongside the DAAD Prize to international students who have demonstrated both academic excellence and intercultural involvement.

 

The DAAD Award for 2012

Ichioma Enebeli, a Geomatics student from Nigeria, has received the 2012 DAAD Award for Outstanding Achievements by International Students at the HafenCity University.

Mr. Enebeli completed his Bachelor of Science in Geoinformatics and Surveying from the University of Lagos. After graduating from his home university in 2010, he decided to pursue a Master of Science in Geomatics with a special interest in hydrography. Upon his arrival at the HafenCity University, Mr. Enebeli has consistently dedicated himself to the integration of international students and has participated actively in the YOU@HCU Welcome Buddy Program as well as volunteering for other events hosted by the International Office. Over-and-above the social and cultural aspects of integration, Mr. Enebeli offered his time working as a tutor on the InterNETT PROFIN Project during the Summer Semester of 2012 and during the Winter Semester 2012/13.

The HCU has proudly selected Ichioma Enebeli for the €1000 DAAD Prize of 2012. The selection jury consisted of VP for Student Affairs Dr. Harald Sternberg, AStA Representative Fatih Karacelik and the Head of the International Office Christiane Brück. 

 

Ichioma Enebeli

International Book Award 2012

Daniel Avendaño, a dual citizen of Costa Rica and the USA, has been awarded the 2012 Book Prize from the HafenCity University for his academic achievements and international involvement at the HCU.

Upon finishing his Bachelor of Science in Geography at the National University of Costa Rica, Mr. Avendaño continued his education with a Masters of Science in Urban and Regional Planning at the University of Greenwich in the U.K. before arriving at the HCU in 2011 to work on his 2nd Masters in the area of REAP.

Already in the first semester, Mr. Avendaño started working as a Research Assistant for the Urban Planning Department of the HCU. He continues to impress his professors and fellow students with his insights drawn from his time spent studying in Japan, Mexico, Costa Rica and England. In the second semester, he organized and coordinated a two-week exchange student program between Hamburg and Cairo, Egypt. 

The HCU Book Prize is awarded annually along with the DAAD Prize.

Daniel Avendaño

2011

 

The DAAD Award for 2011

Sarah Asseel, an Urban Design student from Egypt, has received the 2011 DAAD Award for Outstanding Achievements by International Students at the HafenCity University.

HCU University President Dr. Walter Pelka and VP for Research Dr. Harald Sternberg together with the International Office presented the medal to Sarah Asseel along with 1000 Euros prize money donated by the DAAD.

Ms. Asseel began her masters degree at the HCU in the winter semester of 2010/11. Within the first year, she managed to fully integrate herself academically and socially.

In May 2011, she formed the Urban Design Student Council and served on their team "Image of the Urban Design Masters Program" focusing on the program's international image.

Ms. Asseel, together with the Urban Design Student Council, produced a film essay about the Urban Design Masters Degree Program in the summer semester of 2011. She entered the short documentary into a competition sponsored by the  "Cum Laude" non-profit organization.

As of the winter semester 2011/12, Ms. Asseel is working as a tutor on the PROFIN Project InterNETT and is involved with the international charity organization "Engineers without Borders".

The Jury, consisting of the VP for Student Affairs Dr. Harald Sternberg, the Dean of Metropolitan Culture Dr. Gesa Ziemer, AStA Board Director Tim Hansen and the Director of the International Office Christiane Brück, acknowledged Ms. Asseel's outstanding grades and her voluntary engagement in the integration of international and local students at the HCU.

About the DAAD Award

Each year an international student at the HafenCity University in Hamburg is presented with the DAAD Award for Outstanding Achievements by International Students at German Universities.

The prize is awarded by the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD - Deutschen Akademischen Austausch Dienst) to an international student who in addition to superb academic achievements has demonstrated cross-cultural involvement in the social realm.

Students must be nominated for the prize by a professor from their study program. (Students are not allowed to nominate themselves.) The selection of the winner is the responsibility of the university. 

The DAAD Award and its bestowal upon well-deserving international students provides multiple advantages for universities. A student with good grades will positively influence the students around them. The award brings the media's attention to the university which in turn makes the university more publicly known and in turn attracts the interest of other potential international students.

Sarah Asseel und HCU Präsident Dr. Pelka

International Book Award 2011

Anna Rieger from Russia has received the 2011 International Book Award from the HafenCity University for outstanding academic work and social engagement.

While working on her degree in Geodesy and Cartography in Russia, Ms. Anna Rieger's participation in 2004 as an exchange student between the Hamburg University of Applied Sciences and the Moscow State University of Geodesy and Cartography lead her across the borders of her hometown. In 2008, Ms. Rieger returned to Germany. In the winter semester of 2009/10, she began pursuing a Masters of Science in Geomatics at the HafenCity University in Hamburg. She is distinguished by her above-average class load, her extraordinary dedication and her ground-breaking expertise. In 2010, with the purpose of furthering her intercultural and academic understanding, she participated in the 6th Annual Hamburg Forum for Geomatics as part of the 3rd Annual Symposium of Geoinformation for the Coastal Zones of Hamburg. In addition, Ms. Anna Rieger worked as a graduate research assistant on projects conducted by the HCU DigitalCity Research Group. Furthermore, she is involved as a volunteer in event planning for the "Eiderstedter Kultursaison" in  North Frisia and well as dedicating herself to the YOU@HCU Welcome Buddy Program for incoming international students.

Sarah Asseel und Anna Rieger

2010

DAAD Prize 2010

Maria Hernández from Venezuela was awarded the DAAD Prize 2010 for International Students at the HafenCity University Hamburg.

The DAAD Prize was awarded for the first time at the HafenCity University Hamburg - the University of the Built Environment and Metropolitan Development (HCU). During the welcoming session for first semester students, VP for Student Affairs Dr. Harald Sternberg, together with the International Office, awarded the 1,000 Euro prize to Mrs. Maria Hernández. Mrs. Hernández was born in 1978 in Cumaná, Venezuela. She completed her Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering before coming to Germany in 2006 to pursue a Bachelor of Science in Urban Planning at the HCU. She has since completed her Master of Science in Urban Planning in 2010. Maria Hernández was a recipient of the DAAD Scholarship from 2007 to 2009 and received the HCU academic merit scholarship from 2009 to 2010.

The jury consisted of VP for Student Affairs Dr. Harald Sternberg, Dean of Architecture Dr. Wolfgang Willkomm, AStA Representative Tim Hansen and Ekaterina Wittke from the International Office. The prize was awarded to Mrs. Hernández for her academic performance and engagement with the integration of international students into the HCU community and with German colleagues.

About the DAAD Prize

The DAAD Prize is awarded annually from the German Academic Exchange Service (Deutscher Akademischer Austauschdienst - DAAD). The prize is awarded for academic achievement and noteworthy social and cultural engagement. Individual universities are responsible for nominations and awards. The DAAD Prize is also intended to clarify to a larger audience the benefits and enrichment international students provide to the university community.

                     Walter Pelka, Maria Hernández, Harald Sternberg

 

International Book Prize 2010

Lukas Kronawitter from the USA was awarded the 2010 Book Prize from the HafenCity University for outstanding academic achievement and social engagement at the HCU. The HCU Book Prize is awarded annually alongside the DAAD Prize beginning in 2010.

After completing his Bachelor in Architecture studies at Drexel University in Philadelphia, Lukas worked in architecture firms for several years, before coming to Germany as a German Chancellor Fellow with the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation conducting research at the Technical University of Munich. Mr. Kronawitter has been studying since the winter semester 2009/10 in the Resource Efficiency in Architecture and Planning (REAP) program and has carried out his studies very successfully. In his year he is academically one of the best students and has in addition to full time studies worked with the International Office “YOU@HCU” program since April 2010. Additionally, Lukas works within the REAP research group SWITCH project on the publication of the book “Water Sensitive Urban Design” due in March 2011.

                                             Lukas Kronawitter