Ukrainian Receives DAAD Award

11/02/2015

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The DAAD Award from the German Academic Exchange Service, DAAD, for outstanding achievements and extraordinary volunteer involvement of international students has been awarded to Liudmyla Goncharenko from the Ukaine. Goncharenko, who is studying European Studies, was nominated by the association of Russian-speaking students in Aachen, VeRSA.

  Doris Klee, Dr. Henriette Finsterbusch, Marcel Philipps and Liudmyla Goncharenko Copyright: Andreas Schmitter RWTH Vice-Rector Doris Klee (left), Dr. Henriette Finsterbusch, Head of the RWTH International Office (second from right), and Mayor of Aachen Marcel Philipps (right) are pictured with Liudmyla Goncharenko from the Ukraine.

Goncharenko has demonstrated social and intercultural involvement in various areas. She was a member of the Senior Council of the European Studies program and was involved in council work. She offered students advice for organizing their studies and served as a facilitator between students and teachers in her subject field as a member of the Senior Council.

In November 2012, she and other Russian-speaking students founded VeRSA. The association’s goal is intercultural understanding and the integration of Russian-speaking students.

Furthermore, Goncharenko was involved with the General Students' Committee or ASta and in the student club INCAS, Intercultural Center of Aachen Students. In the club she was responsible for coordinating the international Tuesdays, which regularly took place. She was also part of the RWTH International Office’s BeBuddy mentoring program, supporting international students with their first few weeks in Aachen.

The DAAD Award is endowed with 1,000 Euros. She was presented with the certificate by the Head of the International Office, Dr. Henriette Finsterbusch, during a new year’s reception for international scientists, hosted by the RWTH International office. Vice-rector, Doris Klee, and the mayor of Aachen, Marcel Philipps, welcomed the 120 guests. The event was rounded out with musical accompaniment by the Cameroonian choir Les Voix de l’Harmonie.

Source: Press and Public Relations