Loughborough University welcomes first Studienstiftung cohort

Pictured (left to right): Avesta Khaliqi, Marvin Randig, Prof Steven Christie, Prof Charlotte Croffie, Prof Claudia Eberlein, Tanja Döller, Matthias Müller, Tabea Marie Zorn, Prof Rachel Thomson, Lisa Marie Scholten, Carl Eberlein, Sinan Yilmaz, Anna-Maria Mamok, Thore Nitz, Dr Ali Bilgiç.

Loughborough University held an event on 8th November 2022 to formally welcome its first cohort of students under an agreement with the Studienstiftung des Deutschen Volkes, a scholarship foundation for German students.

Professor Claudia Eberlein, Dean of Science, gives students an overview of Loughborough

The 10 students, 9 of whom are studying postgraduate programmes at the University (with another being an undergraduate studying abroad for a year), were invited to a dinner that was also attended by staff from the University and the Foundation.

The Studienstiftung Foundation (also known as The German Academic Scholarship Foundation) is Germany's largest, oldest and most prestigious scholarship foundation. It aims to support "the university education of young people who, on account of their exceptional academic or artistic talents and their personalities, can be expected to make an outstanding contribution to society as a whole". The agreement with Loughborough has enabled 10 students to come and study in the UK at Loughborough University.

Professor Claudia Eberlein, Dean of the School of Science, was in attendance at the event, having facilitated the agreement between Loughborough and the Studienstiftung. She said:

"I am delighted that Loughborough University has now welcomed the first cohort of students under its agreement with the Studienstiftung des Deutschen Volkes. Loughborough is a university with a thoroughly international outlook and this is one of many important initiatives to facilitate international exchanges and collaborations. It is a great pleasure to have 10 excellent and highly engaged German students join the Loughborough family for 2022/23 and across such a variety of academic disciplines."

She added:

"As an alumna of the Studienstiftung myself, I know how much their students value opportunities for international study and engagement and I am glad to have been able to facilitate this agreement."

Also present at the dinner, which was held in the Hazlerigg Building, were: Tanja Döller (UK Programme Director, Studienstiftung), Professor Rachel Thomson (Pro-Vice Chancellor for Education & Student Experience, Loughborough University), Professor Charlotte Croffie (Pro Vice-Chancellor for Equity, Diversity and Inclusion, Loughborough University), Professor Steve Christie (Pro-Vice Chancellor for the Doctoral College, Loughborough University), and Dr Ali Bilgic (Director of Global Engagement, Loughborough University).

The students are studying, variously, subjects taught within the Schools of Science, Business and Economics, Design and Creative Arts, and Social Sciences and Humanities. You can read some of their stories below: