Executive Department for
Press, Communication and Marketing
Adolf-Reichwein-Straße 2a Gebäude AVZ (Gebäudeteil AR-NA) 57068 Siegen
Phone:    +49 (0)271/740-4915 Fax.:    +49 (0)271/740-4911 E-Mail:  firstname.lastname@example.org
Beginning of a New Welcome Center at the University of Siegen
The Division of International Services welcomes international researchers at the annual reception. Help in everyday life and leisure programs for guest scientists.
For many people, to come to a foreign country alone, without friends and family, is often a difficult task. The new Welcome Center of the University of Siegen has made it it's goal to make the stay of guest researchers and international professors as pleasant as possible. The opening was the "Annual Reception for International Guest Researchers", which was organized by the International Service Division. "Our goal is for all to exchange and to learn about services offered by the University of Siegen, such as the family service office or the House of Young Talents," says Dr. Nina Fenn from International Service.
In the future, further events are planned to offer help and variety in everyday life to researchers: "We have prepared a questionnaire for the participants of the reception, in which they can tell us which events they are interested in and in which areas they still have difficulties and wish for support, "says Ms. Fenn. In addition, the Welcome Center also helps with pension, health insurance or tax issues. Also, leisure activities, such as a visit to the city, the Krombacher brewery, the Siegerlandmuseum and further cultural events are on the program.
Just Like at Home, Only Without the Kangaroos
One of the international guests is Dr. Scott Harrison. The Australian compares his new, temporary home with his hometown: "I come from Armidale in New South Wales. Like Siegen's location between Frankfurt and Cologne, Armidale lies between two large cities, between Sydney and Brisbane.
Harrison has come to Germany for the European project "Eduworks". At Eduworks, scientists from different disciplines are researching on labor market and -recruitment processes. The Australian is likely to remain in Siegen until September 2017. During this time, he will miss his family and the nature in Australia: "When I wake up in my home in the morning, I usually hear 15 to 20 different bird species sing. It used to be for me, but it was only through traveling that I realized that this is not the case anywhere else in the world. In Australia there is a unique bird diversity. Besides, one often sees kangaroos, which do not exist in Germany ". Germany has other advantages: "It may sound crazy, but I am happy about the cold weather, especially at this time of the year. And the many Christmas markets I find also wonderful, there is no such thing with us."
Photo: Dr. Scott Harrison
International Service – Dr. Nina Fenn
Tel.: +49 (0)271 740-4244
Photos and text: Alessa Risse