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With the "Day of International Visiting Scholars", the University of Siegen promotes exchange and research. Four scientists receive an award for their special commitment.
For the first time, the "Day of International Visiting Scholars" took place at the University of Siegen, to which the Research Alumni Program had invited in cooperation with the International Welcome Center and the Alumni Association of the University of Siegen. The focus was on the exchange and research of international guest researchers and their Siegen hosts from all schools.
At the conference entitled "International Scientific Communication - Trends and Challenges", international researchers were able to discuss the challenges and developments in the publication of scientific results on an interdisciplinary level. "We need international input: Intercultural diversity helps us to understand the different methods, procedures and views in order to learn from each other, to improve our working methods and to gain in-depth insights thereby, as well", said Prof. Dr. med. Hanna Schramm-Klein, Vice-Rector for Cooperation, International Affairs and Marketing.
Moreover, the third annual reception of the Welcome Center of the University of Siegen took place. In addition to visiting scholars, the host researchers at the University of Siegen, who were honored for their achievements in international cooperation, were also in focus. "This commitment is more than enriching for our university and therefore requires special attention," emphasized Prof. Schramm-Klein at the annual reception.
One scientist per school received such a special award: Raphaela Averkorn (Professor of Medieval and Modern History), Johannes Schädler (Professor of Social Education and Social Work), Erwin Pesch (Professor of Management Information Science) and Professor Hubert Roth (Chair of Measurement, Control and Regulation Technology).
The eulogist of the ceremony made it clear why the distinguished scientists deserved the honors: Averkorn from the School of Arts was not only the driving force behind the school’s Erasmus program and various international summer schools at the University of Siegen, but also the founder of the course " Roads to Democracy (ies) ". As an "ambassador of networking" she is the representative for international networks. Pesch from Faculty III (Economics, Business Informatics and Business Law) has made a name for himself as an outstanding scientist of the school and one of the world 's leading researchers in his field of Business Informatics, especially through long and intensive cooperation with Poland and Belarus, not limiting his exchange to the scientific language English, but learning the national language of its cooperation partners in Poland. Pesch is particularly concerned about the promotion of education for sustainable development. He is personally involved with a project in South Africa.
Roth from the School of Science and Technology and responsible for the international master's program in Mechatronics is involved in numerous international projects, which are funded by the German Research Foundation (DFG), among others, and hosted by several dozen international cooperation partners. Laos, Pakistan and Zambia are just a few of the countries and territories in which Roth has built collaborations. In addition, Roth co-founded the university's Center for International Capacity Development (ZEW). Professor Schädler from Faculty II (Education - Architecture - Arts) could not be there. His honor will be made up for in the summer.
After the ceremony, all the researchers exchanged views during a standing reception. The Ukrainian Alex Boyko had come with his wife to meet the other scientists. Boyko conducts research in the field of hydrology and flood. "In this very special field of research, Siegen University has an outstanding reputation," he said. Boyko and his wife have been in Germany for one and a half years. They come from the big city of Kiev, so, to them, Siegen is pleasantly small, green and calm. The two also appreciate the city’s location within Europe. "We love to travel. Siegen is so central that we are super-fast by train in other European cities. That's awesome, "Boyko said.
The first point of contact for all international visiting scholars, professors and post-doctoral students wishing to conduct a research stay at the University of Siegen is the Welcome Center: "We offer a balanced program that supports our guests in settling in Siegen", Dr. Nina Fenn from the Welcome Center explained. These contacts with visiting scholars and their hosts will be intensified and sustainably promoted with the support of the Research Alumni Program, said program coordinator Gerrit Pursch. "Our researcher alumni strategy aims to actively involve guest researchers in the Siegen research network."
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