Alumni aus Ruanda

Im Bestreben um einen regen Austausch mit unseren Partneruniversitäten in Ruanda, konnte die erfolgreiche Zusammenarbeit von der wissenschaftlichen Kooperation auch auf die studentische Ebene und in der Lehre ausgeweitet werden. Regelmäßige Gastaufenthalte von Studierenden der University of Rwanda an der Universität Koblenz-Landau bereichern die Universitätspartnerschaft.

Gefördert durch das EU-Programm Erasmus+ besuchten im Sommersemester 2018 erstmals sechs Studierende der University of Rwanda die englischsprachigen Kurse des Masterstudienganges „BioGeoWissenschaften“ mit Schwerpunkt Tropenökologie in Koblenz. Die erfolgreich abgeschlossenen Module werden an der Heimatuniversität anerkannt.

Einige unserer Alumni möchten gerne ihre persönlichen Erfahrungen am Campus Koblenz teilen und über ihren weiteren Werdegang berichten. Um die Authentizität zu wahren, sind die persönlichen Berichte nicht ins Deutsche übersetzt.

 

Mapendo Mindje

Masterstudium BioGeoWissenschaften

Sommersemester 2018, Erasmus+

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My scientific journey has started

I am currently a final-year undergraduate student in the Master's Degree Program in Biodiversity Conservation and Natural Resources Management and BioGeoSciences/BioGeoWissenschaften at the University of Rwanda and the University of Koblenz-Landau respectively. Since my high school days I have been fascinated by animal life and I could spend a lot of time with my friends playing around in wetlands looking for small fish and diverse animal species. At university, my early passion for biodiversity was consolidated by my strong commitment to the neglected biodiversity conservation.

Before I came to the University of Koblenz-Landau in 2018, I had an unclear idea of what I should specialize in, as I naturally wanted to protect all species. But after attending a series of scientific courses and hands-on practical work, I immediately recalled the conservation of neglected biodiversity. One of the courses I was greatly interested in was bioacoustic assessment of anuran diversity given by Prof. Dr. Ulrich Sinsch.

After my visit to his office in Koblenz, with the support from Dr. Maxmillian Dehling, I have been integrated to their project in Rwanda working on diversity of anurans in disturbed and undisturbed wetlands using bioacoustic methodologies. I expressed my interest to work with them in the research of anurans, and I am happy that my request got positive feedback, so I enjoy working with them today.

In addition, with the skills and knowledge I gained from Koblenz, I am currently part of the technical team to assess the biodiversity in key wetlands of Rwanda for a research project to be conducted by the Albertine Rift Conservation Society (ARCOS) in 2019-2020. The Project is entitled "Using Ecological Integrity Assessment and Advanced Information to Guide Wetlands Management Decision Making in Rwanda".

My passion for anuran research is constantly growing and my vision is to continue to work on my thesis.

The University of Koblenz-Landau has shaped my scientific focus. I am a frogman.

 

Mapendo Mindje

Teaching / Research assistant at University of Rwanda, College of Agriculture, Animal Science and Veterinary Medicine. Department of Forestry and Nature Conservation.

Pierre Celestin Hakorimana

Masterstudium BioGeoWissenschaften

Sommersemester 2018, Erasmus+

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I am a practitioner and researcher in biodiversity conservation and I am currently involved in ongoing research on the “quantification of Carbon stock in the Gishwati-Mukura National Park".

After completing my studies in BioGeoSciences at the University of Koblenz-Landau, I immediately took part in the Rwanda Youth Conservation Innovation Competition and in 2018 I was awarded first prize for the best biodiversity conservation project.

The Rwanda-Center and Office for Africa-Cooperation at the University of Koblenz-Landau spent and still spend a lot of time helping me to uncover and highlight my strengths and qualifications which enabled me to get a foot in the door.

Currently I am running a conservation organization called “Botanical Society of Rwanda (BSR)” (see the link: http://botanyrwanda.simplesite.com/). In line with the BSR mission I have initiated a Plant Collection Conservation Garden called “Pice Bio-Heritage Garden” which currently contains rare, medicinal, cultural, endangered and critically endangered plant species of Rwanda. Pice is the abbreviation of my first name “Pierre Celestin”. The garden is about 15 hectares in size and is located in the Gisagara District, 8miles from Huye City, with tree planting, plant propagation, and restoration activities.

One of the great things about the University of Koblenz-Landau is the direct access to the academic staff, and above all the professors here are very encouraging, show great professional maturity and are very committed to the education and development of their students. I truly feel the University of Koblenz-Landau has prepared me for life – not just for a career.

 

Pierre Celestin Hakorimana

Jackson Lutagira

Masterstudium BioGeoWissenschaften

Sommersemester 2018, Erasmus+

My experience at the University Koblenz-Landau

During my studies at the University of Koblenz-Landau I gained a lot of valuable experience, but the outstanding ones are those from the courses Soil and water conservation taught by Dr. Julian Zemke and Field laboratory methods in geoecolgy taught by Dr. Michael Tempel.

These two courses included field trips and many soil analyses for different parameters. I have gained hands on experience in carrying out various soil analyses.

In my home region (Gicumbi District) the population is rural and agriculture is their main source of livelihood. The district is dominated by hundreds of smallholdings and steep slopes which have made the area vulnerable to soil erosion. Deep gullies almost 3 meters deep and 5 meters wide have developed in most agricultural areas.

On the basis of the experience and knowledge gained from the two courses mentioned, I am conducting a study entitled "Quantifying the quantity of soils and nutrients lost by gully erosion in Gicumbi District" (http://www.gicumbi.gov.rw). This will help to inform policy makers and the population in general about the impact of soil erosion and will hopefully lead to more stringent soil conservation measures.

I wish to thank the management of the University of Rwanda and the University of Koblenz-Landau for giving me the opportunity to spend a semester at the University of Koblenz-Landau as part of the Erasmus+-Programme.

 

Jackson Lutagira

Lambert Tumushimire

Masterstudium BioGeoWissenschaften

Sommersemester 2018, Erasmus+

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Lambert Tumushimire

Biology teacher (Secondary School, Rwanda)

Germaine Hirwa

Masterstudium BioGeoWissenschaften

Sommersemester 2018, Erasmus+

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My experiences as a foreign student at the University of Koblenz-Landau helped me growing in academic and social areas, especially as an environmental scientist.

My semester abroad was very enriching, as I was able to expand my academic skills in the field of plant and soil diversity conservation thanks to the internationally experienced professors. Furthermore, the University gave me an opportunity to interact, learn and share ideas with other students from different countries.

In order to further develop my career plan as a biodiversity and natural resources management specialist with advanced knowledge in both theory and practice, my next step is to pursue a PhD program.

I recommend fellow students to consider an exchange program at the University of Koblenz-Landau as an opportunity, albeit surely challenging, it is rewarding and an important step for future professional development.

 

Germaine Hirwa

Leonce Ngirinshuti

Masterstudium BioGeoWissenschaften

Sommersemester 2018, Erasmus+

It is not easy to find words to express all the memories of my stay at the University of Koblenz-Landau in the summer semester of 2018.  But sincerely speaking, I have been extremely fascinated by the way the University is trying to welcome overseas students and help them to get used to life in Germany quickly. Thanks for the “buddy” system and the student ticket for local transport and so many other exceptional arrangements provided to facilitate the academic life in Koblenz.

Particularly, the courses taken at the University of Koblenz-Landau have decisively shaped my scientific career and strengthened my research capabilities. It was really an inspiring challenge to me as a master’s student in Biogeosciences and Biodiversity conservation to experience such a multidisciplinary and multicultural environment reigning at the University of Koblenz-Landau.

As part of my passion for aquatic biodiversity, I am currently studying the Trichoptera (caddisflies) diversity of Nyungwe National Park, Rwanda, with the support of the Swedish Museum of Natural History. 

 

Leonce Ngirinshuti

Lab Technician at the University of Rwanda

Dieudonné Dukuzumuremyi

Masterstudium Mathematical Modeling of Complex Systems

Sommersemester 2017 bis Wintersemester 2018/2019

In summer 2017 I started my master's program of Mathematical Modeling of Complex Systems at the University of Koblenz-Landau.

My experiences in Koblenz were amazing, where I learned and experienced so many new things in 2 years.

I made many new friends from different countries and from all backgrounds. I enjoyed studying in Koblenz where I learned to be a responsible young adult and where I discovered new cultures from different countries and many new places.

Life in Germany, especially in Koblenz was a great experience that will help me in my future life. I absolutely love the University of Koblenz-Landau. It’s a wonderful University.

I would like to thank the Rwanda-Center and Office for Africa-Cooperation for giving me the opportunity to work with them as a student assistant during my studies.

 

Dieudonné Dukuzumuremyi