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Indian master's student wins DAAD Prize

Applied Mathematics student Hiba Saleel from India is honored for outstanding intercultural engagement by the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD). The 2020 Prize was presented to Saleel at the University of Koblenz where she is a "Cultural Ambassador of her country".

Sitting from left to right: Prof. Dr. Thomas Götz and Hiba Saleel;  standing from left to right: Alina Servais and Ines Tobis (both University of Koblenz-Landau)

Sitting from left to right: Prof. Dr. Thomas Götz and Hiba Saleel; standing from left to right: Alina Servais and Ines Tobis (both University of Koblenz-Landau)

26-year-old Hiba Saleel, who came from India to Germany in 2018 to study the English-language master's degree program in "Mathematical Modeling of Complex Systems" at the Koblenz campus, is committed to teaching Indian culture alongside her studies. Prof. Dr. Thomas Götz, Vice Dean for Research and Young Scientists and head of the program, therefore also describes Saleel as "Cultural Ambassador of her country" in his laudation.

Indian culture is very close to her heart, Hiba Saleel emphasizes. In June 2019, for instance, the budding mathematician organized the `Country Evening-India`, which is hosted by the University's Welcome Center and the Protestant Student Community every semester. With over 200 guests, the event was very successful. The evenings’s highlight was the Indian fashion show staged by Saleel with clothes and music from the different regions of the diverse country. To top it off, Indian food was served.

Besides, the student has been involved in the Welcome Center's buddy program for two years, where she looks after international students on a voluntary basis. Nevertheless, Hiba Saleel does not lose sight of her homeland India as she is involved in an NGO that supports blind and visually impaired people in India. Here, she applies her specialist knowledge as a prospective mathematician and enables people with visual impairments to access technical aids.

The DAAD Prize is awarded annually at the University of Koblenz-Landau to an international student for special academic achievements and outstanding social or intercultural commitment. The award ceremonies are intended to make international students and their commitment visible to a broader public. The prize is endowed with 1,000 euros.

The University of Koblenz-Landau has also been committed to internationalization for years. The university offers a total of five international master’s courses, two in Landau, and three in Koblenz. Two more are in preparation. The number of international students is constantly increasing at both university locations. Around 170 new international students will start their studies at the university in winter semester 2020/21.


Ines Tobis
Universität Koblenz-Landau

Campus Koblenz

Welcome Center
Universitätsstraße 1 
56070 Koblenz

Tel.: 0261 287 2973



Date of news Nov 05, 2020 09:00 AM
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