VFF supports students with refugee background again this semester to start their studies

Five men and a woman standing in front of a wall.
Again in the winter semester 2020/21, the Association of Friends and Sponsors of TU Bergakademie Freiberg (VFF) supports five new enrolled students with a refugee background within the framework of the Barbara Scholarship. Three students received their notebooks in person today.

This semester, in total five students are happy to receive a notebook to support them during their studies at TU Bergakademie Freiberg. The notebooks are also very helpful for everyday tasks, which currently mostly require a digital infrastructure, especially in view of the pandemic situation.

For several years, the VFF has been supporting students in this way who have had to leave their home countries due to war, terror and violence and have decided to take up studies at TU Bergakademie Freiberg. Their starting situation is often not very easy. Especially at the beginning of their studies, many of them still have difficulties with the language, the German educational culture, financial but also legal restrictions. It takes a lot of courage and patience to overcome all the hurdles and to gain a foothold in everyday university life.

There are currently 35 students with a refugee background enrolled at TU Bergakademie Freiberg. Several of them have already received a Deutschlandstipendium. In the current winter semester, one of them - Amir Mohammad - received the DAAD award, which honors foreign students who distinguish themselves during their studies through special academic achievements, among other things, as well as through special social or intercultural commitment. This student from Syria has very successfully completed his studies in applied natural sciences and is now working on his doctorate at the Institute for Experimental Physics.

We wish the students a lot of strength and confidence - especially in these difficult times and hope that the support of the organisation will contribute to a successful graduation.

Fragen beantwortet / Contact: 
Mohamad Al-Zoabi (IUZ), E-mail: Mohamad.al-Zoabi@iuz.tu-freiberg.de