28. June 2021 News
Mülheim an der Ruhr, 28 June 2021: Through the STIBET programmes, the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) uses funds from the Federal Foreign Office (AA) to support international students and doctoral candidates at German universities. The programme includes various funding opportunities for international students, such as a graduation scholarship. This semester, the HRW is awarding this scholarship to Adil Et-Tajani. The young Moroccan first studied Mechanical Engineering and is now completing his Master's degree in Technical Production Management.
Adil Et Tajani, now 27, first attended a preparatory course in Bochum to have his Moroccan school-leaving certificate recognised and to prepare himself for studying engineering at a German university. During this time, it became clear to him that there were good reasons for studying in the Ruhr area: the cost of living can be financed, you can get almost everywhere by bus and train and the leisure activities are very varied. After a few visits and discussions, Et-Tajani decided on the HRW. "Two weeks before the semester started, I attended a pre-semester course in maths and science, where I got to know many other first-year students. This allowed me to interact with my fellow students from the first day of study and form study groups for different subjects after just one week." This gave him a very good and relaxed start to his studies. The German language and the technical language were also no obstacle for Et-Tajani. His recommendation to foreign students: attend a preparatory course before studying. In order to write good scientific papers, he attended a course at the HRW's Centre for Competence Development and immediately sought out a course in business English.
Now, at the end of his Master's programme, Adil Et-Tajani would choose the HRW again: "I particularly liked the practical relevance, the proximity to the professors, the familiar environment and the modern campus. I also found the activities during the project weeks very interesting. I was able to exchange ideas with students from other departments and acquire soft skills."
The scholarship is a one-time payment of 1,500 euros. In addition to good academic performance, the decisive factor for the award was a degree to be achieved in the foreseeable future as well as the presentation of medium-term career planning.
The scholarship holder envisages his career as a process engineer in the automotive industry, in mechanical engineering or in plant construction. "Process optimisation fascinates me. That's why I decided to study for a Master's degree in Technical Production Management." In the next three years, he wants to gain experience in analysing and eliminating process problems according to the LEAN-Six Sigma method in German industry. "The engineering education at HRW was practical and I feel ready to get started," says Et-Tajani. "At some point I would also like to return to Morocco. The country has become a big exporter of cars. Morocco is a country that will need its leaders to continue to improve the sector in the coming years. A car industry in Morocco that meets German standards is what I would like for my country."
Et-Tajani thanks professors Dr Alexandra Dorschu and Dr Inga Pollmeier, who supervised him during the practical semester and his bachelor thesis thyssenkrupp Rasselstein GmbH in Koblenz. "They left no question unanswered and the supervisors in the company were very pleased with the smooth exchange with our university. I felt like an ambassador for the university. This resulted in a good bachelor thesis that was directly applied in the steel industry."
This year, 521 students with foreign citizenship and foreign school-leaving qualifications are enrolled at the HRW, around a third of whom also have a foreign university entrance qualification. In late summer, there will be another call for applications for at least two graduation scholarships for the winter semester 2020/2021.