DAAD Prize for outstanding achievements of international students studying at German universities

The 2021 DAAD Award goes to Business Department student Jing Li for her outstanding academic achievements and social commitment.

The 34-year-old student Jing Li from the Chinese province of Sichuan was awarded Fulda University of Applied Sciences’ DAAD prize for international students this Monday (18 October). Jing Li has been taking the BA degree in International Business and Management at Fulda University’s Business Department since October 2019. The jury praised the student's outstanding achievements, the fact that she has studied within the standard study period and at the same time volunteered with the AWO, despite having to work part time to finance her studies. At the German welfare organisation AWO, Jing Li has offered a girl with an immigrant background academic and integration support as part of the "Equal Opportunities" project.

The prize-winner first studied pharmacy in her home country of China and then spent several years working in the area of dental medicine in Singapore, where she started learning German at the Goethe Institut in 2017. She decided to change directions educationally and professionally and study in Germany, her goal being to embark on a career in international management. She said she chose Germany as a location because of its diversity and high level of equal employment opportunities.

The Department of Business praised not only Jing Li's "profound understanding of economic relationships", but also the fact that she "actively contributes her experience” to classes in a way that is “exceptionally beneficial for student groups" and supports her fellow students.

“The achievements of this year's winner, Jing Li, are all the more remarkable given that she was left to her own devices as a result of the pandemic and has had to study for the most part  online," commented University President Professor Dr Karim Khakzar. "Despite these difficult conditions, she excelled not just in her studies but also in her commitment to fellow students and her voluntary work as a tutor. This makes her a role model for many other students."

This year’s prize was presented during the University’s main welcome ceremony for new students which was broadcast as a livestream event due to Covid restrictions. "We very much hope we will finally be able to present the prize at the City of Fulda's student welcome ceremony again next year," said Khakzar.