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


The prize-winner Kolahta Asres Ioab with University President Professor Dr. Karim Khakzar (left) and Mayor Dag Wehner (right)

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The 2020 DAAD Award goes to student of International Health Sciences: Kolahta Asres Ioab has been awarded for her outstanding academic achievements and her medical-social commitment.

Kolahta Asres Ioab is the winner of this year's DAAD Award of the Fulda University of Applied Sciences. The 24-year-old has been studying the Bachelor's programme International Health Sciences for two years. She came to Germany as an immigrant from Sudan, and learned the German language extremely quickly. Shortly after her arrival she also became involved in the medical care of refugees, first as an interpreter and then in medical care itself. She had already studied medicine for several semesters in Sudan, but had not been able to complete her studies. Following this, Kolahta Asres Ioab completed internships in the nursing sector in Germany, trained as a paramedic and finally decided to study International Health Sciences at the University of Applied Sciences in Fulda.

What drives Kolahta Asres Ioab, is the question of how developing countries can solve their problems, especially in the health sector. I would like to specialise in health policy," says the student, with a clear goal in mind: "Health in our countries should become a human right.” After all, the young woman herself has experienced the power politics can have over a person's life. In addition to her studies, she is therefore committed as chairperson of the UNICEF university group to inform students about children's rights and to show them "how we can all set an example". In his laudatory speech, University President Professor Dr. Karim Khakzar particularly emphasised the honorary commitment of Kolahta Asres Ioab: "Ms. Ioab not only achieves outstanding academic achievements, but with her motivation and determination to make a difference and improve people's living conditions, she is a role model for many other students".

In contrast to the usual practice, this year's DAAD Award was not presented during the first semester reception at the Stadtschloss (city palace), but in a small ceremony at the Fulda University of Applied Sciences. University President Professor Dr. Karim Khakzar and the Mayor of the City of Fulda, Dag Wehner, jointly awarded the prize. "Health is given a very high priority in our city," Wehner emphasised. "Ms. Ioab deals with the topic from a global perspective, and she intends to contribute her knowledge internationally in the future. It fills us with pride that a young woman who is so committed to health policy issues has chosen our city as a place to study.”

The German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) Award, with a prize of 1,000 EUR, is awarded annually. The award honours outstanding achievements and social, societal or university-internal commitment by international students.