Award winner Fatma Soussi on the DAAD Prize
International students are an invaluable asset
The DAAD Prize, which is valued at 1,000 euros per university and has been awarded for more than sixteen years, is intended to draw attention to the stories of international students at German universities and to help personalise this invaluable group. The aim of the prize is to make it clear that international students take a piece of Germany back to their home countries and bring something of themselves and their culture to Germany – a reciprocal enriching arrangement for both sides. The students who receive such an award through their respective host university stand as representatives for their fellow students from all over the world. They are the future partners for Germany in business, politics and science.
International students of the TU Darmstadt can be nominated for the DAAD Prize for the following reasons:
- They can demonstrate their excellent academic performance as well as an exceptional social and/or cultural involvement
- They are foreign students (they do not hold a German school-leaving certificate) and are enrolled at the TU Darmstadt
- They are not a guest or an exchange student
- They are in the advanced stage of their studies. For a Bachelor’s degree: at least second or third semester. For a Master’s degree: at least 2nd semester
if they are recent graduates (their example was no longer than 3 months ago), or they are doctoral candidates
Please note: The DAAD Prize is not a research award and is not intended to honour doctoral theses.
International students can be nominated by professors and other TU employees. To nominate an international student, please submit the completed nomination form and following documents as PDF files:
- A compelling and comprehensive CV for the nominated student, including evidence of extraordinary social, societal or intercultural engagement.
- Official proof of the extraordinary social, societal or intercultural engagement.
- Current transcript of grades (TUCaN printout not accepted)
- Copies of degree certificates (Bachelor’s, Master’s)
- Proof of stated achievements, internships and language skills
Please send all documents to us by E-Mail .
If you have any questions, please contact Frau Benedetta Gennaro, PhD.
The award ceremony will take place during orientation week in autumn.
Further details to follow in due course
2022 – Omar Dwedary
Omar Dwedary, Master’s student of Architecture at TU Darmstadt, was awarded the DAAD Prize 2022 in recognition of his diverse social commitment far beyond the norm, and his excellent academic achievements. Mr Dwedary impressed the committee particularly with his curriculum vitae and commitment to democracy.
2021 – Fatma Souissi
Fatma Souissi, master's student in electrical engineering and information technology, convinced the committee members for the DAAD Prize 2021 with her commitment to the international students at the TU Darmstadt and her voluntary work for the university alliance Unite! as student representative as well as with her excellent academic achievements.
2019 – Ayoub Alhousin
Ayoub Alhousin, student of Civil Engineering, was confronted with seemingly unsurmountable challenges, which he overcame through his own initiative, willingness to work hard and through perseverance. His support for refugee students, his commitment to the community and his outstanding academic achievements fully convinced the commission members to select him as recipient of the DAAD Prize.
2018 – Karla Rocío Salazar-Vogel
The young Peruvian Karla Rocío Salazar-Vogel (27), who completed her Bachelor's degree in Psychology at the TU Darmstadt with 'Very Good' grades, is currently working towards her Master's degree in Psychology. Karla ist very popular due to her cheerful, optimistic and hands-on approach and is also a fantastic role model for other international students.
2017 – Olena Shevkova
Olena Shevkova, a Psychology student who completed her Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees at the TU Darmstadt achieving ‘Very Good’ grades and financing her studies and expenses entirely through student jobs (including as a research assistant at the Institute of Psychology at the TU Darmstadt). She also impressed and distinguished herself through a very diverse social and cultural activities.
2016 - Ivan Felipe Martinez Valencia
Ivan Felipe Martinez Valencia, student of Electrical Engineering and Information Technology, completed his Bachelor’s degree at TU Darmstadt with ‘Very Good’ grades. He was awarded with the DAAD Prize in 2016 due to his impressive, and longstanding, commitment to diverse social and intercultural activities.