Old Boys and Girls come together at the German Alumni Gathering 2011Enlarge image (© German Embassy)
Nice food, old friends and lots of information on what’s going on in the German alumni world was what awaited the Malaysian alumni who made their way to the German Ambassador’s residence on an evening in December 2011. About 100 alumni and 35 guests from various universities and the private sector came together to mingle and to renew the ties between Germany and Malaysia. 18 German students from the University of Duisburg-Essen, who are currently participating in an exchange programme with the National University of Malaysia, were also invited. To catch up with old friends and stay informed about new developments, no distance seemed too far: Some of the participants had even made the effort to come from places like Kelantan, Kedah, Perak, Pahang and Johor!
This was the third German alumni event, jointly organized by the German Embassy, the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) and the Goethe Institute. By now, it has become a nice tradition to host this gathering each year.Enlarge image (© German Embassy)
After the welcome address by Ambassador Dr. Guenter Gruber, there were presentations by Dr. Guido Schnieders, Director of DAAD IC Kuala Lumpur, Prof. Dr.-Ing. Dieter Schramm, Dean of the Faculty of Engineering, University of Duisburg-Essen and Dato’ Prof. Ir. Dr. Dr. Ing. E. h. Sahol Hamid Abu Bakar, Vice-Chancellor of Universiti Teknologi MARA (UiTM). Dr. Schnieders gave a presentation about the alumni, the DAAD and the Alumniportal Deutschland (APD). Dr. Schramm spoke about the cooperation between science and industry in engineering. He also gave an overview of the new perspectives in German-Malaysian partnerships. Dr. Sahol shared his personal Malaysian-German experiences and expressed his wish to enhance the cooperation between UiTM and German universities.
The presentations were followed by a reception, where the guests had the opportunity to mingle and network. The alumnis enjoyed meeting and re-uniting with aquaintances from their student days until late at night, over some delicious Malaysian food and typically German drinks.Enlarge image (© German Embassy)