Moving to Bayreuth: Is my German level good enough?

Nicoleta Dvornicov steht vor einem Plakat

By Nicoleta Dvornicov

A dream coming true

Wait until you grow up, and you will be able to travel everywhere you want,” my mother used to tell me when I was little, dreaming of faraway places, new languages, different cultures and delicious cuisine. Travelling outside my home country, Moldova, seemed, at that time, a dream that would not come true anytime soon due to the economic situation after the fall of the Soviet Union.

Now, twenty years later, I can happily say that my mother was right. Once I graduated high-school in my home country, I moved to the United States to do my bachelor’s degree at Berea College, studied abroad for a semester in Mexico, finished my master’s degree at the University of the Basque Country in Spain, came to Germany and in February, 2020 I started working at the University of Bayreuth.

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„Time in quarantine can actually be quite enjoyable if you are an academic“

Symbolbild Bericht von Prof. Pinheiro-Walla aus Israel

Prof. Dr. Alice Pinheiro-Walla, Professor of Political Philosophy at the University of Bayreuth, is currently spending a research stay in Israel at the Hebrew University in Jerusalem.  Shortly after her arrival, a quarantine was imposed on persons entering Israel from Germany and other countries. She writes to us how she is doing and what unpredicted aspects such an exceptional situation can have.

Jerusalem, 18th March 2020.

I arrived in Jerusalem a few days before the travel restrictions started. I came as a visiting professor at the political sciences department of the Hebrew University. I was charmed by the beautiful campus on Mount Scopus and found accommodation at the nearby Scopus Student Village, just 10 minutes walk from my office. I was warmly received by my host, Prof. Daniel Schwartz. The coffee was excellent, the food delicious, the sky bright blue. From my apartment balcony I could get a glimpse of the old city of Jerusalem. „„Time in quarantine can actually be quite enjoyable if you are an academic““ weiterlesen

Model African Union Bayreuth Conference 2019

Group picture of all guests and participants of the Conference

von Michelle Epps, Godswill Enyinnaya und Dagmar Kohlmeier, Studierende der Universität Bayreuth

Africa in motion – Visions of Mobility, Identities and Citizenship

This was the theme of the annual conference of the Model African Union Bayreuth e.V. student initiative that simulates the General Assembly of the African Union. It took place from the 7th to the 11th of June 2019 at the University of Bayreuth, and aimed to create a framework for political discussions about current and future topics concerning the African continent.

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#miteinander – Zusammen ist man weniger allein.

vom Team #miteinander, Studierende der Wirtschaftsinformatik

Im Sommersemester 2019 haben wir – das sind Katharina, Laura, Timo und Anna – im Rahmen des Fallstudienseminars „Social Entrepreneurship“, das vom Lehrstuhl BWL VII (Wirtschaftsinformatik) in Kooperation mit der Hilfswerft gGmbH angeboten wird, ein Semester lang an einer Idee mit sozialem Mehrwert gearbeitet.

Zum Kick-Off des Seminars wurden verschiedene Oberthemen identifiziert wie bspw. Klimawandel, Bildung oder Toleranz. Wir vier haben uns bei dem Oberthema Toleranz wiedergefunden. Nach einigen teaminternen Brainstormingrunden ist dann die Idee zu #miteinander entstanden. „#miteinander – Zusammen ist man weniger allein.“ weiterlesen

From Science in the Train to Hiking at Lake Baikal: Manifold Experiences during the 9th German-Russian Travelling Seminar

Students at a hiking trip at Lake Baikal.

By Sebastian Weiß, 4th-semester master’s student (Department of Inorganic Chemistry I, University of Bayreuth) and
Artem Loginov, 1st-semester master’s student (Department of Polymer and Crystal Physics, Lomonosov Moscow State University).

During the 9th German-Russian Travelling Seminar, we visited Irkutsk, Listvyanka on Lake Baikal, Novosibirsk, and Moscow. From 30th June to 10th August, we completed a more than 9,000 km round-trip of  Russia. The group consisted of 8 students from Russia and 12 students from Germany, all doing their masters’ or at the beginning of their PhDs. They were accompanied by the organizers Prof. Mirijam Zobel (University of Bayreuth, Germany), Asst. Prof. Maxim Vlasov (IHTE & UrFU, Russia), Prof. Andrey Rempel (IMET & UrFU, Ekaterinburg, Russia), Prof. Andrey Shibaev (MSU, Moscow, Russia), and Prof. Andreas Magerl (FAU, Erlangen, Germany). As part of this Travelling Seminar, termed “Nanomaterials and Large Scale Research Centres”, we had the great opportunity to visit modern research institutes all over Russia. We also got the chance to acquire new knowledge and friendships across cultures and geographical borders. The Seminar is unique in its form, and in its ongoing financial support over the years.

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