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10.02.2000 11:16

100% international: the women's university awards scholarships

Dr. Gabriele Kreutzner Press and public relations
International Women's University

100 percent international:
Women's University awards study grants for the summer of 2000

Hanover, 10. 2.00. Scientists from 115 countries will take part in an international women's university project. This makes the International Women's University "Technology and Culture", which will start in the summer, undisputedly the most international university project that currently exists in Germany. Ifu representatives and scholarship providers met yesterday, Wednesday, in Bonn to discuss the allocation of scholarships to those young researchers who cannot finance their study visit themselves.

The list of organizations providing grants is as varied as the composition of the potential scholarship holders. This includes a total of 22 foundations, associations, ministries, companies, associations and private individuals. At the top of the scholarship providers (with around 100 to 125 scholarships) is the DAAD, which also organized the application and selection process for the ifu, closely followed by large foundations such as the Hans Böckler Foundation and the Federal Environment Foundation (with more than 40 scholarships each). The Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation also awards grants: 14 participants from so-called "least developed countries" can receive funding from the BMZ; Today's meeting includes applications from young female researchers from Ethiopia, Bangladesh, Burkina Faso, Nepal, Sudan and Uganda.
But not only the wide world is represented, numerous German university graduates have also registered. If you come from North Rhine-Westphalia, you have the chance to benefit from one of the 10 scholarships made available by the North Rhine-Westphalian Ministry for Schools and Further Education, Science and Research.

The diversity of the countries of origin of the more than 1500 university graduates, whose applications were submitted by the registration deadline in December, exceeded even the expectations of the initiators of the project - because high demands were placed on the future ifu students: whoever wants to study at the International Women's University must do both have a first degree and have a very good knowledge of English. "We were particularly impressed by the quality of the applications" - said the President of the International Women's University, Aylâ Neusel, professor, professional and university researcher from Kassel. These were examined in January by international commissions made up of female experts. Scholarships will now be awarded to applicants who have been admitted to this selection round and who have applied for financial support.
Although numerous sponsors were enthusiastic about the project, the number of scholarship applicants currently still exceeds the number of available scholarships. Professor Neusel says: "We are very committed to applying for grants so that we can be sure that all promising young female scientists have a fair chance to take part. We are, for example, very proud that 20 female students from Sudan have applied, but we are need further scholarships in order to be able to support all those who cannot cover the travel and accommodation costs in Germany from their own resources ". Private scholarship providers, companies or institutions that would like to support ifu students are invited to contact the ifu

In addition to the president of ifu, the scholarship selection committee also includes the chairwoman of the supervisory board of ifu GmbH, Helga Schuchardt, former Minister of Science in Lower Saxony, and Prof. Dr. Manfred Stassen, group leader at the DAAD and member of the supervisory board of ifu GmbH.

International Women's University in summer 2000: The project, which is financed by federal, state and EU funds as well as public and private foundations, will take place from July 15 to October 15, 2000 in Hanover and at other university locations in northern Germany. 7 universities (from Kassel to Hamburg) are participating in the program as cooperation partners. An English-language qualification course for young female researchers is offered. Teaching and research focus on the six thematic areas of work, information, the body, migration, city and water. Research and teaching are interdisciplinary and international in all project areas. The International Women's University is a worldwide project of the world exhibition EXPO 2000.

Studying at ifu - using the example of the water project area: The "Water" project area, which takes place at the North East Lower Saxony University of Applied Sciences in Suderburg in cooperation with the University of Hanover, proved to be particularly attractive for women scientists from Asia, Africa and Latin America. The focus is on nature conservation and water management in the example regions of the Volga, Elbe and Rio Bravo. The project area cooperates with institutions in South Africa, Burma, the CIS countries, India and Mexico. Some of the lecturers in the project area also come from these countries. The organizers expect new impulses for planning, ecological and social action in the countries of origin of the students and lecturers. "We believe that our project will be a small, well-functioning think tank," says supervisory board chairwoman Helga Schuchardt. In any case, it is now certain that the contributions to this will be truly international.

Further information from: International Women's University, Press Office, Blumenstrasse 6, 30159 Hanover, Tel .: 0511 / 120-8660; Fax: 0511 / 120-8693; eMail: [email protected]
Internet: http://www.Vifu.de

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