As a result of the influx of refugees in Germany, the numbers of students with refugee status at German universities have also increased significantly. In order to make it easier for refugees to adjust to the German education system, the Bonn-based German University Foundation has been coordinating the Welcome scholarship programme since 2015. In addition to a monthly book allowance, scholarship students in the programme receive one-on-one support from a professor in their department and field. The aim of this personal mentoring is to give the students a contact person who can address any problems they might have and help them continue their studies and graduate successfully. Also, the programme includes an annual workshop that deals with specialised topics, which helps the scholarship students gain access to networks in the academic community.
As part of our programme of talent promotion in science and education and our commitment to the region, the Wilo-Foundation has been sponsoring two IT students from Syria with refugee status at the TU Dortmund since the 2016/17 academic year.
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The German University Foundation (Deutsche Universitätsstiftung, DUS) was founded in June 2009 by the German Association of University Professors and Lecturers (Deutscher Hochschulverband, DHV). The mission of the German University Foundation is to act as the interface between academia, business and society. The Foundation sponsors scholarship students who have talent, ambition, intelligence and motivation, yet lack an academic role model. In addition, the Foundation has been sponsoring refugees since 2015.