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Great success story: HFT student from Syria receives elite scholarship <<

Participant of the HFT preparatory course for refugees receives scholarship from the German National Academic Foundation

“Like us, Nour Alyounes from Syria can be very proud of himself. We are very proud of him” explains Dr. Michael Geiger, Head of the international students’ office at the HFT-Stuttgart.

German National Academic Foundation scholarship holder

Nour Alyounes was chosen as one of very few refugees for an intense three-day testing phase by the German National Academic Foundation. Criteria for a scholarship of the German National Academic Foundation are high intellectual skills as well as a strong motivation and comprehensive social skills. Also social engagement and a great interest about general topics are needed to be rewarded with a scholarship. It all worked out – for his Master course at the HFT Stuttgart Nour Alyou will now be a successful scholarship student.

HFT preparatory course for refugees

Since 2016 the HFT Stuttgart offers a two moth preparatory course for refugees. So far 120 people from Syria Afghanistan, Iraq, Eritrea, Cameron, Pakistan, and Turkey have taken part in this program financed by the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD). For most of the pupils it was a helpful initial start in Germany as well as a first orientation about life at university. It is a first step towards a full academic study with hopefully a successful degree at the end. It is also a great chance for those students to make first contacts to economic companies or organization via internships as well as part time jobs.  

Nour Alyounes chose civil engineering for his studies.

His success story started two years ago. He began the preparation course for civil engineering at the HFT Stuttgart. Due to his place of domicile in Ohnastetten (Swabian Alb) he had a long way to travel to Stuttgart every day but he liked the idea of studying here and also passed his German test (TestDAF) at first attempt. He became an intern within the company Baresel soon after starting the first course of study.  
All this was the perfect basis to apply successfully for a Master-Course in civil engineering / tunnel building at HFT Stuttgart.

By now he speaks German almost mother tongue and looks forward to start his career as project manager in tunnel building. “We hope this dream will come true and wish him all the best” – explains Mr. Geiger, Head of the international students’ office at the HFT-Stuttgart.

Dr. Michael Geiger (