Fellows

ERASMUS MUNDUS offers undergraduate and master students, doctoral and post-doctoral research fellows as well as academic and administrative staff the chance to gain valuable experience, knowledge and establish networking contacts. Our collaborative framework is already running several ERASMUS MUNDUS projects with European and Asian partners. Thus, we can provide you with some insights and recommendations of our previous or current guests.
 

 
 

Listen to ERASMUS MUNDUS researchers who stayed with LogDynamics

 
 

Supansa Chaising
Thailand
Mae Fah Luang-Universität
Transport and Traffic Studies
Master researcher with an individual gLINK project: Improving the communication and cooperation between raw material suppliers and small and medium-sized enterprises by digitization and processes/services on demand.
Current status: in Bremen

 
 
 
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Dr. Sri Yogi Kottala
India
Indian Institute of Technology, Roorkee
Business Studies with Technology
PostDoc researcher with an individual gLINK project: Empirical investigation using supply chain operations reference (SCOR) & SCM models in manufacturing sector.
Current status: in Bremen

 
 
 
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Undram Chinges
Mongolia
National University of Mongolia
Engineering and Technology
Master researcher with an individual gLINK project: Development of a
Stochastic Multi-Workstation Job Shop Model with RMTs
Current Status: back home

 
What would you say is the biggest difference between Bremen and your home country?
I observed some differences from my country, such as everyone greets each other with a smile even though they do not know each other, very organized transportation system and classification of domestic waste etc. The biggest difference that I would like to mention is the green environment. There are so many trees and plants which make pure air, beautiful sight and comfortable environment.
 
What would you say you like most about coming to Bremen as a gLINK researcher?
Coming to Bremen as a gLink researcher gives me huge opportunity to learn many things from other students, work with fabulous people on my research area, gain experience on research work, learn to live alone and improve my academic English etc. Not only did I learn many academic things, but also learned a lot about German culture, people, language and European lifestyle already.
 
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Husnul Abid
Bangladesh
United International University Dhaka
Engineering and Technology
Bachelor researcher with an individual FUSION project: Performance measures of different solution approaches for the Dynamic Vehicle Routing Problem
Current status: back home

 
How does getting involved with IGS and the other ERASMUS MUNDUS fellows help advance your professional career?
There are so many experts and experienced people work in IGS. If I follow the way they manage everything, it will help me in my career. From them I can be hard-working, punctual, modest, broad-minded, dynamic, self-confident and enthusiastic. This experience will help me in professional career entire my life as I have an opportunity to work with some great and successful people. As I have some ERASMUS MUNDUS fellows now, I can know about their country, culture, history. These things will help me in the long run.
 
How has the LogDynamics team at Universität Bremen helped you settle in?
LogDynamics team at Universitat Bremen did everything to settle me in. One page isn’t enough to right about them. They gave me full support to come here. Still now they are doing their best to help me. And it’s more than my expectation. It just changed my vision about the whole people of Germany.
 
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Choirunnisa Fatima
Indonesia
Institut Teknologi Bandung
Engineering and Technology
Bachelor researcher with an individual gLINK project: Development of analytical models in Production Research
Current status: back home

 
What was your biggest fear before coming to Germany?
I didn't worry at all about living in Germany as I was excited to come. But when it came to make a friend, I didn't have any courage. I wasn't confident about my English, I was overthinking what I should talk about, I was worried how others think about me wearing hijab. But in reality, to think about such a thing just did not help at all. People here are friendly. They will smile or say hi to me whenever we meet, even when we don't know each other. And when I’m talking, they are listening patiently to my slow and poor English. It's exciting to make more friends!
 
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Gia Huy Dang
Vietnam
Ho Chi Minh City International University
Engineering and Technology
Bachelor researcher with an individual gLINK project: Big Data in Transport Risk Analysis
Current status: back home

 
What would you say you like most about coming to Bremen as a gLINK researcher?
Not only did I have the chance to work with people who are really good at their field and really friendly, but I also knew more about Germany: the culture, the people. I also got an improvement in my German, thanks to my friends here that helped me to practice a lot.
 
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Supara Grudpan
Thailand
Chiang Mai University
Computer Science and Production Engineering
Doctoral candidate with an individual FUSION project: Serious game for training employees in handling events in urban transport
Current status: in Bremen

 
What would you say is the biggest difference between Bremen and your home country?
The culture and the way of communication. For my country, it is hard to defend or to negotiate with the older people.
 
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Abulkalam Azad
Bangladesh
United International University Dhaka
Engineering and Technology
Bachelor researcher with an individual FUSION project: Extension of a Graphical Interface for an logistic simulation scenario by 3D computer graphics
Current status: back home

 
What would you say you like most about coming to Bremen as a FUSION researcher?
Coming to Bremen as a FUSION researcher is a big opportunity for me because here I am getting a lot of cooperation from the PhD students as well as I am learning many things from them and also it’s fortunate for me to be in touch with some renowned professors. That will help me to build up my future career.
 
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Wacharawan Intayoad
Thailand
Mae Fah Luang University
Engineering and Technology
Doctoral candidate with an individual gLINK project: General platform for context-aware decision making service
Current status: in Bremen

 
How does getting involved with the IGS and the other ERASMUS MUNDUS fellows help advance your professional career?
The fellows of ERASMUS MUNDUS are very diverse. They come from difference parts of the world and they are the experts in different diciplines. You will get a lot of good ideas of what you work on from the discussion and the comments from them. Besides that they are like your big family in IGS, they are willig to help you in any concerns living in Bremen/Germany.
 
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Sundari Enkhtugs
Mongolia
National University of Mongolia
Management and Production Engineering
Bachelor researcher with an individual gLINK project: Construction of a Demonstrator of an Energy-Grid Prototype
Current Status: back home

 
Do you feel that the intensive German course made your stay here any different?
Halfway through the course, I started understanding small talks and communicate a little bit in German. (I was already communicating with my flat mates who did not speak English!) I would advise all incoming researchers to take part in the beginner's course, even if German language is not your priority. The course is very productive and highly helpful. Our teacher also explained us many aspects of Germany's culture and helped is understand the country even better.
 
How does getting involved with the IGS and the other ERASMUS MUNDUS fellows help advance your professional career?
IGS is a group of very diverse researchers in various fields. Or weekly meetings and gatherings helped me gain insight into vast opportunities my profession offers me and possibilities beyond. I can get help in any field I am not proficient in, from Information systems to electrical engineering to robotics.
 
What was the biggest challenge during your stay in Bremen?
The biggest challenge I had was more personal. My project involved tasks that required me to acquire lots of new skills and learning aptitudes. However, it was the most rewarding experience of my life for the challenge helped me improve my abilities and gain insight to other new possibilities. I am more used to dealing with problems by myself, rather than turn to others. I learned that I can get as much help from my supervisor, research group, and fellow researchers as I needed.
 
Any hints for ERASMUS MUNDUS applicants?
When applying, look at program offers closely, if you can find a research topic you are interested in or similar to one you would like. Even if it is different, don't be afraid to contact the host institution and ask if there is some program or topic that suits you better. Most likely, the research institute has many other topics and areas it is working on.
 
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Chao Liu
China
School of Information Science and Technology, Chengdu University
Engineering and Technology
Bachelor researcher with an individual FUSION project: Implementation of a database interface and an interface for reading input data for a logistic scenario
Current Status: back home

 
How has the International Office at the Universität Bremen helped you settle in?
It’s very nice. They lead me to tour campus and find the apartment to live in. At the same time, they are very friendly to tell us some information about the life of people in Bremen.
 
What did you like most (scientifically as well as personally)?
The German chatter session. Usually, we didn’t have too many chances to talk to other students about things in our life. In this session, we could learn about different cultures and life styles from different countries. That’s really nice. I quite like the session.
 
What is the one thing anyone coming to Bremen, Germany and Europe should have seen or done?
Of course, take part in the local activities like Freimarkt.
 
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Zifeng Yi
China
Dalian Maritime University
Engineering and Management
Master researcher with an individual cLINK project: Impacts of mega-container ships on the design and operation of international container transportation networks
Current Status: back home

 
What would you say is the biggest difference between Bremen and your home country?
The strict procedure for everything.
 
How does getting involved with the IGS and the other ERASMUS MUNDUS fellows help advance your professional career?
First of all, it improves my English. And then, it presents me the different thinking direction for one thing.
 
Any hints for ERASMUS MUNDUS applicants?
Please learn as much as German as possible before you come here. And practice your oral English more.
 
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Juliana Fisaini
Indonesia
(ITB) Institut Teknologi Bandung
Management and Production Engineering
Master researcher with an individual gLINK project: Supporting multi-modal urban transport planning by using simulation games
Current Status: back home

 
What would you say is the biggest difference between Bremen and your home country?
The most important thing is people in the university are friendlier than in my own university. Professor and lecturers here speak and communicate with students a lot than in my previous university. They try to make the learning environment relax but keep on the target. They always say, ‘No worries’, ‘it’s easy’, ‘your work is good, you just need to improve in this and this’.
 
What would you say you like most about coming to Bremen as a gLINK researcher?
I would say that I like how my supervisor treats me. I think she understands that I am a beginner and I need time to learn. She tried to be very clear about what she wants me to do such as how to start a research, gave me references where I can learn about it.
 
Feedback to the local (host) gLINK co-ordinator:
There were a lot of misunderstanding happening regarding politeness and impoliteness because of cultural differences. However, my host coordinator is a German, she is very direct, so that it reduced the tension and helped me in understanding the culture, I mean, what I should do and what not to do. Regarding mobility stuff, she is very strict to the rules and administrative things, but at the same time she is also like a parent for me.
 
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Dorjsundui Gombokhurts
Mongolia
National University of Mongolia
Management and Production Engineering
Master researcher with an individual gLINK project: Communication and Control of a Demonstrator of an Energy-Grid Prototype
Current Status: back home

 
Do you feel that the intensive German course made your stay here any different?
Now five weeks later, I could understand basic German in a supermarket, or in a bus. That is so cool for me. Also I could speak to my landlord with some body language and German.
 
Any hints for ERASMUS MUNDUS applicants?
You should fill in every little detail in the application. Also make accommodation arrangement before you come Bremen. This will help you avoid some problems. For example, I know someone who could not find accommodation and for the first few day he had to stay at a hotel.
 
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Dr. Habiburahman Shirani,
Afghanistan
Kabul University
Professor in the Engineering Faculty
Teacher's training of the FUSION project
Current Status: back home

 
What did you like most (scientifically as well as personally) about your stay in Germany?
I liked the engineering education of Germany, which is more practical than theoretical. I also liked the clean environment here, no gas emitting cars, buses and trams inside the city.
 
How does getting involved with the IGS and the other ERASMUS MUNDUS fellows help advance your professional career?
I came here as teacher trainee of ERASMUS MUNDUS FUSION project and the objective my one month stay here is to learn about different styles of master level engineering education. Meeting and discussing with ERASMUS MUNDUS fellows from different nationalities give me the opportunity to learn and get familiarized with different engineering education styles.
 
Any hints for other ERASMUS MUNDUS applicants?
Good activities plan may help them in getting the opportunity.
 
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Ambreen Zaman
Bangladesh
Stamford University Bangladesh, Dhaka
Engineering and Technology
Doctoral Candidate with an individual FUSION project: Embodied
Interaction and Applications
Current Status: in Bremen

 
How has the LogDynamics team at Universität Bremen helped you settle in?
The LogDynamics team helped me before and after my arrival in Bremen. This team helps me in every respect like, Zaida welcomed me on the airport and managed my foods and also showed me my place where I will live. Carolin helped me to open my bank account and also introduced me to BSU center for residential permit and visa processing and Sunja introduced me to the university area first time. And above all, Dr. Rügge spend her valuable time to introduce me to the city and also make me familiar with the culture of this country.
 
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Dr. Asela Kulatunga
Sri Lanka
University of Peradeniya
Engineering and Economics
PostDoc researcher with an individual gLINK project
Current Status: back home

 
What would you say you like most about coming to Bremen as a gLINK researcher?
Mostly I like the surrounding environment and the work practices, independence of work and research culture here in Bremen.
 
What would you say is the biggest difference between Bremen and your home country?
It is good to see many use cycles as the mode of transportation than cars or motor bicyles which greatly improve the air quality and quality of life & wellbeing. However, when my home county is concerned, many of the above aspects are not in good systematic order. Many like to use their own cars or at least otor bicyles not the cyles which has led to air and noise pollution. Therefore, I can say Bremen in Very Much Greener than Peradeniya or Kandy in Sri Lanka!
 
Statement:
The gLink mobility programme has greatly contributed to my career advancement in different ways. This is one of the best trainings I received in overseas, and I will be able to use experiences gained during my mobility for my career as well as to enhance future collaborations between two universities in the area of Industrial and Logistics Engineering. This will be greatly beneficial for the improvement of teaching and research activities at my university and the development of Industrial Engineering and Logistics Engineering domains of the local and regional industries.
 
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Nimra Rehman Siddiqui
Pakistan
Mehran University of Engineering & Technology
Engineering and Technology
Master researcher with an individual FUSION project: Vehicular Ad-hoc Network (VANET) Security Framework using FPGA
Current Status: back home

 
What would you say is the biggest difference between Bremen and your home country?
Well, there are so many differences as in culture, education, weather and many others. But as I come here on purpose of education so I would like to focus on that. Main difference is Education is free here and you have hands on practical work. You can't only just understand it theoretically but also can implement it.
 
What would you say you like most about coming to Bremen as a FUSION researcher?
This is my first time to do research anywhere, so kind of excited to do it in a whole different system under the supervision of a German Professor. But I know that this is going to be my lifetime experience to work with and under with people who belong to another culture, I'll learn so many new things. I have heard about Universität Bremen that it is famous for its independent research and experimental approach. And as I have been already here in this system since one month so I got to know so many things. The methodology of research really inspired me here .So I am sure that it's going to be really great.
 
What did you like most (scientifically as well as personally)?
The one thing that fascinates me is German's organizational and punctuality skills. We have traffic lights in Pakistan too, but no one really cares enough to wait till it turns green, especially pedestrians. Another thing is, I enjoyed the weather a lot. I am going to miss this „four seasons in one day“ experience of Bremen.
 
Any recommendation for the next ERASMUS MUNDUS fellows of the Universität Bremen?
Enjoy everyday and every moment here, because you are living the best time of your life here. Experience German food, try to indulge in their culture, learn their language, and explore your scientific field as well as the city in your spare time. It is no doubt a small city, but you can find a rich and beautiful heritage hidden in the small streets. Do not keep yourself limited to the group of your country fellows, meet with new people, German youth is really friendly and adaptable, you never feel left out with them. If you want to be a good person in the eyes of a German, take my words, be punctual and be direct ;).
 
What is the one thing anyone coming to Bremen, Germany and Europe should have seen or done?
Travel, explore, and spoil yourself with German and European life style. Enjoy this feeling of independence, believe me, this is the best decision I have ever made. But do not make any compromises with your studies.
 
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Wei Wei
China
Dalian Maritime University
Engineering and Management
Master researcher with an individual cLINK project: Value Added Processes in Maritime Business Logistics
Current Status: back home

 
Do you feel that the intensive German course made your stay here any different?
Of course it makes so much difference. After the intensive German Course, I not only get touch with some words and dialogue for daily needs, but also make a lot of new friends. It simplifies and enriches my stay here to a great extent.
 
How does getting involved with the IGS and the other ERASMUS MUNDUS fellows help advance your professional career?
I can promote my voice pronunciation when chatting with them and they always have contributing ideas to my study when we are in discussion. Especially, Getting in touch with international students helps to ample my mind.
 
What did you like most (scientifically as well as personally)?
All the people here are quite helpful and enthusiastic, such as supervisors, doctors, student assistants. Besides, I really know how balance the life and study and my living skills are improved. Scientifically, I appreciate German ways of thinking and education such as always being rigorous and precise.
 
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Qiang Zhang
China
Zhongyuan University of Technology
Doctoral Candidate with an individual gLINK project: Robust Nonlinear Control for Industrial Manufacturing Processes with Reconfigurable Machine Tools
Current Status: in Bremen

 
What would you say is the biggest difference between Bremen and your home country?
I have been in Bremen for one month, I found some things different with my home country. For example, the public transportation is very convenient; there is no conductor on the bus. The kind of food here is less than China, the environment is better than my home country, it looks very beautiful. But the biggest difference is culture difference undoubtedly. It should take some time to adopt the real culture environment.
 
How has the LogDynamics team at Universität Bremen helped you settle in?
Before I arrived here, Dr. Ingrid Rügge had been contacted me all the time by the Email and told me what I should prepare to settle in, when I arrived Bremen, she let someone pick me up at the railway station and gave me some tickets. Prof. Jürgen Pannek took me to my office and helped me transact relevant procedure. They are so warmly and kindly.
 
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Phinthip Samutloiwon
Thailand
Chiang Mai University
Engineering and Technology
Bachelor researcher with an individual FUSION project: Serious game development
Current Status: back home

 
What was your biggest fear before coming to Germany?
Before coming to Germany, I’m really afraid about language barrier, new environment, and culture. I’ve never lived alone which far away from my family. Moreover, I have a little knowledge about German language. Everything looks so hard. However, after arriving in Bremen and stay for a while, I discovered that it’s not as hard as I imagine. German people are willing to help the foreigner. Although some of them don’t speak English, they also try to help me. I’m really impressed. Living alone is not so hard and new environment is also great.
 
Do you feel that the intensive German course made your stay here any different?
Yes, the intensive German course helped me a lot. After taking the class, I can guess and understand correctly what the people say in my everyday life. Furthermore, the intensive class was very fun (and hard). We are not only study in the classroom, but also go to the city and other place that is helpful for studying. For example, we went to the city library to search for language course book, went to 2nd hand furniture market to learn the vocabulary about furniture, and sightseeing the small town to learn other vocabulary outside the book and German culture.
 
What is the one thing anyone coming to Bremen, Germany and Europe should have seen or done?
You should visit Schnoor in Bremen. It’s like a small village and so sweet!
 
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Taiyuan Yin
China
Zhongyuan University of Technology
Engineering and Technology
Master researcher with an individual FUSION project: Application of Smart Jacket in Logistics
Current Status: back home

 
What was your biggest fear before coming to Germany?
The communication problem is the biggest fear of mine. My spoken English is not good enough, so I’m afraid others couldn’t understand me. But after my arrival to Germany, I found that most people were very friendly and my ability of language has made a progress. And now I don’t worry about communication.
 
What would you say you like most about coming to Bremen as a FUSION researcher?
I like the way most in which the teachers and students communicate. We could tell out what we really think about and can talk about it deeply. And they could give me enough time to express myself although they are so busy. I think the way the teachers teach students are so different between China and Germany. I like it in Bremen so much.
 
Any recommendation for the next ERASMUS MUNDUS fellows of the Universität Bremen?
Do not be afraid of coming to a different country. Everyone will be so friendly to you and help you come over your difficulties.
 
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Ping Liu
China
Zhongyuan University of Technology
Production Enginnering
Doctoral Candidate with an individual FUSION project:
Operator Based Robust Right Coprime Factorization for Optimal Control of Logistics Systems
Current Status: in Bremen

 
What was your biggest fear before coming to Germany?
Maybe you will laugh at me, but it's true. Before coming to Bremen, I really worried I would be lost. Because after got off the plane in Frankfurt, I needed to transfer to a train to Bremen. But I didn't know Germany, and I didn't know how to go to the train station and how to get the ticket. After I arrived in Frankfurt, I found most people could speak English, and the direction of how to go to the train station was very detailed. I successfully took the train to Bremen. The trip was very good.
 
What would you say you like most about coming to Bremen as a FUSION researcher?
I feel so lucky I can study with so many intelligent people. In BIBA, everyone is enthusiastic and helpful. I like the environment and the people here.
 
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Dr. Azfar Khalid
Pakistan
Mohammed Ali Jinnah University
Production Engineering
PostDoc researcher with an individual cLINK project: Identification of Requirements in Human -Robot Collaboration
Current Status: back home

 
What would you say is the biggest difference between Bremen and your home country?
 
It is the pollution free environment that is the biggest difference I have found. In Bremen, It is so much plantation that makes the city greener, beautiful and pollution free. Developing countries must learn this for attainment of sustainable environment with industrial development.
What would you say you like most about coming to Bremen as a cLINK researcher?
Here in Bremen, I have arrived with my family. So my experience of Bremen is multidimensional. It includes all types of activities like finding accommodation, buying furniture and home stuff to children schooling, fighting cold weather, food, transportation, shopping, language learning, sightseeing, meeting new people and working on new research areas etc. It is a type of experience full of challenges and fun as well. But i will say it is a worthwhile to be a cLINK researcher in one’s life to go to a different place and start from the scratch.
 
Any hints for ERASMUS MUNDUS applicants?
If you want to be successful with your application, write your proposal as effective as you can in addition to the relevance of research in the host university.
 
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Dr. Lintao Duan
China
School of Information Science and Technology, Chengdu University
Engineering and Technology
PostDoc researcher with an individual FUSION project: Improving energy efficiency for mobile embedded systems employing dynamic power management
Current Status: back home

 
What was your biggest fear before coming to Germany?
My biggest fear was that I would be lost in the unfamiliar city on getting out of the airport as I heard there was a complicated traffic system in Germany. After I arrived at Bremen airport, I realized that there was no need to worry because of three important reasons. First, IGS provided us a pickup service. Miss Carolin and her friend already waited for us at the airport gate. Second, the University and airport are connected by train 6, the traffic is very convenient. Third, the natives are kind and warm hearted. They always offer help when I am in troubles.
 
What did you like most (scientifically as well as personally)?
I like taking part in workshops organized by IGS and TZI because we can learn from each other, as we come from different countries in the world. In my spare time, I like riding a bicycle in the Bürgerpark. Bremen is very beautiful city, which offers perfect conditions for cycling.
 
Any hints for ERASMUS MUNDUS applicants?
Firstly, improving the language ability (listening, speaking, and writing) before you arrive in the host university. Secondly, improving the research plan before you are going to apply for the program.
 
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Dr. Shree Ram Khadka
Nepal
Tribhuvan University, Kathmandu
Production Engineering
PostDoc researcher with an individual cLINK project:
Mixed-model Just-in-time Sequencing Problem
Current Status: back home

 
How does getting involved with the IGS and the other ERASMUS MUNDUS fellows help advance your professional career?
As a researcher in logistics and a teacher of optimization to graduate level program from a developing country, I found IGS is an important place to pursue my research with the support of some fellowship providers like ERASMUS MUNDUS. I can advance my research and gain valuable academic as well as social experiences in IGS which will be shared and extended in my home university. This support will play an important role to develop teaching and research activities in my home university. A number of graduate and undergraduate courses pertaing to operations research, engineering, computer science, mathematics and many more have been designed in my home university. I would be more capable in perusing my academic activities there due to this stay.
 
What was the biggest challenge during your stay in Bremen?
Bremen is a calm and well organized city with well setup transportation network. Since I am from a developing country with different system. It has been a challenge to me though I don’t think it is a big one. If you do not understand German language, sometimes you may be in confusion. However, most of people even in the city understand English.
 
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Parashuram Sharma
Bhutan
Jigme Namgyel Polytechnic, Royal University of Bhutan
Dean of Academic Affairs
Teacher's training of the cLINK project
Current Status: back home

 
How does getting involved with the IGS and the other ERASMUS MUNDUS fellows help advance your professional career?
The visit to Bremen, Germany itself was a big learning for me. I could learn many things, which I cannot describe here, through my observation of the surrounding environment, the work place, the independent ways of learning by the UG and the PG students, the facilities in the work place and the ways people work here. I feel such exposures are very beneficial for every individual from the developing countries. Through this exchange program I am able to understand and appreciate the multinational culture which I can apply to receive people from different backgrounds. The visit to modern waste management site was another enriching experience. I am sure I can apply many of my learning in my work back home.
 
Any hints for other ERASMUS MUNDUS applicants?
I would like to recommend the prospective candidates to come to LogDynamics and enjoy beautiful environment of Bremen, experience a new ways of learning through self-exploration. This is a conducive place for learners. I would also like to suggest that June to August could be a preferable time for people coming from warmer climatic conditions.
 
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Kishwer Abdul Khaliq
Pakistan
Mohammad Ali Jinnah University Islamabad (CoReNeT)
Faculty of Engineering
Doctoral candidate with an individual cLINK project: Vehicular Ad Hoc Networks (VANET) - An adaptive link layer routing protocol for VANET
Current Status: in Bremen

 
What was your biggest fear before coming to Germany?
I am a Muslim girl Alhamdulillah, and we are never supposed to be lived alone anywhere without family member or in a culture where we have to be moved alone for everything. Before coming here, I was worried about such kind of issues and was less confident. There was lot of questions in my mind like; how I will manage to live alone? How I will manage to buy goods from market even I do not know local language? What will be the reaction of the people, as I will move alone at night? Is there an issue due to my Hijab? When I came here, I found local people very helping. They tried to help me whenever I asked to do so. No one said anything to me, no one stared at me when I moved alone. No one said anything about my Hijab. Instead, I got more confidence and I feel safer, no matter I am moving on day timing or night, and I am alone or with any friend.
 
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G. M. Monjur Morshed Mridha
Bangladesh
United International University Dhaka
Administrative & Academic staff
Teacher's training of the cLINK project
Current Status: back home

 
What did you like most (scientifically as well as personally) about your stay in Germany?
The thing I find most interesting here is that everyone needs to be an independent researcher. It seems a new way to me of learning through self-exploration. So many students from different discipline work here which is also a good thing to bridge connections to many people.
 
 
Any hints for other ERASMUS MUNDUS applicants?
Many think that since an exchange program isn't providing any degree so it won't be useful. Thus, (s)he may not want to come over. But it’s downright wrong. I personally think there are tons of stuff one can learn just by joining an exchange program. Of course, picking the right subject is a crucial thing to take into consideration while selecting the University.
 
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Dr. Mujtaba Hassan Agha
Pakistan
Mohammad Ali Jinnah University Islamabad
Associate Professor in Faculty of Engineering
Teacher's training of the cLINK project
Current Status: back home

 
How has the LogDynamics team at Universität Bremen helped you settle in?
An activity that I found interesting was the research group (working under Dr. Becker and Dr. Pannek) going to lunch together at 12:30 at University Cafeteria (MENSA). Joining the research group for lunch is a good informal way of helping foreign researchers / guests settling in to the new environment.
 
Any hints for other ERASMUS MUNDUS applicants?
The only problem that I encountered during my cLINK mobility was finding a suitable accommodation. This is perhaps more relevant for participants who will be staying in Bremen for short time periods. My suggestion to them would be to start making arrangements for an accommodation well in advance and not leave this task too close to your travel dates.
 
Any feedback to the main cLINK coordinator?
Currently the “Administrative and Academic Staff” training is based on single visit, which in my opinion is not sufficient. I would suggest that the frequency of interaction should be increased. An alternative way would be to reduce the duration of stay to fortnight but increase the number of visits to the host organization. This will greatly aid in the “Administrative and Academic Staff” to implement the knowledge attained during training program in their country and parent organizations.
 
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Natcha Kurupakorn
Thailand
Chiang Mai University
Management and Production Engineering
Bachelor researcher with an individual cLINK project: Serious games application for supply chain management and implementation of IoT technologies (SOA; RFID etc)
Current Status: back home

 
What did you like most (scientifically as well as personally)?
The transportation in German or Bremen. We can go almost everywhere and every time by use the public transport with our semester ticket. As well as we can use application in our mobile phone to check the time/schedule for the bus or tram in Bremen. The long-distance train for access to another city or country they also have the easy procedure to follow.
 
Any recommendation for the next ERASMUS MUNDUS fellows of the Universität Bremen?
The university also provides sport courses or another courses that student can enroll in, if you have time to join the course, you should join because you can meet more German friends except from our IGS members.
 
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Himangshu Sarma
India
National Institute of Technology SIKKIM
Computer Science and Production Engineering / Electrical Engineering
Doctoral candidate with an individual cLINK project: Human Computation application for language understanding
Current Status: back home

 
What was your biggest fear before coming to Germany?
Before I came to Germany, the only afraid is cooking for me. Because I have never cooked in India and I just hate to cook. So, I was afraid how I manage those things. But, maybe I am lucky because I met Arighna and both of us tried to cook together and I found different types of pre foods are available in the supermarket. Now I can tell you that it’s not so difficult to cook.
 
What would you say is the biggest difference between Bremen and your home country?
I found that here everyone follows the rules (e.g. traffic rules), where in India only a few people follow the rule. Also the work culture, punctuality, weather and the transportation, which are very different as, compare to my country.
 
What did you like most (scientifically as well as personally)?
Scientifically, I like the work culture, punctuality and working environment. Personally, I like Bremen's weather, transportation, Christmas Market and a lot more.
 
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Arighna Deb
India
Jadavpur University
Computer Science and Production Engineering / Electrical Engineering
Doctoral candidate with an individual cLINK project: Synthesis and Testing of Reversible Circuit
Current Status: back home

 
What was your biggest fear before coming to Germany?
To be honest, I was not worried at all, since I was familiar with the basic German rules and regulations.
 
How has the LogDynamics team at Universität Bremen helped you settle in?
While coming to Germany, I was supposed to reach Bremen in the morning, but I missed my flight from Frankfurt and arrived in the evening. Still, I found someone waiting for me to pick me up from the airport and helped me to settle in my apartment. They helped me in every official work starting from obtaining a city registration to getting an university email ID. I have never imagined receiving this kind of treatment and for that, I would like to thank all the members of the LogDynamics team.
 
What was the biggest challenge during your stay in Bremen?
Thanks to the hospitality I received from Dr. Ingrid Rügge, I have not experienced any big challenge during my stay in Bremen. I remember, before coming to Bremen, I was informed that I will be received from the airport. However, I arrived at Bremen almost 6 hours late in the evening and was bit anxious that how I would manage now as there will be no one waiting to receive me. To my utter surprise, the person, responsible to receive me, was still at the Bremen airport. And then, I was helped in every official work, from opening a bank account to getting the semester ticket. This kind of treatment made my life in Bremen quite easier.
 
Any recommendation for the next ERASMUS MUNDUS fellows of the Universität Bremen?
First of all, I wish them best of luck. I am sure that all the new guests will have a great time here. I would recommend to see the university webpage for International students or guests. There you will find many information related to your stay in Bremen, German language learning program, etc. It would be nice to know some basic Germans for example, numbers, time, name of fruits, vegetables, some useful words like greeting, etc. before coming here. This will make things easier when you will travel within the city or you go to cafeteria, supermarket or restaurants.
 
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Rinzin Wangdi
Bhutan
Royal University of Bhutan
Engineering and Technology
Bachelor researcher with an individual cLINK project: Development of a game for competence development in IoT and CPS
Current Status: back home

 
What would you say is the biggest difference between Bremen and your home country?
Apart from the vast cultural differences between the Bremen and Bhutan, I found people in Bremen are time conscious where we follow Bhutan Stretchable Time (BST) as we keep things prolonging and for the last moment.
 
What did you like most (scientifically as well as personally)?
Though the working environment is different as compared to my home country, the assistance provided by the cLINK coordinator (Bremen University) and IGS group are incredible. Moreover, I like the workshops and courses provided beside the research works.
 
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Nima Zangmo
Bhutan
Royal University of Bhutan
Management and Production Engineering
Bachelor researcher with an individual cLINK project: Construction and Commissioning of a Microgrid
Current Status: back home

 
What would you say you like most about coming to Bremen as a cLINK researcher?
After coming here as a cLINK researcher, I am getting lots of opportunities to participate in the workshops and the courses that are not available in my home university. These trainings are helping me grow as more profound individual. Back home we depend so much on one another but here I am learning to be more independent and focused on my own work.
 
Any recommendation for the next ERASMUS MUNDUS fellows of the Universität Bremen?
Don’t have a second thought of not coming here because there isn’t that you will not like about really. I would strongly recommend people to come here and learn how Germans are and how Germans do their work. I would love to come again actually if given a chance (:D).
 
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Supattra Tasuya
Thailand
Chiang Mai University
Management and Production Engineering
Bachelor researcher with an individual cLINK project: Serious Games Application for Corporate Training
Current Status: back home

 
Any recommendation for the next ERASMUS MUNDUS fellows of the Universität Bremen?
To get a chance to come here is like you are getting chance to go anywhere. Therefore, you have to make the experience as much as possible. These experiences are not the only experience for study or doing research but they include the experience for a lifetime. The new experiences that you will experience here are language, food, friends and the way to survive different lifestyle. As nothing is perfect anywhere, both good time and bad time will happen during your stay but everything will be good experience to remember and cherish once you are back home. In fact, you will miss the moments and which will make you smile when you think about it. So, I would say you go and explore.
 
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Ugyen Nima
Bhutan
Royal University of Bhutan
Engineering and Technology
Bachelor researcher with an individual FUSION project: Development of gaming applications for improving the understanding of the role of information systems and sharing in collaborative supply network
Current Status: back home

 
What was your biggest fear before coming to Germany?
Being a foreigner I was really nervous about the way people would treat me here but after coming here I noticed that German people are very helpful and friendly, so it helped me to easily for me to blend with the culture and surrounding very fast. I was worried about the language barrier but after arriving here I realized that I could interact with most of the people through English.
 
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Mohammad Ali
Bangladesh
United International University (UIU)
Engineering and Technology
Bachelor researcher with an individual FUSION project: Learning Analytic and the use of Artificial Intelligence in Serious Gaming
Current Status: back home

 
Any recommendation for the next ERASMUS MUNDUS fellows of the Universität Bremen?
Always keep in touch with group and work. Ask questions when confused about anything. Enjoy your whole time. Be active all time. Think about work from Monday to Friday. Enjoy a lot during weekends. You are in Germany, so learn German lifestyle as much you can. Learn from everything.
 
Any hints for ERASMUS MUNDUS applicants?
Germany is the best place for studies. You will get full support from everyone as a student. So, don’t hesitate to come here.
 
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B.M. Ruhul Amin
Bangladesh
Islamic University of Technology (IUT)
Electrical and Electronic Engineering
Master Researcher with an individual cLINK project: Redesign Micro-Controller System for the Ethylene Gas Measurement System and to Integrate Sensor Data Processing with Freight Supervision Unit
Current Status: back home

 
What did you like most (scientifically as well as personally)?
Working in the inter-disciplinary research group in LogDynamics is the best achievement for me. And personally I liked all the meetings with ERUSMUS MUNDUS fellows, IGS graduates and especially with Dr.-Ing. Ingrid Rügge.
 
Any recommendation for the next ERASMUS MUNDUS fellows of the
Universität Bremen?

For the ERASMUS MUNDUS fellows I will suggest to always keep contact with home supervisors about research work. Show update to them because finally they will judge your work.
 
Any hints for ERASMUS MUNDUS applicants?
Try to learn some German before coming to Germany, it really helps.
 
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Feroj Bepari
Bangladesh
United International University
Computer Science
Master Researcher with an individual cLINK project: Local Search Algorithms to Support Port Logistics and Production Scheduling
Current Status: back home

 
What was the biggest challenge during your stay in Bremen?
There two things, I need to mention if I talk about biggest challenge. First and most important one is, weather. I habituated in 20-35 degree Celsius in our country, but in Bremen it was negative temperature to 15 degree. After 1-2 months it became tolerable. Second one is, Language. Since we did not attend any Deutsche learning course before going there, it was a little bit tough to make conversation with German people, especially with shop keeper. As a result, sometimes I would buy "mineral water with gas" instead of "mineral water without gas". :). But I swear German people are helpful, they will try to help you every possible way.
 
Any recommendation for the next ERASMUS MUNDUS fellows of the
Universität Bremen?

After arriving in Bremen, I promise, you will get full support from coordinator. Everyone should prepare a checklist before arriving in Bremen. I recommend to make insurance for your baggage. Don't forget to bring a lot of winter cloths.
 
Any hints for ERASMUS MUNDUS applicants?
Please, don’t miss the chance to go Europe. I remember some Erasmus applicants, who refused the offer. Because they thought its nothing but waste of time, even I also was confused about my decision. But now I will say, it was a wise decision for me. I met with highly professional and friendly researchers, got a good working environment, and used advanced equipment. At the end, you should grab the offer to work and research in an international level.
 
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Yasir Mehmood
Pakistan
National University of Science & Technology (NUST)
Electrical Engineering
Master Researcher with an individual cLINK project: Machine-to-Machine (M2M) Data Traffic Performance Improvement in Future Mobile Networks
Doctoral Candidate with an individual FUSION project: Enhancements for M2M Data Traffic in Future Mobile Networks
Current Status: in Bremen

 
Personal statement
Having received my cLINK scholarship to Europe, I believe that this is the most important time for me to learn things and to increase my knowledge in a new way, with new traditions and in a new environment. After all, it is a very nice journey for personality development!
 
What did you like most (scientifically as well as personally)?
Personally life in Bremen is really enjoyable. Small city and everything is easy to find as compared to big cities. Transport system is excellent. Scientifically I am very happy with the research style in Germany. Professors and supervisors were very cooperative. Moreover, I really appreciate the efforts of IGS for arranging courses to improve voice and technical writing skills, which is important for a researcher. That’s why I must say that I have improved a lot through these courses for writing various research papers etc.
 
Any recommendation for the next ERASMUS MUNDUS fellows of the Universität Bremen?
Try to communicate with your supervisors in order to prepare some kind of study plan and also discuss with them in detail what you have to do, prior to your mobility. It will save you a lot of time after reaching Bremen to initiate your actual work.
 
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Debkalpa Goswami
India
Jadavpur University
Production Engineering
Bachelor Researcher with an individual cLINK project: Optimizing Job Dispatching in a complex Semiconductor Factory
Current Status: back home

 
What did you like most (scientifically as well as personally) at LogDynamics?
What really opened my eyes was the fact that even an undergraduate student (as me) is allowed a lot of freedom to conduct independent research. I had my own office, as well as access to all advanced facilities at the research institute round the clock (even on weekends).
On a personal level, I felt that German people are very welcoming, friendly and helpful. I was also fortunate enough to visit a few other cities in Germany, Spain, Italy, France and Denmark, and learn a lot about European history and culture. This, I feel, has made me a more complete human being.
 
How does getting involved with cLINK help advance your professional career?
If you ask some people in India, they would say that I’m wasting a year that I could finish my undergrad instead of traveling. But what they don’t see is that this is actually helping me advance and in being recognized on a more international level. This is a unique experience that is guaranteed to put me slightly ahead of everyone else.
 
Any recommendation for the next ERASMUS MUNDUS fellows of the Universität Bremen?
September is the best time to arrive in Bremen. Semesters begin in October. So, arriving slightly earlier enables you to get your administrative work done quickly. Also, the weather is very comfortable during that period, and it is easier for people coming from warmer countries to get settled in.
 
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Tshewang Rinzin
Bhutan
Royal University of Bhutan
Informational Technology
Bachelor researcher with an individual cLINK project: Developing Mobile Solutions for Maintenance and Spare Parts Management
Current Status: back home

 
What did you like most (scientifically as well as personally)?
My work included the developing of mobile software. During the whole process, I came across diverse methods and technologies that I have never heard of before. The scientific research prospect in the area of logistics is so fascinating and I enjoyed the working environment. Personally, I like the international and the interdisciplinary culture. The integration of different disciplines in the courses with diverse nationalities is something that I will never forget.
 
Feedback to the local cLINK co-ordinator:
Dr. Ingrid Rügge, is the best co-ordinator you will ever encounter with. She is very supportive. My entire happy and successful stay in Bremen is due to her continued support. She had everything arranged for me and I didn’t face any problem in the beginning, during the stay and also at the end of stay. She knows how to look after her guests very well. I really enjoyed being her guest.
 
Any recommendation for the next ERASMUS MUNDUS fellows of the Universität Bremen?
My recommendation, in any case, University of Bremen is one of the best universities you will ever find. I didn’t know about the university before but things are so good that you will not regret to have chosen to come to University of Bremen. The support from International Office is brilliant while the Bremen city is very peaceful. You would never want to leave Bremen once you are here.
 
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Boondhrikaan Vaidyanuvatti
Thailand
Chiang Mai University
Knowledge Management
Master Researcher with an individual cLINK project: A Body of Knowledge for Thai Game Design Curriculum in Higher Education
Current Status: back home

 
Personal statement
As a Knowledge Management major in College of Arts Media and Technology, Chiang Mai University, I am hoping to merge my knowledge of education and the increasing role of technology is playing in Thai student’s lives for gaining the learning advantage. With this cLINK scholarship, I am one step closer to achieving my studies and career goals. Thank you again for making it possible for me to be a part of this great university that offers great opportunities as well as a wonderful education.
 
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Listen to ERASMUS MUNDUS researchers who stayed in partner universities in Asia

 
 

Marius Schwab
University of Bremen, Germany
Bachelor student of Production Engineering
Stays at the Putra University, Malaysia, with a gLINK scholarship.

 
 
 
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Isabel Mayer
University of Bremen, Germany
Master student for Education for Mathematics and English-Speaking Cultures
Stayed at CAMT, Chiang Mai University, Thailand with a FUSION scholarship

What would you say is the biggest difference between Bremen and your host country?
The biggest difference for me is the style of communication. German people tend to communicate their needs and expectations directly, while Thai people rather make suggestions and tentively wait for a positive answer before they communicate what they want to say. They always give you an easy way to refuse their request without loosing face.
 
What would you say you like most about going abroad as a FUSION researcher/student?
I like best that I am able to change my perspective and learn in a social environment with close relationships to staff, fellow students and lecturers. It is like a family and I feel at home in my faculty.
 
How does getting involved with international exchange help advance your professional career?
I have met a number of international PhD-students and my perspective has broadened as I understand more about the possibilities and challenges they face. Furthermore, I gain a more intimate perspective of the workings of the faculty. Besides, I learn to think beyond my own field of research and appreciate other approaches. Thus, I learn to see the chances of interdisciplinary approaches and understand other ways of thinking. All in all, the exchange helps me to understand which careers are possible in an academic context and what the possibilities of such a career might be.
 
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Prof. Dr. Till Becker
University of Bremen, Germany
LogDynamics - Production Systems and Logistic Systems
Teacher's training of the FUSION project
stayed at the Faculty of Engineering, Capital University of Science &
Technology (CUST), Islamabad, Pakistan

 
What did you like most (scientifically as well as personally) about your stay in Asia?
The best experience in Pakistan was the kind hospitality of my hosts and everyone else I met. Everybody took good care of me and was dedicated to make my stay as convenient and inspiring as possible. As Pakistan is currently not in the focus of western tourists and tavellers, there was little information available for me about how daily life in Islamabad would be. I have enjoyed every day of my stay and I am looking forward to return to Islamabad.
 
What would you say is the biggest difference between your host country/university and your home county/university?
From my perspective, there is a huge difference in the speed of development in the society, economy, and the educational system. The university system in Germany is rather considered to be on a mature level, but this stage makes changes and developments happen rather slowly. In contrast, I have experienced a very high level of dynamics in the development of the universities and higher education in Pakistan, which can be felt as a spirit of optimism and progress.
 
How does getting involved with international exchange help advance your professional career?
Having experience on an international level and being networked with international scientists is no longer an advantage for a scientific career, it’s a must! Aside from this formal persective, it is important to gather experience in how to transform a comparably short stay abroad into a success in terms of delivering talks, settings up research plans with new contacts, and getting research work done.
 
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Dr.-Ing. Ingrid Rügge
University of Bremen, Germany
LogDynamics, IGS
Teacher's training of the FUSION project
stayed at the College of Science and Technology at the Royal University
of Bhutan

 
How does getting involved with international exchange help advance your professional career?
After the mobility I know much better how to support incoming guests and how to advise outgoing ones. Now, I am much more aware of the challenges incoming guests have to face and how they feel and what they need.
I got to know the value of Gross National Happyness (GNH) and its benefit for international cooperations.
 
What did you like most (scientifically as well as personally) about your stay in Asia?
Bremen is famous for its “Four City Musicians”, in Bhutan I met “Four Friends”. The similarity of both stories made me feel home in Bhutan.
 
Any hints for other ERASMUS MUNDUS applicants?
Try to get in contact with people in the targeted country or with people who have been already there in advance to be prepared as good as possible for being an alien. Learn some words of the language of the hosting country and the main rules of the culture in advance as well. It will make life much easier!
 
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Lucy Juliane Schott
University of Bremen, Germany
Bachelor student of Production Engineering
stayed at the Zhongyuan University of Technology in Zhengzhou, China,
with a FUSION scholarship

 
What would you say is the biggest difference between Bremen and your host country?
There are many differences, such as the traffic, the food and the very high density of population. Zhengzhou has a population of 9 million people, so there are so many high-rise buildings. Furthermore, here are so many cars and at some crossroads there aren’t any traffic lights, so there are always traffic jams. Chinese people always eat hot food, mostly soup, noodles and vegetables with rice.
 
What would you say you like most about going abroad as a FUSION researcher/student?
It is hard to say what I like the most because it is such a nice overall experience. I see such beautiful places and I meet lots of open-­‐minded people who are interested in getting to know my culture and me. Furthermore, I now know how a Chinese University works and how the students are learning. I also improved my Chinese language skills. Thanks to all who supported me, especially for Dr. Ingrid Rügge, Prof. Wang Dongyun and Dr. Wang Aihui.
 
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