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2007 DAAD Prize for IPU Student Geraldine Meisch

Award for providing professional and social assistance to foreign students

Geraldine Meisch speaks several languages. Which provides an excellent basis for the Luxembourger by birth in her dedication and commitment to the integration of foreign students at the IPU. The MA Psychology student has now been honoured for her efforts here with the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) Prize awarded to foreign and postgraduate students.

The DAAD Prize is an award for outstanding achievements at German universities. The prize is endowed with €1,000 under DAAD’s scholarship and assistance programme (STIBET) and honours innovative individual measures that help to improve the support and assistance of foreign students.

Foto 2007 DAAD Prize for IPU Student Geraldine Meisch

"Geraldine Meisch provides great assistance to new foreign students here at the IPU especially in the "peer support" area, which we established with the introduction of the new MA study courses conducted in English," IPU President Martin Teising said in his laudation for the prize-winner. In addition, she is a mentor in the IPU’s mentoring programme.

Geraldine Meisch already successfully completed her BA studies at the IPU. In this regard, President Teising said: "She is interested in the views and images of the human in a psychoanalytical setting, that is, to understand the human as a being fundamentally defined by unconscious and inner conflicts, and through this to question the apparently self-evident."

The advice and assistance Geraldine Meisch gives concerns official matters, such as dealing with the authorities or providing support in finding an apartment. But especially, she is always available as a contact person for other foreign and international students at the IPU Berlin when they have organisational issues or everyday problems. She is the recognisable face there for the foreign students – and thus a kind of hands-on "office".

Furthermore, Meisch also introduces new foreign students to Berlin as a capital of culture. For instance, she organises tours of the Berlin-Moabit district, as well as group visits to Charlottenburg Palace Museum and the Berlin Philharmonic.