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Testimonials – My German experience

Dr Pamela Dube

  • 1990 – 1992 MA, Anglistik, University of Siegen
  • 1993 – 1996 PhD, Anglistik, University of Siegen

International academic exposure

My studies in Germany through the DAAD support afforded me valuable international study experience. I definitely had a major fulfilling exposure and access to the high quality academic standards and state of the art facilities that Germany remains revered for. Being the largest economy in the heart of Europe, Germany provides a rich holistic international study experience. I benefitted immensely from the broad scope of intellectual and cultural activities Germany always has on offer, as well as from the intercultural and academic networks within the country and beyond as I made utmost use of the opportunities to travel to other European cities. In addition, my acquired proficiency in the German language has not only enriched my academic network base, or my access to the wealth of German language heritage as expressed in the cultural, social and economic ethos of the country, but also won me valuable everlasting friendships.

Career impact and development

The value of the international education exposure and experience I have had is reflected in the kind of the responsibilities and positions I have held in my career which all have aspects of advancement through international collaborations. I have been instrumental across all my roles in government, research councils and higher education institutions in fostering and promoting international cooperation and partnerships in research, capacity building and exchange of shared expertise. My Germany Alma Mater, the University of Siegen has also played a major role in this. As cliché as it may be, I believe, the high regard for quality of German academic standards as well as of the country’s work ethos has more often than not also stood me in good stead to access the kind of job opportunities I have had.


Merushka Peterson

  • 2009 - 2011 International Business Economics, Martin-Luther University, Halle-Wittenberg

Guten Tag! My name is Merushka Peterson and I have been a student at the Martin- Luther University Halle-Wittenberg (MLU) for the past two years in Halle an der Saale; a real student city, which is the largest city in the state of Saxony-Anhalt and its early history is connected with the harvesting of salt. Initially, I started the Nutritional Sciences Bachelor’s degree which awakened my passion for Economics and in turn, resulted in my studying International Business Economics. Thus far, my experience has been both challenging but also very eventful. Coming from the “Rainbow Nation” where my fellow South Africans are much more extroverted, it took some time to build good friendships. On campus, you cannot help but feel the buzz floating around, some students rushing off to class, others chatting away, and some sitting on the nearest steps reading some schoolwork. A great atmosphere indeed!

Just like all German Universities, the MLU is also a university which puts emphasis on quality and is always advancing in the latest research and technology which guarantees the best education. Of course students need a break too and Halle offers a variety of possibilities to relax, explore the nightlife and to experience the rich German culture; whether it be visiting the biggest chocolate factory in the whole of Germany, enjoying drinks along the “Kleine Ulrichstrasse” which is the longest street filled with bars and restaurants, or strolling along the river Saale and setting up your own little barbeque right there in the middle of a huge green open space and picnicking.

Being so far away from home has enabled me to be independent, to grow as a person, to treat both the challenges and fun times with equal grace and it reminds me every day why it is important to look at the world with open eyes. It is the best thing that has happened to me.


Ammiel Bushakevitz

  • 2009 - 2011 University of Music and Theatre "Felix Mendelssohn Bartholdy" Leipzig

Thanks to a DAAD Scholarship for Artists which I received in 2009, my outlook on life has changed significantly. When growing up in George, South Africa, my dream was always to study music in Germany. As a classical pianist, Germany is probably the best country to be in – not only from a career perspective, but also for the cultural benefits the country has to offer. I was fortunate enough to be able to study in Leipzig, a city rich in musical heritage and home to Bach, Mendelssohn and Schumann. The scholarship from the DAAD opened many doors for me and the DAAD has been a wonderful mentoring institution – always willing to assist, even now when I am an alumnus of the institute. The DAAD has a sterling reputation in Europe and having been a recipient of a scholarship from the institute opens many career doors both in and out of Germany. Without any reserve and with full confidence, I recommend the DAAD to anybody considering overseas study.