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With the scholarship programme “Leadership for Africa”, which is funded by the German Foreign Office, the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) enables young talents from African countries with high refugee numbers to study a Master’s degree in Germany. This year the selection round took place for the first time in cooperation with the UN Refugee Agency (UNHCR). Out of the 51 scholarship holders in total, also 6 talents from Sudan have been awarded a scholarship.


The scholarship programme “Leadership for Africa” supports 51 master’s degrees at German universities, with the exception of the subjects of human, veterinary and dental medicine, as well as law, art, music and architecture. In addition to refugees with Bachelor’s degrees who are officially recognised in Ethiopia, Kenya, Uganda and Sudan, the programme is also open to local graduates from the four mentioned countries.

In addition to the scholarships, the DAAD also consults the scholarship holders in finding the right degree programme as well as in the enrolment process. The programme includes a diverse accompanying programme with courses on understanding good governance, the rule of law and sustainable economic development and soft skills. The goal of the programme “Leadership for Africa” is to increase the scholarship holders’ career opportunities through a German Master’s degree in addition to the expertise gained from the accompanying programme. Furthermore, the programme aims at enabling the participants to pursue a successful and socially relevant career in their home country or a third country.

During this year’s call for proposals, 510 interested young people applied, 109 of them have a recognised refugee status. During the application process, 51 persons have been selected for a scholarship: 19 recognised refugees and 32 other Bachelor graduates from Ethiopia, Kenya, Uganda and Sudan will start their studies at German universities in the upcoming winter semester. Due to the Corona pandemic, all selection interviews took place digitally – in part with technically difficult circuits directly in UNHCR refugee camps.

Talents and scholarship holders from Sudan

The DAAD Regional Office Cairo, which is also in charge of the DAAD activities in Sudan, is very pleased to announce that out of a total of 51 scholarship holders, 6 talents from Sudan have been awarded a scholarship in the above mentioned programme.

The DAAD Regional Office Cairo has contacted the six scholarship holders for a short interview and three of the scholarship holders have agreed to do so in order to briefly introduce them as follows.

Congratulations to all of you and all the best for your studies and your future career!

Interview with Dalia Yousif Siddig

Dalia Yousif Siddig (25)

Sudan University for Science and Technology – Software Engineering

 

 

 

DAAD: Dear Dalia, at which University in Germany are you planning to study and which master programme have you chosen?

Dalia: Hopefully, I will be admitted to study Management and Innovation at TUM.

DAAD: Did you already have previous contact with Germany and/or with the DAAD?

Dalia: My contact with Germany started in my childhood; when I’m searching about the country of technology advances, healthy business environments, and a democratic country, the answer in Germany. Now, I’m working in the government and I can say that I have strong knowledge about Germany and I will use it in my future leading position in the government to strengthen the relations between both countries Sudan and Germany.

DAAD: Can you tell us a little bit about your previous voluntary/social activities?

Dalia: I’m CEO of a social startup in Sudan called “Ask Me EdTech”.

DAAD: What was your motivation to apply for the “Leadership for Africa” programme?

Dalia: I believe that one of my major responsibility is to develop Africa and make it a leading continent. As a leader, when I found this great opportunity I did not hesitate to apply because this scholarship directed to those who have an impact in leading their communities, those who will be major players in developing Africa in the future and I’m one of them.

DAAD: What do you wish for your home country Sudan?

Dalia: Peace, Democracy, Decent Livelihood and High-Quality Education.

DAAD: What are you already looking forward to regarding your planned stay in Germany?

Dalia: Studying hard and smart to be Notable DAAD alumni, creating a super-huge network with people in Germany and other leaders, creating business opportunities in Germany in the areas of Entrepreneurship and Cooperative societies and strengthen the relationship between Sudan and Germany to create a mutual benefit between both countries politically, economically and culturally.

Interview with Sara Abdalla Elhassan

Sarah Abdallah Elhassan (26)

University of Khartoum – Faculty of Mathematical Sciences – Information Technology Department

 

 

 

DAAD: Dear Sara, at which University in Germany are you planning to study and which master programme?

Sara: Freie Universität Berlin – Master’s Programme in Data Science.

DAAD: Did you already have previous contact with Germany and/or with the DAAD?

Sara: This is my first contact with Germany.

DAAD: What was your motivation to apply for the “Leadership for Africa” programme?

Sara: With the current exponential increase of data volumes, data science plays a vital role in driving policies and complementing official statistics to produce more comprehensive data that can aid decision-makers in designing and adjusting the national development strategies. Unfortunately, in Sudan, the field of Data Science is neither widely nor effectively used. One of the reasons is that there is no formal education on data science in the Sudanese universities. The “Leadership for Africa programme” will provide me with the opportunity to position myself at one of the world centers for technology; hence I will be able to acquire theoretical and practical knowledge on data science and transfer this knowledge back home after applying for a position at the Sudanese National Statistics Center. Moreover, the leadership for Africa programme offers an accompanying side study programme in good governance, civil society and sustainable project management; this is an added perk as it will provide me with the advanced knowledge and skills needed to reach my long term goal of becoming one of the pioneers in implementing Data Science projects in Sudan to achieve sustainable development.

DAAD: What do you wish for your home country Sudan?

Sara: In August 2019, a transitional government has been formed in Sudan following a peaceful revolution that successfully ended a 30-year oppressive regime. The current situation in the country introduced a new environment with a great appetite for change and development. In this critical time, I wish for the renaissance of Sudan and the reformulation of the ICT sector as it is pivotal in achieving a socio-economic leapfrog for Sudan.

DAAD: What are you already looking forward to regarding your planned stay in Germany?

Sara: Germany is a vibrant and cultural-rich country with a plethora of festivities. I am looking forward to take every chance I get to gather friends and travel around the country to see different sides of Germany, take part in cultural festivals, and explore Germany’s famous cathedrals and castles. I am also excited to immerse myself in Germany’s multicultural and diverse environment, connect with individuals from different backgrounds, get exposed to different cultures as well as introduce my own.

Interview with Abeer Eisa Khalid Omer

Abeer Eisa Khalid Omer (25)

University of Khartoum – Electrical and Electronics Engineering

 

 

 

DAAD: Dear Abeer, at which University in Germany are you planning to study and which master programme?

Abeer: I still haven’t got the applications’ results, so I don’t know where I’ll be studying.

But I would love to go to TU Chemnitz and study Embedded Systems.

DAAD: Did you already have previous contact with Germany and/or with the DAAD?

Abeer: This is my first contact with Germany.

DAAD: Can you tell us a little bit about your previous voluntary/social activities?

Abeer: I was Organizer of the ‘Event Management TedxUofK 2018’ and Head of the ‘Accompanying Exhibition EEESE 2016’. Additionally, I organized some university events as the ‘Engineering Week’ and the ‘Reading Day’. Regarding the voluntary activities, I am teaching in rural schools and I am working in food distribution programs.

DAAD: What was your motivation to apply for the “Leadership for Africa” programme?

Abeer: Getting a high quality master programme in the field I want to pursue is not possible in Sudan and Germany was my main goal as a destination for a master degree, so when I came upon the Leadership for Africa program it was the perfect opportunity to take steps into achieving that goal.

DAAD: What do you wish for your home country Sudan?

Abeer: I wish for peace. I wish for a government that has the citizen’s best interest all over the country. I wish Sudan would take advantage of its plethora of natural resources and that basic needs would be fulfilled so that people can have the luxury of deeply pursuing Science and Art and excel in them.

DAAD: What are you already looking forward to regarding your planned stay in Germany?

Abeer: I’m looking forward to studying in a different environment and to meeting people from all over the world. I can’t wait to learn German and talk to people in it. And if it was possible, I would love to go to a classical music concert since Germany is one of the biggest hubs in the world for classical music.