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Issue 69/70, Winter Semester 2020/21

"Global Problems Can Only Be Solved in Global Networks."

In June 2019, Professor Dr. Joybrato Mukherjee, President of Justus Liebig University Giessen (JLU), was elected the new President of the DAAD. Since January 1, 2020, he has been at the helm of the world's largest funding organization, which offers funding for around 145,000 students and scholars and operates 70 offices abroad.

Alongside DAAD President Dr. Margret Wintermantel, the RWTH alumnus had already gained valuable experience as Vice-President of the DAAD since 2012. Now, in his very first year as President, he is facing great challenges with the coronavirus pandemic.

The new DAAD President already expressed the special role of international relations in combating the global pandemic in a video message in the spring: "Global problems can only be solved in global networks." It should also be noted that, in addition to his office at the DAAD, he is also in charge of leading a university at this difficult time. In an interview with RWTH Alumni Magazine, Professor Joybrato talks about his personal experience in this unique year while also touching on his time spent studying in Aachen.

Further topics

  • RWTH Aachen University and the Corona Pandemic – Research and developments against the virus
  • The university anniversary – Scientific ideas shown in front of the camera
  • Science & Economy – 100 years of the Aachen Scientific Aviation Association (FVA)

and others


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