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exciting news from SRH campus Hamm

Christmas with a twist – SRH University Hamm celebrates the Indian Festival of Lights

In colorful clothes and traditional Indian music, SRH-students celebrate 'Diwali' - photo: SRH Hamm

On 14 November 2018 the SRH university Hamm celebrated the Indian Festival of Lights, Diwali, with traditional Indian music and colourful clothes. Diwali is an important Hindu celebration, comparable to Christmas in Christianity. It was celebrated for the first time this year at the university.

The reason for celebrating Diwali are the SRH university’s roughly 65 Indian students. It is part of the new integration project “ALLSTAY 4.0”, which was introduced at the start of the winter semester 2018/2019. ALLSTAY is an innovative social integration model aimed at helping foreign students to settle in. The project name stands for arrive, learn, live and stay. It is designed to support students wishing to permanently live and work as professionals in Germany.

Diwali was celebrated not only by the SRH and its students, guests from outside the university were also invited to partake in this intercultural event. “We are happy that we can bring a little of our home to Hamm and share our culture with others” Pradeep Manjunath says about himself and his fellow Indian students.

“Diwali stands for ‘Deepawali’ and be translated as swarm of lights,” explains Pradeep. Traditionally, new lamps are bought and old ones are discarded on Diwali. According to tradition, the new lamps help the souls of the dead to find their way to Nirwana. The celebration saw the university decked out with festive lamps and string lights. “We don’t just want to help our students integrate in Germany but also offer them a piece of home here. We aim is to facilitate early networking as well as intercultural understanding, not least with suitable local companies,” SRH university rector Prof. Dr. Lars Meierling sums up the core idea behind ALLSTAY.

SRH University Hamm welcomes Indian students – From 0 to round 10 %: our internationalisation strategy proving successful

Big announcement at the welcoming event: a classroom was renamed from ‚Los Angeles’ to ‘Mumbai’ - photo: SRH Hamm

On 15 October 2018, SRH rector Prof. Dr. Lars Meierling welcomed the new students of the master’s program ‚International Management and Engineering’ and ‘Supply Chain Management’ to the university. These programs are held completely in English. As well as addressing the 48 newly started students, Meierling also greeted the international students that had started their studies at the SRH University in Hamm in a previous semester. There are now about 80 foreign students studying at the SRH, making up approximately 10% of all students. They are mostly from India, Paraguay, and China but also from other European countries.

As part of his speech, the rector introduced the new integration project ‘ALLSTAY 4.0’. ‘ALLSTAY’ is an innovative four stage social integration model aimed at ensuring that international students can not only study at the SRH in Hamm, but also permanently live and work as professionals here in Germany. The project name stands for arrive, learn, live and stay. As Meierling points out, it is by no means an everyday occurrence that so many people move to a new continent to study in Hamm. “We want to stay connected with you in the heart,” the rector told the students.

As part of the welcoming event the university and in recognition of the Asian students, a classroom was renamed from ‚Los Angeles’ to ‘Mumbai’. The new name was the result of a survey among the Indian students. They were asked to hand in suggestions for the name of an Indian city and then to choose among the two most named cities. ‚Mumbai‘ was the winner by a wide margin.

Alongside the international students, the university also welcomed the students beginning the new bachelor’s program ‚Work and Organizational Psychology’.



SRH students from India experience German football culture at the BVB – SRH Hamm visits Germany’s largest stadium

Posing on the yellow press wall of the BVB: Five master’s students of MIBE, eight of their fellow students and two SRH lecturers on a tour of the BVB-stadium in Dortmund - photo: SRH Hamm

On 12 October 2017, student life kicked off with a highlight for the first five Indian students at the SRH University Hamm and their German peers.

Five master’s students of ’International Business and Engineering (M.Eng)’ (MIBE) and eight of their fellow students from the SRH program Business Administration, Energy Management, and Social Work as well as two SRH lecturers went on a tour of the BVB-stadium in Dortmund. This trip to the Signal Iduna Park was designed to not only let the students get to know each other, but also to foster a better understanding between the two cultures. The close vicinity of the SRH University in Hamm to the Ruhr area offered the perfect opportunity to visit the most famous football club of the region, the Dortmund club BVB. This was a big highlight for the Indian students. “We know Borussia Dortmund at home, but to actually be here live is just brilliant!”, said MIBE-student Pradeep Manjunath.

As well as a tour of the stadium, which included seeing the team locker room and going through the players’ tunnel to the BVB dugout, the day’s game plan included a visit to the ‘Borusseum’, the club’s museum. “Our German students also showed a lot of interest in going on this excursion. That the trip has been such a success with everybody just makes us even happier”, Laura Isenbeck, a research assistant from the SRH management department, summed up the trip.

The excursion to Dortmund was only the start for the five Indian students. The international master’s program, which was developed in cooperation with the SRH Heidelberg, is offered at both universities in the summer semester 2018. Prospective students can apply with the SRH Hamm or Heidelberg and complete their master’s degree in ‘International Business and Engineering (M.Eng)’ both there and in Hamm. For the SRH University Hamm, this cooperation is a further step in their internationalization process.