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Matthias Heise
Maria & Pier Luigi
in Sardinia, Italy
May 2015
Dr. Pius S. Prasetyo (Dean, Faculty of Social and Political
Dr. Mangadar Situmorang (Rector, UNPAR)
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Dr. Aknolt K. Pakpahan (Vice-Dean, Faculty of Social and
Political Sciences)
Prof. Dr. Christoph Schuck (Vice-Dean, Faculty of Human
Sciences and Theology, Dortmund)
Winter 2015
Prof. Dr. Bob S. Hadiwinata (Parahyangan Center for European
Studies, UNPAR)
Dr. Sylvia Yazid (Head of Department of International Relations, UNPAR)
Maria & Lucia Zitnanska in
Trnava, Slovakia
Adrianus Harsawaskita
(from left to right)
erasmus never ends - Part II
In the last newsletter edition, our alumna Maria
Alefanti shared the first part of her article about her
ERASMUS reunion trip throughout Europe. Read
here what happened after she went to Turkey...
As I was flying from Greece to Bratislava though
Italy, I decided to spend some days of vacation in the
sunny island of Sardinia where my best friend and
alumni of TU Dortmund, Pier Luigi Cruccu. We spent
a wonderful week there, visiting many places and it
felt like we were in Dortmund again. Many thoughts
that we were making during Erasmus period came
up to our minds and we made the promise that in
the near future, whatever it happens, we will follow
our dreams, even though it takes a lot to sacrifice.
Actually that was also the motto of Erasmus. You
only live once so take the chance and do whatever
you really want.
After that week in Italy, it was the time to visit the
cause of that whole trip, the wedding in Slovakia. I
don’t have to say anything more, rather than in that
wedding of TU alumni’s Lucia Žitnanská, we re-met
five Erasmus friends from Austria, Czech Republic,
Poland, Slovakia and Greece. It was like a small
Erasmus party after all. It is worth mentioning that
2010’s alumni, with the huge help and instructions
of alumni Katarzyna Bialecka, a dancing video
for congratulating the couple has been made in a
small period of time. Many people all around the
world, found precious time in their tense everyday’s
schedule to make that small but with huge meaning
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Strengthening the ties between
Bandung and Dortmund
video. That gesture shows that time for those you
love can be found despite how busy you are. We all
realized that friendships that grow up during Erasmus last though the years, are much stronger than
any other friendship, as that time of our lives we
used to be not only friends but also “family”. Everyone was there for the others whenever need came
up. That is the strongest bond Erasmus offers to
young people and lasts for a lifetime. These friendships can exist no matter what nationality, religion,
language and distance sometimes separates people
for a long time.
My trip ended in Budapest with a meeting of another alumni, Dora Domokos. Just a few hours was
that meeting of the three alumni Dora, Lucia and me
Maria. But a few hours is enough for old friends to
discuss and remember a lot of things and stuff that
happened during the 6 months of Erasmus.
In conclusion, that whole month full with meetings
of old Erasmus friends was incredible and I couldn’t
hesitate to say that even though we weren’t physically in Dortmund, our minds were and will always
be in TU Dortmund. Somehow, there will be some
circumstances in our lives that will remind us moments that we survived through our life-changing
period of Erasmus. That’s why I would say that Erasmus never ends!!!
Dedicated to our Erasmus family
of Dortmund 2010-2011
Maria Alefanti
A long standing partnership between Universitas
Katolik Parahyangan (UNPAR) in Bandung, Indonesia
and TU Dortmund University has been taken to a new
The Institute for Philosophy and Political Sciences
has been cooperating with the Universitas Katolik
Parahyangan (UNPAR), Bandung, Indonesia, for several years. Prof. Dr. Christoph Schuck accompanies
this cooperation and formalized the long-standing
contact in 2015 with a faculty-based cooperation
agreement. When the EU tendered the “Mobility
of individuals with partner institutions outside the
EU” in the framework of the ERASMUS+ program
this summer, the International Office applied for
the exchange of Master students (incomings), PhD
students (outgoings) and teaching staff (outgoings).
The application was approved, and we can welcome
the first UNPAR master students at TU Dortmund
University in the summer semester.
Interestingly, one of the key contact persons at UNPAR is a TU Dortmund Alumnus: Dr. Aknolt Kristian
Pakpahan is a lecturer at the Department of International Relations and currently Vice Dean for Student
Affairs at the Faculty of Social and Political Sciences.
His academic career has already been very international: After attaining his Bachelor degree in International Relations at the UNPAR in Bandung, he finished
his Master degree in Economics at New Mexico State
University, USA. From 2009 to 2013, he continued
his academic education as a PhD student in Dortmund. During his PhD studies at the Department of
Philosophy and Political Science at TU Dortmund
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your mark!
University’s Faculty of Human Sciences and Theology, he was an active member in the „PhD Network
Indonesia Dortmund“ and the „Indonesian Students
Association“. He also advised German students about
studying abroad in Indonesia. In 2013, he received the DAAD Award for his outstanding academic
achievement and remarkable social and intercultural
In November 2015, Prof. Dr. Christoph Schuck and
Matthias Heise from TU Dortmund University visited UNPAR and Dr. Pakpahan in Bandung. Matthias
Heise about the future activities: “UNPAR has always
been a reliable international partner. The cooperating faculties now take efforts in making the student
and staff exchanges another success story that goes
beyond the current joint activities in research and
professonalization. We are about to welcome two
visiting students in spring.”
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Photos: Maria Alefanti, Ranking: airdone/,
Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft (DFG), ITMC der TU
Dortmund, Ruhr Universität Bochum, Matthias Heise
TU Dortmund heißt Flüchtlinge Willkommen // QS World University Ranking confirms TU’ Strong
Portraits of the UA Ruhr Liaison Offices: The Moscow Office // Kick-Off for SFB/Transregio 160
in St. Petersburg
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ERASMUS never ends - Part II
Strengthening the Ties Between Bandung and Dortmund
HInweis: Dieses Projekt wird durch den DAAD
mit Mitteln des Auswärtigen Amtes der Bundesrepublik Deutschalnd gefördert.
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On and around campus
Welcome back!
On and around campus
Conferences, Cooperations and Co.
September 2015
Dear International Alumni And
Whether you are studying abroad, meeting new
people or engaging in an exchange with others - you
always leave a mark in people’s minds and hearts.
You may not always be aware of it, but sometimes
you learn afterwards how your actions inspired
Just like our ERASMUS-alumna Maria Alefanti,
who was triggered to finally start her trip visiting
former ERASMUS friends when she heard that her
Korean friend went on a journey through Europe.
You read about her trip in the last newsletter; now
you can read how she traveled on to Italy, Slovakia
and Hungary.
Sometimes, you can even use the marks that
the people you met made on you and trans-
form them into new ideas and concepts. In the
“Announcements“-section, you can read about Ak-
nolt Kristian Pakpahan, who back at his new workplace in Indonesia implemented some of the pro-
grams he participated in when he was in Dortmund.
So take the time to read up on the interesting topics and people in this newsletter edition - maybe
you will get some inspiration, too!
Alles Gute!
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Moskauer Staatliche Hochschule
für das Transportwesen (MIIT)
September 2015
Cultural corner: German Movie
TU Dortmund heisst flüchtlinge
QS world University Ranking
confirms TU’s strong position
Portraits of the ua ruhr liaison
offices: the moscow office
Kick-Off for SFB/Transregio 160
in St. Petersburg
Did you ever watch a German movie? Films and movies are cultural artefacts and just like books, paintings or theatre plays, they are a means of expression.
Die Technische Universität Dortmund heißt Flüchtlinge willkommen – mit einem eigenen Programm
und wortwörtlich auf einer eigenen zweisprachigen
Webseite. Unter dem Titel „Open Courses“ hat die
TU Dortmund ein Programm aus Veranstaltungen
zusammengestellt, die von allen Flüchtlingsfamilien
mit ihren Kindern besucht werden können. Zudem
eröffnet die Universität die Möglichkeit, unbürokratisch als Gasthörerinnen und Gasthörer Vorlesungen
und Seminare zu besuchen. Zum Familienangebot
gehören öffentliche Vorträge wie etwa „Zwischen
Brötchen und Borussia“ mit Dozentinnen und Dozenten aus der Physik, die Reihe „Bild und Klang“ mit
Beiträgen aus der Musikwissenschaft und Kunstgeschichte oder auch Veranstaltungen der KinderUni.
The international QS World University Ranking
2015/16 was published September 15, and confirms
TU Dortmund University’s strong position. Recently,
the TU also scored well in a survey by the German
business magazine “WirtschaftsWoche” and in the
“Förderatlas” of the German Research Foundation
(DFG). Throughout the world, TU Dortmund University still ranks among the Top 500 in the QS-Ranking
– only one third of Germany’s 120 universities can
claim this position. Among these, TU Dortmund
ranks 34th. Our alumni are in demand – as shown in
a “WirtschaftsWoche” survey among 540 personnel
managers which also corresponds with the good QS
scores in the category “Employer Reputation”.
The Ruhr University Bochum, TU Dortmund University and the University of Duisburg-Essen are
cooperating in the UA Ruhr Alliance. Together, they
have established and operate liaison offices abroad
in New York, Moscow, and Rio de Janeiro/São Paulo.
In our last newsletter, we gave you an insight into
the UA Ruhr New York Office.
With a ceremonial act the German-Russian SFB/
Transregio 160 was officially opened September 21
in the venerable “House of Science” in St. Petersburg. Prof. Manfred Bayer, Chair for Experimental
Physics - Solid State Spectroscopy at TU Dortmund
University is the spokesperson for this large scale
research project that is funded with seven million
euros. TU Dortmund University’s Physics Faculty cooperates with the Russian Ioffe Physical-Technical
Institute and the St. Petersburg State University
(SPSU). Additionally, a working group from the Ruhr
University Bochum and Paderborn University are
Historically, the cinematic history in Germany has
seen a lot of changes and developments. At the end
of the 19th and the beginning of the 20th century,
Max and Emil Skladanowsky paved the way for many
moviemakers as they succeeded in showing short
scenes – like a train entering a railway station – with
a “bioscop”, a simple film projector, in Berlin’s “Wintergarten”. In 1912, the “Studio Babelsberg” in Potsdam
near Berlin was founded. It was the world’s first large
film studio and a precursor for Hollywood. After World
War I, there were already around 3000 cinemas in
Germany and the viewers experienced the transition
from silent to talking movies. During World War II,
many film makers and actors – Marlene Dietrich, for
example – emigrated from Germany and lots of creative talent was lost. A movie from that time that is still
popular today is “Die Feuerzangenbowle” (1944).
In the following decades, the German movie productions could not keep up with the popularity and variety of, for example, American films. The 1990 brought
some changes and modernization with successful
productions like “Lola rennt” (1998). The most popular
film that was shot in the Ruhrgebiet cities Dortmund
and Unna is “Bang Boom Bang” (1999), a caper movie
that captures the special charm of the region. Movies
like “Das Leben der Anderen” (2006) or “Good Bye,
Lenin” (2003) also give you an insight into German
history – be sure to watch them on your next movie
Mit einem zweisprachigen Flyer und Plakaten,
die demnächst in den Einrichtungen verteilt werden, informiert die Universität Flüchtlinge über ihr
Angebot. „Eine neue, sehr gute Idee entstand am
Runden Tisch, nämlich die ehrenamtlich Aktiven in
den Einrichtungen ebenfalls einzubinden. Sie können
mit den Flüchtlingen konkret planen und sie auch
begleiten“, resümiert Dr. Ute Zimmermann, Leiterin der Stabsstelle Chancengleichheit, Familie und
Vielfalt der TU Dortmund. „Unser Angebot wird mit
offenen Armen angenommen.“ Flüchtlinge, die sich
über Studienmöglichkeiten an der TU Dortmund oder
in Deutschland beraten lassen wollen, betreut das
Referat Internationales der Universität.
Das internationale QS World University Ranking
2015/16, das am 15. September veröffentlicht wurde,
bestätigt die guten Platzierungen der TU Dortmund.
Zuvor hatte die TU schon in einer Umfrage der WirtschaftsWoche und im Förderatlas der Deutschen
Forschungsgemeinschaft (DFG) gut abgeschnitten.
Weltweit zählt die TU Dortmund laut QS-Ranking
weiterhin zu den Top 500 – das schafft nur knapp
ein Drittel der 120 deutschen Universitäten. Unter diesen belegt die TU Dortmund den 34. Platz.
Absolventen/-innen der TU Dortmund sind gefragt
– dies hatte die WirtschaftsWoche bei einer Umfrage
unter 540 Personalchefs ermittelt. Diese Erkenntnis
deckt sich mit dem guten Abschneiden der TU bei QS
in der Kategorie „Employer Reputation“.
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The Russian Liaison Office was opened March 25,
2009, by the then North Rhine-Westfalian Minister
of Science Andreas Pinkwart together with the
rectors of the UA Ruhr universities. The UA Ruhr
office in Moscow resides under the umbrella of the
Russian-German Institute of the Moscow State
University of Railway Engineering.
For more than six years, the liaison office has been
making an important contribution to the academic
exchange and fostering the research cooperation
between the three alliance universities and Russian institutes of higher education. The office’s main
areas of activities are the initiation of academic
contacts for research and teaching, marketing and
public relations for the three universities in Russia
and the organization and implementation of international conferences, seminars and events. As the
office is involved in the current development of the
Russian Higher Education landscape, it also partakes in the advancement of various effective cooperation formats like summer schools and internships. Currently, the UA Ruhr universities maintain
cooperation projects with ca. 45 Russian partners.
For upcoming events, see
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Together, almost 150 scientists plan to explore the
topic of “Coherent Manipulation of Interacting Spin
Excitations in Customised Semiconductors”. This
quantum mechanical property, the so-called spin,
affects the magnetic characteristics of materials.
Spin excitations can be controlled in a targeted
manner. Ultimately the group hopes to lay the foundations for spin electronics, spin optics and spinbased quantum information processing
The German Research Foundation and the Russian
Foundation for Basic Research will initially fund
the SFB/Transregio 160 for four years. This is the
first German-Russian Transregio, yet this cooperation continues the centuries-long tradition of
German-Russian research cooperation. Already in
1724, Gottfried Wilhelm Leibniz was involved in the
foundation of the Russian Academy of Sciences as
well as St. Petersburg State University.