Network meeting Deutschlandstipendium

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Photo: Netzwerktreffen Deutschlandstipendium im Hochschulzentrum Vöhlinschloss, Illertissen. Die Teams stellen ihre Ideen aus den Agile-Methoden-Workshops den anderen Gruppen und Förderern vor. Photo credit: Jascha Pansch, JAP Fotografie

Last Tuesday, around 50 scholarship holders from Germany’s Augsburg, Kempten and Neu-Ulm colleges gathered at the University Center Vöhlinschloss in Illertissen for their annual network meeting. On the agenda were interdisciplinary workshops and the exchange with sponsors of the scholarship program.

In his greeting, Prof. dr. Wolfgang Hauke, President of the Kempten University of Applied Sciences, emphasized the importance of the Germany Scholarship for the support and further development of young talent and the better integration of business, science and society. The annual network seminar for scholarship recipients from the Bavarian-Swabian universities, which has been taking place since 2014, serves both to get to know the students and to network with the sponsors.

This year, the students in the workshop “Agile Methods – from Design Thinking to Scrum to Lean Start-up” dealt with the increasing environmental impact of plastic waste. Under pressure of time, they developed solutions for the plastic problem in interdisciplinary groups using agile methods. Following the development phase, the teams presented their ideas to the other groups and supporters, ranging from the use of plastic-eating bacteria to the use of collecting robots.

In another workshop, the students dealt with the sponsors with the topic “Artificial Intelligence – Paradise or Nightmare”. The sponsors contributed insights from various companies and, together with the scholarship holders, discussed the opportunities and risks of using artificial intelligence in business.
About the Deutschlandstipendium at the University of Kempten

The Deutschlandstipendium is a national scholarship funding program: particularly high-performing and socially committed students are supported for a defined period with 300 euros per month regardless of their income. Half of the scholarships are funded by the federal government and by private sponsors. 49 students are currently being sponsored at Kempten University of Applied Sciences.

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