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Date: Feb 27, 2019

University of Bonn appoints Bonn University Ambassadors Alumni from all over the world represent the University as research ambassadors

Coming soon, a group of international research personalities will act as research ambassadors for the University of Bonn's international relationship management. The first 14 "Bonn University Ambassadors" – five female researchers and nine male researchers – have been appointed by Rector Prof. Dr. Dr. h.c. Michael Hoch.

Three of the new ambassadors received their appointment certificates personally during a visit to Bonn: Prof. Dr. Tiegist Abebe, a plant breeding and genetics expert from Bahir Dar University in Ethiopia, Prof. Dr. Koichiro Agata, administrative scientist from Waseda University in Japan; and Prof. Dr. Roberto Hofmeister Pich, professor of philosophy at the Pontifícia Universidade Católica do Rio Grande do Sul in Brazil.

The selected international scientists have gotten to know the University of Bonn intensively during research stays. Today, they are working at research institutions abroad. In their function as "Bonn University Ambassadors", they will represent the University of Bonn and serve at their current place of work as the first point of contact for junior researchers interested in coming to Bonn.

By introducing the "Bonn University Ambassadors", the University of Bonn pursues various goals. Firstly, it is a contribution to expand the University’s global network with multipliers and local contact persons. On the other hand, the aim is to increase the visibility of the University of Bonn as an internationally oriented research university. Rector Hoch says: "It is a great sign of close ties with our University that these renowned scientists have agreed to represent the University of Bonn all over the world. This means a further clear strengthening of our international networks. I am firmly convinced that this is an important element to inspire and attract the next generation of outstanding researchers from all over the world to the University of Bonn."

The new ambassadors will be accessible to junior researchers at their locations and provide information about Bonn and the funding opportunities and career paths for international researchers. The appointment is linked to the partnership strategy of the University of Bonn.

These are the new ambassadors of the University, their subject and home university:

  • Prof. Dr. Tiegist Abebe, Plant Breeding and Genetics, Bahir Dar University, Ethiopia
  • Prof. Dr. Koichiro Agata, Administrative Sciences, Waseda University, Japan
  • Prof. Dr. Luma Al-Banna Al-Hawari, Crop Protection, The University of Jordan, Jordan
  • Prof. Dr. Seán Allan, German Studies, University of St Andrews, Scotland
  • Prof. Dr. Reuven Amitai, Islamic History, The Hebrew University of Jerusalem, Israel
  • Dr. Daniel Ayalew Mekonnen, International Politics, Wageningen University, Netherlands
  • Prof. Dr. Jocelyn Benoist, Philosophy, Université de Paris 1 Panthéon - Sorbonne, France
  • Prof. Dr. Nir Davidson, Physics, Weizmann Institute of Science, Israel
  • Dr. Christine De Nardo, Developmental Biology, Monash University, Australia
  • Prof. Dr. Roberto Hofmeister Pich, Philosophy, Pontifícia Universidade Católica do Rio Grande do Sul, Brazil
  • Prof. Dr. Kikuko Kashiwagi, German Studies, Kansai University, Japan
  • Prof. Dr. Daniel Peterson, Neurology, Rosalind and Franklin University of Medicine and Science, USA
  • Prof. Dr. Petr Sedlacek, Economics, University of Oxford, United Kingdom
  • Prof. Dr. Ngoc Tran, Mathematics, University of Texas at Austin, USA

More in the Bonn University Ambassadors: https://alumni.uni-bonn.de/ambassadors

Contact for the media:
Sabine Höhl
Coordinator Alumni Network
Phone +49 (0)228 / 73-1969
http://www.alumni.uni-bonn.de

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