A Kenyan mechanical engineering student received the DAAD prize this year for his outstanding achievement at the Rhine Main University of Applied Sciences. Moses originally comes from Kenya and will be finishing his studies this year. 

DAAD-Award Winner Moses Githinji (m.) with Prof. Dr. Detlev Reymann(University President) (ri.) und Prof. Dr. Claus Schul (le) © Johannes Bruns | Hochschule RheinMain

Moses Githinji received the DAAD Award for outstanding achievements by Foreign Students at the political New Year's Reception of the Rhine-Main University of Applied Sciences. Githinji received this award not only for his good academic achievements, but also for his diverse social commitment. The young man was nominated by one of his professors, Claus Schul.

At the age of 19, Moses came to Germany through the volunteering programme (FSJ) and worked in an old age home for one year. After his FSJ, Githinji joined the Studienkolleg in Kassel to prepare for his studies and later managed to join the Rhine Main University of Applied Sciences for the Mechanical Engineering Bachelors Programme.

Why he got the award

Apart from his great academic achievement, Moses has been engaged in diverse social commitment at the University during his studies.

Despite his intensive studies, Moses finds the time to support new students from foreign countries as a foreign tutor. “With my voluntary work, I want to make it easier for my fellow students who have just joined the university. I can still remember how difficult the early days in Germany were for me. If I can help others with difficulties and give them tips to make things easier, then I have fulfilled my task,” says Moses Githinji.

Besides helping new students at the University, the young Kenyan has also formed a learning group in cooperation with the Catholic university community entitled "Learning until you drop". “We learn before examinations from 8 a.m. in the morning until 3 a.m. at night. But the success of the learning group is great and most of the students perform very well in the exams. There are always students in the learning group who are excellent in particular areas and of great help to the students. They pass this knowledge on to the others,” says the 25-year-old.

In addition to working as a foreign tutor and organising the learning group, Moses Githinji has also been responsible for the “Oscar Studikino” together with other students. “Every two weeks we organize a cinema event on campus where we show - at a reduced rate for students - the latest films that are currently shown in the big cinemas,” reports Moses.

Moses was thrilled to get the DAAD award and he said it has given him a lot of motivation to continue giving back to the society during his career path.

© Johannes Bruns | Hochschule RheinMain

Source: Hochschule Rhein Main

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