Our Team

About Us

The Welcome Centre team consists of tutors from different countries. All of us speak at least German and English, but we also speak a few other languages as well.

In addition to our regular consultation hours throughout the week, you can also reach us through e-mail, Facebook and by phone.

Our Team in Kleve

Our Team in Kamp-Lintfort

 

  Foluke Adepoju

My name is Foluke Adepoju, from Nigeria in West Africa. I am currently studying Electrical and Electronics Engineering in Kleve Campus. I speak English, Yoruba and I’m trying to improve my German skills.

Having gone through the rigours of settling in an entirely new Country (environment), and the requirements of integrating into its academic system, my priorities for alleviating similar encounters faced by fellow students became my utmost desire. In doing so, becoming a Tutor enabled me to assist, support and ensure that others don’t have to go through a similar experience. 

Furthermore, HSRW and its community spurred my love for meeting new people and learning from people of amazingly diverse backgrounds.

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Aida Darisavi

My name is Aida Darisavi. I study Msc Bionics Engineering. I am from Iran. I can speak Farsi, English & German. I have been a member of FSR Technology & Bionics, member of HSRW Unicef group, Captain of HSRW Submarine team 2018, CAD tutor, student assistant for schüler labor, member of HSRW MINT girls, member of improvement of teaching and learning commission.

I enjoy innovation, drawing, design, jogging, dancing, music, gardening, board games, swimming, badminton, rowing, scuba diving, learning new cultures, new languages and new food reciepeies. It is most rewarding as a Welcome Center tutor to have the opportunity to meet and support students from all parts of the world with daily student life challenges.

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Emma Küpfer

Emma Küpfer

My name is Emma, I am 21 years old and from the south of Germany, close to the swiss and the french border.

After high school I started my backpacking trip and explored Southeast Asia, Australia and worked in New Zealand for a while.

I speak german, english and spanish and I am a International Relations student here in Kleve.

My hobbies are playing volleyball, meeting friends, listening to music and travelling.

I just started as a tutor in the Welcome center but I am very motivated to help and look for solutions for any kind of problems. Moving to a new country, especially Germany with all its bureaucracy can be very overwhelming, so feel free to ask!

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 Louisa Stilp

Hey! My name is Louisa. I was born in Germany but I grew up in southern France, therefore I am fluent in German and French. I also speak English and after having studied one year in Buenos Aires my Spanish is also pretty fluent (more languages to come I hope!). I currently study Sustainable Agriculture, so I love being in touch with nature and I like cooking! Other than that I also really enjoy playing music, singing from time to time and I love climbing!! 

I think that having such a thing as the Welcome Centre is a true bliss and a great way of connecting the different people and cultures at our University. 

I'll have an open ear and try to do my very best in helping you find your way through Uni & life in Germany!

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 Katharina Pförtner

Hi there! My name is Katharina and I’m from a German town, not too far away from Kleve. After finishing my bachelor in Düsseldorf, I now moved here to study Sustainable Development Management. I know that beginning your studies in a new place and especially in a new country may be challenging, that’s why I’m so glad to work at the welcome centre to help new students with all their questions. I also love to organise and be part of the events that we create because you can always meet interesting people there.

So if you have any questions feel free to approach me or one of the other tutors, we are always happy to help you!

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Aylin Ayik

Hi! My name is Aylin and I am currently studying sustainable tourism. I was born in Germany but I have Turkish roots. My absolute favorite hobby is to learn new languages and I would consider myself as an active Person. I enjoy doing Sports and discovering new countries. My Motivation to become a tutor was to help students to connect and communicate with each other. My Job in the Welcome Center allows me to be engaged in Student life of our beautiful and diverse university. I am looking forward to help anyone struggling with Student life. 

Our Team is here to be asked, so do not hesitate to ask!

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Maximilian Biskup

Hey my name is Maximilian Biskup. I am from Meerbusch, Germany. I study International Business and Social Sciences at the faculty Society and Economics.

I love to play music and be active and if you are someone who with similar interests I can guide you to get more involved in these activities like choir, music room, rock climbing or gym.

I became a tutor because I know a lot of students struggle with meeting new people and getting involved with student affairs and organizations. My objective is to help students to figure that out.

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Ricardo Fernandes

My name is Ricardo Fernandes. I am Brazilian, raised in the wonderful Rio de Janeiro, now living in Kleve for my master's degree in Sustainable Development Management. I am kind of a language freak and I speak Portuguese, English, Spanish and French, and I am currently improving my German and learning Italian. Just don't learn more at the moment for a matter of time.

I am a tutor at the Welcome Center as I appreciate the assistance I received when I landed at HSRW, and now I wish to help other students in retribution. May you have any issue and are willing to find someone to speak out, I am more than open to listen to you and do my best to help. By the way, as a proud LGBTTQI+ myself, I am always standing up for this community, as well as against gender, racial, social and any kind of discrimination and inequality. 

Ah, before I forget: good food is always our best friend!

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 Loredana Sturza

Hello! My name is Loredana. I was born in Chisinau,  Moldova, a dream country. Having a huge ambition to make a change on this planet, destiny brought me here, at HSRW, to study Biomaterial Science. I am very passionate about life. I am trying to discover its beauty and magic through knowledge. Constantly improving my personality is one of my goals, that is why you can also be part of one of my achievements. Studying in such a multicultural environment, makes me strive for a huge exchange of general knowledge with the common students from our university. This is why I applied for this job. The joy of helping and learning makes me happy and never gets me bored.  

As a Students4Students Tutor, I wish your experience with the Welcome Center is a true success. I hope you appreciate our input to maximise the efficiency and productivity. ‘May all your odds be ever in your favour!’

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Ana Maria Rivas Sandoval

Hello everyone! My name is Ana Maria Rivas Sandoval, I’m from Cali-Colombia and few months ago I moved to Germany to study Gender and Diversity degree. I consider myself a very social person and I really enjoy the possibility of learning new languages. I speak Spanish, English, German and willing to learn more as possible. Two years ago, I had the opportunity to have my exchange year after high school in Germany doing a volunteer with refugees, this experience focused and shaped my desires of helping people and I still want to continue learning and helping in different ways. That’s why I’m honored to be part of the welcome center tutors and be able a support for all the students that might need someone to support in their student life struggles. 

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 Muhammed Elsayed

Hi, my name is Muhammed. I’m from Cairo Egypt. I study mechatronic systems engineering. I like going out for walks, cycling, decorative baking, and gardening. Also, meeting new people and learning new languages. I can speak Arabic, English, German, and French.

 My motivation to join the Welcome Centre is to bring students closer to the German culture, also as an international student I understand better the needs of other international students, and I’ll always try my best to help. I'm looking forward to meeting you. 

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 Paula Plattner

My name is Paula, I am from the beautiful city of Münster and currently studying International Relations here at HSRW. I have been part of the team organising Freshers’ Week last summer which is how I got involved and interested in helping new students find their way around Campus, student life here and Germany in general. 

Before I started studying, I have lived abroad and know how scary it can be to start anew in a foreign country without knowing anyone; this is why I want to help you as a tutor in the Welcome Centre!

I speak German, English and Danish and some of my favourite things in the world are travelling, climbing and diving.

We are here to help you, so don’t hesitate to ask us if you need support!

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 Youssef Omran

Hi, I am Youssef. I am from Egypt and I am studying Mechatronics engineering.

My first days in Germany were quite hard and dramatic but thanks to the Welcome Centre I could overcome it. That’s why I have joined the Welcome Centre team to provide help for international students who could pass through the same issues I had.

Please, don’t hesitate to come to us, we would  be happy to help. Even if we cannot solve your issue, I believe that we still can guide you to who can help you. Student life is one of the best times of our life, if not the best, that’s why I believe that we shouldn’t keep it only for academic learning, but also to gain new experiences as much as we can. At Hochschule Rhein-Waal you have a chance to make friends and learn about cultures all over the world. That’s why we offer you tons of events during the semester. 

Find the events that sound interesting to you and join us! The more you join, the more you learn!

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 Marta Katarzyna Konrad 

Hey everyone,

My name is Marta, I am 21 Years old and I was born and raised in Poland. Before I moved to Kleve, I took a year off to travel a bit around the world and before that I used to live in an unknown town near Berlin. Now, I study International Relations in my fourth semester. I am a habitual early riser and I enjoy spending my free time outside being active, however, a good book or a fruitful conversation satisfies me the same. Next to that I value volunteerism and active participation towards an equal and fair society.

Living in Germany can be tough, difficult and lonely at times - the Welcome Centre offers great opportunities to connect as many students as possible as well as support and help - I am happy to contribute to us all having the most enjoyable time at university as possible.

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 Carlos Clavijo

Hi everyone! My name is Carlos Clavijo and I’m a proud Colombian studying Mechanical Engineering here. I love sports and doing exercise which is why I’m coaching tennis here in the university and of course as any regular Latin, I love Latin music such as merengue, salsa, reggaeton and others. 

I decided to join the Welcome Center since it is a way of exchanging experience with new students and trying to help any problem they have if it is within our reach. I love the idea of students helping students since there are many different solutions for a problem, but perhaps I can give advice as an international student that may have had the same or similar struggles as you. Feel free to come by any time, even if it’s not for issues but just to talk to someone.

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 Jeremias Brutscher

Hi, my name is Jeremias. I was born in Hamburg and raised in Munich, and since I like it here so much, I decided to study International Business together with International Relations. My mother tongue is German, and English has become the language of everyday use. I like to call myself fluent in Italian, even though this has rusted over the years. In the future, I’m planning on venturing into Mandarin.

Before my studies, I travelled for some time which makes me appreciate the internationality we have here in Kleve. In my free time, I also like to read, run, hike, swim, ride my bike and boulder among other things. Video games are nice as well. I also like to spend time with my friends, unless this is prohibited due to public health concerns. From my semester abroad, I know that arriving at a foreign university isn’t always easy. So when I can contribute my part to smoothening that process as a tutor of the Welcome Centre, that makes me very happy.

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 Sebastian Recalde  

Hey all! 

I’m Sebastian, I’m 22 years old and I study International Relations here at HSRW. As a Peruvian, I have a really great love for cooking and baking. I speak Spanish, English, Portuguese, my French is quite good and now I'm learning German and Italian. I really love a good book or a fantasy movie/tv show.

I became a Welcome Centre Tutor because I would love to help the student body, especially the freshmen, to have an easier transition into Uni life, help them connect.  That is why I love that my job allows me to engage further in the Student life.

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 Natalia Cuesta Fuentes

Hi! My name is Natalia Cuesta. I am from Granada, the city of the Alhambra, in the southern and sunny part in Spain. I love learning new languages. I can speak Spanish and English. Currently I am improving my German and I can also speak a little bit of French. The thing that I enjoy the most is travelling and photography. I also like cooking and the art of make up. I have always been interested in economics and politics, moreover I take care of the environment. Therefore International Relations is my ideal degree.

When I arrived, I had some difficulties and the Welcome Centre helped me to find solutions. I became part of the team to help with the same passion that I experienced myself.

If you need any kind of help, just come and talk to me.

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 Taycan Kaya

Hey there, my name is Taycan Kaya. I'm from a city called Samsun in Turkey on the Black Sea coast. I can speak Turkish and English fluently also I'm B2 in German. I'm a student of Communication and Information Engineering. Some of my favorite hobbies/interests are programming, playing the drums, history, anthropology and cooking.

I decided to become a tutor because of the challenges I faced when I first started living here, I know how hard it can be at times. Luckily for me I have family and friends in Germany who were there to help me when I needed it, most international students don't have this kind of luxury and I figured I could be of help them by working as a tutor.

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 Binh Ho Cong Nguyen 

Hi, my name is Binh Ho-Cong-Nguyen (you can just call me Binh for short). I am from Vietnam, a
beautiful country in South East Asia. I am the 4th-semester student of the Information and
Communication Design program. I can speak Vietnamese, English, and a little bit of German. I’m
interested in taking photos, designing, and communicating with people.

As an international student, I can easily relate and understand the problems and difficulties that
international students have to face while living in Germany and especially in Kamp – Lintfort. When I
first came to Germany two years ago, without the help of the Welcome Center and other students, I
would have found it much more difficult to settle to the new environment. That is the reason why I
become a tutor of the Welcome Centre, to help other students with similar difficulties and daily life
struggles.

 

 Lena Schweizer 

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Contact

Kleve Campus
Minoritenstraße 1
47533 Kleve
+49 (2821) 806734 2226

+49 (2821) 8067359642

 

Kamp-Lintfort Campus
Friedrich-Heinrich-Allee 25
47475 Kamp-Lintfort
+49 (2842) 908255 9339

 

welcome-centre@hochschule-rhein-waal.de

 

 

In charge

 

Nele Decker  

Contact Person Welcome Centre

nele.decker@hochschule-rhein-waal.de

+49 (2821) 806-73-48030

Tuesday to Thursday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. 

 

 

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