Graduation Ceremony 2016 at Rhine-Waal University of Applied Sciences

Rhine-Waal University of Applied Sciences congratulates this year’s graduates! The 2016 graduation ceremony and champagne reception was a chance for staff to wish some 450 graduates a fond farewell and much success for their professional futures.

The 2016 graduates of Rhine-Waal University of Applied Sciences.

Kleve/Kamp-Lintfort, 13 June 2016: “We are very pleased to see so many successful graduates and are confident that they are well qualified and prepared for their first career. We wish them very much success in all their endeavours to come,” said Dr Heide Naderer, President of Rhine-Waal University of Applied Sciences.

The supporters association Förderverein Hochschule Rhein-Waal e.V., in connection with the Unternehmerschaft Niederrhein and ALTANA AG, sponsored three awards for graduates who demonstrated excellence above and beyond their normal duties. Anoshan Indreswaran, who graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering (Faculty of Technology and Bionics), was the first student to receive an excellence award, followed by Marc-Andre Macziejek, who graduated with a Bachelor of Science in E-Government (Faculty of Communication and Environment) and received his award on behalf of ALTANA AG. The final award was presented by the Unternehmerschaft Niederrhein to Julia Krämer, who graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Quality, Environment, Safety and Hygiene (Faculty of Life Sciences). In addition to completing their degree within the standard period of study, all three students graduated with top marks and had a history of commitment to social or cultural projects throughout their time at Rhine-Waal University of Applied Sciences. Each award came with a financial prize of 1,500 euros.

A very special thanks goes to the Unternehmerschaft Niederrhein and ALTANA AG, which financially sponsored two of these awards through the supporters organisation, as well as to the many private sponsors and supporters who support the continued development of the University. “Talented young people with know-how and innovative ideas are a boon for the regional economy. Through their exellence achievements, these award winners have shown that they are more than prepared for their first career. We are very pleased that we can support them in their efforts,” said Stefan Finke, managing director of the Förderverein Hochschule Rhein-Waal e.V.

The Lower Rhine-based candy manufacturer Katjes Fassin GmbH & Co. KG sponsored an award of their own, the Katjes Award, which was presented for the first time ever during the 2016 graduation ceremony. The award sought to honour the best thesis written by a graduating student in the Faculty of Society and Economics over the past year. The University and Katjes jointly decided on the winner based on the following criteria: practical relevance of the topic, the innovativeness of the thesis’ proposed solution, the viability of implementing the results, and the level of scientific standards demonstrated by the research.

The winner of the Katjes Award was Johanna Hachmann, who graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in Gender and Diversity. The award was presented on behalf of the entire Katjes team by Reinhard Sanders and Jürgen Kucken.

The supporters associations Förderverein Campus Camp-Lintfort and Förderverein der Hochschule Rhein-Waal im Kreis Wesel e.V. also deserve special thanks and recognition for bestowing awards for exellence on a total of eleven graduates of the Faculty of Communication and Environment in Kamp-Lintfort. The awards, which were accompanied by a 200 euro prize, went to Marvin Becker (Media Communication and Computer Sciences, B.Sc.), Henrik Mucha (Usability Engineering, M.Sc.), Svenja Leßmann (Mobility and Logistics, B.Sc), Christina Mayer, Lena Lemm and Cosima Koßmann (Psychology, Specialization Industrial and Organizational Psychology, B.Sc), Anja Wilkens (Environment and Energy, B.Sc.), Aleix Hopfengärtner-Vigneault (Information and Communication Design, B.A.), Marie Ellen Roosen (International Business and Social Sciences, B.A.), Carola Schatz (International Management and Psychology, M.Sc.) and Patrick Dehnel (E-Government, B.Sc.).

In addition, each faculty individually honoured its best bachelor’s and master’s graduates of 2016:

Faculty of Technology and Bionics: Fabrice Kirsch (Industrial Engineering, B.Sc) and Christian Meurer (Bionics/Biomimetics, M.Sc.)

Faculty of Life Sciences: Anika Hoebink (Quality, Environment, Safety and Hygiene, B.Sc.) and Almut Hummel (Food Science, M.Sc.)

Faculty of Society and Economics: Anna-Sophia Pillen (Early Childhood Education, B.A.) and Huynh Bich Ngan Le (Economics and Finance, M.Sc.)