Vietnamese DAAD alumna donates protective masks to Germany

The German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) in Bonn today received a donation of 1,000 nose and mouth masks as protection in the corona pandemic. An alumna from Vietnam thanks the donation for supporting the DAAD during their master’s degree.

Bonn May 13, 2020

Mask donation

© DAAD / singer DAAD General Secretary Dr. Dorothea Rüland received the masks from Thi Minh Chau Bui.

In Germany, a mask requirement applies in many federal states and areas such as retail or local transport. Masks are also used in the DAAD’s Bonn headquarters in the science center. The joy was correspondingly great when DAAD alumna Thi Minh Chau Bui from Vietnam approached her former funding organization with the wish to donate 1,000 reusable and washable mouth-nose masks.

“We are very happy about this unexpected donation, which helps us in times of the corona pandemic. It is a wonderful sign of solidarity, not only with the DAAD, but with the Federal Republic and its education system as a whole, ”said DAAD General Secretary Dr. Dorothea Rüland, who personally accepted the masks at the DAAD headquarters in Bonn. 

From 2012 to 2014, Thi Minh Chau Bui was funded by the DAAD in the program “Development-related postgraduate courses” (EPOS) for a master’s degree in development management at the Ruhr University in Bochum. The 32-year-old works today as a project manager at the Gustav Stresemann Institute in Bonn. Bui describes the promotion of her master’s degree as the central course for her life. “I am very grateful for everything that the DAAD has made possible for me. It was a turning point in my life when I received the full scholarship to study in Germany. The 1,000 reusable and washable masks are therefore only a small gesture to express my commitment to the DAAD, ”said Bui when the package was handed over.

In addition to the DAAD general secretary, Stephan Jeworski, former DAAD supervisor, and the director of the DAAD alumni department, Heidi Wedel, were present when the masks were handed over to Buis.

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