by Uwe Fischer
Wen Yie Ong, a Malaysian student who obtained her Bachelor in Industrial Engineering in Offenburg, was honored with the prize of the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD). The award is given annually to students with a particularly good academic performance and social engagement.
Ms Ong, congratulations on your award. You even had two reasons to celebrate, because the price was given to you on your 24th birthday. Can you enlighten us about your nomination, who has proposed you and for what reasons?
My former professor, Prof. Dr. Ing. Stefan Junk at the University of Offenburg has proposed me for the prize due to good academic performance and social engagement.
Why did you decide to study in Germany?
I always wanted to study engineering and Germany is a leading force in this field. In addition, I received a scholarship from the Malaysian Government to further my studies here in Germany. Everything just worked out well.
Prior to this, have you been studying in Malaysia or did you directly come to Germany?
I did my whole undergraduate studies here in Germany. The scholarship holders from Malaysia are under the Malaysia University Programme, which is a cooperation between the Malaysian Government and the State of Baden Wuerttemberg.
Do you receive any support from authorities during your stay in Germany?
Yes, it is supervised by the Consulate of Malaysia and GIZ (German Agency for International Cooperation) simultaneously.
You speak excellent German, where did you acquire your language skills?
I started learning German during my A-Levels at the International Education College (INTEC) in Malaysia before I came to Germany for my studies.
Are there other students from Malaysia in Offenburg?
Yes, in Offenburg we have around 15 Malaysian students. Since we are so far away from home, we treat each other like family. We celebrate Malaysian festivals together and we help each other when we have problems.
What are your next goals?
I am currently doing my Master’s at the University of Albstadt-Sigmaringen and I hope to complete my studies within the standard study period. After that I would like to work for a few years here in Germany in order to gain more work experiences. Then, I would like to bring home the good German work ethic and try to implement them in Malaysian society. After all, that is the main purpose of my scholarship.