Njomza can identify well with statements like that. Her homeland of Macedonia is one of the countries expected to suffer from an extreme water shortage in a few years. “I think it is important for us to become aware of this problem and look for solutions together,” says the 17-year-old, who wants to study chemistry later on. That Jacobs University could be an exciting place to do so is something she’s already noticed over the past few days. Pier from Italy also speaks well of the Jacobs University campus – and his workshop, which deals with DVDs, smartphones, and quantum mechanics: “Here I have gotten a feel for what I can do and what I really enjoy. That is a big help to me in deciding what I want to do after I graduate.”
Getting young people excited about studying in the so-called MINT areas – mathematics, informatics, natural science, and technology – is a central purpose of the Summer Camp, which the VDI has been holding for its Future Pilots Youth Club for the past three years. This year Europe’s largest technical-scientific association has joined forces for the first times with Jacobs University, which held its own international summer camps for students in previous years.