December 22, 2017
Every year the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) provides universities with the opportunity to award their exceptionally talented international students who manage not only to excel academically but also find the time and the passion to engage in extracurricular activities of social, ecological or political relevance.
The 2017 DAAD Award goes to Nickolet Ncube from Zimbabwe conducting her doctoral studies in Chemistry at the workgroup of Professor Ulrich Kortz at Jacobs University. Nickolet has shown a strong commitment to the academic quality in study and research as well as the passion for her major, Chemistry, throughout all of her studies at Jacobs University (bachelor, master and now PhD). She has been awarded with numerous scholarship, secured exciting internship opportunities in German and European industrial companies. She also has been an engaged participant in various professional workshops and conferences.
Her social and intercultural achievements on campus and in her home country, Zimbabwe, are as impressive as her dedication to academic and professional development. Nickolet has been socially active at Jacobs University since her very first semester, for example as an intercultural trainer, graduate student representative in Academic Integrity Committee, Equal Opportunity Committee and Constitution Working Group and an active contributor to the International Women in Leadership Conference. In addition, Nickolet has been championing women and girls rights for education in Zimbabwe as a co-founder of the Building Dreams Zimbabwe initiative.