Congratulations to this year’s winner of the “DAAD Prize 2021 for Outstanding Achievements of International Students and Doctoral Candidates”, Farah Hasan! Ms. Hasan, a student of the M.A. Global Studies Programme impressed the jury with outstanding academic work and social and intercultural commitment.
Her journal article titled “Keep it Halal – A Smartphone Ethnography of Muslim Dating” was applauded as an original and important contribution. The reviewer of the application Prof. Dr. Boike Rehbein praised the work “as far exceeding the level of a prospective doctoral student while offering an important contribution to the academic discussion.”
The prize also recognises Ms. Hasan’s inspiring social work and drive to help others. Among other things, she joined our student mentoring programme “studis4studis” helping
other new students get accustomed to and comfortable at their new university. She has been involved in the close coordination of the “Humboldt-Forum Wirtschaft” Symposium 2020 at the School of Business and Economics. And she is part of Nightline Berlin e.V., a student-run anonymous crisis helpline, where she has been offering valuable service, helping students with compassion and care.
Ms. Hasan’s student experiences reflect Humboldt-Universität’s global connections and mission. Her two semesters abroad in India and South Africa shaped her academic progression and international outlook. Her engagement with the international community continued in two international field research projects undertaken in Vietnam and Kenya.
Ms. Hasan has made the most of the opportunities available at Humboldt and was able to find her own path and specialisation.