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UNB prof named German Academic Exchange Service Research Ambassador

Author: Communications

Posted on Oct 21, 2015

Category: myUNB , In the Media , UNB Fredericton , UNB Saint John

Dr. Gerhard DueckUniversity of New Brunswick (UNB) computer science professor, Gerhard Dueck, has been selected to serve as a 2015-16 German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) Research Ambassador. 

Fourteen individuals from around the world, who have conducted a long-term research project in Germany, have been selected as this year’s DAAD Research Ambassadors.

Originally from Montevideo, Uruguay, Dr. Dueck joined UNB’s faculty of computer science in 1999.  

Since coming to UNB, he has been involved in a number of activities that have improved the university’s international partnerships, says UNB President Eddy Campbell. 

“Gerhard has been the leading force behind a number of UNB partnerships with countries around the world—partnerships that have provided countless UNB students with international experiences,” Dr. Campbell says.

"International experiences help broaden the mind and excite further exploration. They are an important part of the unique experience we offer students."

Dr. Dueck has significant international experience and is fluent in German and Spanish. In 2002, 2005 and 2008 he visited the Royal University of Bhutan to help them establish an independent computer science program. He was the UNB coordinator for a student mobility program with the European Community. Dr. Dueck was also instrumental in establishing a dual master degree with Bonn-Rhein-Sieg University of Applied Sciences in St. Augustin, Germany.

"Over the last decade I have able to take advantage of several DAAD programs,” said Dr. Dueck. “Some of the funding was directly to me, and some to students that came to UNB. During my tenure as a research ambassador, I will make faculty and students aware of the many possibilities available. I will help them to find the best program for them and set them on the path towards a successful application.”

DAAD Research Ambassadors participated in a two-day seminar addressing the latest developments in German higher education and research this summer. They will now serve as liaisons for DAAD in the US and Canada to promote research opportunities in Germany among their colleagues, peers and students.

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About DAAD

The German Academic Exchange Service (Deutscher Akademischer Austausch Dienst – DAAD) is the German national agency for the support of international academic cooperation. The DAAD offers programs and funding for students, faculty, researchers and others in higher education providing financial support to over 100,000 individuals per year. DAAD also represents the German higher education system abroad, promoting Germany as an academic and research destination and establishes ties among institutions around the world.

About UNB

The University of New Brunswick is Canada's oldest English-language university. Founded in 1785, the multi-campus institution has a rich history and a dynamic focus on innovation, experiential learning and entrepreneurship.  UNB has more than 10,500 students from nearly 100 countries while several thousand more take UNB courses online and at partner institutions around the world.