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Student Initiatives

One major objective at Witten/Herdecke University is to create a perfect context where students may implement their own ideas on issues of social or subject-related relevance in projects. They are challenged and encouraged to present personal visions, to inspire others and put their plans into practice. Below you find a selection of successful student initiatives.

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Add Action

Add Action

A frequent demand is to integrate health in the regular school curriculum from early on. ADD ACTION is a first step in this direction. Our students organize a variety of activities at schools to counteract the trend to overweight among children and adolescents.

Arbeiterkind.de

Arbeiterkind.de

In Deutschland lässt sich die Wahrscheinlichkeit, ob ein Kind studieren wird, am Bildungsstand der Eltern ablesen. Von 100 Akademikerkindern nehmen 71 ein Studium auf. Dagegen studieren von 100 Nicht-Akademikerkindern lediglich 24 – obwohl doppelt so viele die Hochschulreife erreichen. Arbeiterkind.de will seinen Beitrag leisten, um dieser Ungerechtigkeit entgegenzuwirken.

Team Medical Consultation

Team Medical Consultation

Medical students have been active for several years in the medical consultation team of the Medical Care Service for Refugees Bochum (MFH). In consultation hours and on-call duty they provide medical advice and referrals to refugees and migrants without residence permit and therefore without access to medical care.

Team Patient Education

Team Patient Education

Ten years ago a student study group for patient education started out as one of several in the nursing curriculum to explore the topic of “patient education – information, instruction and consultation for patients”, and to integrate theory and real issues emerging in nursing practice.

BildungsChancen

BildungsChancen

Team Emergency Medicine

Team Emergency Medicine

Several students established this team to ensure that advanced first aid courses are available to all medical students at the preclinical stage. The team is a member of the national association of student teams for emergency medicine.

Endulen e.V. – keep it close to your heart!

Endulen e.V. – keep it close to your heart!

Following this motto, two medical students founded this non-profit registered association in 2008, after a voluntary year at the Endulen hospital in the north of Tansania.

Europas Kultur e.V.

Europas Kultur e.V.

The conviction that the foundations of a vital Europe must comprise more than just economic interests encouraged UW/H students to explore Europe as a cultural space. Starting in 1995 students have organized and arranged seminars and debates on relevant topics over the years, and founded the association in 2002.

Dental student representative body

Dental student representative body

This body supports the interests of dental students and organizes a number of projects, e.g. regular continued education courses (in cooperation with Dental Depots) or soccer tournaments for students.

Future Doctors Network

Future Doctors Network

The Future Doctors Network supports improvement and expansion of medical education in developing and emerging nations. Training in physical examination skills is in great demand among medical students in target countries.

Oral Health project Gambia

Oral Health project Gambia

Several local Oral Health Centers were established all over Gambia in cooperation with the Gambian Ministry of Health, and European and US universities.

GründerPott - Start-up support

GründerPott - Start-up support

You don’t have to go to Berlin for a good Currywurst. And what the Ruhr Area has to offer apart from tasty curry sausage is impressive. With much space, high population density, affordable rents, good infrastructure, and of course the best Currywurst in the world, the Ruhr metropolis has great potential and stands up to comparison with Berlin as Germany’s start-up centre. David Völker, alumnus of the UW/H Faculty of Management and Economics, plans to keep more founders in the region and has established the GründerPott initiative.

Green Responsibility

Green Responsibility

Early in 2008 the initiative “Green Responsibility” began planting a row of fruit trees at the back of the campus. Other activities followed, like advertising green electricity or photovoltaics.

Congress for Family Businesses

Congress for Family Businesses

The annual Congress for Family Businesses offers networks and expertise for this particular type of business. UW/H students host this most important and renowned congress of its kind in Europe.

Relief project in Ruanda

Relief project in Ruanda

To date many villages in Ruanda have no access to clean water or electricity. Many people sleep in miserable huts and dress in rags. UW/H student Christoph Lüdemann and Jules Lalande strive to help. They drill wells on site, help to erect homes, teach in schools and provide new clothes for children and adolescents.

Luther’s launderette

Luther’s launderette

Who gives medical care to individuals who are poor, without health insurance and fall through the cracks of the medical system? UW/H medical students provide help; they identify patients requiring immediate intervention, refer them to physicians, and perform minor interventions and therapies themselves.

Medical Exchange Program Mazar

Medicine with heart and hand

Model United Nations

Model United Nations

UW/H regularly sends a student team to New York to the largest UN simulation worldwide. Each student assumes the role of a delegate from a country assigned to him or her and tries to represent this country’s interests at UN conferences.

Model United Nations for pupils

oikos Witten/Herdecke

oikos Witten/Herdecke

“What is good for all must be good for me, too, and what hurts society and the environment will ultimately hurt me, too.” For oikos Witten/Herdecke, a student network for sustainable ideas and projects, this implies sustainable management and solutions which will not cause new problems tomorrow.

Mentors promote reading skills

Mentors promote reading skills

Fifth form pupils at the Albert Schweitzer secondary school in Bochum receive intensified support in German class. For one hour per week UW/H students act as mentors for individual children, read books with them and monitor spelling and dictation exercises.

Rock your life

Students Health Dialogue

Students Health Dialogue

Ukraine has one of the highest new HIV infection rates worldwide – reason enough for two medical UW/H students to found the Students Health Dialogue (SHD) in 2004. The idea was sexual education in order to reduce the number of new infections considerably. Today the focus of SHD activities is on sexual education in Germany.

StudierendenGesellschaft Witten/Herdecke

StudierendenGesellschaft Witten/Herdecke

Sketched on a paper napkin by students of Witten/Herdecke University in 1995, the idea of an inverse contract between student generations (UGV) proved to be an innovative payment concept for tuition fees, viable now for over 15 years, and also was the origin of StudierendenGesellschaft Witten/Herdecke e.

Summer school

Summer school

What do management consultants do? What is business management? The Witten/Herdecke University summer school has answers to these and many more questions for high school students and applicants. A student team hosts this event every year.

Sustainable Innovator Speaker Series

Sustainable Innovator Speaker Series

UW/H students founded the Sustainable Innovator Speaker Series in spring 2010. The idea was to add an initiative with a focus on sustainability to the existing student projects at the university. Once or twice per semester they invite executives with a record of sustained social innovation.

Study group homeopathy

Study group homeopathy

Medical students initiated this self-organized study group for homeopathy in January 2006. We intend to acquire the necessary subject-related knowledge and experience to explore homeopathy as an independent intervention concept integrated into the health care system.

Teddy bear clinic

Teddy bear clinic

Students initiated the Teddy Bear Clinic for children from 4 to 6 to help them overcome their fear of doctors and hospitals. The playful setting is intended to stimulate positive associations.

UW/H drama group

UW/H drama group

Over 15 years ago six theatre-loving students asked Blanche Kommerell to help them enact Ionesco’s “Die kahle Sängerin”. Nobody had an idea of the long-term consequences of this modest start. Since then the drama group has presented an impressive number and variety of performances.

Theatron Logou

Theatron Logou

Michel Friedman, Günther Beckstein and Wolfgang Schäuble were all guests of theatron logou. This student initiative strives to find answers to major issues of our time or at least to raise new questions that might help to tackle those issues.

Thematic week: interaction between body and mind

unikat (club)

unikat (club)

An event location under student management in the former waiting hall of the main railway station, the unikat(club) epitomizes the concept of Studium fundamentale.

Witten Campus Communications

Witten Campus Communications

Entrepreneurs in dialogue

Entrepreneurs in dialogue

UW/H students invite outstanding representatives of the business community to the university for regular sessions; the guests report and discuss their professional experience and insights with lecturers and students.

One World WINs - Witten International Network

Witten International Network

Das „One World WINs – Witten International Network“ ist eine 2014 gegründete, studentische Initiative. Finanziert wird sie in Zusammenarbeit mit dem Bereich für Internationales durch Mittel aus den Austauschförderungsprogrammen. Ziel der Initiative ist es, die internationalen Austauschstudierenden aller Fakultäten in das universitäre und studentische Leben der UW/H einzubeziehen.

Oral Health project Myanmar

Oral Health project Myanmar

Two students of dental medicine went to Myanmar (formerly Burma) to provide dental care in rural areas. Mathias Bendix reports: “Dental hygiene is almost unknown there, so you can imagine the state of dental health among the population. Most of them have never seen a dentist.”

ZAM: newspaper general medicine

ZAM: newspaper general medicine

They publish the newspaper ZAM once per semester in order to keep general practitioners up-to-date with university topics and events, and provide conceptual and didactical information on the medical model curriculum.

Zusammenwachsen

Zusammenwachsen

Six students at the School of Psychology and Psychotherapy started this initiave in 2013. In a joint effort with Luther’s Launderette, a facility for the homeless and needy in Hagen, and some of its customers the Witten students created a small vegetable garden in the backyard of the facility. Charlotte Vehoff from the organizers describes their motivation: “The idea was to create something permanent and involve the clients of the Launderette in this work. We decided to construct large boxes and to plant them subsequently, in part using founds from Luther’s Launderette.”

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