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7:30, LaShae in Frankfurt
Facts about public transport in Germany
8:00, Semih in Darmstadt
'Learning German was very important for me. Even if we all communicate in English at work, in my day-to-day life it is nice to know the basics. For example, I like to order my morning coffee in German.' – Semih
'By learning the language of a country, you get more and more connected with the local people and their culture.' – Semih
8:30, Alexey in Erkrath
Facts about child care and schools in Germany
10:00, LaShae in Frankfurt
'I am very proud to be a part of the PhD programme offered by the Max Planck Institute for Brain Research. My time here in Germany gave me the knowledge and confidence to do great things in the future.' – LaShae
12:00, Semih in Darmstadt
Facts about the work-life balance in Germany
'I like the fact that I am very flexible timewise. I can say I am going to take a break now and go for a run, or play tennis with some of my colleagues, and then come back to work with my head clear.' – Semih
15:00, Semih in Darmstadt
He is working on rare-earth-free and rare-earth-lean materials for permanent magnets and magnetocaloric materials. The aim of his research is to find alternative material systems which are more efficient and sustainable.
'Permanent magnets are an important part of day-to-day life. Better magnets mean we can produce smaller smartphones or in-ear headphones. Thanks to research in this field, we are able to use hybrid and all electric motor cars.' – Semih
16:00, Alexey in Wuppertal
In his team, Alexey works with two German technicians and one trainee from Syria.
Together they are developing new medicines designed to improve the life of cardiovascular patients. This involves creating and synthesising new active ingredients.
18:00, LaShae in Frankfurt
'I have made a lot of new friends during my time here in Germany. I am socially engaged in the so-called "German Neuroscience Olympics". It is the perfect opportunity to get to know people who have the same interests as me.' – LaShae
19:00, Semih in Darmstadt
'Even if some of the exhibitions are a little bit abstract, I like to try out new things. It is the perfect way to learn about the history and culture of Germany and meet new people. Even in a smaller city like Darmstadt, there is a wide range.' – Semih
20:00, Alexey in Düsseldorf
'One thing I like about Germany is the clear structure, but here at this place you do not get any specific instructions, you're totally free and can be creative. That's what my daughter enjoys – and so do I.' – Alexey
21:00, LaShae at the Main Tower Frankfurt
'I have found a new home here in Frankfurt. There are all kinds of different people with different backgrounds living here – and I fit right in.' – LaShae
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