Welcome to Germany! International students at AMD Berlin

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Stu­dents in the inter­na­tio­nal Master's pro­gramme Sustai­na­bi­lity in Fashion and Crea­tive Indus­tries (M.A.) came to know Ber­lin in fami­liar and less fami­liar facets on the Day of Ger­man Unity. Some of them were born in Ger­many, but most of them come from abroad: from Ban­gla­desh and Bul­ga­ria, from Colom­bia, Den­mark, Egypt, Hong Kong, Nepal, the Nether­lands, Por­tu­gal, Rus­sia, Spain, Swe­den, Switz­er­land and the USA. Over twenty stu­dents were enrol­led at AMD Ber­lin for the win­ter semes­ter and star­ted their study pro­gramm two weeks ago. The Day of Ger­man Unity offe­red the Dean of Stu­dies, Prof. Dr. Uwe Demele, the oppor­tu­nity to offer an explo­ra­tion of a spe­cial kind: Prof. Dr. Elke Katha­rina Wit­tich led the stu­dents for several hours through Ber­lin Mitte. The Ham­burg col­league, who had com­ple­ted her doc­to­rate at Hum­boldt Uni­ver­sity on Karl Fried­rich Schin­kel, repor­ted on buil­dings that had been des­troyed and newly erec­ted on the same site and exp­lai­ned traces of poli­ti­cal ico­no­gra­phy in urban space. Since Prof. Wit­tich grew up in West Ger­many and Prof. Demele in East Ger­many, they were both able to share their expe­ri­en­ces as the basis for a dis­cus­sion about the poli­ti­cal use of archi­tec­ture and inte­rior design, about poli­ti­cal iden­ti­ties nowa­days and the neces­sity of dealing with history - a suc­cess­ful day all round despite rain show­ers and clo­sed-off stre­ets due to nume­rous state guests in black limou­si­nes ...

 

Drawing and image rights: Sophie Meh­rens for AMD