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EgyTUM – an ongoing success story

source: Alumni News issue 02/2008

When TUM guest scientist Dr. Ahmed Saad Sami sent his first email to the TUM Alumni Service in August 2007, nobody knew that “this was the beginning of a beautiful friendship”.

Dr. Sami agreed to be the KontakTUM contact person for Egypt, and what was even more promising, he asked for proposals how to set up an alumni network in his country. The Alumni Service in Munich sent emails to other Egyptian alumni asking them to get in contact with Dr. Sami. The first steps were done quickly and in November, five Egyptian TU Alumni met at Cairo University and founded the new network EgyTUM. At this first meeting, the founding members still had second thoughts about the expansion of their group. As Dr. Gomaa, one of the founding members, put it: “The five of us where sitting together and couldn’t really imagine how to get more members.”

Nevertheless, the initial spark of enthusiasm was ignited,and at the next meeting in December, already 15 alumni sat round the table. Helpful was Dr Christian Hülshörster, the director of the DAAD Cairo office and his staff, who made contact with more Egyptian TUM alumni. The members of EgyTUM are welcome guests in the conference room of the DAAD Cairo office. EgyTUM meets regularly every month and has 37 members at present. In August 2008, EgyTUM chose a board of five members: Alumni Head Dr. Ahmed Saad Sami, General Coordinator Dr. Iman Gomaa, Scientific Coordinator Dr. Salah Hendawy, Cultural Coordinator Dr.Amal Abdou, and Social Coordinator Dr. Mahmoud Sharif Eldin. All members of EgyTUM have a common vision: to be the most dynamic TUM Alumni Network worldwide!


A new experience – the first KontakTUM Seminar

source: Alumni News issue 02/2008

The first KontakTUM Seminar in Munich was attended by 25 international alumni. They came from all over the world to get to know more about TUM, to network with both TUM and each other, and to develop plans for their regional and professional networks.

I was very curious about the event and what the outcome would be, as it was the first time we had staged a seminar on this subject. The seminar was opened with a welcoming speech from Dr Keidel, on behalf of TUM. The agenda on the first day was designed to introduce the participants to TUM and all the offices and persons who might be of assistance to them. Defying the rainy weather, in the evening Mrs Marquard showed us some places of interest in Munich on our way to dinner.

The following day started with an introduction to our work, our team and a short overview on the TUM corporate design. For the afternoon we had planned an intercultural seminar. As we found out that day, the alumni’s stay in Munich for their studies was reflected in their behaviour – most of them were used to a quite direct style of communication. Nevertheless, we still discovered a number of diverse interpretations of body language and time. So we took the precaution of clearly stating that we would meet the next morning at 9.15 a.m. “German time”.

The message worked and we made a trip to the Garching and Weihenstephan campuses. In the evening, both international students and guests were invited to a get-together with the alumni. There were quite a few who accepted the invitation and we enjoyed a really nice evening. Finally, on Thursday, the workshop on networking got under way. The participants were already impatiently waiting for the answer to their question: “What do you and TUM expect from us?” Still, their question wasn’t answered till Friday morning. Ms Friedsam’s speech cut the Gordian knot and the seminar ended after enthusiastic discussions on how to take action. In the evening we heard a lecture by Prof. Dr. Mainzer about “Networking in a knowledgebased society” which was rounded off by a Bavarian dinner together with German alumni.

The week flew by and not only the participants, but also my colleagues and I took a lot of ideas, suggestions and tasks back home or to the office. Some of the participants want to set up an alumni network in their native regions and are now working on the first steps; others would like to help students from their countries to come to study at TUM and, last but not least, we are working on some new and updated tools to help all of you with your plans
within the KontakTUM network.


Netzwerke aufbauen - Netzwerke leben

source: KontakTUM Magazine issue 02/2008

25 engagierte Alumni aus Neuseeland, Japan, Kasachstan, Peru, Chile, El Salvador, Mexiko, Kolumbien, USA, Ägypten, Tunesien, Marokko, Türkei, Bulgarien, Makedonien, Rumänien, Italien, Spanien, Frankreich, verschiedensten Alters (der jüngste war 21 und der älteste 64) und mit unterschiedlichen Berufen (Studierende, Selbstständige, Universitätsangestellte und in der Wirtschaft oder bei NGOs Arbeitende) fanden sich in München ein, um ihr gemeinsames Alumni Netzwerk KontakTUM voranzutreiben.

Es war eine vielseitige und spannende Woche die wir gemeinsam verlebten. Die TeilnehmerInnen informierten sich über Entwicklungen an der TUM, lernten AnsprechpartnerInnen aus verschiedenen Arbeitsbereichen der TUM kennen, trafen sich mit internationalen Studierenden und GastwissenschaftlerInnen aus ihren Heimatländern und tauschten sich mit deutschen Alumnis aus. In Workshops erarbeitete die Gruppe neue Ideen für die regionalen Netzwerke.

Abschließend besuchten wir den Versorgungsbereich des Oktoberfestes und ließen das Seminar bei einem Bayerischen Abend ausklingen. Prof. Dr. Klaus Mainzer, Ordinarius für Philosophie und Wissenschaftstheorie an der TUM und Akademischer Direktor der Carl von Linde-Akademie, schlug in seinem Festvortrag den großen Bogen von neuronalen Netzen über Computernetzwerke zu semantischen Netzen. Ein Netzwerk wie unser Alumni Netzwerk KontakTUM gewährleistet nach seinen Worten die Nachhaltigkeit der heutigen Wissensgesellschaft.



Im internationalen KontakTUM Netzwerk der TUM war von einem Sommerloch nichts zu spüren

source: KontakTUM Magazine issue 02/2008

Von Europa über die USA bis nach Japan organisierten engagierte Alumni Treffen. In Zaragoza trafen sich Alumni zum Besuch der Expo, ein erstes Alumnitreffen in den USA fand in San Francisco statt und in Japan kamen Alumni in Tokio und Osaka zusammen. Das ägyptische Alumni Netzwerk EgyTUM hatte bei seinem September-treffen Besuch vom TUM Alumni & Career Service.