Catherine Chen (Year 2 German, French, Spanish) wins prize in 2011 DAAD Competition

Catherine ChenCatherine Chen"In 2011, I took part in the DAAD competition “Germany 2051 – What will it be like?” This competition was open to all undergraduate and postgraduate students registered at a UK university (except German nationals); participants were encouraged to send on their vision of what Germany will be like in 2051.

I put forward a prose entry (which can be accessed here) which explored Germany’s future as a country which is even more open-minded, multicultural and environmentally conscious. The prize winners were announced in December 2011 and I travelled to London for the awards ceremony. I won a BBC Berlin DVD, written and presented by BBC’s Washington correspondent, Matt Frei. During the awards ceremony, I was able to meet some of the other participants from other UK institutions and we engaged in interesting discussions about Germany and its role in Europe and the world. Misha Glenny, the guest speaker, spoke about Germany’s central role in trying to resolve the European financial crisis. This was a great experience for me and I would encourage more students to participate in the DAAD competition next year. You do not have to study German to be in with a chance of winning!"

Catherine Chen is a Year 2 student in the School of Modern Languages. She studies German, French and Spanish.

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For information on the competition and the awards ceremony (including photos), click here.

Publication date: 19 January 2012