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International alumni ambassadors 2011-2012

The University of Groningen started the International Alumni Ambassador Program in 2011. About 30 enthusiastic "alumni-to-be" are selected and trained to become ambassadors for our university in their home countries.

You can get in touch by:

  • Contacting the ambassadors via the studymentors-platform: www.studymentors.eu. Make a quick profile, search for University of Groningen members, select your mentor and ask away directly.
  • Sending a request to the International Alumni Office: internationalalumni@rug.nl

Check the other years' international ambassadors' testimonials as well. Are you graduating soon and would like to become an ambassador yourself?


Alesandro Pala, international alumni ambassador 2011-2012, Italy

“The rigorous curriculum, demanding and yet understanding and supportive professors and my classmates who have always been much more than just colleagues but real friends, have made my RUG experience truly unforgettable.”

Ana Bosnić, international alumni ambassador 2011-2012, Serbia

"I am very grateful for the opportunity to expand my views concerning different ways of teaching and studying"

Dorina Zhupa, international alumni ambassador 2011-2012, Albania

“My time at the University of Groningen has been truly enriching, both professional and personal.”

Edin Smailhodzic, international alumni ambassador 2011-2012, Bosnia

“My advice to students that are considering to study at the University of Groningen is: get a room as soon as possible! Use one of the scholarships available to international students.”

Fisnik Salihu, international alumni ambassador 2011-2012, Kosovo

"Through the International Economic and Business Law programme at the RUG I've gained deeper knowledge on specific areas of law. The course helped me to gain better analytical, writing and arguing skills”

Flavia Busingye, international alumni ambassador 2011-2012, Rwanda

“Among the subjects of my programme, I liked the seminar in International Corporate Governance Law the most, which was very practical on how both the public and private companies operate.”

Francis Ssebiryo, international alumni ambassador 2011-2012, Uganda

“The research portfolio of the University of Groningen impressed me very much. RUG being a research university was a plus for me to develop my research skills in health population and policy analysis.”

Jana Stiebitz, international alumni ambassador 2011-2012, Germany

“I really enjoyed the flat hierarchies, the small classes and problem-oriented learning here. At a German university of this size, you can’t find such an atmosphere.”

Kazi Farad, international alumni ambassador 2011-2012, India

“The education system in Groningen enables students to study independently.”

Lejla Terzimehic, international alumni ambassador 2011-2012, Bosnia

“ Contrary to the Bosnian education system that forces you to literally reproduce materials from the books, here I learned how to critically approach complex legal issues, and create my own opinion.”

Majlinda Prendi, international alumni ambassador 2011-2012, Albania

“The reputable scholarship of the university and more specifically the faculty of Economics and Business has fulfilled and surpassed my expectations positively.”

Mario Calderón Galdos, international alumni ambassador 2011-2012, Norway

“After an incredible exchange semester in Groningen, I had no doubt that I wanted to come back to pursue a Master degree. In this vein, I decided to apply for the MSc in Marketing in 2009.”

Naixi Zhang, international alumni ambassador 2011-2012, China

“Looking back at the time I have spent at the University of Groningen, I can see my progress. After one year at the RUG, my two English papers were successfully published in 2010.”

Nassuna Morrine Sharon, international alumni ambassador 2011-2012, Uganda

“What things do I like the most about Groningen? The city is quiet and conducive to live in. The Dutch culture is unique and the people in Groningen are peaceful. They are willing to help when one seeks their assistance.”

Nyashadzaishe Mafirakureva, international alumni ambassador 2011-2012, Zimbabwe

“Student parties and networking are just fantastic. Groningen is by far the best college town I have ever known.”

Pham Duc Hung, international alumni ambassador 2011-2012, Vietnam

"Support for studying and internships, Student Association’s events and friendly staff plus colleagues are the three best features that I will definitely share with friends about the University."

Prince Ralph Osei, international alumni ambassador 2011-2012, Canada

Life in Groningen, both inside and outside the classroom, has not only broadened my experience and educational credentials, but has also made me a global citizen.”

Sylvia Cheruiyot, international alumni ambassador 2011-2012, Kenya

“This has been the most rewarding experience ever. I had to get used to the fact that I didn’t have to struggle to get information, computers, internet and well equipped libraries.”

Tadele Akalu Tesfaw, international alumni ambassador 2011-2012, Ethiopia

“ The University of Groningen is truly a place for innovative teaching and research in an international atmosphere. The university’s extensive facilities and wide variety of cultural, sporting and social activities help you in self-development as well as to build bridges to international understanding.”

Tendero Mutero, international alumni ambasador 2011-2012, Zimbabwe

“ I got to meet people from different cultural and social backgrounds at the University of Groningen and it was an enriching experience.”

Trinh Thi Giang Thanh, international alumni ambassador 2011-2012, Vietnam

“Studying at the University of Groningen was one of the most beautiful experiences in my life.”

Vilius Kalvaitis, international alumni ambassador 2011-2012, Lithuania

“I decided to study at the University of Groningen because of its good international reputation. I didn‘t know much about the university and the city before I came here to be honest, but I am glad I chose this city .”

Winnie Cheserem, international alumni ambassador 2011-2012, Kenya

“My research skills have improved and I have learnt more writing skills. Most importantly, I have gained networking skills, which is necessary for my social and professional life.”

Xingshuo Tang, international alumni ambassador 2011-2012, China

“The University of Groningen attracts numerous excellent students from all around the world. Studying here, I learned from the best academic professors and discussed with classmates from different countries.”

Yana Heussen, international alumni ambassador 2011-2012, Germany

“ I am very impressed by the extent of support the RUG lets its students enjoy in terms of teaching, scholars, quality and variety of studies and social networking offers.“

Ya Wang, international alumni ambassador 2011-2012, China

“ Two years master study at University of Groningen was the most significant step in my life .”