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Scientific Integration of International Students


The project is conceived as an interfaculty cooperation. Its academic coordination and management is conducted by the junior professor of intercultural competence Dr. Gala Rebane. In case of enquiries, please contact our project team.


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Faculty of Philosophy


Dr Gala Rebane is junior professor of intercultural competence and scientific coordinator of the ESF-sponsored project on academic integration of international students at the Chemnitz University of Technology. Her research interests include, among other, biculturalism, academic cultures in cross-cultural comparison and digital media practices.



Anne-Coralie Bonnaire holds a PhD in Communication and Media Sciences from the University of Leipzig and the Université Paris Descartes. She has been an academic member of project staff since May 2016. Her responsibilities include scientific research pertaining to academic integration as well as the development, implementation, and evaluation of the project-related activities. She had pursued her bachelor and master degrees in Cinema Studies and Intercultural Communication at universities in France, Germany, Bulgaria, and the Czech Republic.

Operational languages: French, German, Englich. Other Languages: Bulgarian, Spanich. Basics in: Russian, Arabic, Latine, Persian, Czech.


Fanny Gruhl, Member of Staff

Since December 2018 Fanny Gruhl has been a member of the scientific staff in the ESF financed project “Promotion of international students' academic integration”. She studied Journalism and Communication Studies, Political Science and Philosophy at FU Berlin and Transcultural Studies at the University of Bremen. Her areas of focus are Postcolonial Studies, Culture, Racism, Discrimination, Intersectionality and Diversity. She has work experience in the fields of political education and journalism, among other things.

Christine Stadler, Member of Staff

Under the supervision of JP Dr Gala Rebane, Christine Stadler is currently working on a PhD dissertation on AIDS autobiographies by gay male authors. Previously, Ms. Stadler graduated from Chemnitz University of Technology with a Master of Arts in Intercultural Communication. In her dissertation, she examined images of Japan as conveyed in autobiographical texts by the Belgian writer Amélie Nothomb. Ms. Stadler also has a Master of Arts (with Distinction) in French and Comparative Literature from the University of Kent (Canterbury and Paris). In 2012/13 she was a student assistant at the Chair for Philosophy (focus: Cognitive Science) and she has also worked for kulturcampus (a student-led provider of intercultural education at Chemnitz University of Technology). More informations on her activites here.

Xinlei Zhang, Scientific Assistant

Xinlei Zhang majored in English education in Liaoning Normal University (Dalian, China) from 2007 to 2011, during which she worked as an intern in Tieling No.2 High School. In 2012-2015, Xinlei Zhang studied English language and literature in Beijing International Studies University and received her Master´s Degree in English Language and Literature. She has participated in two academic research programmes: “The Study of Pioneer from the perspective of post-colonism” and “A Corpus-approach to the adjectives in English and Chinese corpus”. Languages: Mandarin, English, German (B2).


Jeffrey Karnitz, Scientific Assistant

Jeff Karnitz studies Germanistik at TU Chemnitz. He has been employed since May 2017 as a research assistant in the project “Academic Integration of International Students”. Before he began his new adventure in Germany, he completed his Bachelor of Arts at the University of Minnesota in Minneapolis, USA in German Studies and History. Due to his subsequent work at the University of Minnesota, he has professional experience in many different aspects of the academic realm, such as accreditation and statistics, educational technology, admissions, matriculation, registrar, educational research, and international exchange programs.

Hannah Stupp, Student Assistant

Hannah Stupp is currently studying intercultural communication at TU Chemnitz. In 2015/2016, she worked one year as a volunteer teacher in Kiribati. Since February 2017, she has been working as a student assistant in the project „academic integration of international students“.




Nada Al-Addous, Student Assistant

Nada Al-Addous has been studying the Bachelor of Intercultural Communication at the TU Chemnitz since 2016, specializing in German as a foreign and second language. Previously, she worked as a project coordinator in a small cultural association as part of a federal volunteer service. Since 2014, she has been a lecturer in various honorary German courses, gaining experience in language profiling, teaching planning, exam preparation, group management, and material design. In 2017, she deepened her skills during a four-week internship in the "Bookmarks" project at AGIUA e.V. Chemnitz, where she has continued to volunteer in homework assistance and German tutoring since then.
For the winter semester 2018/19, she is employed as a student assistant in the project "Academic Integration of International Students" for the language courses "Academic German".

Faculty of Mechanical Engineering

Liang Chen, M. Sc.

Liang Chen is a scientific assistant to the project since October 2016 and a PhD student at the Chair of Assembly and Handling Technology at the Chemnitz University of Technology since 2013. He studied Mechatronics at the University of Newcastle upon Tyne in England in 2011/2012 and achieved his Master degree with distinction. Liang Chen also completed an internship at the Energy Source Equipments Department of SIASUN Robot & Automation Co. LTD in China from December 2010 until June 2011. Before that, he studied his Bachelor studies in Mechanical engineering and automation at the Dalian Jiaotong University, China from 2006 until 2010. Languages: German, English, Mandarin.

2/A230, Reichenhainer Straße 70, 09126, Chemnitz, Germany

Tel.: +49 371 531 31458

Faculty of Computer Science

Aaditya Prakash, Scientific Assistant
Aaditya is pursuing Master's in Web Engineering from TU Chemnitz. He is working as a scientific assistant in designing and developing an android application for the project "Academic Integration of International Students" since February 2018. His responsibilities are designing and developing the Android application. He has developed & published an Android Application "Personality Trait Test" on Google Play Store. Before that, he had completed his Bachelor's from KIIT University, India and have 2 years of experience as software Developer by Ericsson, India.


Ila Gautam, Scientific Assistant
Ila Gautam is currently doing her Master's in Web Engineering from TU Chemnitz. She is working as a scientific assistant in developing a mobile application for the project "Academic Integration of International Students" since February 2018. Her role includes making software requirements specification and Back-end development of the Matrix app. She had pursued her Bachelor in Information Technology in India. As a software developer, she has an experience of 3 years by Ericsson, India.



Past team members