[UPDATE] Change in location for Kennenlern-Dinner

Dear friends of SSAG,

In light of your great support and interest, the current restaurant we had booked, leopold, is now too small to hold the group of us. As such, we have changed the location of the dinner to Pasar Bella @ Suntec City. We have reserved the entire Island Seating Area at Pasar Bella Suntec, 01-455-461 North Wing, Suntec City, 3 Temasek Blvd, 038983, for our event.

Should you have any questions or concerns, feel free to contact us at any time.

Thank you once again and we look forward to seeing you soon!

SSAG AGM’19: A Special Edition Review Article

 

In the warm summer month of May 2019, members of the Singapore Students’ Association of Germany (SSAG) convened in the city of Munich and Salzburg for an enjoyable Singaporean get-together and a memorable trip to Infineon for the SSAG’s Annual General Meeting.

A GREAT BIG THANK YOU TO EVERYONE INVOLVED! For your enthusiastic participation, your support of the SSAG’s initiatives, and your efforts in building a stronger Singaporean community and support-group in Germany – our projects would not have been possible without you 🙂

We would like to extend our heartfelt appreciation and thanks to the organisations and individuals who have helped us realise our project:

Infineon, a German Semiconductor Manufacturer, for taking the time to host us for the SSAG’s AGM and sharing their wonderful workspace in Campeon with us for a day

Mr Ulf Schneider, Head of Research & Development of Infineon, for linking us up with Infineon and his generous support towards the SSAG’s projects and initiatives

Mr Rainer Schmidt-Rudloff, Senior University Relations Manager of Infineon, for graciously hosting us in Infineon and delivering an impressive presentation about the company

Mr Jayachandran Bhaskaran, Senior Director of Infineon, for his heartwarming sharing of experiences living abroad and the spontaneous discussions of Singaporean-specific conundrums in lieu of this

Ms Julia Weber, Internship Talent Network of Infineon, for her meticulous planning and coordination efforts which made this excursion possible

 

To our generous sponsors and friends, whose financial support has enabled us to provide a lively schedule of activities throughout the course of the AGM 2019:

Mr. Jason Chan, SSAG alumnus and 2002 Treasurer, for his long-time support and generous donation which has allowed us to cover many AGM costs including activities, transport, and meals;

Dr. Lim Boon Huat of Rohde & Schwarz Asia, together with;
Mr. Loke Ping Bu, SSAG alumnus, for their steady support and for sponsoring our sumptuous and comforting chinese dinner at HongHong Noodles in Munich;
Ms. Toh Yue Lin, SSAG alumnus and 2016 Treasurer, for sponsoring the groceries for our home-cooked dinner in Salzburg;
Mr Melvyn Ho, SSAG alumnus, for sponsoring parts of the AGM costs and activities and his continuous support;
Our other valued donors and sponsors for their contributions which have allowed us to cover/subsidise other aspects of the AGM weekend;

To everyone who had taken time out of their busy schedules for this SSAG event, thank you for being such wonderful company, for sitting through long, uncomfortable bus/train rides and sacrificing study time to be with us in Munich/Salzburg for our biannual get-together. It was great to see many new faces around – including our new friends from Poly goes UAS who had just arrived in Munich the day of our dinner gathering in Munich – and to have the opportunity to catch up with friends from different cities in Germany.

 

THANK YOU SO VERY MUCH for keeping the dream of building a stronger Singaporean community in Germany alive. We will continue to strive to provide a stronger support group and home for all who are in want of it.

And that’s a wrap for now – we look forward to seeing you again, be it in Singapore at our Pre-departure dinner in September, during our KLW 2019 in November, or  whichever German city we so happen to cross paths in. 🙂

With warmest regards and on behalf of the SSAG ExCo 19/20,
Jade

 

The SSAG Annual General Meeting 2019 took place from the 1st to the 5th of May 2019. This annual event gathers Singaporean students studying in Germany, Austria and Switzerland together to bond over a weekend of engaging activities and discussions.

The first stop in our 5-day programme was held in the Bavarian capital Munich. Singaporean students based all over Germany arrived in Munich on the 1st of May, geared for a weekend of learning and bonding. It was heartening to see our friends again after half a year, and to catch up with each other. The first evening ended off with a comforting spread of familiar dishes over dinner.

This year, we had the opportunity to conduct the AGM at Infineon’s splendid campus — Campeon — complete with sport facilities and a beautiful lake. The programme at Campeon kicked off with a sharing by Infineon’s Senior University Relations Manager, Mr Rainer Schmidt-Rudloff, who gave a panoptic introduction to the company’s goals, motto, main products and major corporate partners. It was indeed an eye-opening talk, where we learned about the hundreds of tiny semiconductors and micro-sensors everyday objects such as buses, cars and computers are equipped with. Mr Schmidt-Rudloff also elaborated on the potential job opportunities in various fields with Infineon, which many of our engineering students found insightful.

Mr Ulf Schneider, the Head of Research & Development, then delivered a sapient talk about the company’s future plans as well as their market distribution across the globe. The increasing demand for technological innovation culminated in Infineon’s strengthening presence in the Asia-Pacific region, which was of particular relevance to us due to Singapore’s geographic location. Having spent 15 years working in Singapore, Mr Schneider was familiar with the life- and working-styles in both Singapore and Germany; over the course of the day, we got to learn much from him as he shared numerous insights stemming from his valuable experience in the industry.

Afterwards, we engaged in a lively discussion with Mr Jayachandran Bhaskaran, the Senior Director of Infineon, who shared his wealth of experience gathered from the numerous years spent abroad — as well as many highly-relatable sentiments — with us. We had a meaningful roundtable about Singaporean-specific themes, with which many of us resonated strongly with as overseas Singaporeans. With some our us considering exploring career opportunities and advancements in Germany, having a well-informed perspective from a fellow Singaporean brought many considerations to light. Our group members definitely took away much from Mr Bhaskaran’s sharing.

The second part of the day’s programme was the Annual General Meeting, during which the outgoing ExCo gave a comprehensive overview of the past year and re-emphasised the goals of the SSAG in building a strong Singaporean student community and striving to help our members gain a professional foothold in their respective industries. The day at Infineon’s headquarters concluded with the elections for the incoming executive committee.

Our group then unwound at the English Gardens before heading to Honghong Noodles for a sumptuous dinner. We were delighted to welcome two new students who have just arrived in Germany that very morning. The engaging conversations over dinner with Mr Bhaskaran, Mr Schneider and their families, as well as one of our alumni Yue Lin, brought the fulfilling day to a meaningful close.

The third day saw us making our way to the picturesque city of Salzburg, where we were to spent the second part of our programme in. With a handful of us having visited or lived in this beautiful city previously, we were excited to introduce our friends to our favourite food spots and lookouts over the scenic old town. The trip to Salzburg, indeed, did not disappoint. Salzburg is filled with tiny surprises located in the most unsuspecting corners, be it in the form of an unassuming ice cream shop, a local Austrian imbiss or a vantage point offering a generous view over the riverfront, chanced upon by a group of our adventurous members. It even snowed on our last morning in Salzburg!

Although the weather conditions did not allow for many outdoor activities such as hiking, it certainly did not dampen our Singaporean spirit, as we gathered around conversing in the familiar Singlish and enjoying a very much welcome meal of one of our national dishes — Hainanese Chicken rice, coupled with Char Siew and Sio Bak painstakingly prepared by our member Wei Jiong*. We also got to try out a newly released card game, the Singaporean Dream, over which we all had a good laugh.

Being overseas Singaporeans in a country where our comrades are spread far and wide apart from each other, the biannual events organised by the SSAG certainly gave us a slice of home and a feeling of togetherness. We are grateful to the outgoing batch of ExCo members for their labour of love in organising this year’s AGM. As the incoming ExCO, we will strive to continue providing a sense of home and rootedness for our fellow Singaporean students in the many years to come.

~ Yee Cheng

 

*Do check out Wei Jiong’s recipe for Nasi Lemak on the Overseas Singaporean Unit website! (link here!)

 

 

 

This year, the Singapore Students’ Association of Germany (SSAG) not only held its Annual General Meeting in the city of Munich, but it also included an additional trip to Salzburg, a picturesque city situated at the north of Austria. As a lover of classical music and having grown up fascinated by the various musical composers and their works, I was particularly looking forward to this weekend getaway to draw myself a step closer to the roots of classical music at the birthplace of the highly renowned and talented musician, Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart. Undoubtedly, I also anticipated having a meaningful time meeting and catching-up with other Singaporean students in German-speaking countries.

Indeed, Salzburg is an exciting town for enthusiasts of the beauty of classical music. The glowing hue of the golden-yellow house in which Mozart was born did not fail to attract the attention of scores of curious tourists despite the cloudy and unpromising weather looming behind. Many visitors did not miss the opportunity to snap a picture with his statue erected at the city centre. It would serve as a memory of our rare opportunity to be a part of history by stepping on ground once trod upon centuries ago by the legendary composer. In addition, I was pleasantly surprised to find scenes where the film, The Sound of Music was shot at, such as at the Mirabell palace and gardens. Fans of this successful and critically-acclaimed musical-drama film would be extremely thrilled to pay a visit to this place. Thus, it is not difficult to see why the city of Mozart touches the souls of those who deeply appreciate its history and significance, and I believe this will continue to be the case for many generations to come, rain or shine!

Exploring the historical city centre of Salzburg has also enabled me to have deeper insights into the architecture of Salzburg, which differs from that in Germany. I was impressed by the enchanting Salzburg cathedral and its surrounding buildings in the old town. Particularly in Salzburg, romantic passageways such as “Durchhäuser” are common occurrences, allowing visitors to cut through between the lanes of the old town more quickly. This newfound knowledge has deepened my understanding of Austria beyond its reputation as a country of music.

In the evening, we gathered at our hostel and bonded over games and food. Conversing in English and striking conversations with ease with one another through our common experiences was reassuring and rejuvenating from our daily routines. Personally, I was heartened that this AGM has once again given us the platform to forge deeper relationships with one another. Moreover, I had the chance to meet new friends and catch up with the rest whom I last saw a year ago. I look forward to attending subsequent SSAG activities and I hope that the zeal of meeting up as a group of Singaporeans to indulge in our favourite Singaporean hobbies such as eating and speaking Singlish will remain a constant throughout our time away from Singapore.

~ Elizabeth

 

 

This spring I got the opportunity to participate in SSAGs AGM 2019 for the first time even though I have been living in Germany for the past 2 years. The decision made was an excellent one as the activities planned were splendid. An example would be the Infineon tour when we were in Munich in which its ginormous campus left us in awe and amazement. We also got an insight to what Infineon does as well as the job opportunities that await us should we choose to pursue our career with them.

The cherry on top, however, was being able to mingle with other Singaporeans who are also living in Germany. Germany, unlike other popular destinations for overseas studies, has a significantly lower population of Singaporean students, hence being able to meet and bond with these students was a godsend. From playing board-games to enjoying home-cooked Singaporean dishes from SSAG’s awesome Chef Wei Jiong or just simply having engaging conversations in our own lingo, every moment was spent meaningfully.

AGM 2019 in a nutshell was an unforgettable experience and I am grateful for the opportunity to participate in the 5-day programme.

~ Darren

 

 

The 2019 SSAG AGM in Munich was for me a combination of several important activities. In addition to the processes of determining the new executive committee and sharing the experiences and successes of the previous year, it included activities where members can learn more about the host company – a global leader in the semi-conductor and technology industry – as well as better acquaint ourselves with one another by traveling and dining together during a trip to Salzburg, Austria. Perhaps this is indicative of SSAG growing to include new members in other German speaking areas, such as Switzerland and Austria. In any case, it was also an opportunity to learn more about German speaking cultures together and learn about our own motivations and aspirations here in Europe. All in all, the events organised were in my view important in bonding us members who otherwise live in very different cities pursuing diverse disciplines together.

~ Raphael

 

 

This trip to Infineon has been a very insightful one. I knew that phones had chips within the motherboard. However, prior to this trip, I had no idea who the manufacturers were.

As a mechatronics student programming a robot, I thought that the sensors that we are currently using are sufficient in detecting distances from obstacles. During one of the presentations, I learned that there are also other alternatives available and I was able to purchase the training kits to try it out myself at home. I will recommend this kind of trips to any student who is interested to find out more about how our electronics are manufactured.

~ Wei Jiong

 

 

SSAG’s trip to Salzburg offered various opportunities to meet people whom you have not seen for some time and also get to know new personalities. During the sightseeing tours, chill evenings and of course while eating together at our accommodation, we conversed, joked and laughed about all kinds of topics and with this fun bunch of people, even the rainy weather did not matter much. All in all, this AGM has been a success once again.

~ Dionys

 

 

Due to university commitments, I was unfortunately only able to join the SSAG in Salzburg over the weekend. Upon arrival, I was immediately welcomed by both old and new faces and the home-cooked Singaporean dinner generously made by our newly elected Ex-Co.

We headed down to the city after a breakfast spread and toured the Mirabell Garden which was in full bloom. It was extremely scenic, offering a clear view of the various castle-on-the-hills in Salzburg. After snapping several group photos, we headed for a break at the renowned Café Sacher, which offered the original Sachertorte (Austrian chocolate cake) in its delectable selection. It was slightly pricey, given the classy interior design and the fact that it was in a hotel, but the taste was unforgettable. After strolling along the banks of the River Salzach, we split up for lunch. (We were a large group! Kudos to the Café for accommodating almost 20 of us spontaneously.)

We headed for a recommended traditional Austrian schnitzel at a family restaurant and were blown away by the size of the portions. We managed to enjoy it to the end and went to see the historic centre afterwards. There, we caught a glimpse of the famous funicular in the city, but it was not operating in lieu of the bad weather. We wandered around until the weather became extremely disagreeable and returned to the lodging early, where we played card games and chatted the whole evening away. Another satisfying home-cooked dinner and everyone went to bed with happy stomachs.

We woke up early the next day and watched it snow in May outside the window. We had a hearty breakfast before heading to the city for another round of Sachertorte and apple strudels before the departure lunch. There, we were introduced to the highlight of our meal, the Salzburger Nockerl, a baked meringue-like fluffy dessert, filled with fruit compote and was as big as a head. We devoured it with gusto and with our stomachs and hearts full, we said our goodbyes and headed back to Germany.

It was regrettable that Salzburg had bad weather in store for us over the weekend, but the enjoyable company, copious amounts of Singlish, and engaging in our favourite national hobby (eating!) made the trip absolutely worth it. Looking forward to the next event!      

~ Krismin

 

 

AGM 2019 Presentation and Election Results

We are pleased to announce the results of the SSAG executive committee (ExCo) elections this year.

President: Jade Tan Shi Yu

Vice-Presidents: Elizabeth Tong & Jimson Eng

Treasurer: John Ho Wei Jiong

Secretary: Foo Yee Cheng

PR Manager: Melissa Lee Fen Amrein

 

 

The incoming ExCo is grateful for your support and would like to thank the outgoing ExCo for their dedication and efforts towards the SSAG.

 

Best regards,

SSAG Exco 2019/2020

SSAG KLW ’18: A Special Edition Review Article

Another year, another hugely successful Kennenlernenwochenende! The SSAG Exco 18/19 would like to thank everyone for helping us make KLW 2018 one of the best attended and most anticipated events in the history of the SSAG.

It was only a year ago that we made SSAG history by hosting the first ever "Was SSAGen die Unternehmen?", a one-day student career event held at the Singapore Embassy in Berlin. This year, we hosted a first-class lineup of esteemed speakers rich in knowledge and experience about the German and Singapore industries, and even added an additional element of panel discussions ("The Klartext Sessions") to the lineup, which served to broaden the dimensions of the agenda by generating in-depth conversation between our speakers.

Following that, our speakers and SSAG members rounded off the evening by chatting over beers and getting to know each other during a relaxed dinner and karaoke session. The next two days went by in a blur of activity, from a full-day Berlin historical tour to a full-day makan tour, and before we knew it, it was time to balik kampong again.

The SSAG Exco would like to express their immense gratitude to the following parties who have been invaluable in making this event possible.

First off, we are greatly indebted to:

  • the Singapore Embassy in Berlin, for hosting us yet again and for working closely with us during the organisation of this event;
  • Ambassador Lawrence Bay for his constant and steadfast support of the SSAG’s endeavours;
  • Deputy Chief of Mission Mr. Guo Wei Min for his warm welcome and opening speech;
  • Our Guest-of-Honour Mr. Ulf Schneider from Infineon for his timely insights in his keynote speech;

Secondly, our honoured speakers and panelists, namely:

  • Mr. Jan Ehlen from BMW,
  • Mr. Henning Lux, Mrs. Judy Lux and Mr. Duy Nguyen from Quadratek Data Solutions (Clincase),
  • The Rohde & Schwarz contingent including Mr. Ping Loke, Mr. Torsten Göring, Mr. Dung Nguyen, Ms. Toh Yue Lin and Mr. Lucas Tan,

for taking time out of their busy schedules to share their thoughts with us;

As always, a huge shout-out to our sponsors and financial supporters:

  •  Dr. Lim Boon Huat of Rohde & Schwarz Asia for sponsoring our group dinner on Friday;
  • Mr. Jason Chan, our SSAG Exco alumni, whose generously donated funds were used to sponsor our city activities on the third day as well as to cover group transport and subsidise accommodation for full SSAG members;
  • Mr. and Mrs. Lux of Clincase, for hosting our karaoke evening at their office premises and for co-sponsoring drinks together with
  • Mr. Loke Ping Bu, our SSAG alumni, who also sponsored our karaoke and sound system rental;

Fourth, for supporting us in the organisation of this event, we would like to thank

  • Mr. Donald Tsang of the Singapore Embassy in Berlin,
  • as well as Ms. Sun Yidan of the Economic Development Board;

And of course, last but not least:

  • Over 35 SSAG members and friends who constantly and consistently make time, regardless of what’s on their plate, year after year, to meet up with fellow Singaporeans at our annual events.
  • WE LOVE YOU! <3

The Exco hopes you enjoyed KLW as much as we did, and are looking forward to seeing you again in 6 months at the AGM!

– Ryanne, Exco President, on behalf of SSAG Exco 18/19

KLW was nothing like I had expected. I joined the event, thinking that it would just be another get-to-know-people session, but it turned out to be so much more.

The most promising session, I would say, is the talk at the Singapore Embassy. We got to hear different perspectives, from different people, company and country. Throughout the session, some interesting facts were brought up, like the difference in the working style and environment, as well as the culture and values. However, it was not just about knowing the current situation, but rather how the future would look like. The difference between the East and the West is enormous, but the future we are shaping is of a common goal. This inspired me and gave me high hopes about the future.

Being informative was just a tiny part of the KLW. The most important thing was, it was totally fun. I guessed most of us had not sung our hearts out for an unbelievably long time, so the karaoke session was undeniably easily the most enjoyable and memorable moment. For me, I took part in the Berlin tour. Getting to explore Berlin was really interesting. I was impressed by the historical city more than once. The tour itself was amazing, a big applause to the tour guide Jimson here. Of course, the food provided was also something to look forward to.

Last but not least, I was really grateful to have the opportunity to join KLW. I really appreciate the efforts put up by the EXCO and the speakers, not to forget everyone that helped to make this event happen. Thank you for making this possible.

– Anne Leong

Nach meinem wunderbaren Erlebnis bei der AGM im April dieses Jahr habe ich die Gelegenheit ergriffen, für das Kennenlernenwochenende (KLW) nach Berlin zu fahren — und es hat mich definitiv nicht enttäuscht.

Eines der Highlights von dem KLW war ohne Zweifel die “Was SSAGen die Unternehmen? II” Veranstaltung, die bei der singapurischen Botschaft durchgeführt  wurde. Wir hörten den Podiumsgästen zu, als sie ihr umfangreiches Wissen und ihre Erfahrungen im Bereich der Forschungs- und Entwicklungseinrichtung, Regierungsgeschäfte, Start-Ups und Praktika mit uns teilten. Die “Klartext”-Sitzungen boten uns die Gelegenheit, unsere brennenden Fragen über Arbeitsmöglichkeiten, berufliche Förderung, kulturelle Nuancen und Unterschiede zwischen verschiedenen Ländern der Welt in einer offenen und angenehmen Atmosphäre zu stellen.

Neben den Podiumsdiskussionen und Vorträgen haben wir natürlich auch Berlin erkundet — das Brandenburger Tor, das Holocaust-Mahnmal, und die Siegessäule sind für Besucher ein „Muss“. Besonders aufschlussreich war für mich der Rundgang durch die Berliner Unterwelt; die ausführliche Führung bat einen eindrucksvollen Einblick in die unterirdischen Schutzräume, die während des Zweiten Weltkrieges im Bereich des Gesundbrunnen U-Bahnhofs zu Luftschutzzwecken ausgebaut wurden. Kaum zu denken, dass Tausende täglich an den Türen der Schutzräume vorbeigehen, ohne zu ahnen, dass sich dahinter großflächige und geschichtsträchtige Räume verbergen!

Während der vier (viel zu kurzen) Tage haben wir ein gutes Verhältnis miteinander durch eine Reihe von Aktivitäten aufgebaut, eine davon ist natürlich unser Volkssport — essen! Von der Suche nach köstlichen Dim Sum und Kushiyaki bis zum Warten auf leckere Bubble Teas oder Zimtschnecken war jeder dabei. Nicht zu vergessen der lustige Karaoke-Abend, bei dem wir uns bis der Morgen graute die Seele aus dem Leib gesungen haben. Dies alles führte dazu, dass wir uns wie zu Hause gefühlt haben. Die vielen tiefgründigen Gespräche und die neu geknüpften Freundschaften waren für mich der beste Teil des KLWs. Es war ermutigend, dass sich viele von uns schon an das Leben in Deutschland gut angepasst haben und daher den Erstis Rat und Ermunterung bieten konnten. Diese Kleinigkeiten bilden zusammen ein Zugehörigkeitsgefühl, das ich sehr wertschätze.

Ich bin dem Exekutivkomitee sehr dankbar dafür, dass sie dieses Programm sorgfältig organisiert haben. Dieses schöne Wochenende hat uns alle ein Stückchen Heimat gegeben — besonders für diejenigen, die seit langem nicht zu Hause waren — und ich hoffe, dass dieses warme und wohlige Gefühl sich über den kommenden Winter in unseren Herzen anhalten wird.

– Foo Yee Cheng

The Kennenlernenwochenende 2018 took place from the 1st to the 4th of November 2018. This yearly tradition gathers Singaporean students in German-speaking countries in Europe together for a weekend of fun as well as meaningful discussion.

The majority of the participants arrived on Thursday, the 1st of November. It was delightful to start the weekend, learning new names over a warm bowl of Ramen and catching up with old acquaintances over a familiar cup of bubble tea.

On Friday, we were treated to a fruitful learning session at the Was SSAGen die Unternehmen? II, hosted by the Singapore Embassy in Berlin. We were honoured to hear about how working in Germany is like and what companies look for in applicants from Mr. Ulf Schneider, current Head of R&D (Embedded Security Solutions) at Infineon, Mr. Jan Ehlens, Senior Manager of Government Affairs Asia at BMW Group and Mr Loke Ping Bu, Vice President of Strategic Projects at Rohde and Schwarz (R&S). Our alumnus Ms Toh Yue Lin, together with Mr Dung Nguyen from Purdue University and our very own Mr Lucas Tan (a scholar with R&S) also shared with us their insights regarding internships and scholarships in Germany.

After a fruitful day of learning, we consolidated our learning and experiences over a sumptuous dinner which was sponsored by our donors. The night only got better, as we were blessed to unwind and sing our hearts out over a Karaoke session – hosted by Clincase.

On Saturday, a group of us took part in a historical tour about the history of Berlin. We explored sites from Berlin Wall to the wonders of the Berlin Unterwelten. One of our member found the Unterwelten tour to be “a mind-blowing experience” as it was “oddly inspiring to know how much one can achieve without being above ground”, which lead him “to rethink the concept of a bomb shelter from (his) Singapore days spent in new HDBs or underground MRT stations”.

At the same time, another group of us explored the wonders of the café and shopping scene in Berlin. From cinnamon rolls to shopping at Uniqlo, we had an amazing time exploring Berlin.

We concluded the weekend with a free and easy bonding session in the premises of the hostel. It was heart-warming to partake in the familiar Singaporean-banter, as we shared about hobbies and exchanged information as well as views on current affairs. Promises to keep in contact and meet up again at the next event were made as we bid farewell to the first group that had to depart. Many of us were already looking forward to the next event – AGM 2019.

– Priscilla Tan, Exco 18/19 PR Manager

The Berliner Unterwelten was a mind-blowing experience. I was forced to rethink the concept of a bomb shelter from my Singapore days spent in new HDBs or underground MRT stations. It was also oddly inspiring to know how much one can achieve without being above ground. Highly recommend to the city planners at URA working on the Population White Paper.

– Lim Yejie

KLW 2018 was a great experience in all aspects, from the very helpful speakers to the perfectly planned activities. I joined this KLW for the first time in my study in Germany as while I did my studies in Singapore, I am not a Singaporean. Meeting with the Singaporeans in Berlin made me realize how much I miss the Singlish speaking Asian community, as both the members and the organizers are some of the most cheerful bunch I’ve met.

The career talk kindly hosted by the Singaporean Embassy itself is an extremely helpful one for any Southeast Asian studying or working in Germany, as unlike normal talks, they don’t just highlight the plight of Asians working in Germany, but also German point of view of life in Southeast Asia. This talk gave a very good idea of pursuing a future in Germany, the overall health of German economy and industries, and the overall cultural differences and similarities, an extremely valuable insight for students that are pondering on their future just like myself.

– Adrian Ngadi

Special Edition – You think, I thought, who confirm?

For non-Singaporeans, learning Singlish can be really challenging.
On the other hand, for Singaporeans already used to the sounds of Singlish, German could be perplexing.
To bridge this transition, here are lingos that are similar if not identical in both languages.
Share with us, if you know any other words and phrases that are similar in both languages!

 

 

SSAG AGM ’18: A Special Edition Review Article

Thanks to everybody for making AGM 2018 an unprecedented success!

In May 2017, we hosted our AGM in Munich at Rohde & Schwarz. For our KLW, we headed north to the Singapore Embassy in Berlin, and made SSAG history with our first-ever student career event, “Was SSAGen die Unternehmen?” in October 2017.

This year, Mann + Hummel, a family-owned German firm and global leader in filtration systems, extended a generous invitation for us to host our AGM at their new Technologiezentrum in Ludwigsburg near Stuttgart. Naturally, we were very excited to work together with them, and the many hours of cooperation and hard work culminated in a smoothly-run event which elicited a very high level of engagement from our SSAG participants.

The event sowed the seeds for future cooperation between the SSAG and M+H, and offered SSAG members a chance to get a glimpse, as well as to gain a foothold into the filtration industry. Some students have already linked up with the relevant parties at M+H to discuss the possibility of future research collaborations and employment opportunities.

 

The SSAG Exco would like to express their immense gratitude to the following parties who have been invaluable in making this event possible:

  • Mann+Hummel, for hosting us extremely graciously;
  • Mr. Thomas Fischer, Chairman of M+H, for his continued enthusiasm in supporting the close partnership between M+H and Singapore;
  • Mr. Thomas John, Head of HR at M+H, for his close collaboration and support during the event organisation;
  • Mr. Jan-Marek Pfau, VP People & Organisation at M+H, for deftly delivering knowledge to us and keeping the interested minds of the students highly engaged during his presentation and workshop;
  • Ms. Daniela Umbach from M+H, for her indispensable cooperation in constructing the event schedule, as well as her hard work on the AGM day itself to keep the event running seamlessly;
  • Ms Sun Yidan from the Economic Development Board, for her highly valuable assistance throughout the course of the event organisation and unwavering support of the SSAG’s activities;
  • As well as all other M+H employees involved in the event, especially our museum guide and Feinstaubfresser engineers, for their valuable insights.

 

Furthermore, thanks to the generous donations of our sponsors, we were able to provide an action-packed schedule alongside the day we spent at M+H. In this regard, we would also like to gratefully extend a heartfelt thank you to the following alumni and friends of SSAG:

  • Mr. Jason Chan, SSAG alumnus and 2002 Treasurer, for his long-time support and generous donation which has allowed us to cover many AGM costs including activities, transport, breakfast, and dinner on Monday night;
  • Dr. Lim Boon Huat of Rohde & Schwarz Asia, together with;
  • Mr. Loke Ping Bu, SSAG alumnus, for their steady support and for jointly sponsoring our Sunday lunch at the Schloss;
  • Ms. Toh Yue Lin, SSAG alumnus and 2016 Treasurer, for sponsoring our barbeque dinner on Saturday evening;
  • Our other valued donors and sponsors for their contributions which have allowed us to cover/subsidise other aspects of the AGM weekend;

 

A special hello goes out to Mr. Loke Ping Bu and Ms. Toh Yue Lin for keeping the alumni dream alive, and driving all the way up from Munich to wholeheartedly join in the fun on Saturday and Sunday. Last but not least, we would like to shout out a huge THANK YOU! to the SSAG members and friends, all of whom took time out of their busy schedules to travel to Ludwigsburg/Stuttgart from as far away as Frankfurt an der Oder and Switzerland.

On behalf of the Exco, we hope you had a blast at AGM, just like we did. This Special Edition Article is a simple roundup of the events which occurred over the AGM weekend – hopefully it will serve to preserve your fond memories of AGM in the years to come. We’re looking forward to seeing you again in a few months at the KLW!

 

– Ryanne, on behalf of SSAG Exco 17/18

The SSAG Annual General Meeting 2018 took place on the last weekend of April. It is my second time attending this yearly event that brings Singaporean students in German-speaking countries in Europe together not only for a weekend of fun and laughter but also fruitful learning.

After the interesting bonding sessions over the barbeque as well as various tours and activities on the first two days, we concluded the event with a company visit, where the Annual General Meeting also took place. The day at Mann und Hummel’s headquarters in Ludwigsburg began with an engaging introduction to the company’s general operations, technologies and goals. We also learned about the challenges faced by the filter industry, as well as how a German family owned business strategically expanded its operations to various locations in the world, including Singapore. The interactive hands-on discussions that followed, about topics relating to the environment and technology was extremely informative, allowing each of us to learn something new about hitherto familiar issues such as pollution.

That afternoon was spent learning about the history of Mann und Hummel as well as current focuses of the company. It was interesting to learn about how the company transited from focusing in the textile industry to becoming a world-renowned firm serving a wide range of industries today. This was particularly interesting for students who are studying business and humanities such as history, while the evolution of technology over the decades was remarkably stunning for the other students studying STEM subjects.

The demonstration of the current focus of the company was also germane to scientific and engineering fields, allowing the majority of the students who are enrolled in engineering related degrees to better understand the roles demanded in the labor market by German companies today and in the future. We also had a chance to connect with a hiring manager during the question and answer session, which allowed us the opportunity to raise queries pertinent to the hiring process and learn more about the roles companies such as Mann und Hummel require.

The last activity at that day was the Annual General Meeting, during which the outgoing exco gave an overview of the past year, followed by the voting for the incoming executive committee. After new goals were set for the coming year, we all mused about the interesting facts we learned that day. Despite our different specializations, we agreed that each and every one had something to take away from the activities of that day. The meaningful insights, together with the opportunity to reconnect with old friends and make memories with new friend, made this AGM a particularly rewarding experience for me.

– Priscilla Tan

This year, I jumped at the opportunity to participate in the Annual General Meeting (AGM) organised by the Singapore Students’ Association of Germany (SSAG). The SSAG AGM is a yearly event with the aim of bringing Singaporeans studying in German-speaking countries together. I felt that it would be an excellent platform to engage with fellow Singaporeans and the perfect excuse to travel to and explore Stuttgart over the long weekend.

Upon arriving in Stuttgart, my belief in the presence of an instant connection between fellow overseas Singaporeans was not unfounded. Living in Germany, where the population of Singaporeans is relatively small in comparison to some other countries, has enabled me to cherish the prospects of engaging in English (or Singlish) conversations, living to eat and simply relinquishing my insecurities in a foreign land – all best achieved in the company of other Singaporeans. And I believe that our unique Singaporean traits such as these helped us to build up rapport with one another within a short span of time.

Furthermore, sharing our common experiences in Germany brought us closer. Although we engaged in and bonded through a variety of activities, such as being awed by the grand Ludwigsburg castle, taking a leisure stroll through a park or enjoying our savoury barbeque dinner, we resonated even better through our similar experiences settling into varsity life away from home, missing Singaporean cuisine and looking back at how far our German has come. Topped off with our game of Limpeh Says – the true highlight of our finale night – I never felt such a closeness to home since I began university life here.

Indeed, my first AGM has been an unforgettable one and I am thankful for the SSAG executive committee for organising this four-day programme. I hope that the feeling of home we experienced would remain in us for even longer.

 

– Elizabeth Tong

Während des Wochenendes vom 28. April bis 1. Mai waren etwa 20 singapurische Studenten und ich wegen des Annual General Meeting (AGM) 2018 ein paar Tage in Ludwigsburg unterwegs. Und es war wirklich schön.

In den 4 Tagen haben wir einen Rundgang durch die herrlichen Prunkräume des Residenzschlosses Ludwigsburg gemacht, ins Griffwerk gebouldert, eine Grillparty gemacht und einander durch die zahlreiche Aktivitäten kennengelernt. Der Kontakt zur Industrie bei der Jahreshauptversammlung bei Mann+Hummel war für die Vielzahl unserer Ingenieurswissenschaftsstudenten besonders relevant, denn sie hatten die Gelegenheit, direkt mit dem Anwerber zu sprechen und sich nach der Relevanz ihres Studienganges mit den Arbeitsstellen in der Firma erkundigen.

Ich habe an dieser AGM teilgenommen, in der Hoffnung, neue Freundschaften zu schließen. Ich habe aber so viel mehr erlangt, als ich gehofft habe: ich habe neue Freundschaften geknüpft, Erlebnisse und Erfahrungen bei unserer Eingewöhnung in Deutschland ausgetauscht, interessante Anekdoten geteilt, und natürlich auch Hinweise dazu bekommen, wo man die beste Ramen oder das köstlichste Dim Sum essen kann. Die freundlichen Gespräche mit unserem familiären singapurischen Redestil sind eine der Aspekte, die ich an Singapur am meisten vermisse. Die lockeren Unterhaltungen und einzigartigen singapurischen Humor erfährt man sonst nirgends in Deutschland. Der beste Teil war, dass wir alle dasselbe Gemeinschaftsgefühl erlebt haben.

Als ich meine Gedanken hier niederschrieb, hatte ich das Gefühl, dass ich mich in Deutschland noch nie zuvor so wahrhaft zu Hause gefühlt habe. Ich hatte das Glück, an der AGM 2018 teilgenommen zu haben und ich hoffe, dass die ankommenden Erstis in den nächsten Jahren dieselbe Freude mit uns teilen können.

 

– Foo Yee Cheng

AGM 2018 Presentation and Election Results

We are proud to announce the election of the new Executive Committee!

President: Ryanne Leong
Vice-Presidents: Jacob Lee, Jimson Eng
Treasurer: Jack Tan
PR Manager: Priscilla Tan
Secretary: Lucas Tan

It’s been a pleasure serving you and we wish our incoming Exco all the best for the coming year.

Yours sincerely,
SSAG Exco 2017/18

AGM 2018 Registration is now open!

Annual General Meeting (AGM) 2018

Stuttgart

Dates: 28 April (Sat) – 1 May 2018 (Tues)

Register now at: http://bit.ly/agm2018registration

Registration Deadline: 7 Apr 2018

*Registration will only be confirmed upon receipt of payment via bank transfer within the deadline. We endeavour to assist last minute registrants with accommodation bookings, however we cannot guarantee availability or prices registrations beyond the deadline.*

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The AGM is one of the SSAG’s semi-annual get-togethers for Singapore students (and friends!) who are studying in Germany, Switzerland and Austria. It is a great way to meet new friends, catch up with old ones ,and to explore a new (hopefully!) destination together! During the AGM, the outgoing EXCO will present its summary for the year and a new incoming EXCO will be elected. Of course, it is also a time for us to get in touch with our roots and speak some Singlish, and most importantly, to indulge in what has now become our national past-time, MAKAN!!!

This year, we are pleased to announce a collaboration with Mann+Hummel, a global market leader in filtration technologies. They will be offering their premises to us for the conduct of the AGM itself as well as a tour of their headquarters.

As with every AGM, we would like to officially call for nominations for the incoming EXCO! Nominate your friends if you think they are suitable and equipped for the job of serving the Singaporean student body in Germany, Austria and Switzerland! But please do not fire sneaky arrows at your friends – tell them if you nominated them! Self-nominations are welcome and even encouraged 😉

Submit your nominations here:

http://bit.ly/exco2018-19NominationForm

If you have not already signed up with us to receive our updates, do register at the following link:

http://bit.ly/ssagmembershipform

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General Itinerary: (tentative, subject to change)

 

Saturday, 28.04.2018

Arrival + Free & Easy

Dinner

Ice-Breaking/ Games

 

Sunday, 29.04.2018

Activities to be confirmed! (Please indicate in the registration form)

 

Monday, 30.04.2018

Talks presented at M+H premises

Conduct of AGM

 

Tuesday. 01.05.2018

Breakfast and check-out

Spontaneous lunch

Departure

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Event costs:

Accommodation and Activities per night: 25 EUR per night

This will be the price for student members of the SSAG, courtesy of our partners and the SSAG Alumni.

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Payment

Please transfer payment for accommodation to the bank account administered by our Exco Treasurer in order to confirm your attendance.

 

Bank Details

Kontoinhaber / Account holder: Pui Lap Jacob Lee

IBAN Account: DE04 5087 0024 0072 8642 00

Bank Name: Deutsche Bank

BIC: DEUTDEDB508

 

Please indicate your name (as written in the registration form) in the comments section when making the SEPA transfer. If you have any issues with payment, please drop us an e-mail at ssag.exco@gmail.com and we will assist you.

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That’s it for now, we are looking forward to see you in Stuttgart!!

 

Best regards,

SSAG Exco 2017-18

Kennenlernenwochenende (KLW) 2017 Registration is now open!

 

Dates: 5 October (Thurs) – 8 October 2017 (Sun)
Register now at: http://bit.ly/KLW2017_Registration
Registration Deadline: 25 September 2017

*Registration will only be confirmed upon receipt of payment via bank transfer within the deadline. We endeavour to assist last minute registrants with accommodation bookings, however we cannot guarantee availability or prices registrations beyond the deadline.*

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The KLW is one of the SSAG’s semi-annual get-togethers for Singapore students (and friends!) who are studying in Germany, Switzerland and Austria. It is a great way to meet new friends, catch up with old ones ,and to explore a new (hopefully!) destination together! It is also a time for us to get in touch with our roots and speak some Singlish, and most importantly, to indulge in what has now become our national past-time, MAKAN!!!

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General Itinerary: (tentative, subject to change)

Thursday, 05.10.2017
Arrival + Free & Easy
Dinner
Ice-Breaking/ Games

Friday, 06.10.2017
Talks presented at the Singapore Embassy@Berlin
Lunch sponsored by the Embassy
Dinner sponsored by Rhode & Schwarz Asia

Saturday, 07.10.2017
Activities to be confirmed! (Please indicate in the registration form)
(After-Dinner Karaoke on either Friday or Saturday night for those interested/those who still have energy!)

Sunday. 08.10.2017
Breakfast and spontaneous lunch
Departure

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Event costs:
Accommodation and Activities per night: 25 EUR per night
This will be the price for student members of the SSAG, courtesy of our partners and the SSAG Alumni.

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Payment

Please transfer payment for accommodation to the bank account of our Exco Treasurer in order to confirm your attendance.
The bank details are as follows:

Kontoinhaber / Account holder: Pui Lap Jacob Lee
IBAN Account: DE04 5087 0024 0072 8642 00
Bank Name: Deutsche Bank
BIC: DEUTDEDB508

Please indicate your name (as written in the registration form) in the comments section when making the SEPA transfer. If you have any issues with payment, please drop us an e-mail at ssag.exco@gmail.com and we will assist you.

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That’s it for now, we are looking forward to see you in Berlin!!

Best regards,
SSAG Exco 2017-18

Pre-Departure Dinner 2017

Hi all!

We will be organising our annual Pre-Departure Dinner this year on 16th September, Saturday, 7pm  at the Paulaner Bräuhaus @ Millenia Walk!

The director of the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD), Ms Claudia Finner, and our current Vice-President, Ryanne Leong will be there, as well as some of our alumni. Feel free to ask them any questions you have!

Do sign up at the link below if you’re interested:
https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSfNE7p56crca9fBrVqF-RXGymgJo3SQUUBphVcsiy4ONaLC5Q/viewform?usp=sf_link

 

Hope to see you there! 😉