AGM 2021 Review


This year, the SSAG Annual General Meeting took place virtually on 24 April 2021, consisting of two segments – a career event and the EXCO Elections.

The event was kicked off by Ambassador Laurence Bay with a meaningful speech and an in-depth conversation with event participants. Ambassador Bay discussed topics such as the macro perspective and job market outlook, and shared invaluable advice for current graduates. We are heartened by the continual support provided by the Singapore Embassy to Singaporeans in Germany, especially in these challenging times.

Ambassador Bay also left us with an inspiring story on his voyage so far:

“Very few careers are that plain sailing. Be prepared for setbacks. My first year in MFA was tough, and I thought that I would not last very long in the job. I was fortunate to have a few good bosses who were prepared to give me the opportunities to prove myself. And I worked very hard to do so. I was motivated to provide the best possible life for my family. And that is still very much the case for me.

You can’t run away from hardship or failure. Getting a job is only the start; not yet being able to secure a job only means you are still at the starting line as it were. The rest of the journey is what matters. Focus on being good in whatever you choose to do. Work hard, get along, self-improve, don’t compromise on standards, integrity, don’t take easy short-cuts, aim high and focus on your motivation whatever that might be. All the best everyone!”

After the insightful talk with the Ambassador, Ms. Teo Leng Leng, Career Advisor at the NUS Centre for Future Ready Graduates, shared pointers regarding CV-writing. Our participants greatly benefitted from the abundance of tips provided and it was certainly a lively and interactive session, with many participants buzzing with questions for Ms. Teo.

Ms. Theresa Kramer, representative from Rohde & Schwarz, then explained the German Perspective of Company Restructuring during COVID-19. It was enlightening to learn about the adaptations made to the COVID-19 climate from a corporate perspective.

After a short break, participants were treated to a lively panel discussion on the topic “The Global Perspective – Advice on the job market, finding jobs and staying relevant”, featuring: Mr. Jayachandran Bhaskaran (Moderator) from Silicon Foundry Organisation, Ms. Theresa Kramer from Rohde & Schwarz, Mr. Jack Tan from Capgemini, and Ms. Jessie Lim from Singapore Global Network (SGN). The panelists shared their advice regarding job applications and gaining a competitive edge.


On this note, we would like to express our sincerest appreciation to the following people for contributing to the AGM and making this event possible:

Ambassador Laurence Bay, Ambassador of the Republic of Singapore to Germany, for carving out time on the weekend to speak to our participants;

Ms. Teo Leng Leng, Career Advisor at the NUS Centre for Future Ready Graduates, for her sharing on crafting an effective and targeted CV;

Ms. Theresa Kramer, HR Business Partner at Rohde & Schwarz for her detailed and professional insights into the German corporate scene in the COVID-19 climate, as well as serving as a panelist;

Mr. Jayachandran Bhaskaran, Senior Vice-President and General Manager of Silicon Foundry Organization, for skillfully moderating the panel discussion and summarizing takeaways of the discussion for our participants;

Ms. Jessie Lim, Regional Lead (Continental Europe) at SGN, for serving as a panelist, sharing her useful insights into job applications, and giving us a brief introduction to the SGN;

Mr. Jack Tan, Applications Consultant at Capgemini, for serving as a panelist and sharing his experience navigating through job applications;

Alumni donors Jason Chan and Augustine Zhang, for their unwavering support and advice;

Donors from Rohde & Schwarz, for their invaluable and continual support for the SSAG; and

– All our event participants, for actively contributing throughout the event!

We hope that our participants benefited from this event and enjoyed reconnecting with fellow Singaporeans. It was a pleasure seeing all of you again, and we look forward to meeting you at our next event, the Pre-Departure Dinner. Till then, stay safe and healthy!

Warm regards,

SSAG ExCo 2021/2022



Here are some reflections from our event participants:


“The career event this time came at just the right time: I was just about to apply for a Werkstudent (Working Student) position, and it helped to provide me with some refresher on how I should frame my cover letter and CV. I enjoyed the various perspectives provided by the different speakers during the sharing and the panel discussion. Thank you to all the speakers for sharing their experience.“

~ Sun Yudong


“As a first time attendee of the SSAG AGM, I found the session to be very informative regarding the differences between the german and singaporean application processes and got to know a few more Singaporeans studying in Germany. It was also interesting to get to know the candidates of the ssag exco and to take part in the voting.”

~ Lau Zhau Yue


“This year’s AGM took place online, due to the still ongoing coronavirus pandemic. Nonetheless, great speakers joined the meeting to provide valuable information and many students participated in the talks. Ambassador Laurence Bay spoke about job prospects in times of Covid19, Mrs Teo Leng Leng provided great recommendations on how to write a good CV and Ms Jessie Lim represented the Singapore Global Network (SGN). These speakers not only highlighted the situation of the job market during the pandemic, key points to a good CV or the importance of networking, but also took the time to answer questions by the audience. The panel discussion was then moderated by Mr Jayachandran Bhaskaran (Silicon Foundry Organization), where Mr Jack Tan (Cap Gemini) shared his experience in job hunting and Ms Theresa Kramer (Rhode & Schwarz) gave advice as a HR manager herself. The panel discussion was insightful and provided great opportunity to ask more questions and discuss further. Following a lunch break, this year’s candidates were presented in the AGM and voting took place, followed by the announcement of this year’s exco. The day was concluded by a free and easy catch-up. Though the meeting was online, it was a happy reunion filled with fun. We may now look back at a very well-organised online AGM 2021 and look forward to a real-life get-together soon again!”

~Melissa Lee Fen Amrein

AGM 2021 Presentation and Election Results

We are delighted to announce the results of the SSAG Executive Committee (ExCo) elections this year.

President: Foo Yee Cheng

Vice-Presidents: Lorraine Ong and Sun Yudong

Treasurer: John Ho Wei Jiong

PR Manager: Choon Pui Leng

The incoming ExCo is grateful for your continual support and would like to take this opportunity to thank the outgoing ExCo for their dedication and efforts in contributing towards the Singaporean student community in Germany, in spite of the numerous challenges brought about by the current pandemic.

Best regards,
SSAG Exco 2021/22

SSAG KLW ’20: A Special Edition Review Article

On 14th November 2020, the SSAG organized its first virtual Kennenlernenwochenende (KLW). While current restrictions have heavily limited our ability to physically meet up with one another, we were nonetheless grateful for the opportunity to get to know all of you – including the Alumni currently based in Singapore – in the warm, fuzzy spirit of Kennenlernenwochenende!

We kick-started the event with an insightful dialogue featuring Ambassador Laurence Bay on the topic of COVID-19. We deeply appreciate his efforts in graciously answering all of our queries during the Q&A session surrounding physical and mental health, travelling and the job market during such unprecedented times. It is indeed assuring and heartening to learn about the Embassy’s and Singapore’s support for overseas Singaporean students! 

This was followed by an informative talk by Ms Alberenee Sim from the Singapore Global Network (SGN) on staying connected with our roots in Singapore. We are thankful for her enthusiasm in reaching out to Singaporeans especially during these difficult circumstances.

Thereafter, participants were treated to a thrilling online treasure hunt game crafted by the ExCo featuring iconic locations in Singapore, with the aim of igniting a sense of home and nostalgia within us. Undoubtedly, participants highly impressed us with their quick-thinking and astuteness in cracking the challenging clues! After which, we had a meaningful sharing session by SSAG Alumni donors, Jason and Augustine, as they recounted their studying experiences in Germany and offered us encouraging support from Singapore. In the afternoon, we thoroughly enjoyed our time as we continued with further bonding activities.

To those who have played a part in realizing our first online KLW and/or supporting the SSAG, we would like to extend our deepest appreciation for your unwavering support:

    • Ambassador Laurence Bay, Ambassador of the Republic of Singapore to Germany, for taking time off during the weekend to speak during the dialogue;
    • Ms Alberenee Sim, representative of the Singapore Global Network (SGN) team under the Economic Development Board in Singapore for introducing us to the SGN; 
    • Alumni donors Jason Chan and Augustine Zhang, for their donations and eagerness to join us personally from Singapore to offer relevant advice and a morale boost;
    • Donors from Rohde & Schwarz, for their huge and continual support for the SSAG; and last but not least –
  • Every single one of you for tuning in!

To all our participants, we hope that you enjoyed yourselves and we look forward to seeing you during our next event! It was our pleasure to reconnect with old members and get to know new faces. Take care and wishing all of you a Merry Christmas!

Best regards,

SSAG ExCo 2020/2021

(P.S. Scroll down further to read our participants’ reflections!)

To be honest, I wasn’t expecting any events to be held this year because of the rapidly deteriorating situation in Germany. As such, I was pleasantly surprised when I received an invitation to this year’s Kennenlernenwochenende (KLW 2020) – a special, once-in-a-lifetime online edition (fingers crossed).

KLW 2020 started off on a somber note, with Ambassador Bay providing us with updates about the Covid-19 situation in Singapore and Germany. While he wasn’t able to bring us more positive news, it was still heartening to know that we could count on him and our embassy for help.

In spite of the difficulties in organizing such an event online, it was really impressive what the organizing committee came up with for the second part of KLW 2020. From the online treasure hunt (even if the hints weren’t perfect :p) to the online games to the chit-chatting session, these things brought us much needed fun and laughter. Personally, this made me forget, just for a moment, the crazy times we currently live in.

For that, a very big thank you to the organizing committee. Thanks for not suspending the event and for spending the time and effort to make this enjoyable for all of us. I can’t speak for everyone but I certainly did.
P.S. And not forgetting our donors, Jason and Augustine, of course 😉
~ RH

A very different KLW experience this year! Despite the current situation resulting in this event being forced to be held online, I am glad to be able to catch up with some old faces – and it’s great to know that everyone is doing well despite all that is going on. The dialogue session with Ambassador Laurence Bay and talk by the Singapore Global Network served as a platform for us to clear our doubts in these times of uncertainty and also to listen to additional insights from another perspective. Was fun playing some online games together this time round, hoping that everything clears up soon and we’ll be able to meet up face to face again!
~ ʕ•ﻌ•ʔ

SSAG KLW 2020 was a great experience. Due to the ongoing pandemic, the event was held as a Zoom meeting, but the thoughtful planning by the EXCO made it as good as an in-person gathering 🙂

The informational events graciously held by Ambassador Bay and the Singapore Global Network started off our weekend by setting context to the current state of the world, specifically addressing our perspective as students in Germany. In addition to the presence of fellow Singaporean youths and alumni, it fostered a sense of togetherness in the Singaporean student community here. The welcoming atmosphere continued as we played games together afterwards, and I look forward to meeting my new friends in person when the situation improves!
~ Kai Jin

SSAG KLW ’20 was genuinely a memorable event. In spite of the Corona situation, the organizers did a great job of making it as enjoyable as possible. Through KLW’20, I managed to network and interact with fellow Singaporean students in Germany.

Being a freshie, the other participants really made me feel at home away from home, especially with the gaming sessions and the candid talks that followed. Kudos to the SSAG Exco team for making KLW’20 a resounding success and I’m really stoked for more of such events in the future!
~ Rishabh Shukla

As with most things in the past few months, I had no idea what to expect when I attended this year’s KLW. Having just begun my studies remotely at LMU Munich, I hadn’t really gotten to know anyone else studying there beyond some seniors and classmates. I hence thoroughly appreciated the opportunity to meet and speak to other Singaporeans studying and working in Germany (and hearing Singlish!).

The session began with an address by Ambassador Laurence Bay where he addressed concerns about Covid-19 and provided updates on the current situation and safety measures, and this was followed by a short introduction to the Singapore Global Network. It was a good reminder that despite the fact that we are far away from home, there are ways to stay connected and grounded to a larger support network and community 🙂

Finally, the session concluded with an online scavenger hunt. In groups of 6, we had to decipher riddles and clues to find different and lesser known locations in Singapore. Funny as it sounds, we had a lot of fun scrolling across our island on Google Maps and trying to find places from Jalan Durian to the original National Library Building — it was definitely a reminder that there was much about home that I didn’t know about even as I’m about leave for a new country. Although we weren’t able to meet in person, it was a good bonding experience and I hope to keep in touch with the people I met at KLW over the next few years and beyond.

Huge thanks to SSAG Exco for organizing the event in these uncertain times!
~ Lorraine

Pre-Departure Session 2020

The Singapore Students’ Association of Germany (SSAG) organised its inaugural online Pre-Departure Session this year, in light of the current pandemic situation. Although we could not meet in person, that didn’t stop us from having an enjoyable catch-up with each other over Zoom!

The event saw many new potential students as well as incoming exchange students tuning in; along with the strong support from current students and German Alumni members, this has once again been an excellent event for both parties to get to know each other, share their experiences and gather more information for their upcoming semester in Germany.

We are heartened by the positive attendance and hope to see some of you in our upcoming events ?

Feel free to contact us at [email protected] should you have further queries about studying in Germany!

Here are some thoughts from our participants about the event:

Although the event had to be shifted to the online Zoom platform this year, it was still very informative and beneficial. I gained useful tips from the SSAG seniors and alumni regarding pre-departure matters such as visa application and arranging for accommodation, as well as in-depth insight into student life in Germany. The personal anecdotes that were shared in the Zoom breakout room also provided me with a better understanding of what I should expect in Germany.

Additionally, it also made me feel more reassured knowing that there is a small but strong Singaporean community in Germany, which would provide invaluable support in such a foreign land.

-Pui Leng

Despite the circumstances, it was a great opportunity to attend SSAG’s pre-departure session and learn more about first hand experiences of students living in Germany. There’s only so much one can find through research and Googling but the personal experiences that were shared were great to hear and they gave me a much better idea of what my life in Germany might look like. A lovely community of warm, welcoming and inclusive people and I can’t wait to meet them all in person and bond over our experiences.


Despite the Covid situation, SSAG helped to organise a really wonderful and insightful sharing session. I learned a lot from listening to experienced students sharing about all aspects of their life in Germany, ranging from food to transport and even financial management. And most importantly, we get to know people who are heading to the same school!


AGM 2020 Presentation and Election Results

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

President: Elizabeth Tong

Vice-Presidents: Foo Yee Cheng & Chow Cheng Shon

Treasurer: John Ho Wei Jiong

Secretary: Foo Tze Chuan (TC)

PR Manager: Lim Wei Wen (Jocelyn)

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 2020/2021

SSAG KLW ’19: A Special Edition Review Article



We started the new semester with a weekend-long romp in the city-state of Berlin. During this activity-packed weekend,  we enjoyed lively discussions on student-career related concerns in our third edition of Was SSAGen die Unternehmen. This was followed by excursions to the Berlin Unterwelt, the neighbouring town Potsdam, a very rowdy karaoke session, hearty asian food and even heartier Singaporean conversations.

To those who have helped us to realise the third edition of Was SSAGen die Unternehmen, we would like to extend our heartfelt appreciation and thanks for your support:

Ambassador Laurence Bay, Ambassador of the Republic of Singapore to Germany, for hosting the SSAG and our students in the Singapore Embassy in Berlin 

Mr Jayachandran Bhaskaran, Vice-President of Infineon, for serving as the Guest-of-Honour and for his very relevant and relatable presentation on work-life balance

Ms Jules Yim, Senior Consultant at Conjunct Consulting, for her meaningful sharing and discussion on the importance of mental health 

Dr Melvyn Ho, Project Leader in Rohde & Schwarz, for sharing his personal experience transitioning from academia to working in the industry

Ms Kimberley Yeo, Full Stack Developer at GmbH, for her presentation on the opportunities and challenges of studying in Germany

Mr Ulf Schneider, Head of Research & Development of Infineon, for serving as our Panel Discussion Moderator on the topic: Interviewing for Jobs – What do employers look out for?

Ms Judy Lux, Head of Finance at Quadratek Data Solutions, for serving as a panelist and sharing her take on the do’s and don’ts during an interview

Mr Donald Tsang, First Secretary (Political) of the Embassy of the Republic of Singapore in Berlin, for his involvement and assistance in the planning and preparations for the event


We would also like to take this opportunity to thank our generous sponsors and friends, whose financial support has enabled us to provide a lively schedule of activities throughout the course of Kennenlernenwochenende 2019:

Mr Jason Chan, SSAG alumnus and 2002 Treasurer, for his long-time support and generous donation which has allowed us to cover a lot of our KLW costs including activities, transport, and meals

Dr Lim Boon Huat of Rohde & Schwarz Asia, together with

Mr Loke Ping Bu, SSAG alumnus and Senior Vice-President of Rohde & Schwarz Munich, for their steady support

– Dr Melvyn Ho, Ms Yuelin Toh, Ms Ryanne Leong, Mr Lucas Tan, and Mr Jack Tan, all SSAG alumni, for the establishment of and contributions to the Rohde & Schwarz SSAG (RSSAG) Fund

Ms Judy Lux, Head of Finance at Quadratek Data Solutions, for generously sponsoring the venue and drinks for the SSAG’s karaoke session; and

Our other valued donors and sponsors for their contributions which have allowed us to cover and/or subsidise other aspects of the Kennenlernenwochenende 2019.

To everyone who had taken time out of their busy schedules for this SSAG event, thank you for being wonderful company, for sitting through long, uncomfortable bus/train rides and sacrificing study time to be with us in Berlin. It was great to see many new faces around – including Singaporeans on exchange in Germany or those who have recently moved to Berlin for work.

And that’s a wrap! We’re very excited for our upcoming AGM 2020, which will be held in the scenic and charming small town of Bregenz in Austria in May. Do keep a lookout for updates on this next new exciting community excursion! Looking forward to seeing you there! 🙂

Auf wiederschauen!
The SSAG Exco Team 2019/2020





The annual SSAG Kennenlernenwochenende took place in Berlin from 31 October to 2 November, as colder weather descended upon the city. SSAG students from all over Germany gathered to forge friendships and share their experiences over the fruitful weekend, through numerous bonding activities and discussion sessions.


My first meeting with the existing members of SSAG, as a newly inducted fresh-faced exchange student in Berlin, was a Korean barbecue dinner on the night of the 31st and I was welcomed earnestly with warm and genuine conversations over the course of the evening. The food provided a familiar source of nourishment and the company was a comfort in the overwhelming hustle and bustle of Berlin. The programme formally kicked off with a forum organised by the SSAG in conjunction with the Singapore Embassy in Berlin, titled “Was SSAGen die Unternehmen” which featured insight from the prolific and captivating speakers on the panel, among which were Mr. Jayachandra Bhaskaran, the Vice President of Infineon; Mr Ulf Schneider, Head of R&D at Infineon; Ambassador Laurence Bay; Ms. Judy Lux of Quadratek Data Solutions; and Ms. Jules Yim, a Senior Consultant for Cognitive Edge. They drew from a wealth of business and life experiences to share with us the realities of living overseas and establishing successful careers. Their sharing proved thoroughly insightful and I was struck by a poignant message from Mr. Jaya, that we ought to consider our work, which occupies half of the hours in our day, with as much consideration and care as we do our personal lives. 



The sessions by Dr Melvyn Ho of Rohde & Schwarz and Ms. Kimberly Yeo of GmbH supplied a multitude of timely advice regarding the transition from academic to corporate life and maximising the opportunities to supplement job experience while studying in Germany. The speakers were keen to engage questions from the floor during the Klartext panel session, delving deeper into the topic of interviews and how they are conducted, providing a number of useful tips for the students in the audience. A keen understanding of the Singaporean cultural context and the concerns of overseas Singaporean students allowed the panellists to offer advice that would resonate with the participants, providing a voice of reassurance and guidance. Overall, the event was a beneficial opportunity for us students to interface with the panel on core questions about the corporate world and hiring, which presents a crucial and impending transition for many in the course of their studies.



The activities of Saturday Morning gave way to a short break and a delectable Chinese dinner followed by a lively Karaoke session, where many of the attendees found time to relax and get to know each other in a more candid setting. We split up into groups on the third day, with some making a day trip to Potsdam or indulging in Berlin’s rich cultural history through the Berliner Unterwelten subterranean network of WWII bunkers. My group explored a different facet of Berlin’s social tapestry, taking our taste buds for a tour of Berlin’s cafés and food halls, including the historic Markthalle 9. Berlin’s edgy and metropolitan soul shone through and we enjoyed the city’s offerings immensely. With the formalities of the weekend drawn to a close, I was left with fond memories, friendships forged, and curious collection of new recommendations. It reassured me that regardless of how displaced I might feel at times, home is never too far away.

~ Valerie





Immediately after a fully-packed day including the highly-anticipated Was SSAGen die Unternehmen and the homely karaoke session which stretched till the wee hours of the morning, a group of us set off enthusiastically the next day, on 2nd November 2019, to further explore and soak up the atmosphere of Germany’s multicultural and cosmopolitan capital. As the last time I briefly visited Berlin was nearly three years ago, I relished and looked forward to the opportunity to embrace the change – from the peaceful, picturesque city where I am based in – to the diverse and dynamic city of Berlin, which also subconsciously brought fond and cherished memories of our Little Red Dot flashing through my mind.

Indeed, travelling around Berlin made me appreciate its uncanny resemblance in various aspects to big cities such as Singapore and London. Subway trains running every few minutes (even till daybreak!), the melting pot of colourful cultures and food and the boundless possibilities to shop at humongous shopping centres with international brands were just the tip of the iceberg. It felt like a refreshing dimension from the romantic, albeit less hectic study town in which I live. While I very much enjoy the safety and scenic views which my town offers, I believe that growing up in Singapore has inevitably left me yearning for life in a big city from time to time. As such, I am grateful for the opportunity to organise one of our two annual SSAG trips in the city-state of Berlin!

In the morning, we headed to the first stop of the day – the Bunkers. Previously, I had watched several German movies depicting the war period. Still, I felt that having a personal presence at the bunkers would be the cherry on top of my learning journey in understanding a pivotal part of Germany’s past. After purchasing our tickets for the first tour, Dark Worlds, focusing on the WWII bombing raids through the eyes of civilians, we were greeted and tickled by a somewhat “bilingual” sign while waiting for our English tour to commence. 



According to the German version of the sign, it states that this area is the waiting area for visitors participating in German-language tours. However, the English translation reads, “Waiting area for all non-German language tours”. Clearly, this sign drove us to give it a second look, before experiencing an epiphany that the phrasing of the sign was to cater separately to both German and non-German speakers, whom the creators assumed would only read the words according to the language of their tour, (i.e. in German or in other languages besides it). While we agreed unanimously that the sign could have been rephrased to avoid further confusion and paranoia of being at the wrong location, we were pleased and proud to have been able to put our multilingual skills into good use in decoding and demystifying the intentions of the staff behind this innocent sign.

 I, together with many others in the group, had a lasting and deep impression of the tour. I was highly impressed by its authenticity – we were first led to the actual bunkers through the current “Gesundbrunnen” subway station. Also, most of the relics and collections in the bunkers were genuine, well-preserved and organised realistically. I was in awe of the quality of technological innovation during that point in history. For example, we marvelled at the glow-in-the-dark paint covering much of the walls of the bunkers in the case of a blackout. Definitely, I was pleasantly surprised that the original paint still mildly works up till today! In addition, I was amazed by the invention of the pneumatic tube, which was already working in full force during WWII and still continues to be a current vital medium of transport for objects in a myriad of industries! This was coupled by the fact that we had an excellent and passionate tour guide who not only exposed us to the physical and archaeological aspects of the bunkers, but also kept their history alive and germane by captivating and edifying the audience with the experiences of people at that time. Certainly, the tour did not disappoint and far exceed my expectations. I believe I can now understand the reason for the organisation presenting different tours featuring various bunkers, because each area simply has its own scintillating story to tell.

 In the afternoon, we made our way to the city area and visited many of the typical tourist attractions like the Brandenburg Gate, Reichstag Building, Museum Island, Berlin Cathedral, Gendarmenmarkt and of course, the Berlin Wall. On top of these, I made my first trip to the Memorial of the Murdered Jews of Europe. Truly, this memorial is one of great aesthetic appeal and I learnt that the architecture of this artwork is left pretty much to the interpretation of the viewer. Situated on slopes with rows concrete slabs of varying heights, the memorial gave me a sense of soberness and solemnness. If I had more time, I would have chosen to participate in the audio tour of the exhibition to heighten my awareness of the European perspective of the Holocaust. In any case, a big shout-out to our SSAG member, Mick, who volunteered to bring us around Berlin and explained the history of the buildings that we saw!



In time for dinner, we gathered at a Sushi restaurant, Aiko, and treated ourselves to platters of scrumptious Japanese food. We had a lovely catch-up session with one another as we tucked into comfort Asian food, which may be considered a luxury for some of us. Of course, nothing beats the emotional and intangible benefits of spending time with other Singaporeans sharing the common passion for food and relieving ourselves from the pressure of conversing in perfect German. All in all, I strongly feel that the Kennenlernenwochenende 2019 has once again been a roaring success and I look forward to our Annual General Meeting next year!

~ Elizabeth




Not being based in Berlin, I had initially been reluctant to make the trip down for the KLW. Moreover, I had already been in Germany for over a year as the only Singaporean I knew studying in my city, and was hence used to the absence of a Singaporean community. Despite this, I eventually signed up for KLW, where I had an amazing time. My only regret at the end of KLW was not having signed up for more activities sooner.


The SSAG is filled with a diverse range of people, from fresh-faced freshmen (better known as Erstis) to seasoned settlers who have started families and put down roots here in Germany. But there was an immediate bond by virtue of our common denominator of being Singaporean and being in DACH (Austria, Germany and Switzerland). I soon felt at ease amid these friendly faces, some of whom have known each other for years and trade inside jokes as easily as they welcome newcomers to the group.



The activities were well-planned and also very flexible. There was no obligation to show up for every meal or stay for every event, though most did for the excellent company. There was also a variety of activities offered on the last day, for which we split into smaller groups and got to know each other even better. I went on the day trip to Potsdam, where we leisurely wandered around, posing for pictures in front of the Schloss Sanssouci and enjoying delightful pastries in the Holländischem Viertel. Having seen everything we wanted to see (and snacking a fair bit along the way), we made our way back to Berlin in the evening and even found the time to tour some of Berlin’s most iconic sports as well, from the Brandenburger Tor (Brandenburg Gate) to the Weltzeituhr (World Clock). All in all, it was a lovely day taking in new sights and hanging out with new friends, concluding a happy weekend surrounded by sweet reminders of home. Thank you Exco for organising, and see you again soon! 🙂

~ Nicole





The SSAG’s KLW 2019 was a fun-filled and amazing short break. Through the trip, I was able to meet fellow homies who share the same experiences and “clique” with them; a really great comfort for a foreigner in a foreign country.

Moreover, the “Was SSAGen die Unternehmen”sessions were really enriching too. The topics were especially relevant to the current market and the speakers were insightful.

Apart from that, the day trips were amazing.

Overall,  fantastic people, amazing time spent, great takeaways, and a wonderful experience. Kudos and much thanks to the fellow organisers and the speakers!

~ Tze Chuan


The SSAG KLW2019 was, in a nutshell, great. The content of the presentations during the event was very informative and helpful for students. The karaoke session allowed the participants to get to bond better with each other. 

The trip to Potsdam was fun and chill. We managed to enjoy authentic Vietnamese Pho, as well as local beer and famous cheesecake.

Overall, I enjoyed myself during this two-day event. I wish to thank the Exco for their efforts to make this a meaningful and successful event.

~ Jocelyn


SSAG KLW was a very good opportunity for me to bond with my fellow Singaporean friends in Germany. After being a foreign scholar in Singapore for five amazing years, I am forever grateful for this country. The experience and upbringing I have had in Singapore stay a part of me even if I’m thousands of kilometers away in Germany. The wonderful people, the Singlish, the thoughtful talks with the bright minds and the networking made KLW a great success. It’s really nice to know that we are not alone even if we are far from home ??

~ Zhu Rui




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,


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!